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About HEC Paris

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HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) Paris is considered to be one of the “four aces” in training the French elite. Unique to France, the “Grande Ecole” concept was introduced by Napoleon so that “the best and the brightest” could be channeled into his ministries, armies, and engineering corps. HEC's School of Management is among the first business schools in Europe and the first in France to hold the Triple Crown Accreditation. HEC has a long-established tradition of welcoming international students to its lively and friendly campus: an ideal environment in which to live and learn for over 3500 students from 80 nationalities in our programs.

Stern has established an undergraduate exchange with HEC Paris during the third year (or what HEC refers to as the "foundation" year) of its five-year program. HEC Paris’s five-year program consists of two years of rigorous study that some consider equivalent to the first two years of a bachelors program. This is followed by an additional three-year program where students complete their bachelor studies and then commence their master level studies. HEC students earn a master's degree at the end of their five-year program.

 

Term Dates

HEC Paris offers IBEX opportunities in the fall and spring semesters.

  • Fall semester: early-September to mid-December
  • Spring semester: late-January to late-May

In addition to pursuing a regular fall or spring semester exchange at HEC Paris, students can consider pursuing a spring semester through the HEC Entrepreneurship Program [jump link], sponsored through the generosity of the Cagni Foundation.

  • Spring Entrepreneurship Program: mid-January to late-May

Dates are approximate and may be subject to change.

 

HEC Entrepreneurship Program (Spring Only)

Additional important information, including in-depth descriptions/timelines for the Incubator and Launchpad components, can be found on the HEC Entrepreneurship Flyer.

1. What is the HEC Entrepreneurship Program?

This program is sponsored through the generosity of the Cagni Foundation, in partnership with NYU Stern and HEC Paris. The program allows you to gain direct entrepreneurship experience by working on a startup project with a small team of fellow students. It only takes place in the spring semester, and is open to up to three NYU Stern Undergraduate students each year. This is an English-language program, so French language experience is not required, but strongly encouraged. You must apply for the HEC Entrepreneurship program during the regular IBEX application process, approximately a year and a half before you will actually go abroad for this experience. 

2. Program Components

The HEC Entrepreneurship program consists of two components – the HEC Startup Launchpad and the HEC Incubator (Station F), for a total of 16 NYU credits for the semester. The program runs from mid-January to the end of May. As a participant in the HEC Entrepreneurship program, you will need to dedicate all of your time to the program and will not be able to take other HEC courses. See below (in the Pre-Approved Courses section) for how credits from this program can transfer back to Stern.

3. Program Location & Housing

The entire Entrepreneurship program will take place in Paris—not on the HEC campus. Students will live in downtown Paris for the duration of the program. HEC will assist students with locating housing, but there is no on-campus housing available.

4. Stipend

Up to three stipends will be awarded each year, and each award is for up to $12,500 USD. Stipends are awarded via check to the recipient and are subject to applicable taxes, so final award amounts will vary.

 

Housing and Living Costs 

  • Housing: Students are offered on-campus accommodation and prices vary according to room type from €550 – 680/month. On-campus accommodation is subject to availability and not guaranteed, but off-campus housing resources are also provided. 
  • Food: approximately €15/day based on meals at the on-campus student restaurant
  • Culture and recreation: €100 – 120/month
  • Transportation: €30 – 70/month
  • Insurance: approximately €215 (In France, every student under 28 years old is required to register for the French student social security insurance system)
  • Visa: $190 USD for Campus France registration, $30 for VFS processing, and approximately $115 for a Long Stay Student Visa

€ = Euro

Find out more about IBEX tuition, housing, and other logistics. 

 

Language of Instruction

English or French

 

Student Services

The student services available to exchange students include:

  • An active International Student Association that hosts weekly social events
  • Over 100 student associations
  • Sports activities

Academic Information

If you are accepted to IBEX, you will attend two individual advising meetings to plan and revise your schedule: one with NYU Stern Academic Advising and one with the NYU Stern International Programs team. As you build your academic schedule for your semester abroad, carefully review and consider the following course information.

