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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Accounting, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Finance, French, History, International Business, Linguistics, Management, Marketing Housing Options: Apartment, Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English, French Minimum GPA: 3
Course Credit: Transfer Credit UNL College: Business Administration
Experience Type: study abroad Program Type: Exchange
Program Leader(s) or Contact(s): Megan Friesen Academic Level: 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior
Program Description:

Program Highlights

  • ESCEM (formerly France Business School) has AACSB accreditation
  • Courses taught in English and French
  • Take business, French language, and cultural classes
  • Live in Poitiers, only 90 minutes from Paris and the Atlantic Ocean


Course of Study

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to choose between 4 different certificates each semester. Certificates are taught in a modular, sequential manner: students focus on one or two courses before moving on to a new set of courses. This allows students more flexibility, autonomy in learning and managing one's assignments. As part of the curriculum, France Business School develops projects that enable students to become fully involved partnership activities with large companies. The objective is to teach students to adopt a proactive approach and make them aware of the need to adapt to changes in the marketing and selling professions. Course modules are covered in 4 or 5 days in the classroom. Individual and group projects and exercises are then to be prepared at home between sessions. Final exams are taken during the final class. Academic Program and course information for Spring 2015.

Course Credit

Credits earned at foreign institutions are transferable to UNL by departmental validation. Please see "earning credit" page on UNL Education Abroad site for more information.


Students who have completed at least two college years and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. A 3.0 GPA is required. Serious students who will adapt readily to the local culture and who will benefit from living in a foreign country will be those selected for the exchange. Please meet with the UNL Exchange Coordinator to learn more about exchange programs and the placement process.

LocationESCEM Chateau

Poitiers is located about 90 minutes from Paris and 90 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. The France Business School (formerly ESCEM) Poitiers campus is centrally located and is nearby many shops and restaurants, including the university restaurant which is only a 3-minute walk from campus. The railway station is only a 5 minute walk from campus and the area is also served by many bus routes. Poitiers is known for its youthful population. Almost 1/4 of the total population of the city are students which helps draw a wide variety of cultural, sporting and recreational events for the community.

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

With the assistance of France Business School \ and the CROUS (regional student organization), students will locate their own accom­modation. Choices range from halls of residence to private studios. The major­ity of rooms are fully furnished. During a semester program there is planned break which allows students an opportunity to travel throughout France and Europe. There are also opportunities to travel before or after the program.


See the "Budget Sheet" above and the Financial page on the Education Abroad website.

Explanation of Costs

Exchange program participants pay tuition and fees to UNL for 15 credit hours at the appropriate resident or non-resident rate, plus a $150 Study Abroad Fee and other fees related to the exchange. Please see the Budget Sheet for a detailed explanation of program costs and the payment process.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.

Additional Resources

Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:

UNL CBA program page

France Business School

French Embassy

US Department of State

Center For Disease Control

*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.