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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: FREN 101 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, French
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Academic Focus: Business and Entrepreneurship
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid 

Drexel in France: Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur (ESCE)

Paris Louvre Picture

Program Overview

Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur (ESCE) is a business exchange program open to majors and minors of the LeBow College of Business as well as students wishing to focus their study abroad on business coursework. Students can select from coursework in a variety of business subjects including Marketing, Finance, Management, and Entrepreneurship.

ESCE campus is located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, just a few metres away from the Bir Hakeim and Dupleix metro stops. It is situated in the heart of Paris, within walking distance from the Eiffel Tower, in a living quarter comprising more than 22,000 companies.

This program immerses Drexel students completely into French education and culture as they take classes with local French and international students. Many courses at ESCE are offered in English. ESCE may also assist study abroad students in finding a co-op position while in Paris. Students must have already completed one co-op to qualify. As normal, co-ops in France are not guaranteed.

About Paris

Paris welcomes on average 40,000 international students every year. Paris is a centrally located city, at the crossroads of Southern and Northern Europe. It is only two hours from London, Madrid, and Berlin. 
With the river Seine and the bridges crossing it, its grand boulevards, its monumental squares and charming streets, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Knows as the “City of Light” it has more than 200 museums and historical monuments and 426 public parks and gardens. Top attractions include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, the Champs Elysées and Euro Disney. Paris is also regarded as the fashion capital of the world – the city hosts a large number of fashion shows every year and has been famous for ‘Haute Couture’ since the 18th century thanks to Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Vuitton among other world famous brands.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Business majors, minors, and concentrations eligible
  • Completion of FREN 101


Course Availability
Drexel students can choose from a wide range of business subjects and classes offered in French and in English. Students are encouraged to take a French language course based on a pre-departure online placement test. Use the 2017_2018 courses catalogue to search coursework offered at ESCE. Courses do not change drastically from year to year, so this is a good reference.
Course Equivalencies
This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at ESCE. Students may choose courses from this list, though there is no guarantee they will be offered in the future. If a course on the spreadsheet is not listed in the catalog, there is a strong chance that it will not be offered.

Courses in the catalog that have not been pre-approved need pre-approval by the appropriate department at Drexel. For example, to take an ESCE marketing course for Drexel credit, the Marketing Department must pre-approve a Drexel equivalent course.

Tips for Selecting Courses
  • It is recommended for students to select Year 2 and Year 3 courses from the ESCE course catalog.
  • Students may choose Year 4 courses if they have the pre-requisite knowledge.
  • Selecting courses from the same year (2, 3, 4) and/or same major will help to avoid class conflicts.
  • In Year 2, 3, and 4 courses, students will be in class with mostly French students.
  • Courses indicated with "EE" are specifically designed for exchange students’ needs.
  • French instruction class is not mandatory, but highly recommended.

Credits and Grading
Students are taught and graded by ESCE faculty. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their Drexel transcript and will not affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn the equivalent to a "C" or above. Students must take a course load that fits within the full time credit range of both ESCE and Drexel (12 – 20 credits). Students are strongly discouraged from taking the minimum credit requirement.

Program Calendar*

Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Late August
Program End Late December   
*Students must arrange for early final exams or early departure from co-op in summer term in order to participate in this program.


ESCE has partnerships with residences located in the surrounding areas, which sometimes require a short commute on the metro or bus system. Most of the rooms are one person studios with individual bathrooms and kitchenettes. Reservations must be made with the International Relations Department and the contracts offered are for fixed duration.

Students can take advantage of sports facilities thanks to a partnership between ESCE and Forest Hill Aqua boulevard, the largest water park in Europe and sports center. It also includes a fitness center with modern and sophisticated equipment, offering fitness and dance classes.


All non-European citizens are required to apply for a French student visa. To start the visa application process, students should apply through Campus France. Click here for French Embassy Visa Information. Obtaining a French student visa normally requires an in-person interview at the French Embassy, which is located in Washington DC for Pennsylvania residents. Students using their Drexel address can apply and interview through the Washington DC Embassy, even if their home residence is another state.


Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available. Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review the Drexel Affiliated and External Scholarships pages. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/05/2020
03/13/2020 TBA TBA
Winter 2021 08/01/2020 09/01/2020 TBA TBA

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