ESSEC Global BBA Ranking 2016

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

8 Frequently Asked Questions about starting the ESSEC Global BBA in Singapore

By Janice Liu, Global BBA Year 1 Student Ambassador

Are you thinking about beginning the ESSEC Global BBA in Singapore and looking to find out more about the application process, and how life will be like at the Asia-Pacific campus? Get your answers to 8 Frequently Asked Questions in this blog post!

Feel free to contact us through ESSEC Talk if you have any additional queries, we’re always glad to help!

1. How is the ESSEC Global BBA program structured?
At the beginning of the program, you can choose to start at one of ESSEC’s 4 campuses in France, Singapore, Morocco, and Mauritius. You choose the campus which you would like to begin the program at when or after you submit your online application.

Here is an example of the program structure for students who pick the Singapore Track:
For the first two years, students who pick the Singapore Track will study at ESSEC’s Asia-Pacific campus in Singapore, and complete a 3-month operational internship as well as a 1-month internship at a humanitarian organization.
In the third year, we will travel to Cergy-Pontoise, France and study at ESSEC's main campus. During Years 3 and 4 of the program, students have the choice to choose where they would like to go for the international exchange program at one of ESSEC’s 145 partner universities. This second cycle of the program also includes a 6-month managerial internship stint, where you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned during the course of the program.

2. How are the student life and student clubs like in Singapore?

Students are encouraged to create their own student associations based on their interests. We currently have an active arm of Grand Prix ESSEC, an interest group for Grand Prix enthusiasts, a Debates Society, Dance interest groups, an Indian Cultural Association, a Kayak Club, a Marketing Association, a Photography and Videography Association, as well as the Bureau des Arts (BDA), an interest group for students interested in the Arts. The Asia-Pacific Campus in Singapore also has its own student council, Swingap, that runs the events and clubs around the school.

3. What type of classes will I be taking? How is the timetable like?
Courses you’ll be taking include:
Business Communication
Business Law
Human Resource Management
IT management
2 foreign languages

Courses will be held on week days, typically from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm, and our classes are all taught in English. The first two years may be relatively more intense because the school is preparing us for our time in France as well as our exchange program in our 3rd and 4th years.

4. What are the possible accommodation options in Singapore?
Students have three main accommodation options amongst which to choose:
• Share a flat with ESSEC/non-ESSEC roommates in a condominium or in a Housing Development Board (HDB) flat
• Rent a room in a hostel/boarding school
• Stay in an expat family (Au Pair)

A very nice summary is already done by Lucia, a current student of the MSc in Management program. Have a look here:
Flat-hunting in Singapore Part 1 
5. Are my grades good enough to apply?

ESSEC looks into the totality of each applicant’s profile carefully. In addition to excellent academic grades, leadership and entrepreneurial qualities, teachers’ recommendations, performance during the interview and portfolio also come into play during the evaluation process.

6. How was the Interview like?

Once you have been selected for the interview round, the admissions team will arrange an interview with you on the campus or through a Skype call, depending on where you are currently located. As part of the interview, the school will ask questions with the aim of finding out more about your motivations and aspirations. This is to know if the school is the right fit for you as much as whether you are the right fit for the school. It would also be good to stay updated with the latest news and current affairs. Most importantly, be yourself!

7. What is the difference between starting in Singapore and in France?

The first 2 years of the program focus on the core knowledge and skills to build our foundations in Business, thus the curriculum across the different campuses is consistent. The main difference would lie in the kind of examples and case studies used by the professors. For example, in Singapore, professors will focus more on case studies from Asia.

8. What are my scholarship options?

Scholarships are available for outstanding students applying for the Global BBA program. Here are some of the scholarships available:

Academic Excellence Scholarship
To sustain the academic excellence of the Global BBA, ESSEC Business School offers scholarships to the most outstanding international candidates.

Regional Diversity Scholarship
Varied cultural perspectives and backgrounds enhance the education and experience of all our students as well as being a key factor in the excellence of our programs. With this in mind, ESSEC seeks to create further diversity in its already diverse student body.

Singaporean Scholarship (Singapore Track)
The ESSEC Asia-Pacific branch in Singapore opened in 2005 and in January 2015 moved to a brand new campus in the Nepal Hill district in order to be able to welcome more students and provide them with greater facilities. In this context, Global BBA students can now start their studies in Singapore and benefit from a full range of options available thereafter on all campuses. ESSEC aims to recruit the best Singaporean students to reinforce the school’s dual culture and also contribute to the local economy by bringing expertise to the region.

Kindly note that scholarship decisions are made during the application procedure. Selected students will be notified upon being offered a place on the program.
Please feel free to get in touch with us through ESSEC Talk if you have any other questions!

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