Grande École Programme - American Track

  • NICE


  • February
  • September


  • Full time

Graduation diploma

  • 5-year Master's degree

Teaching languages

  • English English


The American Track is the Grande École Programme taught entirely in English.

The programme consists of two cycles: the first 3-year cycle is committed to learning the fundamentals, followed by the second 2-year cycle which is dedicated to specialisation. All teaching in this programme is given in English, so a  very good level of English is required for the course.

This course offers many international opportunities, for example, at the end of the first year, all students have the opportunity to attend a 6-week summer session at the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, the Grande École Programme also allows students to obtain a dual degree with one of our partner universities in Britain, America or Russia.


1st year entry
• SESAME exam and subject to obtaining the baccalaureate degree
• Application on file, for holders of a foreign diploma equivalent to the baccalaureate.

IPAG also offers free exam preparation sessions for SESAME. For more information contact IPAG directly via our contact us.


• Deputy director of Admissions: Christophe Pivaut
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• Admissions officer - Paris campus: Baptiste Lingoungou
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• Admissions officer - Nice campus: Jimmy Huynh
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Grande École Programme - American Track

Undergraduate: year 1 to year 3

  • Full time
1st year:
acquiring the basics

The first part of the course is devoted to the basics of the subjects you will be taught throughout your studies at IPAG. You will also learn how to develop your communication skills and self-confidence.

2nd year:
working in project mode

The following year of the Grande École Programme is to reinforce and broaden the initial lessons of the course as you begin work on your first practical projects. Finally, students strengthen their sense of listening and dialogue as well as your organisational skills.

3rd year:
moving to another country

The third year takes place partly or entirely abroad, depending on your choice of study. The aim of this unique year is to discover other cultures, to adapt to other professional uses and to immerse yourself in a new cultural and linguistic context. In the Grande École Programme, students can choose to stay with a partner university, complete an international internship, partake in a volunteer mission abroad, there are many possibilities available so you can structure your year to suit you.

Postgraduate: year 4 & year 5

  • Full time
  • Work-Study
4th year:
Start specialising

This 1st year of the Grande École Programme Master's degree is focused on grasping the core topics of your given course. You can then choose from 5 main areas of study to accompany this.

5th year:
Specialise and get a dual international degree

The last year is the year of your actual specialisation in one of the 9 majors offered. There is also the option to obtain a dual international degree by spending a semester with one of our Grande École Programme partners in the United Kingdom, Russia or the United States of America.

In Short


5-year Master's degree


1st year entry: SESAME exam (documentation required for foreign diploma holders)

Teaching language



5 years


  • Paris
  • Nice

Work Experience

Up to 34 months of accumulated experience over the Grande École Programme 5 year course


  • 6-week summer session at the UC Berkeley at the end of the 1st year
  • 3rd year entirely abroad
  • Possibility to study up to 3 languages of the 9 taught at IPAG
  • 4 possible dual degrees

Tuition fees

  • €9 900 per year, in case of payment in full
  • €10 100 per year, in case of instalments


Acquiring the basics

Semester 1

  • Marketing fundamentals
  • Sales techniques
  • Financial accounting
  • Written and oral communication
  • English theater

Semester 2

  • Marketing & Communication mix
  • Introduction & Business law
  • Introduction to statistics
  • Economic context
  • Historical milestones

    Fundamental courses


    Courses, 8 to 9 weeks of internship, and 6 optional 6 weeks in Summer at Berkeley, California for a sales course

Business Game

Case studies submitted by IPAG partner companies, to which the students, divided into teams, must respond collectively.

X’Trem/Extreme trails

New adventures and experiences to develop your personal skills and work within a team, activities include; survival missions, military training, humanitarian commitment and more!

Culture and discovery trails

The Grande École Programme also allows students to develop their cultural experiences with an open-mind. This is to improve your analytical skills and broaden your knowledge in art history, geography, fashion, music, gastronomy and beyond.


