Graduate Summer Program
This inspiring 2 or 3 week program offers combines business classes in English and an introduction to French and European cultures as well as field trips.
The 2013 Graduate Summer Program will take place from June 15 to July 6 on the Tours Campus. Optional third week
Graduate students from all around the world meet in one of the most beautiful regions of France for an immersion in business issues with a European accent.
ESCEM has been running the program since 2002 and has welcomed students of over 20 different nationalities. Successful participation in the Summer Program should allow students to transfer up to 4 US credits or 8 ECTS back to their home MBA program.
Especially designed for part-time MBA students who are unable to include a classical study abroad semester into their busy schedule, the 2 or 3 week Summer Program allows them to acquire a European perspective on current business issues and validate up to 8 ECTS credits.
Today’s globalized economy requires all future managers to have an international outlook on their company’s prospects, development and competitive environment. ESCEM’s summer program aims to encourage MBA students to consider new ways of looking at problems and seek innovative solutions.
Each week students will follow one business class as well as other pedagogical activities designed to enhance their awareness of the complexity and diversity of European economies and cultures. The 2013 edition of the Summer Program includes:
- Week 1 (17-21 june): Guided visit of the city of Tours, introduction to French as a foreign language, “European Economy” class.
- Week 2 (24-28 june): “Sustainable Development and Business in a European Context” class, Field trip to Chenonceau Castle, the Clos Lucé (Da Vinci’s last abode), winery
- Week 3 (1-5 july): “Luxury Marketing” class, Gastronomy class (hands-on workshop on French Gastronomy)
Students must be enrolled in an MBA program or Master in a business related field. They must be proficient in English and be in good academic standing. Upon acceptance from their home institution, students may transfer up to 8 ECTS credits for successful completion of the program.
Fellexandro Ruby, Indonesian, from Macquarie University in Australia
So far, I have taken one course about Entrepreneurship in Macquarie University, because I would like to work for myself in the sectors of media, publishing and internet. Also, I chose the Summer Program, because I would like to have the opportunity to meet European people. I wanted to understand differences between Australian, American, Indonesian and French cultures. I am sure that is has been a good experience for me to boost my career in the future.
Teachers were very attentive to our needs because they explained carefully how to do assignments and to lead our project. They also gave us the theory and the methodology. It was very stimulating. Generally speaking, the Summer Program is well organized. What I mean is that there is a good balance between time spent learning and time spent on visits.
Yuanindita, Indonesian from Macquarie University in Australia
The key benefit of this program for me was to follow on my courses in Finance and Accounting from Macquarie University to ESCEM school without repetition. As well, the material that teachers gave us will help me in my future work. This first experience in Europe was very rich, because I discovered diverse ways of working with American and French people. The American MBA students had more work experience, and it was profitable for everyone.
Furthermore, students and administrative staff at ESCEM were very friendly and helpful. Definitely I would recommend the Summer Program to someone else. It’s a shame that we couldn’t stay 2 or 3 weeks more.
Avani, From Rutgers Business School, the state university of New Jersey
I am currently working a Marketing Manager and pursuing a MBA with a Concentration in Marketing. I really wanted to study in France and was looking for a great French School. As well, with globalization, all companies have offices all around the world and it’s important to be able to feel very comfortable and have the experience of just conversing with people from other origins.
The group working was great, because we each had expertise in Finance, Accounting and Marketing and we managed to bring all our backgrounds together. We were able to help each other. It has been a pretty good experience so far. If ESCEM ran this program in another country I would also like to go there.
David, From Lehigh University in the eastern United States
I am working in a bank as Commercial Officer. It was exciting to come to France, because it is my first major overseas experience. I really enjoyed going to the west coast at “La Baule” and to Paris during a free weekend. I explored the Loire Valley by visiting the “Chenonceaux” castle and a winery at Montlouis.
I chose the Summer Program, because I wanted to study in an international environment in a short space of time, because I don’t have many days off. This program in two weeks sounded perfect. Teachers have been great. They were very enthusiastic and professional. Moreover, the organization of the school was pretty impressive. It was almost like a family, because everybody knew each other. Everybody was friendly and ready to help you. For a person like me, who had never been overseas , I would recommend this program because it is well organized.