The Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Bretagne-Brest (ESCBB) offers Penn State students with focuses in French and business the opportunity to take intensive French courses through a partner language school in addition to directly enrolling in businesses courses with other French and international students. This program also provides for an optional internship upon completion of the academic semester.
Students will attend an intensive three-week, three-credit course in French language at the Centre International d'Etude des Langues (CIEL). Following the intensive language session students may enroll in four, three-credit business-related courses in French at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Bretagne-Brest. Curriculum will consist of courses from regular ESCBB offerings and students are required to register for and complete 15 credits (three from CIEL and 12 from ESCBB). Information about the range of courses on this program can be found at the ESC Bretagne-Brest website.
Students who apply should have an advanced-level of French and have an interest in business. This program runs in the spring semester, which gives students the opportunity to stay through the summer for an internship placement.
Prerequisites Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for this program:
French 201, 202, 331, 332, 351, 352;
Economics 2, 4;
Must be able to read, speak, understand, and write at 300-level, French major level in order to take courses with French students.
NOTE: This program is not suitable for Smeal students since they are not able to substitute their courses for Smeal requirements.
Education Abroad Credits You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take an courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Brest Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Housing and Meals Students are normally housed in homes during the intensive French course in January, and then in an apartment for the remainder of the semester. Both are coordinated with the international office of the host institution. Students will have some meals provided by the homestay hosts, but will be in charge of their own meals when they move to an apartment.
Program Costs For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Financial Aid & Scholarships Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Finances.
For More Information For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Nimisha Thakur, the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
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