 

IBEX Course Information

  • You may take a full semester of business classes while abroad on IBEX.
  • Leave room for at least two general electives in your schedule. This allows you to:
    • Take interesting, location-specific courses not offered at Stern, and
    • Have more flexibility during the course registration process.
  • Reference the IBEX Course Guide: What you can or cannot take.
    • You can take a maximum of two classes per concentration.
    • Accounting courses cannot be taken for credit toward the Accounting or CPA majors/concentrations.
    • All IBEX grades will transfer back to NYU Stern as Pass/Fail.

 

Previously Approved Courses

  • Listed below are courses that were taken previously by Stern IBEX students and have already been approved for a specific NYU equivalent.
  • There is no guarantee that the courses listed here will be offered during the specific semester you study abroad. It is important to be flexible. Have a Plan A and Plan B and the space to take some electives.
  • If a course is already listed below as approved, it does not need to be reviewed again, unless you want to see if it will count towards a new requirement.

 

Finding New Courses

  • You are not limited to only taking the courses listed on this page.
  • If you see a course in the HEC Course Catalogue 2019 – 2020 that you would like to take, but it is not listed below, you must submit the syllabus to Stern’s International Programs team for approval.
  • Once HEC publishes its confirmed courses for the semester you will be attending, you can revise your list as needed based on what is being offered.



Special Notes

HEC courses will transfer back to NYU Stern as 2 or 3 credits each. That means you should plan on taking 6 – 8 HEC classes for a total of 14 – 16 NYU credits. HEC has both full-semester and half-semester courses, as well as special "Skill Seminars."
  • Full-semester courses meet for an hour and a half twice a week.
  • Most of HEC’s "Elective" courses only last for half a semester and meet once a week for three hours.
  • Meeting times can be confirmed on course syllabi.
 

Approved Courses for the HEC Entrepreneurship Program (Spring Only)

  • The HEC Entrepreneurship program consists of two components—the HEC Startup Launchpad (12 credits) and the HEC Incubator: Station F (4 credits)—for a total of 16 NYU credits for the semester.
  • The credits you will earn upon successful completion of the HEC Entrepreneurship Program can transfer back to Stern as follows:
    • 3 credits toward a Finance concentration
    • 3 credits toward an Entrepreneurship co-concentration
    • 3 credits toward a Global Business co-concentration 
    • MULT-UB 11 International Studies Program (4 credits - for juniors only)
    • Otherwise the credits for this program will come back as general Stern Electives.

 

List of Approved Courses for the HEC Regular Spring/Fall Semester Exchange

 
List of Approved Courses

Course Title Abroad

NYU Credits

Course Equivalent at NYU

Semester Taken

Credit Rating

2

Advanced Finance Elective

Spring 2020

Investment Banking

2

Advanced Finance Elective

Spring 2020

Derivatives Trading

2

Advanced Finance Elective

Spring 2018, Spring 2020

Investment Management in an Evolving and Volatile World

2

Advanced Finance Elective

Fall 2018

Strategic Tax Management

2

Advanced Finance Elective

Spring 2018

GEM1ELM271 Introduction to a New Asset Class: Real Assets

2

Advanced Finance Elective

Fall 2017

GEM1ELM231 Inside Venture Capital

2

Advanced Finance Elective

Fall 2017

Project Finance

2

Advanced Finance Elective

Fall 2016

International Banking

2

Advanced Finance Elective

Fall 2016

GEM1ELM230 Mergers & Acquisitions: Financial Analysis

2

FINC-UB 50 Mergers, Acquisitions, and Restructuring OR Advanced Finance Elective

Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2020

GEM1MAC001 Management and Cost Accounting

2

Advanced Management Elective

Fall 2019

Digital Management

2

Advanced Management Elective

Fall 2018

GEM1MSC004 Operations and Supply Chain Management

3

OPMG-UB 1 Operations Management

Fall 2018

GECCELM123 UX and UI Design

2

Advanced Computing & Data Sciences Elective

Spring 2020

GECCELM066 Big Data Analytics

2

Advanced Computing & Data Sciences Elective

Spring 2019

GECCELM068 Cybersecurity and Data Governance

2

Advanced Computing & Data Sciences Elective

Spring 2019

GECCELM073 Business at the Blockchain Age

2

Advanced Computing & Data Sciences Elective

Spring 2019

GEM1ELM131 Tech, Data and Innovation Mindset

2

Advanced Computing & Data Sciences Elective

Spring 2019

Understanding European Energy Policy: Business, Legal, and Geopolitical Perspectives

