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HEC Paris (BHE)
Jouy-en-Josas, France (Exchange Program) (Fall Spring Academic Year Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
5 Semesters of college level language
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Credit Available For:
Huntsman, Wharton
Other Eligibility Requirements: Grades of B or better in French, See Program Description
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment, Exchange
Application Deadline:
Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: October 1
Program Description:
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Photo Credit:  Charlene You, Lyon, Fall 2013
    Program Snapshot
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The Academic Program
  • Direct Enrollment through Ecole de Management HEC
  • Fall Semester: early-September to late-December
  • Spring Semester: early-February to early-June
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Grades of B or better in at least French 202, but French 212 recommended
  • Enrollment in French the semester prior to the semester abroad
  • On-campus student dormitory
The Town of Jouy-en-Josas
  • Four kilometers to the south east of Versailles
  • Approximately 10 miles from the center of Paris
  • Population: Approximately 8,000
  • Search for this program in XCAT as: Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales-Wharton Exchange (BHE)
The Application Process
Financial Matters
Penn Resources

This program requires an advising session with a Program Manager prior to opening an application. To view the schedule for upcoming group advising sessions, or to schedule an individual appointment, select the ‘Schedule an Advising Appointment’ button on the Penn Abroad homepage.  
The Academic Program

HEC School of Management
Created in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) is one of France's Grandes Ecoles, leading business school and one of the top business schools in Europe. The school has earned international acclaim for its superior programs, groundbreaking research, and outstanding student body. The HEC Business School was ranked number one in Europe by the Financial Times two years in a row, firmly establishing the university's reputation both within Europe and the rest of the world.
The University has a long-established tradition of welcoming international students to its lively and friendly campus: an ideal environment in which to live and learn. HEC prides itself on consistently having over eighty nationalities represented on campus and over 200 exchange students every year. Students are offered many opportunities, both professionally and academically, through the wide range of management courses and specializations. HEC's outstanding academic achievement and the high quality of research undertaken in all fields of management reflect the intellectual profile of its students and the world-class research of its faculty.

Program Structure
Students participating on the Wharton-HEC exchange will select their courses from a number of different types currently offered by the School. The Cours Obligatoires make up part of the required curriculum for all HEC degree candidates and include coursework in accounting, management, business law, marketing and business strategy. Wharton students participating on the exchange must select at least two cours obligatoires as part of their program of study. Cours Obligatoires are offered in both French and English.*

Seminaires de Comportement Managerial are intensive courses designed to build student skills in a specific area of business studies such as negotiations, strategic planning or working with group dynamics. They will typically take place on two weekends during the term. Students on the exchange will complete one seminaire.

Cours Optionnels offer a wide variety of elective courses in business and the humanities and include courses in intermediate and advanced French. All participants are required to enroll in the appropriate French language course as part of their coursework at HEC. Wharton exchange students will typically enroll in one cours optionnel in addition to a French course to complete their curriculum at HEC.

*HEC offers several courses in English that are open to all students. Penn students may take a maximum of one course in English per term; the remaining courses must be in French.

Penn Abroad participants must maintain a full course load during their period of study abroad.

Conversion Scale
Grades are given using the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) A to F scale. ECTS grades will be converted to Penn grades using the following equivalencies:
As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy.

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All exchange participants will live on-campus in one of the HEC student dormitories. Campus accommodation consists of 14 student halls, which are divided into individual furnished rooms and flats. Most rooms have a shared shower system (others have private facilities for an extra cost), a single bed without sheets and pillows, a bedside table, a desk, shelves, two chairs, a wardrobe, a telephone and plugs for TV and network connection, and most have a balcony.
A student restaurant, snack shop and bar are all available on the HEC School of Management campus and are popular amongst the students.
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The Town of Jouy-en-Josas
Jouy-en-Josas is situated four kilometers to the south east of Versailles, right in the middle of the valley of the Bièvre river. A small town with nearly eight thousand inhabitants, half of Jouy-en-Josas is covered by forest. It is home to the HEC School of Management and is located approximately ten miles from the center of Paris. The town dates back to the ninth century when monks from the abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés settled the area. In the mid-17th century, the city emerged as a center for industry. Around the mid 18th century, HEC moved its campus to Jouy-en-Josas. Today, the city is home to several higher education institutes and research centers as well as several historical chateaus and churches, particularly the Roman Catholic Church of St. Martin, which dates back to the 18th century. The town is easily accessible to Paris via the suburban train, a mere 45 minutes train ride.
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Financial Matters
Students are charged Penn tuition and student fee (called study abroad fee the semester abroad) for all Penn programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, meals, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheet to determine other costs. 

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package.        
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Penn Resources

Students who study abroad are encouraged to take advantage of Penn's many resources for students, even if you haven't used them before going abroad.  There is an extensive list of resources on the Penn Abroad website that can help you to explore issues that might pertain to you and to help you prepare for a term abroad. 

In addition to these resources, we encourage you to reach out to a past program participant or ambassador to learn more about the program from a student perspective.
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