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International Students

Exchange students and free movers

IPAG Business School has over 130 partner universities worldwide and is delighted to welcome a large number of foreign students every semester.

Any student from our partner universities who wishes to study at our university can find all the relevant information on applications and the exchange programme at IPAG on this page.

Language requirements

Foreign students who wish to take an IPAG Business School course in English or in French must have a level equivalent to B2+/C1.

Step 1: Nomination

Eligible students must be nominated by their home institution via email before starting the application process at IPAG. Your university needs to send the nominations to our international office.

The nomination deadlines are :

  • Semester 1: 1 May
  • Semester 2: 1 November

Step 2 : Application

Please follow the instructions that you will receive by email after nomination and apply for one or two exchange semesters at IPAG Business School.

The application deadlines are :

  • Semester 1: 15 May
  • Semester 2: 1 November

Step 3: Send your application to the International Office

Please send your scanned application documents via email in one PDF-File (max. 25MB) to the International Office.

List of documents to send:

  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • A photo
  • Higher Education grades
  • Learning agreement / Course choice
  • English test score or recommandation from an English language lecturer

Step 4 : After your application

  • You will not receive immediate confirmation that your application documents have arrived. Letters of Acceptance will be sent to you within one month after the deadline.
  • Applications which are received after the deadline or incomplete cannot be accepted.
  • In case you have to withdraw your application, we kindly ask you to immediately inform the International Office.

Non exchange students (freemovers) are also welcome

Students from universities that are not partners with IPAG Business School can also apply for a study abroad at IPAG Business School.
Available for students from any officially recognised university or college with at least one year of study in higher education.
Apply directly to IPAG International Office by e-mail at


Our International office will provide information regarding :


  • Housing, administrative and course registration
  • Orientation days: orientation session before semester starts
  • Practical information, academic regulations
  • ISIC student card, enrolment certificates
  • Banks services, mobile phones contracts
  • Visas and residence permits issued by the prefecture and OFII (Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration)
  • Social security and health insurance.

Global IPAG student association supports the international department in organising activities both on and off campus for international students during their stay.

Under or postgraduate programmes

If you are an undergraduate student, you can apply for the Grande Ecole Programme in French or in English or for the Bachelor of Business Administration in English. The business management techniques are all taught in the context of international business. Students study in a truly multicultural environment , with over 30 nationalities represented in each year group. The academic year is divided into 2 semesters in which the students can select their courses.

Year 1 :

The Fall semester (Semester 1) and Spring Semester (Semester 2 ) courses are fully taught in English.

Year 2 :

The Fall semester (Semester 3) and Spring Semester (Semester 4) courses are fully taught in English.

Year 3 :

The Fall semester (Semester 5) and Spring Semester (Semester 6) courses are fully taught in English.

"2nd cycle (bac+5)" courses

If you are a postgraduate student ,you can apply for the first semester of Master 1 International Management, taught entirely n English on the Nice campus (Semester 7).

Your home institution will decide the number of credits that have to be acquired during the exchange semester. A semester is usually worth 30 ECTS.

French language courses (4 levels) are available for international students.

Academic Calendar (Dates Including Exams)


Programme Grande École 2nd year - American Track or Main Track (English or French) - Undergraduate

Paris & Nice Campuses :

  • Autumn Semester : 24/09/2019 – 11/01/2020
  • Spring Semester : 03/03/2020 - 27/06/2020                  

Programme Grande École 3rd year (English) - Undergraduate

Paris & Nice Campuses :

  • Autumn Semester : 03/09/2019 -  21/12/2019
  • Spring Semester :  Not available

Bachelor of Business Administration 1st year

Paris & Nice Campuses :

  • Autumn Semester : 24/09/2019 - 21/12/2019
  • Spring Semester :   20/01/2020 - 13/06/2020

Bachelor of Business Administration 2nd or 3rd year (English) - Undergraduate

Paris & Nice Campuses :

  • Autumn Semester : 09/09/2019 - 21/12/2019
  • Spring Semester : 20/01/2020 - 13/06/2020

IBMP 4th year (English or French) - 2nd Cycle

Paris Campus :

  • Autumn Semester :  23/09/2019 -  21/12/2019
  • Spring Semester :  13/01/2020 - 13/06/2020

Student Card and IT services

During the orientation session, organised at the beginning of every semester, you will receive your ISIC student card. You will have to keep your student card with you in order to access IPAG and the exam rooms. You shall obtain discounts on numerous products and services (book stores, cinema tickets during the week, university restaurants, etc.). If you don’t have your card with you, you may show proof of your enrolment, but it may not be enough.

