The Groupe École Supérieure de Commerce de Pau (ESC-Pau) program is designed to provide a competitive yet enriching experience that links the traditional business classroom with current industry practice. Set in the Pyrenees, ESC-Pau was established in 1969 and provides undergraduate and graduate programs for students studying business administration and international business. Corporate partners include 3M, Accor, Dell, BMW, Ernst & Young, Ford, Givenchy, IBM, L’Oreal, PriceWaterhouseCooper, Quiksilver, Siemens, Sony, Universal Studios, and many more. Facilities include videoconferencing and projection, a collaborative platform, a video studio for practice interviews, and an incubator that enables graduates to continue working on a company creation or takeover project when they leave school. The ESC-Pau program provides an unparalleled education that is truly global in every sense.
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Location: Pau, France (population: 135,000)
University: ESC-Pau (950 students)
Minimum application requirements: 3.0 cumulative GPA, 3.0 major GPA, Junior status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: France page for detailed information.
ESC-Pau is a business school with nearly 1,000 students. Its programs provide an unparalleled education that is truly global in every sense. It focuses on 1) identifying new business opportunities in the international arena; 2) formulating and implementing a competitive strategic option; 3) managing and coordinating a multicultural workforce; 4) formulating international marketing strategy and building a global brand; and 5) building effective international governance. Wireless internet covers all the buildings and the campus with more than 60 access points all over the school.
For more information about the school and life in Pau, visit the official ESC-Pau website.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
Note: In order to satisfy General Education (Core) requirements, a course must earn a minimum of 3 credits. While HPU is able to accept a relevant course worth one or two credits, one and two credit courses earned at ESC-Pau will not satisfy your General Education requirements.
ESC-Pau offers a wide range of accommodations from single rooms to shared flats. All halls of residence are located within a 2 minute walking distance from the ESC-Pau campus.
The Pau town center can be easily reached by bus (IDELIS) (15 minute journey) from all halls of residence.
Meals are self-catered.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$17,559.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, and HPU fees.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||Varies. Check with your Host University||Host university, housing office, or landlord abroad||Check with your Host University|
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
Reasons for Going: Study Abroad had always been a dream of mine since I started taking French classes in the 7th grade. A semester of traveling Europe, experiencing the French culture, and making international friends seemed like such a dream adventure that I couldn’t let it pass me by. When I found out about the Pau, France, program it seemed like a dream come true: a business-oriented school in the Pyrenees Mountains where I could be immersed in the French culture. Since my major is International Business with minors in French and Human Relations, I knew the experience would be extremely helpful for my learning and my résumé.
Pau, France: After a few brief days of staying with my aunt and uncle who live in France, we drove down to Pau where my school was located. I had no idea what to expect since this was the first I had even heard of this city, but I instantly fell in love after just a day. Pau is a historic city in the southwest of France only 30 minutes from the Spanish border. The main boulevard where most restaurants and bars were overlooks the beginning of the Pyrenees mountain range, a winding river, and the city’s chateau where King Henry IV was born. At night the city center is adorned with twinkling lights at any time of the year, there are modern shopping malls with many international store brands like H&M mixed in with tiny French cafés, and a few large universities to ensure there are many French and international students in town. Like many French cities, the public bus service is very easy to use, taxis wait at every corner each night, and there is a train station and international airport for easy traveling options.
ESC-Pau: École Supérieure de Commerce de Pau is part of France’s Grandes Écoles that attract the top students, and would be equivalent to a Master’s degree in America. The school hosts a specific international class each semester that is taught in English, so I went to every class with a group of students from France, America, Germany, India, and the Philippines. The focus was on International Management and it was so great to have many different cultural perspectives on how to do business, or even how to work on class projects! The university itself was only made up of a building the size of the Wanek Center, which made it very easy to find my way around and to meet other French students. They had a club called the Little Big Program that had French students who would create activities and events for the International students to meet the French students, which made it extremely helpful to make local friends and really see Pau not just as a tourist. Everyone was so welcoming and wanted to talk to us and I felt like I fit in very quickly.
Accommodations: ESC-Pau offered me a choice of four housing options to choose from: a private bedroom with a shared kitchen and bathroom on the hall, a private bedroom and bathroom with a shared kitchen on the hall, suite style living with four students who have their own bedrooms but share a kitchen and bathrooms, or to find your own apartment in Pau. I chose to have my own bedroom and bathroom with the shared kitchen, which was nice to have my privacy, but I was also able to meet people in the kitchen. The dorms have a mix of French and international students, but most of the real French students had their own apartments in the city. The rooms were small but nice and included a refrigerator, but there was no free wifi except in the actual school building so I had to purchase my own plan in town. Overall, the rooms were extremely nice and simple, but definitely a bit of a cultural shock coming from the beautiful rooms we have at HPU!
Travel: Since France is part of the Euro Zone, travel in Europe either by train, car, or plane was extremely easy and I was luckily able to experience many places! First, my international group traveled to a few surrounding cities, the Basque country, and Biarritz a French beach resort. They also took us on a factory tour of Airbus, one of the largest companies in France, which is the leading competitor to Boeing. Separately, I went with a few friends in the international program to rent a car and take a road trip down to Barcelona, Spain where we stopped in the tiny country of Andorra on the way. I was also able to take either a 6-hour train ride or a 1-hour plane trip up to Paris multiple times during my trip. Finally, I could take a direct flight from the Pau airport to Amsterdam, where I stayed for an extended weekend. There were so many other places in Europe that are easily accessible from Pau, but I didn’t personally want to spend every weekend traveling, there was so much to see and do in the area of France where I was!
Advice: To those future students who wish to study in Pau, first I would like to say how jealous I am of you! Studying abroad was one of the best decisions that I ever made at HPU and to be able to do it all over again would be such a dream. No matter where you end up be sure to go in with an open mind and the love of adventure! No matter how Westernized a country is, each place has its own unique culture that may require some adjustments to but if you give them a chance you will surely fall in love. This program really reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in International Business; really seeing all of our unique perspectives playing off of each other in class was awesome. I wish you the best of luck, and if you end up in Pau I have one suggestion: during your first few days just get on the bus lines and jump off at random stops, explore, and don’t worry about getting lost because there is sure to be another bus stop around the corner and who knows what interesting people you will meet!