Created in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) is one of France's Grandes Ecoles and one of the top business schools in Europe. 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.
For additional information, visit the HEC Paris website.
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 HEC and is located approximately ten miles from the center of Paris.
Did you know…?
Jouy-en-Josas dates back to the ninth century when monks from the abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés settled the area.
The program at HEC Paris is for Wharton students only.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Prerequisite: Grades of B or better in all French courses. Completion of 5 semesters of college-level language or the equivalent, by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure for students wishing to take all courses abroad in French. Completion of 2 semesters of college-level language or equivalent needed if students wish to take their courses abroad in English, with 1 required French language course (this option is for Wharton NON-HUNTSMAN students only). Enrollment in a French course during the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure.
Language of Instruction
A full course load at HEC Paris consists of 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. The total number of courses in which a student enrolls will depend upon the ECTS value of each individual course. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad.
Students will select their courses from a number of different types currently offered by the HEC:
The Cours Obligatoires (Core Courses): These courses make up part of the required curriculum for all HEC degree candidates and include coursework in accounting, management, business law, marketing and business strategy. Penn students must select at least two cours obligatoires as part of their program of study.
Cours Optionnels (Electives): These courses cover a wide variety of subjects in business and the humanities.
French Language and Culture Courses: All participants are required to enroll in the appropriate French language course as part of their coursework 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. However, if students participate with only 2 semesters of college level French, they may take all courses in English plus the required French language course. HEC Paris Program Brochure for Incoming Exchange Students
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 of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.
Grades are given using the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) A to F scale.
Grades are reported to Penn on the ECTS and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by HEC Paris prior to the start of each semester. More information on HEC Paris’s orientation activities will be provided upon acceptance to the program.
If studying in the spring semester, students are able to complete non-credit-bearing internships in the surrounding region during the summer following their studies. Upon arrival, you should inform the host university exchange program advisor about your interest.
The International Office at HEC organizes various events for exchange students each semester. In the past, such events have included evenings in Paris, weekend trips to French towns, and a trip to Disneyland Paris.
Penn students studying at HEC Paris have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. More information can be found here.
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.
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.
Information regarding accommodation can be found here.
Cost and Finance
Penn Abroad Financial Policies
Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs. Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare. Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.
Financial Aid and Study Abroad
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. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.