The U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Alert for Europe. The Department of State has not advised individuals to defer travel, but cautions travelers to remain vigilant when in public areas and using mass transit. At this time there are no plans to cancel or suspend Freeman exchange programs in Europe. Freeman will continue to monitor the safety and security situation in the region and will communicate any changes to program participants if changes are necessary.
NEOMA Business School is a French business school, created in 2013 by the merger of two business schools: Rouen Business School (established in 1871) and Reims Management School (established in 1928). According to their latest performances as separate organisations in the 2012 Financial Times ranking of the best Masters in Management, Rouen Business School's flagship degree was the world's 17th best and Reims Management School's was 23rd.
The school has more than 8,000 students, 200 academic staff (of whom more than 40 percent are international), 300 university partners in 75 countries and over 49,000 alumni. The school is triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.
NEOMA is a standalone business school, as opposed to a business school embedded in a university, and is known for its close partnerships with industry.
Blessed with a gorgeous cathedral, site of royal coronations for a thousand years, Reims (pronounced “rahns”) is the largest city in the region and the unofficial capital of Champagne. While it was almost obliterated by bombing during World War I, parts of the historic center have survived, including the above-mentioned cathedral, which has been beautifully restored. Nothing can prepare you for that first skyward glimpse of Reims’ cathedral. Rising golden and imperious above the city, the cathedral is where, over the course of a millennium (816 to 1825), some 34 sovereigns – among them two dozen kings – began their reigns.
Meticulously restored after WWI and again following WWII, Reims is endowed with handsome pedestrian boulevards, Roman
remains, art-deco cafes and a flourishing fine-dining scene that counts among it four Michelin-starred restaurants. Along with
Épernay, it is the most important center of Champagne production, and a fine base for exploring the Champagne Route.
Take a tour of Reims by watching the following vue cu ciel.
The NEOMA Business School Reims campus is on two sites with a contemporary architectural style, located just five minutes from each other by tram.
The campuses are equipped with state of the art teaching equipment : interactive whiteboards, simulation rooms, trading rooms, language labs, student society offices, multi-media library, student life areas, etc.
A 100 percent multimedia environment offering innovative learning can be accessed on and off campus: e-learning platform, remote access to the School's databases and documentary material (e-books, electronic periodicals, specialised databases, etc.).
Close to the city centre and major transport routes :
10 min from Reims city centre by tram
10 min from the TGV railway station by tram
30 min from Charles de Gaulle airport by train
45 min from the centre of Paris by high-speed train
The International Student Union does a great job in welcoming all the exchange students and providing activities and events, such as trips to Disneyland Paris and coffee dates with other exchange students and French students. The International Student Union also offers a buddy program that is a great opportunity for getting to know the French students at school. Another student union at school called Le Bureau des Elèves organizes parties and events about two times a week.
In addition to student activities and courses, many other events are organised on the Reims campus. Open to everyone, they provide students and Reims residents with opportunities to participate free of charge in cultural, political, economic and social discussions. This is one way in which NEOMA Business School contributes to the life of the region and its intellectual heritage.
The Fall semester runs September - December. The Spring semester runs January - June.
Students have access to a wide range of courses offered at the Bachelor (undergraduate) level. Most courses are offered in English and in French. Students may choose to attend a full program in either French or English, or a mix. Exchange students at NEOMA Business School do not have to be proficient in the French language and some do not speak French at all. However, it is recommended that students take French language and culture classes (offered free of charge) during their stay in France.
For a list of courses commonly offered at NEOMA and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see NEOMA's course catalog.
NEOMA offers courses in French Language and Culture for incoming exchange and international students. Please see NEOMA's course catalog for more information.
Registration information is sent to students after they have been nominated to the exchange program.
NEOMA Business School’s pedagogic philosophy is deeply rooted in practice-based learning or “learning by doing”, one that in particular encourages real-world experience of management issues. This translates into constant interaction between theory and practice and a wide variety of methods used in courses and programs.
The teaching style is generally practical and informal. Professors use a number of cases in class exercises. Students work both individually and in groups, although group work is the most common. Most teachers expect dialogues with their students during class.
Most teachers use PowerPoint presentations when teaching.
In many programs at NEOMA, classes are taught one course at a time. You will spend a few weeks in one course before it wraps up and another begins. Classes are typically held in the mornings and afternoons. Professors come from schools all over the world (USA, Canada, South Africa, France, etc.) and many are only at NEOMA for the short period of time during which they are teaching.
In addition to the final examination, classes are assessed continuously (participation, small projects, papers, etc.). Field projects require written reports sometimes accompanied by an oral exam. Attendance is compulsory; a mark for participation is common in all classes.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
In France, grades can go from 0 to 20, with 20 being the highest grade. Yet, most teachers do not use the full scale. A grade 18, therefore, is probably the highest grade a student can expect. This is considered excellent. To validate or pass a course, one must receive at least 10 out of 20. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at NEOMA. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad.
Requirements for Courses Taught in French
If you wish to take courses taught in French with local students, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session. Once you have attended the info session, Goldring will set you up with a general semester abroad application. Login to your FreemanAbroad account to complete the application. Application deadlines are noted below.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. You are encouraged to list six schools on your semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria, including GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Secondary application requirements will be explained after nomination. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet.
NEOMA Housing Platform
Near the campuses or in the city center you can find accommodation in student residences or private flats, take a room in a youth center, or choose to share your accommodation with a senior or disadvantaged citizen. NEOMA has its own accommodation platform to assist you with: