Operating from campuses in Lille, Nice, Paris, London and Singapore, EDHEC is one of the top 15 European business schools, and one of the top 3 Business Schools in France. Fully international and directly connected to the business world, EDHEC is a school for business, rather than a business school, where excellence in teaching and research focuses on innovation to stimulate entrepreneurship and creativity.
EDHEC functions as a genuine laboratory of ideas and produces innovative solutions valued by businesses. The School’s teaching philosophy, inspired by its award-winning research activities, focuses on “learning by doing.”
EDHEC Business School has built a vast network of prestigious academic partners around the world for student exchange, summer programs, and double degrees. For many years, EDHEC has pioneered a truly cross-cultural and international approach with students, faculty, international corporate partners, and alumni from around the globe. As a result, the school itself has become a fantastic melting-pot with international students and faculty representing 100 nationalities on our campuses, EDHEC is proud to welcome over 350 incoming exchange students per year from partner schools. Whether it is for a short program or a double degree, you will gain an intense academic and cultural experience.
The city of Lille is the traditional capital of Flanders, close to major cities such as Paris (1 hour train ride), Brussels, Amsterdam, and London. Named European Capital of Culture in 2004, Lille is a major tourist destination and is renowned for its heritage, culture, and dynamism.
Lille is France's fourth-largest city (by greater urban area). In recent years it has transformed from an industrial center into a glittering cultural and commercial hub. Highlights include its enchanting old town with magnificent French and Flemish architecture, renowned art museums, stylish shopping, outstanding cuisine, a nightlife scene bolstered by 67,000 university students, and some 1600 designers in its environs.
In 2020, Lille will become the World Design Capital (the first French city to do so), with design agencies and other creative enterprises opening their doors to the public, and exhibitions and festivities throughout the year.
Freeman students are encouraged to fully integrate into university life at EDHEC. With more than 60 associations, ranging from sports to charities to those for fashion and the media, there is an association for everyone. Some of these groups, such as the Raid EDHEC and the Course Croisiere EDHEC, have become internationally renowned.
The Fall Term at EDHEC runs from late August to the end of December. The Spring Term runs from early January to late April or early May.
Ranking and Rigor
The program at EDHEC is new. No feedback from past participants regarding level of challenge compared to Tulane.
Freeman students at EDHEC Lille Campus have the option to enroll in one of three programs:
EDHEC BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration) undergraduate program
Pre-master Grande-Ecole undergraduate program (taught primarily in French, although students may choose the "English Track" or "Classic Track" - which is entirely taught in French).
Business Management track Master level 1 (equivalent to upper undergraduate level in the USA) - taught in English.
Students must select either the BBA, Grande-Ecole English (GE_EN), or Grand-Ecole French (GE_FR), or Master level 1 (M1) program before choosing classes. Course choices should then be made within the offerings of the program selected (i.e., students may not mix classes offered in different programs).
EDHEC does not allow modification of course choice one the learning agreement has been approved and signed by Tulane. We strongly advise students to review the syllabus of each course carefully before choosing it, and to consult your advisors before making a definite choice.
For a list of sample courses offered at EDHEC Nice and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered. Courses with "BBA" are the Bachelor in Business Administration, M1 refers to the Master level 1 program classes offered.
All listings are subject to change and students are responsible to check host institution course descriptions and to ensure that they have the prerequisites for each individual course.
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 the EDHEC course listing for the appropriate program available online - linked to from the program fact sheet (see link at the bottom of this page). The list may be finalized in summer for the Fall and winter for the Spring, but courses offered tend to be similar to the previous year's offerings.
EDHEC BBA offers French language courses to visiting students free of charge during the fall and spring semesters. Several levels are offered (beginner, intermediate, advanced-Business French) according to the chosen study program. French language courses are credit-bearing.
After nomination, students will be asked to complete the application procedure (instructions will be sent via email). Information on how to register will also be sent directly to applicants via email.
Because this is a new partner, there is no information from prior Tulane students regarding the academic culture. But we do know that the teaching methods used in the EDHEC courses consist of tutorials, lectures, workshops, and seminars. Each course syllabus should include this information specific to the course.
Different classes are graded differently. Each syllabus describes the evaluation and grading methods for the 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. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at EDHEC. 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 business 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 schools 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 to EDHEC, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. You will submit your application materials, including a transcript, via the EDHEC's online application portal. You will receive application instructions by email from EDHEC once you have been nominated to the program.
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.
Accommodation is offered to nominated students at the EDHEC residence hall. There are 2 options for students:
Kots: apartments shared by 8 students with private bedrooms and bathrooms for each student
Private studios: individual apartments with private bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette.
Student housing is in high demand, plus these options are on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is best to reserve as early.
Some students prefer not to take advantage of the on-campus housing and so may opt to look into the availability of independent housing. Students are responsible for finding their own accommodations, although some guidance is available via the EDHEC BBA International Relations Office.
Note: Study Abroad & Exchange does not endorse any of the housing listed on this web site. Students are responsible for checking the condition of the property before signing a lease or making a deposit.