If you've considered doing an MBA in Europe, you've probably thought about France. According to a research, made by FIND MBA, world's fifth-largest economy is now drawing more international MBA candidates and this positive trend will continue in the following years. There are many good reasons to finish your business education there and we will present you shortly the most important ones.
First of all, France is home of INSEAD, HEC Paris, and EMLYON - three business schools that cracked the Financial Times list of top-100 MBA programs globally. On the other hand behind only the USA and UK, France has more internationally accredited MBA programs than any other country in the world. Ten business schools in France are triple-accredited, meaning they have been accredited by all three major international accreditation agencies: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. Along with INSEAD, HEC Paris, and EMLYON, these other "triple crown" schools include Grenoble, EDHEC, Toulouse, Rouen, Audencia Nantes, Reims, and BEM Bordeaux.
It's good to know that all these schools offer their MBA programs completely in English, so you don't have to worry too much if your French isn't very good. Another potential draw is that most accredited MBA programs in France only take a year to complete, upping their appeal to prospective international students.
Also, in the last few years, more and more French companies are hiring foreigners to internationalize their workforce. For example, about 40 percent of INSEAD MBA alumni working in France are non-French nationals, with half being non-Europeans, and tend to join a variety of French companies. We should not forget that France is home to some of the world's largest companies in key industries, such as finance (BNP Paribas and AXA), aerospace (EADS), luxury (LVMH and PPR), tourism (Accor), automotive (Renault-Nissan, PSA, and Michelin), construction (Vinci and Lafarge), energy (GDF-Suez and Total), and retail (Carrefour) and an MBA done in a French business school can give you many excellent perspectives and enticing possibilities that come with studying in the world's fifth-largest economy.
There are a handful of accredited French business schools offering highly-specific concentrations catering to these and other established French industries, such as the Wine and Spirits MBA at BEM Bordeaux, the Aerospace MBA at Toulouse Business School, the International Luxury Management at ESSEC Business School, or the fashion-focused programs at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers or MODSPE.
And last, but not least, let's not forget the appeal of living in French cities like Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux, or Grenoble – the same landscapes, culture, and lifestyle that makes the country the world's number-one tourist destination.