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Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below answers to usual questions that students have about PGSM Business School. We hope that this list, along with the information we have provided in other areas of this Web site, comprehensively answers most of questions.

  1. Which programs can I follow as an exchange student at the PGSM Network?
  2. How can I get my application form?
  3. What are the application deadlines?
  4. How can I register for courses?
  5. How can I find housing?
  6. What will be the living and other expenses for a semester in Paris?
  7. Do I need a visa? How can I get a visa?
  8. What are the insurance requirements for a stay in France?
  9. How and when will I get my transcript of records?
  10. What other information will be useful for me?

1. Which programs can I follow as an exchange student at the PGSM Network?

As an exchange student at the PGSM Network, you can follow courses from all the departments. Here are some of the specializations you can choose from:

  • At ESG Business School (Ecole Supérieure de Gestion, our main management school), you can follow courses in French in the following fields:
    Management de Luxe, Management Financier, Marketing et Publicité, Audit et Expertise Comptable, Production Audiovisuelle, Management du Sport et E-Business. In English you can follow the International Management specialization courses.
  • At ESGF Business School (Ecole Supérieure de Gestion et Finances, our finance school), you can follow the following specializations in French:
    Audit et Expertise Comptable, Marchés Financiers, Ressources Humaines et Financement et Marketing Financier & Gestion de Patrimoine, and the following in English: International Financial Management.
  • At ESGCI Business School (Ecole Supérieure de Gestion et Commerce International, our international business school), you can follow these specializations in French:
    Communication, Marketing et Commerce et Arts, Lettres & Medias.In English, you can follow the International Management specialization courses.
  • Furthermore, you can of course follow our BBA Program courses (taught entirely in English), at 3 different levels, and majors in Marketing, Management and Finance. Please be aware that you cannot choose more than 6 BBA classes each semester.
  • For engineering students, courses are available at ESGI (Ecole Supérieure de Génie Informatique, our engineering school) in French in the following specializations:
    Ingenierie des systèmes/réseaux/sécurité, Ingénierie Telecommunications & Mobilité, Ingénierie Logicielle & Décisionnelle, Informatique & E-management, Informatique appliquée à la Finance et Game Design & Multimedia In English, a Software Engineering specialization enables international students to follow courses.

According to your level of English and French, and of course your level of studies (as some courses, especially in finance, do have prerequisites) all the courses of all our departments are open to you.

Once we have received your official nomination from your home university, we will send you an up to date course list as well as the course choice forms to fill in. This course choice form has to be sent back to us by mail, fax or airmail at the latest 1 month before the beginning of the term.

You will receive a preliminary timetable from us a few days before the beginning of the classes, and you then have 2 weeks to make any changes or drop courses if you feel that you have made a wrong choice.

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2. How can I get my application form?

If you are a student from one of our partner universities (to see the list of our partners please follow the link), please contact your international relations office, as they are in touch with us and can nominate you as an exchange student.

Once your international office has nominated you (by email or fax), you will receive the official application forms from us as well as the details for housing, administrative steps and course registration.

If you are not coming from one of our partner universities, or if you cannot reach your international relations office, please contact us at sgandais@pole-esg.fr so that we can help you out.

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3. What are the application deadlines?

The application form has to be sent back to us, together with all the necessary documents, by June 15th for the Fall term (September – December) and before November 15th for the Spring term (January – June).

Please be aware that we attribute housing on a first come - first serve basis, and that therefore, even if you have not sent us your completed application form yet, for example if some documents like insurance confirmation are still missing, make sure that we receive at least your housing application form as soon as possible. Housing in Paris is not easy to find, and the sooner you apply the easier it will be for you, and for us.

All application forms have to be sent to us by airmail at the following address:

Paris Graduate School of Management
International Relations Office
242, rue du Faubourg St. Antoine
75012 Paris
France

It is recommended to send them prior to that by fax at: +33 1 43 73 56 32

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email at sgandais@pole-esg.fr or assistinterci@esg.fr if you have any questions about this process.