An official document with your login and password will be given to you. This will also allow you to access our online platform with digital tools (planning and academic information). Staff and professors will contact you only on your IPAG email address once the semester has started. Make sure you check your emails regularly.

The timetable (“emploi du temps” in French) will be available upon arrival through the student portal.


Your first impressions of academic life in France might be confusing.

  • Professors might seem very demanding.
  • Teaching styles and classroom attitudes vary widely from one country to another and are influenced by many different factors. Always be on time.
  • Regular class attendance and involvement in group discussions are expected. Attendance is mandatory.

Part of your final grade might also be based on class participation. Courses will be split in lectures and tutorials (group work/case studies)

There are also frequent question and research sessions. It is very important that you meet deadlines.

  • You will have mid-term exams mid-semester and final exams at the end of the semester.
  • Students who have failed can resit failed modules.



The National Health Service: “Sécurité Sociale” in France is in charge of reimbursements of health expenses. However, a complementary plan called a “mutuelle” in French is highly recommended in order to have full insurance benefits.

The French healthcare system is recognised as one of the best public health care services in the world. It is a system that provides universal coverage for all citizens.


For Non-EEA Students

  • Before your arrival in France, you must get private health insurance to cover your health expenses for the 3 first months
  • Within 3 months of your arrival in France, you must register with CPAM (Public Health Insurance Agency) to have access to the French general social security scheme;
  • You won’t have to pay any social security contributions.

For students from EEA countries

  • Before your arrival in France, you must have an European health insurance card;
  • You won’t have to pay any social security contributions.
  • You will still be affiliated to the Health Insurance Agency in your country and you will have to send them your medical forms when you get them in France.

Complementary health insurance cover

All students remain free to subscribe to a complementary insurance of your choice to benefit from an additional or full reimbursement of your health expenses (recommended).

You can contact MEP, SMEREP or LMDE.

Don’t forget to subscribe to an insurance: accidents may happen and treatments are very expensive if you are not covered.

CVEC (Contribution Vie Étudiante et de Campus)

Students must pay the Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus (CVEC) administrative fee; For the 2018-2019 academic year, its amount is set at € 90.

This administrative fee is compulsory for all undergraduate and postgraduate students. You must pay the CVEC at the beginning of each academic year

Exchange students coming to France are exempted.


How to pay the CVEC administrative fees ?

  1. Register online at:
  2. Once registered, click on the “CVEC” button and fill in the form. The payment can be made online with a credit card. After you have paid, a certificate of payment of the CVEC will be issued. Download the certificate and record it. You will be asked to provide it at the start of the semester.

Estimated living costs

Paris Campus

  • Student Health Insurance : €90
  • Bedroom in a shared apartmentfrom €500
  • Private flat :  from €800
  • Student residence : from €550
  • Home insurance : from €80
  • Electricity : from €50
  • Landline phone + Wi-fi connexion : from €20
  • Public transport pass : from €75.20
  • Food budget : €250
  • A Sandwich : from €4
  • A cup of coffee : €2

Nice Campus

  • Student Health Insurance : €90
  • Bedroom in a shared apartmentfrom €400
  • Private flat :  from €550
  • Student residence : from €450
  • Home insurance : from €80
  • Electricity : from €50
  • Landline phone + Wi-fi connexion : from €20
  • Public transport pass : from €20
  • Food budget : €250
  • A Sandwich : from €3
  • A cup of coffee : €1.50

Visa Stay

Information with Campusfrance organisation




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