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The SUNY-Oswego/Business in France program is located at IPAG, École Supérieure de Commerce, in Nice, France. Located on the French Riviera, Nice is a large and busy city with access to important cultural and commercial centers. Nice's economy is based primarily on the non-industrial sector and employment is concentrated in the business and service fields. The city is served by an airport offering easy access to Paris and other cities within Europe. Students can fly directly to Nice from many cities in the USA. IPAG is centrally located in Nice.
This program is designed for business students who have or many not have studied French but who have an interest in business as it is conducted in France and Europe. Business classes are taught in English. An intensive French course accompanies the business program, designed to teach survival French. Students are enrolled at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. No previous knowledge of French is required, however students who do have an advanced level of French and a strong business background may select the business programs for French students, taught in French.
The regular semester load consists of at least three business classes plus the intensive French class. The credits listed are in ECTS (European Credit Transfter and Accumulation System). ECTS credits are not equal to US credits. Students should take around 24 ECTS to equal the 12 credit minimum for full time students. Courses are divided by year and semester. As there may be course conflicts between years, students should only take courses in one year. Below you will find the course offerings along with the syllabi for the respective year.
During the pre-departure process, students will make temporary housing arrangments at one of the nearby hotels or hostels, which cost approximately 30-35 euros per night. (Details on making these arrangements will be provided once the student is accepted to the program.) During orientation in Nice, IPAG will advise students on making housing arrangements by putting students in contact with approved landlords and housing agencies. It typically takes students around 5-7 days to secure their permanent housing. If openings become available, IPAG may contact students during their pre-departure process with potential housing options.
Permanent Housing - IPAG is centrally located in Nice, but like most other universities in France, it does not have residence halls. Therefore, IPAG assists students in finding privately owned furnished apartments within close proximity to the school. There are many apartments available for rental in Nice since this is one of the most popular vacation spots in the world. Prices range from very affordable to very expensive. Students generally share apartments with other American students they meet before or during orientation and/or with French or other international students that they meet once in Nice.
IPAG-Nice will help students find housing through an approved real estate agent during orientation. Students do not have to accept the apartment offered by the agent, and neither IPAG nor SUNY Oswego has any interest in any real estate agency in Nice. Students are also free to find their own apartment through another agent.
Flight and Arrival Information
Students in this program will be responsible for making their own flight arrangments to Nice. Upon acceptance to the program, students will be provided with the arrival date, time, and location to be met by a member of the IPAG International Office.
All participants in this program are required to apply for and obtain a long stay student visa at the French Consulate in New York City. More details and instructions on obtaining the French visa are provided upon acceptance. Note: Non-US passport holders (or dual European Union citizens) may require different procedures. Please contact the program specialist for more details.
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance (https://www.geobluestudents.com) as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.