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Novancia (Exchange)
Paris, France (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2016 02/15/2016** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorm (single), Dorm (double), Host Family
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Graduate
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Ann Ganz
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Business, Marketing
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Novancia was created following the merger, in November 2011, of Advancia and Negocia, two schools respectively dedicated to entrepreneurship and commerce. Its origins date back to 1863 when the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Paris (CCIP)  founded its first business school, ECCIP.

Located in the 15th district of Paris, the new premises of Novancia are emblematic of what the school aims to achieve : to provide an environment where students, project initiators, future business leaders and institutional and economic partners can gather together in perfect harmony. Novancia fosters a learner-centered approach, whereby students acquire theoretical knowledge and international experience combined with practical applications through project management and internship/apprenticeship. The school has more than 1,300 French and international undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. Novancia has a strong international and intercultural focus and is committed to offering opportunities for students to explore the challenges of the development of the European Union. The campus has very modern facilities and students experience a learning environment that focuses on using new technologies.  Undergraduate students may study in the Spring semester. Senior business majors and graduate students enroll for the Fall semester. 

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship.

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Paris is a major center of world trade and commerce and offers the ideal setting to study international business. The city is also one of the major gateways to the new Europe, providing the ideal location for cultural and artistic discoveries.  It is a dynamic, multi-faceted city where students can truly experience the world, in terms of culture, history, society, architecture, art, and cuisine. Novancia is located in the 15th "arrondissement" (district) of Paris,

3, rue Armand Moisant
75015 Paris – France

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Academic Eligibility
Minimum 2.75 GPA
Fall semester: Senior or graduate student
Spring semester: Undergraduate junior

Academic Program
WMU undergraduate students may attend ACI an undergraduate-level program offered in the spring semester. International business courses are taught in English and are composed of French and international students. French language classes are offered for international students at the beginner and intermediate levels, and a business French class is offered for students with an advanced level. Senior business majors or graduate students may join Masters students in classes at Novancia during the Fall semester. This graduate program has an international stream composed of 1/3 French students. A list of courses and course syllabi are available in the reference room of WMU Study Abroad office and in the Academic Advising Office in the Haworth College of Business. The international business courses focus on Finance, Marketing, Management, and Business Law. Novancia can assist WMU students in obtaining an internship during or after the program of study.

Fall semester business courses
Spring semester business courses

Academic Credit
Students are required to enroll for minimum 12 U.S. credits. WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Approval Form available from WMU Study Abroad.  Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and Study Abroad staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budgets published at the top of this page, click on one of the following links: Spring, Fall. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship if taking one course (minimum of three credit hours) in the relevant foreign language each semester while abroad.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead!  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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Participants may choose to stay in a student residence or in an apartment.  Novancia provides suggestions and information on housing options in Paris and students arrange housing based on individual preferences.  Housing costs range from approximately $600-1000 per month. 

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Fall 2015

Master 1 program:
Monday,  August 31-  Friday, September 4: Orientation (welcome week)
Monday, September 7: Classes begin
Friday, December 18: Program ends 
Saturday, December 19: Return to U.S. (or personal travel)

Spring 2015 (2016 dates to be confirmed)

Thursday, January 29-30: Orientation at Novancia
Monday, February 2: Classes begin
Friday, May 29:  Program ends
Saturday, May 30: Return to U.S. (or personal travel)

Tentative itinerary subject to change.

Visa Information

U.S. Department of State Student Visa Information
Consulate General of France in Chicago

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Additional Resources

Dr. Steve Newell, faculty director
Haworth College of Business, 3184 Schneider Hall
Tel:  269-387-6166

Ann Ganz, WMU Study Abroad, 2425 Ellsworth Hall
Tel: 269-387-5890

Host Institution Information (external links)
University Homepage
Living in Paris guide
Fall semester business courses
Spring semester business courses
Living in Paris
Novancia's Mission statement
Entrepreneur Boot Camp: A Summer School in Paris 

Country Information (external links)
Country Information
Country Specific Information - France
Culturegram - France

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