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Featuring CCIS Programs

European Studies Angers, Brussels, Paris Summer

Angers, Brussels, Paris, France (Europe)

Quick Facts

Summer 2018
Dates:  June 5 – July 6, 2018
Application Deadline:  April 10
Costs:  $3,986 CCIS Member | $4,386 Non-Member


Program Overview

Since its foundation in 1909, ESSCA has drawn inspiration from the prestigious heritage of the French "Grandes Ecoles," the top graduate schools of management in France. At the beginning of the 21st century, ESSCA represents an innovative and forward-looking organization with 2000 French and international students on five different campuses, conscious of its tradition yet open to change and new ideas.

In September 2006 ESSCA opened a centre in the heart of the 21st century new business capital, Shanghai. ESSCA's increasingly multinational faculty is committed to excellence and continuous improvement in both teaching and research. Strong links with the corporate world have been built up over the years and ESSCA cooperates with over 2000 companies each year for a range of activities, such as consulting, executive education, market research and student internships.

The programme starts in Angers. The first three weeks include intensive classes as well as cultural and business field visits. Week 4 is the Brussels Seminar and week 5 is in Paris.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Truman State University
Rosa Virginia Mendez
Assistant Director

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(660) 785-4076

This program is sponsored and administered by Truman State University.

Academics & Program

Weeks one through three are in Angers. The intensive programme of the first three weeks includes the following courses:

  1. European Union Studies: A multi-disciplinary overview of the historical development of the European community since the postwar period, an introduction to the comnplex institutional framework and the major actors of the current European Union. 
  2. European Economics: An introduction to the functioning of the European single market and major economic policies, a comparative analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the EU and individual member states.
  3. Culture and Communication: An introduction to fundamental concepts of intercultural communication, skills and compentencies for efficient communication in a multinational environment, cross-cultural stereotypes, perception and cultural awareness, focus on French national culture: heritage, tradition and collective identity.
Classes are completed by subject-related field visits.

Week four is the Brussels Seminar. The group travels to Brussels for a series of visits and meetings, including visit to the European Commission with several informational meetings, meeting with a member of the European Parliament, visit to the European Council, meeting with a representative from a lobbying agency or consultancy, meeting with a correspondent from international media, visit to the permanent representation of a member state or region, etc.

Week five is the Paris week. The Paris week is a debriefing week, during which students reflect on their experience and the acquired knowledge. The week also includes wrap-up sessions which conclude the different courses outlined above, specially for the European Union studies part. The program ends with a farewell dinner in Paris.

Assessment is carried out in different forms at regular intervals throughout the program.


Academic Highlights

Three weeks in Angers, one week in Brussels, and one week in Paris. Lecture-related field visits to the Loire Valley, Normandy, Paris and Brussels.

Credits: Six semester hours*
Instructor's Language: English
*Please note: Transcripts from ESSCA operate under the EUROPEAN CREDIT TRANSFER AND ACCUMULATION SYSTEM (ECTS). Universities in the U.S. typically award .5 credit hour for every 1 ECTS credit. For example, a course worth 5 ECTS would transfer to the U.S. as 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours. Please contact your advisor for questions and clarifications.

Student Life & Housing

Student Life

The program offers a stimulating multicultural learning environment which develops cross-cultural skills through group work with a multinational body of professors and students.

Students are provided a first hand initiation into all the essential aspects of European business and its interactions with the United States and other important regions in the world.


In Angers, students stay in a student residence (common kitchen, but individual rooms with a bathroom). For Brussels and Paris, students stay in three-star hotels on a double-room basis.

Duration & Costs


Summer 2018

June 5 - July 6, 2018

Financial Aid
Students check with their home institutions.


Summer 2018

Costs:  $3,986 CCIS Member | $4,386 Non-Member

Costs included: Housing, all breakfasts and lunches (except Angers), local transport in Angers, Brussels and Paris, tuition, CISI health insurance, all field visits organized by ESSCA, access to PC, internet and library on campuses in Angers and Paris.

Costs not included: Estimated airfare ($1,600), meals which are not offered by the program and personal expenses ($1,000), visa, and passport fees.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Minimum GPA: Students must have at least a 2.50 GPA
Minimum class standing: Students may be undergraduate or graduate level

Application deadline

Summer 2018

April 1

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Supplemental Application Material

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Do not fill forms out in your web browser. Submit the completed supplemental application material directly to your study abroad advisor or to the program sponsor. Make sure to check with your study abroad office to learn how they want applications submitted.

Two academic references
Official copy of transcript
Color copy of passport (biographical page)
ESSCA application

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad


"The 2004 ESSCA Summer Programme will go down in my personal history as one of the most enjoyable, challenging, eye-opening, tiring, and memorable experiences of my life. This sounds like such a cliche . . . But ESSCA was wonderful and more than I could have even hoped for -- with a few deductions for no air-conditioning or ice cubes (just kidding!.) Moreover, the other students from all over the world have reminded me that there is intellectual excitement about learning and debate and that there are different ways and views."


"Over the past 5 weeks I have seen, tasted, studied, and lived the European Union and European culture. I have benefited by the lectures of many various speakers, but, most of all, I have learned from confronting new ideas and challenges, and I have grown from these experiences due to the personal reflection they have caused."