ESDES School of Management


ESDES School of Management

Highly reputed in France as a leading institution of higher education, ESDES has also won international recognition for the quality of its teaching and research.

An international business school founded in 1987

ESDES has achieved the highest level of accreditation by the French Ministry Education. This means that out of a total of 230 business schools in France, ESDES is one of the 89 whose degree carries the ministry's "visa" of approval. Of these only 42 are able to add the ministry's quality label of "grade de Master" to the degrees they award.

One of only 37 business schools who are members of the prestigious "Conférence des Grandes Écoles" (CGE)

Not all business schools in France accept students directly after high school. ESDES belongs to a highly select group of only five business schools in the whole of France which do so, which use the "grade de Master" label and which are members of the CGE.

The school places great emphasis on the students' development

ESDES gives them access to academics who are experts in their field, whilst providing an integrative environment that is extremely conducive to learning. Throughout the five years of the "Programme Grande École", students will be faced with academic and practical challenges to develop their knowledge and the competencies necessary for their professional live. Through our career development program, all students are assisted by ESDES' excellent academic staff who help them construct and fulfill their professional objectives.

ESDES places great importance on the acquisition of relevant professional experience throughout the curriculum and students benefit from 14 months of internships during their studies, thanks to the strong business links that ESDES has developed across a wide range of industries.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Master in International Business Administration M.I.B.A.

Campus Full time 3 - 4 semesters September 2016 France Lyon

Master in International Business (M.I.B.A.) - In today's volatile and challenging business environment, ESDES's Master of International Business Administration program prepares its graduates to be future international business leaders. The M.I.B.A. program entirely taught in English is a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experiences provided by academics and professionals. [+]

The ESDES Master of International Business Administration is a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experiences provided by academics and professionals: - It aims to give students the capability of evaluating the complexity of the international business arena by providing them with analytical tools for key decision-making processes. - Students will also develop their communication, leadership and teamwork skills. - Interactive learning methods are used in the programme such as business simulation, conferences on international business issues or storytelling by corporate leaders about their successful export or internationalization projects. Programme Structure The first two semesters will concern core study areas covering international business functions and strategies. The third semester is dedicated to a dissertation which has to be written entirely in English. Students can choose their own dissertation topic. Professors may also suggest topics which are in their domain of expertise. Example of courses Semester 1: Fair Trade and Sustainable Development, Corporate Governance, Business Ethics, Innovation/Creativity/ Project Management, Cross Cultural Management and International HRM, Cost Accounting and Controlling, International Business Strategy, Leadership in International Management. Semester 2: International Taxation & Social Responsibility, Country Risk Assessment, Business Game: Global Challenge, OB in an International Context, International Business Law, International Sourcing (outsourcing et e-sourcing), International Financial Management, Import/export Management. Semester 3: Internship/study tour (6 ECTS), dissertation. Language The programme is taught in English. Students can choose a French language course as an elective module. Non native speakers must provide evidence of English language proficiency, for example TOEFL scores or a letter of recommendation from an English teacher. Classes In the European system, a fulltime student takes 30 credit hours (ECTS) per semester. The overall programme is thus worth 90 ECTS. [-]