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Program Description:

ESSCA Shanghai
Business Exchange Program at École de Management

Through SIUE's longstanding relationship with ESSCA (based in Angers, France), selected business majors and minors may participate in an exchange summer program at ESSCA Shanghai. A variety of core Business courses and electives are offered in English. There is no Chinese language requirement for participation in this program. Chinese language courses are also available.

student in Shanghai, China


Shanghai, People’s Republic of China - with a population of over 13 million - is located on the east coast of central China. Shanghai is China’s capital of commerce, industry and finance. As one tour book states, the pulse of Shanghai is the pulse of Asia’s future. The city consists of two main areas, Pudong (east of the Huangpu River) and Puxi (west of the Huangpu River). Pudong is a special economic zone of banks, skyscrapers and new residential complexes. In Puxi is the Bund, a riverside park bordered by the Jardine Matheson & Co building, the Peace Hotel, and the Palace Hotel all built during the late 1920’s. The Bund is the centerpiece of tourist attractions. To the west of the Bund is the former International Settlement which stretches along the main shopping street, Nanjing Road. To the south of the Bund is what is called the old Chinese City, a maze of narrow streets and alleys. The school is situated in the city centre, 5 minutes by car from Bund (the old port) and Nanjing Road (famous shopping street). In partnership with ESAI, ESSCA’s offices are in Shanghai’s ‘Building of French Affairs’ alongside Alliance Française, French Visa and Embassy Services, the Centre d’Études en France and Campus France.


Course Information

The program of study offered through SIUE's exchange program at Shanghai has been designed by ESSCA. The courses are hosted by ESAI Executive Education. The facilities at ESAI premises include computers, printers, photocopiers, wireless internet and library access. Classes are taught by a combination of ESSCA professors and guest professors from China and other leading universities worldwide. The program consists of formal classes, guest seminars and company visits.


  • Students approved by SIUE's School of Business and ESSCA to participate in this exchange program will be charged SIUE tuition for the anticipated SIUE equivalent courses and credit hours. In addition to the SIUE tuition, students will be billed for the information technology fee. All other SIUE student fees are waived. Students will receive a tuition waiver at ESSCA and pay only administrative fees and housing costs to ESSCA.
  • Housing - Students will need to arrange and cover costs of housing in Shanghai. Students are advised to arrange temporary accomodations in a hotel near the school for the first few nights. Housing will be arranged by specialist rental agencies in Shanghia who will show students around the available properties. ESSCA staff will be able to provide students with support and advice during that time. The monthly rent for a single room in a shared apartment in Shanghai is likely to be around $250 - 300; normally rent will include all utilities. Most apartments will have all the necessary amenities including kitchen equipment, laundry facilities, internet, TV, etc. In most cases accommodation is available within walking distance or a short bus/taxi ride from the school.
  • Additional costs to consider include the roundtrip airline ticket to China, student visa costs, meals and incidental expenses. Compared to many North American and European cities, the cost of living in Shanghai is relatively inexpensive, but of course this depends on your personal lifestyle.
A Student Visa is required for semester long study in China. Visa information as well as other practical information can be found in the ESSCA Shanghai Practical Guide.

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

  • This program is suitable for students pursuing the following degree programs at SIUE:
    B.S. Business Administration
    B.S.A. Accoutancy
    B.S. CMIS
    B.S. Economics/Finance
    B.A. Economics

    Minor in Business Administration

To Learn More and to Start the Application Process

Students must meet with Norris Manning in the School of Business Advising Office to discuss course availability abroad and suitable courses to correspond with remaining SIUE requirements. Please call 618-650-5450 or email to schedule an appointment with Norris to discuss a semester abroad.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Applicants will learn of acceptance shortly after this date. If accepted, students must return to their applications to complete the next phase of requirements.