Global Education

Groupe École Supérieure de Commerce de Pau (ESC-Pau)

An HPU Exchange Program
Pau, France


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.

Top 3 Reasons to Study Here:

  • ESC Pau is located near the Pyrenees Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • ESC Pau is a member of the prestigious Chapter of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE).
  • Pau, France, is a safe, quiet, and healthy city.

Quick Facts

Location: Pau, France (population: 135,000)

University: ESC-Pau (950 students)

Terms available:

  • Fall (mid-September to late December)
  • Spring (early February to late May)

Minimum application requirements:  3.0 cumulative GPA, 3.0 major GPA, Junior status

Application deadlines:

  • Fall Term Abroad: March 15
  • Spring Term Abroad: May 15, the year prior

Visa Information: See the Visa Information: France page for detailed information.


Academic Program

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 an extensive view of the course offerings, take a look at the ESC-Pau course catalog or view the Fall 2017 courses.

For more information about the school and life in Pau, visit the official ESC-Pau website.


Credit for Semester Study Abroad

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.

For More Information…

For more information, visit the ESC-Pau website or email a study abroad representative. To schedule an advising appointment, contact the Office of Study Abroad at (336) 841-9280.

Office of Global Education

Location: Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Mailing Address:
High Point University
Office of Global Education
One University Parkway, Drawer 24
High Point, NC 27268  USA

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