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EDHEC Business School


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EDHEC Business School is a French business school specialised in business and management, founded in 1906, and based in Lille. EDHEC offers undergraduate, graduate, and executive education on its campuses in Lille, Nice, Paris, London, and Singapore.

EDHEC consistently ranks among the top-3 business schools in France, with excellent reputation in the area of finance research. It has 6,000 students enrolled in traditional graduate and undergraduate programmes, 10,000 in executive programmes, and an alumni base of roughly 24,000. EDHEC is EQUIS accredited and AMBA accredited for the EDHEC MBA and Part- Time Executive MBAs programmes. It is also accredited by the AACSB and the French Conférence des grandes écoles.

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The Country

France is the largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. It is a unitary semi- presidential republic with its capital in Paris. France is the most popular tourist destination in the world with over 75 million visitors annually. It has both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The landscape is diverse, with mountains in the east and south, including the Alpine peak of Mont Blanc which is Western Europe’s highest point. Due to favorable conditions for grape growing in the south, France is the world’s largest wine producer. Also, the country’s wines are rated among the best in the world.

The City

Lille is a city in the North of France. It is the principal city of the Lille Métropole, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in France after those of Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Lille is situated in French Flanders, on the Deûle River, near France’s border with Belgium. It is the capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais region and the prefecture of the Nord department.The city of Lille had a population of 226,827 as recorded by the 2009 census. However, Lille Métropole, which also includes Roubaix, Tourcoing and numerous suburban communities, had a population of 1,091,438.

Student life

EDHEC is proud of the numerous student associations it offers and the students are proud of their association’s success. The Lille campus offers an exciting student-life filled with entertainment, culture and variety. It houses numerous amenities including 2,000m2 of student association premises, three restaurants, a 3,200m2 sports building, 40 classrooms, 20 lecture theatres, a 750- seat auditorium and a student residence. Also, Lille is one of the top students cities in France with over 100 000 students.

The EDHEC Nice Campus is located in an elegant and modern complex overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the vicinity of the Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport. It consists of 13 amphitheaters (one with 300 seats), lecture halls, a Thomson Reuters trading room, an e-learning room and many more excellent student facilities. A new extension was opened in September 2013. This brand new extra building includes extensive dedicated spaces, specifically designed for students to work in groups or alone. It also features a new library, a gym, a music room and facilities which aim to that contribute to the overall satisfaction and wellbeing of our students.

Nice’s origins can be found among the Gallo-Roman ruins of Cimiez, in the hills up the boulevard de Cimiez from downtown. Cimiez also contains a monastery and some museums, but nowadays, most of the city’s inhabitants live closer to sea level. Nice was part of the Italian Duchy of Savoia and then the Kingdom of Sardinia until it was ceded to France in 1860 by a rigged ballot, against the population’s will. The ancient local language is Nissart, but of course, everyone speaks French. Don’t assume everyone you encounter will speak English — an effort at French will always be appreciated.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense Comparison

Semester at ZSEM

Semester at EDHEC

Health Insurance


320 EUR


287 EUR

490 EUR


28 EUR



177 EUR

244 EUR





16 EUR

52 EUR


*per month


Lille Campus

The student residence is located on the EDHEC Campus. Two types of accommodation are available:Kots – 15 apartments called kots (8 students per apartment with private bed & bath (14 m2) and common living & dining rooms (20 m2) with a mixture of French and International students); Studios – 177 private studios (18 m2).

Nice Campus

Off-campus accommodation available: Ads for private flat and private residences will be posted on blackboard.

Travel opportunities

France has been the world’s most popular tourist destination for over twenty years. It has beautiful beaches, high mountains, finest historic monuments, magnificent castles and many more. Lille benefits from its attractive location close to Paris, Brussels, London and Amsterdam. Paris, the capital and most populous city of France, is just an hour away from Lille by train. It is situated on the Seine River, in the north of the country, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. Also, Palace of Versailles is located just 20 km away from the capital. Trains are a great way to get around in France. You can get pretty much from anywhere to anywhere else by train. For interregional trains you can book tickets online at