WWU Exchange in France:
École de Management de Normandie
École de Management de Normandie (EM-Normandie) is a traditional French business school and was founded in Normandie in 1871
Programs are available in French or English
EM Normandie offers a dual-degree for Academic Year students
EM Normandie has campuses in Caen, Le Have, Paris, Oxford, and Dublin. Some campuses may not offer programs available to exchange students
Locations (available to exchange students)
Fun Facts about France
- The Hair Dryer was invented in France in 1888
- French gastronomy was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2010
- France produces nearly a billion tons of cheese a year in around 1,200 different varieties
- Paris was originally a Roman city called Lutetia
- There is a coffee shop in France where asking for coffee without saying please makes the coffee more expensive
- It is estimated that roughly 39% of French people speak English
is located in northwestern France, on the Orne River. The beauty and culture of the city is easy to find from its traditional stone gothic architecture and ancient abbeys to its host of excellent museums. It is a major train and ferry point allowing for ease of transport as well as being a hub of college life due to the 30,000 plus students that call it home.
is roughly 60 miles north of Caen. It is the second largest port in France. In 2005 UNESCO inscribes the central city of Le Harve as a World Heritage site. According to the World Heritage Center, “Le Havre is exceptional among many reconstructed cities for its unity and integrity. It combines a reflection of the earlier pattern of the town and its extant historic structures with the new ideas of town planning and construction technology.”
is located in the southeastern region of England. Harry Potter fans may be familiar with the Great Hall at Christ Church, which was used as inspiration for the Hogwarts dinning hall. One of the oldest forms of graffiti on record exists at the bottom of the stairs in the Great hall at Christ Church where the words “no peel” are burned into a door. Legend had it that the words were a protest against eating potato peels as a form of inoculation against the Black Death, but they were more likely a protest against the Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel.
Academic Program and Courses
The academic year runs from September to May.
- Fall semester: September to December
- Spring semester: February to May
Although there are several programs at EM Normandie, the four most accessible programs for English-speakers are:
The European Business Program
- The European Business Program (Caen)
- The General Management Undergraduate Program (2nd Year) (Oxford)
- The General Management Undergraduate Program (3rd Year) (Le Havre and Oxford)
- The Bachelor in International Management Program (Le Havre)
is suitable for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Business students. It is available Fall semester, Spring semester, or Academic year. This program focuses on developing a cross-cultural understanding of business practices in Europe. In the Fall, students will take courses in European institutions, Multicultural Management, Doing Business in France, French Culture, and French Language. In the Spring, students will take courses in International Development, French Culture (part 2), Doing Business in Europe, Working in France, and French Language. Students are on a track program and are expected to take all the courses offered in the program. This program is 30 ECTS (22 quarter credits) per semester.
The General Management Undergraduate
Program (2nd Year) is suitable for 2nd year Business students. It is available Fall semester, Spring semester, or Academic year. This program focuses on developing basic business skills in marketing, management, finance, and culture. Students are also expected to study a second language (Spanish, German, Italian, and Arabic are options) Students are on a track program and are expected to take all the courses offered in the program. This program is 30 ECTS (22 quarter credits) per semester.
The General Management Undergraduate Program
(3rd Year) is suitable for 3nd year Business students. It is available Fall semester, Spring semester, or Academic year. This program builds on the foundation work developed in the 2nd Year program. Students are also expected to study a second language (Spanish, German, and Italian are options). Although this is a track program, there may be an elective available as well. Students studying in the Spring may be eligible to participate in an internship. This program is 30 ECTS (22 quarter credits) per semester.
The Bachelor in International Management Program
is suitable for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students. It is recommended for students seeking a dual degree from EM Normandie. This program is only available for an Academic year. In the Fall, students focus on modules, which are broken down into separate sections. For example, there is an Environment Business Module. Within this module, students take three separate courses; Job Research Techniques, International Press Review, and International Business Law. Each course is 2 ECTS (1.5 quarter credits). The module itself is 6 ECTS (4.5 quarter credits). In the Spring, students continue working in the modular system, and complete the semester with a dissertation. As with the other three options, this program is a track program where students are expected to take all the courses offered in the program. In total, this program is 60 ECTS (45 quarter credits)
Students who are fluent in French may apply for an International Logistics program. 4th Year Students who are nearly finished with their business program may be permitted to enroll in a Masters 1 program with prior permission from EM Normandie.