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4. How can I register for courses?

Once we have received your nomination from your home university and / or your application form, we will send you a detailed course list (for the courses in French as well as the ones in English) and a course choice form to fill out. Please make sure that you send us this course choice form back, by email, fax or airmail AT THE LATEST one month before your arrival in Paris.

Please make sure that you have a “B-list” of courses ready, as it might happen that some courses are not opened due to a lack of participants.

A few days before course start, we will send you your preliminary timetable by email, and you will have two weeks (not more!) to drop or change courses in case you want to.

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5. How can I find housing?

Together with the application documents we will send you, you will receive a “housing application form”. PGSM will help you finding housing, either in one of the flats we have at disposal for exchange students (for students staying in Paris for one semester ), or in a student dormitory not far from the school (for students staying one academic year).

Furthermore, we can give you addresses and contact details of PGSM students going abroad for the period when you will be in Paris who may let you stay in their flat.

Please be aware that housing attribution is always on a first come - first serve basis, and that you therefore have to send us the housing application form as soon as possible.

We cannot guarantee that we will find housing for everyone, but we will do our best to help you look for a place to live.

Please be aware that housing is quite difficult to find in Paris, and the average monthly rent is around 400 – 550 €. Fortunately, the French state accords a housing subsidy to students, which gives you the opportunity to get about 20% of your housing expenses back. Our international office will help you with the application form for this subsidy once you have arrived in Paris.

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6. What will be the living and other expenses for a semester in Paris?

Apart from housing (400 – 550 €), living expenses are not too high in Paris. You will spend around 300 - 400 € / month for food, and another 52 € per month for public transportation.
Going out in Paris, to bars and restaurants for example, can be expensive, around € 20 – 30 for a dinner per person. But all the bars and cafés have happy hours, so no worries.

PGSM will issue a student card for you once you have arrived, and you can get important reductions on many leisure activities, especially cinema, tourist site and theatre tickets.

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7. Do I need a visa? How can I get a visa?

Students from the European Union do not need a visa to enter France and do an exchange semester or internship in France or Paris. Please make sure that the expiry date on your passport is at least 3 months later than the END of your stay here.

If you come from any country outside of the European Union, please contact the French embassy in your country to get some information about visa requirements for France. Once you have been officially nominated to come to PGSM, the International Office will issue a letter of acceptance for you, so that you can apply for a visa.

8. What are the insurance requirements for a stay in France?

The French law requires that students who spend more than 4 months in France have to sign up for the French health insurance (around 190 € for a full academic year). Some countries are excluded from this regulation, especially within the European Union. Please make sure that you check this detail prior to your arrival to France with the French embassy in your country or your embassy here in Paris (addresses of all the embassies can be found in the international student guide, which is available for download on top of this page).

In any case, the International Office requires you to show a proof of a health insurance from your home country, which will provide medical assistance and transportation back to your home country in case of injuries, accidents or serious illness (you will have to enclose the proof of your insurance to your application form).

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9. How and when will I get my transcript of records?

After your semester or academic year at PGSM, you will have to fill in a list of courses so that we can be sure that all the courses you have taken will appear on your transcript of records.

The official transcript of records (stating course name, ECTS credits, course credits and grade) will be sent to the international office of your home university about 1 month after the end of the term (February for the fall term, July for the spring term or academic year).

If you want to receive your copy of the transcript of records, please specify this request before your departure (when you hand in your course list).

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10. What other information will be useful for me?

Please make sure to read carefully through the international student guide, as we have put together all the useful information for your stay in Paris in this guide. If for any reason you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the international office by mail, fax or phone, or to contact directly the PGSM buddy network (student association especially for international incoming students). A French student from the Buddy Network will be in Paris to pick you up from the airport and help you with all your non-academic administrative steps (bank account, mobile phone etc.) while you are here.

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