Working in project mode

Semester 1

  • Financial analysis
  • Corporate law & Taxation
  • Market research
  • Human resource management

Semester 2

  • International trade
  • Digital marketing & innovation
  • Logistics & Purchasing
  • Management of organisations

    Grande École Programme courses


    Course modules plus 8 to 12 weeks of internship at a start-up business

Business Game

As in the 1st year, the business game uses real business case studies submitted by IPAG’s partner companies, so that students can work in teams to respond to the presented scenario.

Cultural and discovery trails

This was designed so students can develop their cultural awareness with an open-minded and analytical approach. The 2nd year is an opportunity to discover a new universe, completely different from the one explored during the 1st year.


Going Abroad
Study stay at a partner university

During the third year of the American Track, as with the Grande École Programme, there is a mandatory semester of study abroad at one of our 135 partner universities on all five continents. You can choose one of our two associate campuses; Kunming and Riverside, where you can follow IPAG courses.

Internship or volunteering mission

The second half of the third year of the American Track takes place abroad as well, either as an internship or in the form of a volunteering mission in line with IPAG's values and commitments.


    Study abroad or internship abroad


    6-month internship, study abroad or humanitarian mission abroad


Start specialising
Core modules
  • Strategic management
  • Project management
  • Software for business
The 6 majors of the 4th year
  • Marketing & Sales Strategy Major (4) - Paris/Nice
  • Finance, Audit & Control Major (4) - Paris/Nice
  • International Business & Supply Chain Major (4) - Paris/Nice
  • International Management Major (4) - Paris/Nice
  • Human Resources Management & CSR Major (4) - Paris
  • Entrepreneurship Major (4) - Paris/Nice

    Core modules and specialisation courses


    Specialisation internship for 4 to 6 months


Specialise and get a dual degree
Core modules
  • Business Ethics & CSR
  • Digital transformation & innovation
  • Corporate Challenge
The 10 majors of the 5th year
  • Marketing & Digital Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Marketing BtoC Major (5) - Paris
  • Sales Strategy Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Corporate Finance & Audit Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Finance & Markets Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Wealth Management Major (5) - Paris
  • International Business & Supply Chain Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • International Management Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Human Resources Management & CSR Major (5) - Paris
  • Entrepreneurship & Project Management Major (5) - Paris/Nice

    Course modules and work experience possible

  • Semester 2

    End-of-study internship of 4 to 6 months as well as work study where possible

The 5 possible dual degrees
  • Dual degree MSc in Business Management (United States)
  • Dual Degree with MSc Finance and Investment (London, UK)
  • Dual Degree with MSc International Marketing (Edinburgh, Scotland UK)
  • Dual Degree MSc in International Marketing with Tourism & Events (Edinburgh, Scotland UK)
  • Dual Degree Msc in International Marketing (Moscow, Russia)
  • Dual Degree PGD (United-States)
Business Game

The 5th year Business Game (#Negoc'IPAG meaning #NegotiationIPAG) consists of a commercial negotiation on the basis of 4 to 6 case studies submitted by our partner companies. Students have 2h30 to prepare their arguments, which they then present before a jury of seasoned professionals. The last editions have brought together companies such as CBRE, Altran and IZI by EDF, which have had the opportunity to get a fresh look at their problems and to identify future high-potential graduates.

End-of-studies paper

The  Grande École Programme’s final dissertation is the link between the academic and professional world, since it deals with a theme related to the students' future professional life. Students choose their subject in the first semester, from a list drawn up by their thesis supervisor, who then guides them through each stage of the writing process including; constitution of the corpus, definition of the plan, conduct of the empirical study, and so on. A pre-presentation in May allows students to adjust the final work to be submitted (between 60 and 80 pages), before the presentation in front of a jury, which takes place in June or September. So you’re fully supported throughout the whole process.

the world

The American Track of the Grande École Programme is by essence an international programme. Apart from a specialisation in the beginning of the course, it offers all the opportunities of the Grande École Programme in terms of studying abroad, language learning or dual degrees.

A third year entirely spent abroad

The third year of your course is entirely, or mostly, spent abroad. You can choose to stay on the campus of one of our 135 partner universities, do an internship abroad or volunteer work so you choose the international experiences that best suit your interests and needs.

Study up to three languages

To work in a multicultural and international environment, an advanced level of language skills is essential. The Grande École Programme allows you to study up to three languages frrom: English, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, and Japanese. Although particular emphasis is placed on English since nearly 30% of our management courses are taught by native English speakers.

Obtain a dual degree

In 5th year, you have the opportunity to obtain a dual degree for the Grande École Programme. Whatever your major, you will spend one semester on the campus of one of our partner universities during your final year, you can choose from: City University of New York, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, University of Greenwich, University of South Wales or Edinburgh Napier University, University of California Riverside.

In vidéo

The American Track of the Grande École Programme


The Grande École Programme is also a professional programme that allows students to acquire up to 34 months of work experience.

Intership calendar
In the 1st year

8 to 9 weeks of internship in sales role

In the 2nd year

8 to 12 weeks internship in a start-up company

In the 3rd year

Up to 12 months of internship abroad

In the 4th year

4 to 6 months of specialisation internship

In the 5th year

4 to 6 months of internship at the end of studies

Career Center

No matter whether you are looking for an internship, a work-study programme, a job or simply for advice, our Career Center is there to help you. Throughout your studies, you will benefit from its many services including; interview preparation, resume proofreading, recruitment forums, speaking workshops, image coaching, management of professional social networks, and more.

The possibility of doing the master’s cycle in apprenticeship

A compensated work contract, tuition fees paid by the host company, or more professional experience to graduate with indicates that work based study programmes have many advantages. It is a choice you can make for the  Grande École Programme master's cycle, regardless of your chosen major and your campus.


By major specialisation, these are some of the career paths you can expect to take via the American Track of the Grande École Programme.

  • Product Manager
  • Advertising Manager
  • Head of e-marketing/e-business
  • Director of direct marketing/trade marketing/merchandising
  • Research Fellow
  • Sales Engineer
  • Key Account Manager
  • Sales Administrator
Finance, Audit & Control
  • Financial analyst
  • Property manager
  • Financial controller
  • Internal / external auditor
  • Financial asset manager
  • Risk manager
  • Mergers & acquisitions advisor
  • Wealth management consultant...
International Business & Supply Chain
  • Account manager
  • Credit manager
  • Procurement manager, Logistics manager
  • Transport manager
  • IT system manager...
International Management
  • International account manager
  • Import-export manager
  • International buyer
  • Head of International Locations
Human Resources Management
  • HR Manager
  • Payroll Manager
  • Training Coordinator
  • Head of Internal Communications
  • Recruitment manager in a firm or company
  • Head of Mobility...
  • Operations Manager
  • Business founder or buyer
  • Intrapreneur
  • Project Manager
  • Consultant in business creation
  • Business developper
  • Growth Manager


2018 Labour Force Survey

  • Industry: 25%
  • Finance, accounting, audit: 20%
  • Information service and communication: 14%
  • Studies, consulting, expertise, research: 12%
  • Trade: 9%
  • Transport (services): 5%
  • Energy: 4%
  • Accomodation and catering: 2%
  • Human Resources: 2%
  • Others: 7%


Tuition fees
  • €9 900 per year, in case of payment in full (excluding dual degree fees)
  • €10 100 per year, in case of instalments (excluding dual degree fees)
Work-study programmes to fund your studies

During the postgraduate master's cycle, you have the opportunity to do an apprenticeship. With this option, you can finance part of your studies while benefiting from a salary and employee status.


Excellence Scholarship



50% off tuition fees for the first year is granted:


  • to all students who have passed the baccalaureate with highest honors
  • to students on state scholarships who have passed the baccalaureate with honors
Merit Scholarship

In the form of lower tuition fees, the best students in each class are awarded each year for their excellent results to the tune of:

  • €1500 for the Valedictorian (1st best)
  • €1000 for the Salutatorian (2nd best)
  • €500 for the 3rd best of their class
Family Scholarship

A 25% discount on annual tuition fees is granted to students who have a sibling enrolled at IPAG in the Grande École programme or any other programme.

Alumni Scholarship

A 10% discount on tuition fees is given to all children of our graduates, regardless of the programme.


If you are younger than 28 years old, you can benefit from a state scholarship under certain conditions. The scholarship amount is based on family income, according to a scale established each year by the Ministry of Education. These grants can be accumulated with those from IPAG.