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International Affairs & Purchasing 5th year Major

The International Affairs & Purchasing Major is open to students in their 5th year of the Programme Grande Ecole at IPAG Business School who studied the Master’s in Supply Chain Management & Business Development.  It prepares students for a career in sourcing in international import/export.

5 year degree
Programme structure
Full time


The International Affairs & Purchasing Major enables students to acquire both technical and managerial expertise. It covers the areas of purchasing and business development techniques. It also focuses on the control of supply logistics, production, and distribution.

How to Apply

Students can enter IPAG’s 5th year majors after completion of the 4th year of IPAG’s Programme Grande Ecole.

To enroll in IPAG’s Programme Grande Ecole, candidates who do not hold a French degree need to complete an online application in English. Please visit the dedicated page.

Candidates who hold a French degree may enter Programme Grande Ecole directly in year 3 or 4 via the entrance exam Ambitions +.



Course Structure

The International Affairs & Purchasing Major includes:

  • Individual career coaching
  • An internship (min. 16 weeks)
  • An additional certification from the French international business association
  • A ‘Certified Associate in Project Management’ certification
  • Modules taught almost exclusively in English to best prepare you for a career in international business.


Career Prospects


  • Business consultant
  • Buyer
  • Supply manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Product manager
  • Export manager
  • Head of subsidiary
  • Export coordinator
  • Export area manager
  • International negotiator