Eligibility for MBA in France

France houses some elite business schools; here is everything you will need to make it into one.

Bachelor’s qualification

Undergraduate training is mandatory for all business schools. HEC Paris is one of the popular schools which requires a minimum work experience or great scores that will make you stand out and waive off an undergraduate degree.

Work Experience

Major business schools require at least two to three years of work experience. An average profile from the previous year’s class show six or more years of experience. Qualities of leadership, teamwork, initiative, and management skills are qualities that schools assess through work experience.

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Test Score

A GRE or GMAT score of the applicant helps the B-schools analyze the basic zeal through analytical, quant, and verbal skills. Elite business schools require GMAT scores over 690.

English Proficiency Test Score

English communication can be proven through various tests like TOEIC, PTE, TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge English exams. Different schools prefer different scores to qualify.

An updated resume, reference letters from previous work or academics, motivational essays, and transcripts are required for applying to business schools. Approved applications are requested for an interview before the decision is made.

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Course Duration

The course duration for MBA varies among universities. While some business schools take two years to complete their course, others offer a sixteen-month crash course. An MBA diploma course takes a minimum of one year of duration.

Documents Required

The admission procedure requires some of the basic documents such as-

  • Passport
  • Passport size photos in the application form.
  • Documents of loan
  • Financial proofs
  • Authentic and original documents of colleges and schools
  • Essays as asked by University and purpose statements
  • Recommendation letters with an updated resume
  • Scholarship essay
  • Other documents asked by the university

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Admissions Requirements, Fee, Intake & GMAT Score at MBA Programs in France

Business SchoolProgram NameDurationIntakesAvg. Work ExperienceClass SizeGMAT
Grenoble  Graduate School of Business (GGSB)GGSB MBA12 MonthsSeptember 8.0 yrs


HEC ParisHec Paris MBA16 monthsJanuary, September685
INSEAD FranceINSEAD MBA10 MonthsJanuary, September6.0 yrs1024701
ESSEC Business SchoolESSEC MBA12 MonthsSeptember6.0 yrs40
IESEG School ofManagementIESEG MBA12 MonthsSeptember
International School of Management FranceISM MBA12 MonthsJanuary, April, October
EMLYON Business SchoolEMLYON MBA12 MonthsSeptember7.0 yrs28
EDHEC Business SchoolEDHEC Global MBA10 MonthsJanuary, September8.0 yrs628
SKEMA Business SchoolExecutive MBA Risk, Globalization and Diversity24 MonthsSeptember
ESC Rennes School of BusinessESC Rennes School of Business MBA, Management of new technologies and innovation18 MonthsOctober
Audencia Nantes School of ManagementMBA in Responsible Management12 MonthsSeptember7.0yrs
Neoma Business SchoolNeoma Business School MBA12 MonthsSeptember8.0 yrs


ENPC school of managementSolvay-Ponts MBA, Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship,12 Months
Toulouse Business schoolAerospace MBA12 MonthsSeptember
CDI- College des IngenieursCollege des Ingenieurs France, MBA10 Months
ESCP Europe, Paris CampusEuropean Executive MBA18 MonthsJanuary10.0 yrs81


IEMIEuropean Institute of International Management MB, International Hospitality and Luxury Brands managementNovember
ESLSCAInternational Graduate Education MBA12 MonthsJanuary, April, September



Kedge Business SchoolMBA24 MonthsFebruary,October, November

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Work Permit for international students in France

Universities allow twenty hours of work every week only if they carry a long-term visa and do not tamper with the academic schedule. Here are some of the steps to become a resident in France.

  • Any applicant with a master’s degree or higher must apply for APS (Authorisation Provisiore de Sejour). It means Temporary Resident Permit with a validity of one year. It acts as a job search option for the student on the visa status that allows them to work part-time while searching for full-time jobs.
  • If the student is an Indian, an extension of one tear can be applied with APS. Therefore, the student will have a total of two years to look for a job. Also Read – 93 Nationalities with 34% Female Presence in INSEAD Class of 2017
  • If the student can find a full-time job within this period, then two types of work permits are assigned. One is CDD, meaning there is a definite time period for legally working with the company. And the other is CDI, which gives you an indefinite permit to work with the company. Both CDI and CDD require the applicant to change the student visa into a work permit within the probationary period of two months.
  • With a permit of CDD, the applicant must look for a job or try to change it to CDI with the current employer.
  • With the CDI permit, the applicant can apply for a resident who has a year’s validity, and one must renew it every year to work and stay officially in France.

After five years of renewing the resident’s license, the applicant can issue a tenure residents permit that is valid for a long time and work as a permanent resident in the country to France.

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