SKEMA strives to create an environment where students can learn in a diverse and multicultural atmosphere. The campus is located in Sophia Antipolis, approximately 25 miles southwest of Nice, in the European Silicon Valley. This ideal location provides students with exposure to the European, Latin, and Mediterranean cultures and a perfect environment for enjoying beautiful weather and an abundance of travel opportunities of the French Riviera. SKEMA Business offers courses in International Business, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Sports Management, Management Information Systems and Management. SKEMA is triple accredited by the AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.
SKEMA is a standalone business school in Europe’s best known technology park, Sophia Antipolis. Much of the park falls within the commune of Valbonne, which lies northwest of Antibes and southwest of Nice, France. The success of SKEMA is directly linked to its quality of life and exceptional environment. The area offers not only its natural beauty, but also a high level of cultural and social life enriched by the diversity of its population.
Sophia Antipolis is home to several higher education institutes and university departments which have created a vibrant student community of over 5,000. SKEMA's immediate environment also includes over 1,300 companies in sectors such as information and communications technology or biotechnology.
Most exchange students that attend SKEMA live in Antibes or Juan les Pins. Both are resort towns between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur).
The large international student population in Sophia Antipolis provides a great opportunity for broadening horizons through new friendships. On-campus students are welcome to join one of the numerous student societies or clubs. Enrolling in one of these allow students to take part in campus life throughout their time at SKEMA. Students also enjoy the beautiful outdoor surroundings from café sidewalks, or for the more active, through new sports and activities. From the city square and the coast to nearby mountain ranges, there is always something happening.
Facebook is very popular in France. There are lots of SKEMA groups on Facebook that post events, etc. Students can search for various "SKEMA Bachelor" groups on Facebook.
Fall Semester: early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: early January to early May
Ranking and Rigor
Past participants report that courses at SKEMA are generally moderately less difficult than classes at Tulane.
Freeman students enroll in courses in SKEMA's BBA program. Courses are offered in English and/or French with local students and/or other international exchange students. All courses are taught by SKEMA faculty. SKEMA uses the European Credit System (ECTS). Students must take a minimum of 24 ECTS per semester.
For a list of courses commonly offered at SKEMA and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
The majority of courses at SKEMA are taught in English. Courses taught in French typically include: Consumer Computer Applications, Business Ethics, Macroeconomics
Microeconomics, French language, and Chemistry II.
SKEMA offers French language courses at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Language courses are free of charge and credit-bearing.
Students pre-register for courses online prior to the start of the semester. All exchange students will receive their final schedules during the Orientation Day. Upon arrival to SKEMA there is a 14 day add/drop period. However, please note that past participants report it can be challenging to make changes to course schedules.
Every teacher at SKEMA is a little different in their teaching and assessment methods. Generally speaking, however, Freeman students at SKEMA can expect to experience a more European style of teaching and learning. In comparison to the U.S. style, the European approach is less structured and not so student-centered. Relationships with professors are usually more formal. Student-professor interaction is typically limited. Lectures are the most common teaching style. Lectures are typically 3 hours long with a 15-minute break partway through the class. Professors rely heavily on Powerpoints. Participation may or may not be required. There are relatively few homework assignments. Rather, students are expected to be self-disciplined and stay on top of reading assignments.
Exams, quizzes, attendance and projects are used as assessment methods (varies by course).
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. SKEMA assigns a EAI letter grade to the grades earned at SKEMA. Below please find the U.S. grade equivalents. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
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 and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; 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 are explained on the factsheet. 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.
If you don’t want to live in any of the student halls that SKEMA offers, you are welcome to arrange independent housing. Students often like to live in Antibes or Juan les Pins and commute to Sophia-Antipolis. Past participants recommend living in Old Town Antibes. Nice is too far.
Some students use the Entraide Skema Facebook Page to find housing or connect with potential roommates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195542193815176/. (To join, you will need your SKEMA email address.) Other options include the following:
If you need individualized or customized assistance finding housing, you can contact the housing office at SKEMA. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Study Abroad & Exchange does not endorse any of the housing listed on the above links. Students are responsible for checking the condition of the property before signing a lease or making a deposit.