2

Advanced Global Business Elective

Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Doing Business in Africa

2

Advanced Global Business Elective

Spring 2018, Fall 2018

International Investment Strategy

2

Advanced Global Business Elective

Spring 2018

Ecology a New Model of Society 2 Sustainable Business Elective (Issue Area) Fall 2021
New Sustainability Culture: The Power of Purpose 2 Sustainable Business Elective (Issue Area) Fall 2021

Strategic Marketing

2

MKTG-UB 1 Introduction to Marketing

Spring 2020

GEM1MKG008 Marketing

3

MKTG-UB 1 Introduction to Marketing

Spring 2019

GEM1ELM023 International Marketing

2

Advanced Marketing Elective

Fall 2018

Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning in Service of Culture (Arts and Science)

2

General Non-Stern Elective

Fall 2019

GECCELM123 Web Development (HTML & CSS)

2

General Non-Stern Elective

Fall 2019

GEM1ELM095 Debating

2

General Non-Stern Elective

Fall 2019

GEM1DEF009 Company Law

2

General Non-Stern Elective

Spring 2019

Crisis Management and Communication

2

General Non-Stern Elective

Spring 2018

Fundamentals of Luxury

2

General Non-Stern Elective

Spring 2018

The Threats of Terrorism

2

General Non-Stern Elective

Spring 2018

GEM1LFR001 French Culture

2

General Non-Stern Elective

Fall 2017

GEM1ELM062 EU Law

2

General Non-Stern Elective

Fall 2017

GEM1LFR007 French Language

3

General Non-Stern Elective

Fall 2019

GECCELM131 Thinking Out of the Box

2

General Stern Elective

Spring 2020

GEM1MRH005 Leading Organizations

2

General Stern Elective

Spring 2020

GEM1ELM287 Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2

General Stern Elective

Fall 2019

Digital Marketing for Consumer Goods: Exploring the Digital Adventure and Embracing Marketing Transformation

2

General Stern Elective

Spring 2019

European Economic Issues

2

General Stern Elective

Fall 2018

Macro Economics for Business

2

General Stern Elective

Spring 2018

GEM1SIN011 Digital Management

2

General Stern Elective

Fall 2017

GEM1ELM257 Ethics and Sustainability

2

General Stern Elective

Fall 2017

GECCDE001 Contract Law

2

General Stern Elective

Fall 2018

GECCELM080 Purchasing and Supply Management

2

General Stern Elective

Fall 2018

GEM1ELM066 / GECCELM010 Wine Marketing or Wine Culture and Marketing

2

General Stern Elective

Fall 2018

GEM1ELM288 Ethical Leadership Discovery Course

2

SOIM-UB 12 Professional Responsibility and Leadership (PRL)

Fall 2019

Ethics and Sustainability

2

SOIM-UB 12 Professional Responsibility and Leadership (PRL)

Fall 2018, Spring 2018

GEM1MRH005 Leading Organizations: Perspective on Design, Power, and Culture

2

SOIM-UB 12 Professional Responsibility and Leadership (PRL)

Fall 2017

GEM1STR001 Strategy

3

MULT-UB 11 International Studies Program (ISP)

Spring 2018, Spring 2020

French 1 - A Study of French Culture

2

Cultures and Contexts (note: 2 remaining Cultures and Contexts credits will be applied to elective balance)

Spring 2018

Study of French Society

2

Cultures and Contexts (note: 2 remaining Cultures and Contexts credits will be applied to elective balance)

Fall 2018

Understanding the Middle East: Economic and Strategic Fundamentals

2

Cultures and Contexts (note: 2 remaining Cultures and Contexts credits will be applied to elective balance)

Spring 2017

Philosophy and Investing

2

Texts and Ideas

Fall 2018

GECCELM075 The Global Revolution of the TV Series

2

BEMT Minor

Spring 2019