Schools of management
Whether private and independent or affiliated with a chamber of commerce and industry, France's 230 B-schools offer curricula and teaching methods that are attuned to the changing economic environment and the latest management practices.
Most programs rely heavily on internships and advanced technology. Open to the world through intensive programs of international exchange, France's business schools offer international students up-close access to the European market.
B-school degrees are national diplomas regulated by the French government in accord with the highest international standards.
Annual tuition at most schools is between €3,000 and €10,000.
France's schools of management admit a very large number of international students, based either on their academic background or their scores on an entrance exam. Most programs require 3 years of study and are capped by the award of the school's diploma. Graduates often continue on for a specialized advanced degree such as the MBA or a specialized master (mastère spécialisé).
Some schools have recruitment programs aimed specifically at international students.
The nation's business schools are organized within the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE).
At the universities: institutes of business administration
France's institutes of business administration (IAE) are university-based schools of management. There are IAEs around the country. Programs cover all areas of business and management—including marketing, finance, and human resources. At the undergraduate level they offer the 3-year licence professionnelle in many different specialities, as well as other licence degrees. Master's and doctoral degrees are also offered. Each IAE has its own character and special areas of expertise and excellence.