EM Normandie has its own online housing platform, where you can find offers from property owners, student residencies, agencies or the school community. To consult the offers, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive your activation key. Connect to the platform http://housing.em-normandie.fr/en
, click on “Student Login” and then on the tab “Sign Up”. Create your personal account with your activation key.
Whichever solution you opt for, please be aware of potential scams! If in doubt, please write to EM Normandie before signing anything.
APL Housing Support
All students, regardless of their nationality, may apply for a monthly housing subsidy at the CAF (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales, or Family Benefits Fund). This allowance, called “APL”, is granted to applicants meeting different criteria (rent amount, surface of your flat, financial status...). Students may apply directly on the website or at a CAF office. www.caf.fr// 0810 29 29 29 (standard call fees apply)
Accommodations are estimated at 350 – 570 Euros per month.
Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
Please note that France uses the Euro as it is the common currency of the European Union.
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): USD ~$2,750 per quarter
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): USD ~$3,940
- Housing: 350 – 570 euro/month
- Meals: 200 – 300 euro/month
- Books & Supplies: 200 euro/semester
- National Health Insurance:
- Study abroad health insurance: USD $1.56/day
- Housing insurance: ~60 euros/year
- French Health Insurance: ~230 euros
- Personal Expenses: 100 – 300 euros/month
- Airfare: $800 - $1,300
How to Apply
Step 1: Interview and Nomination
You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to EM Normandie. Here is the nomination process:
- Create one EdAbroad application
- Complete the following four items in the Pre-Decision Section:
- Sign the Read & Sign forms
- Pay the application fee
- Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
- Submit a completed Recommendation.
- There are two other items in the Pre-Decision Section, but students can complete them either before or after the interview.
- Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.
Deadline for Submitting Nomination material
- Fall Semester: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
- Spring Semester: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Once the student has come in for an interview, the status in their EdAbroad application will be changed to "Interviewed".
Step 2: Accept the Nomination
The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed. Note that different host sites have different nomination and application deadlines. The timeline of the host site’s application process strongly influences the order in which the EdAbroad office processes student applications.
The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
In order to accept the nomination, students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.
Once nominated students have submitted their signed and initialed nomination letter, their EdAbroad Application status will be updated to "Accepted". When a student's application status is changed from "Interviewed" to "Accepted", the remainder of the EdAbroad application material will become available for review and completion.
Step 3: The EdAbroad office submits your nomination to EM Normandie.
The EdAbroad office must formally nominate you to EM Normandie. When submitting your nomination, the EdAbroad office will need to know the following information:
- Name of Student
- Email (We will provide your Western email by default. Let us know if you wish us to use a different email.)
- Preferred language of instruction
- Academic Level (while abroad)
- Level of study at EM Normandie (e.g. 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year)
The deadlines for submitting your nominations are:
Step 4: Fill out and Submit your EM Normandie Application
- Fall/Academic Year: First week of April
- Spring Semester: First week of October
Once nominated, the EdAbroad office will send you a link to the application material. You will need to upload the following documents:
- Official Transcript
- Copy of your Passport
- Proof of Language Proficiency if taking courses in French
Step 5: Acceptance Letter and Applying for your Visa
- Fall/Academic Year: April 15
- Spring Semester: October 15
Students should be aware that the Visa application process is lengthy and complicated. Students are advised to educate themselves thoroughly. In short, students will need to do the following:
- Start the application process by applying through Campus France. Students will need their Acceptance Letter from EM Normandie in order to complete their Campus France applications.
- Request a student visa at your assigned French consulate
- Schedule an in-person appointment at your assigned Visa Processing Center, which will be in San Francisco for residents of the state of Washington
Note that during peak activity times, especially in the summer, available appointment slots fill up very quickly
You will want to make your appointment for at least 2-3 weeks prior to your anticipated departure date to allow time for the French Consulate to process your visa request
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