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The American Business School Paris
Paris, France (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 11/01/2014** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, French Minimum GPA: 2.70
Housing Options: Home Stay, Off Campus Apartment
Program Description:
The American Business School ~ Paris (ABS)
American Business School     French flag map            Paris 5] 

History & Description

Founded in 1985, The American Business School Paris joined IGS University (Institut de Gestion Sociale), in 1995, one of France’s most dynamic private universities. Based on the American academic system, the American Business School Paris has evolved to embody an international vision of education in business and commerce. The mission of The American Business School is to train all of its students to become future business leaders who think internationally, take initiatives, and can work on multicultural teams. The school is also committed to relevance and innovation.  The school is constantly seeking to improve its teaching methodologies and practices and the curriculum is regularly adapted to current market trends and the needs of companies.  And as a result, the school’s dedication to excellence is reflected in its graduate statistics: “Over 1100 of the American Business School’s alumni are currently working across the globe, in over 35 countries, in top-notch positions in marketing, sales, finance and international commerce” (absparis.org).

Paris, France

There are not enough superlatives to truly capture Paris’s essence.  A quayside vista that takes in the Seine, a passing boat, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the lights, and mansard roofs all in one gorgeous sweep is enough to convince you that Paris is indeed beyond words. The French capital's riches are unsurpassed. Whether you opt for the touristy, historic, or bohemian arty Paris, one thing is certain, the City of Light is unforgettable.


 

The Louvre     Paris 4    Paris 6

About The Program        

The American Business School provides a Bachelor of Business Administration degree that is accredited in the US by the IACBE (The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education) and that is also accredited by France.  This program is open to any international students whether they want to study overseas for a summer, a semester, a year, or five years. 

Orientation & Airport Pick-Up

Prior to departure, the American Business School helps students with visa applications and provides any pre-departure information the students may need. Upon arrival, a comprehensive on-site orientation program is provided covering subjects such as Parisian life, French culture, money, transportation, etc. 

Housing

Students will live in a fully-furnished apartment or with a host family. This will be at the students discretion and will be organized prior to arrival. Housing costs will be more expensive than BW housing, this will depend on the type of housing and meal plan the student chooses. Please see Explorations for details.

Food & Laundry

Meals and laundry will depend on students housing arrangements.

Banking & Cell Phones

It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account.  It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals  in order to best avoid any banking problems.  Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session. 

As for cell phone use, students recommend buying a cell phone  and phone cards abroad for both local and international calls.

Transportation

As you will be in Paris, you will have access to the city's excellent public transportation system.  To learn more about public transportation in Paris, click on the following link.

Academics & Activities

All courses are taught in English by international faculty.  Internet access is readily available on-campus, but it is still recommended that you bring your own laptop for convenience. As for extracurricular activities, there are various social events and weekend trips to other European countries which are coordinated by the student government association.  Additionally, sports such as rugby, basketball, volleyball, and soccer are offered.

Health

All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/.


Academic Calendar

Summer 2014

     May 23rd June 26: Summer I
     June 30th July 31st: Summer II

Fall 2014


    September 3rd, 4th, & 5th: Orientation Program
    September 8th: Academic meeting & BBA Fall classes begin
    November 11th: Public Holiday
    December 17th: End of fall semester

Spring 2015

    January 22nd & 23rd: Orientation Program
    January 26th: Spring Classes Begin
    March 23rd 29th: Spring Break
    May 18th: End of the Semester

Summer 2015

    May 22nd – June 25th: Summer I
    June 29th – July 31st: Summer II


Eligibility

Current BW Status

You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.

GPA

Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.)  If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.

Student Conduct Record

Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).

Bursar's Approval

Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.

Insurance

You must be willing to accept and pay for an international health insurance policy as required by the University. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/

What Can I Study?

Class subjects that are offered at this program are: Business, Economics, Finance, French, Human Resource Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, Mathematical Economics, and Organizational Leadership.

Academic Credit

In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.

How Much Does It Cost?


Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Housing at ABS is more expensive than housing at BW. How much more expensive will be determined by the type of housing students choose. More details regarding this can be found by contacting Explorations/Study Abroad. Additional financial aid may be available to help with this additional cost. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit : www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/costs/.

 



 



 
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