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Here’s Why You Should Join A Global MBA In Europe

Global MBA programs could help you network with the likes of Deloitte, Louis Vuitton, and HSBC—here are some top reasons to join a global MBA in Europe


Wed May 31 2023

Global MBA programs are offered across the world so choosing which region to study for your degree can be tricky.

Many business school students look to Global MBA programs in Europe as a means of accessing a strong career network in the continent. 

Ambitious business school students with their eye on achieving the MBA ‘triple jump’—changing function, sector, and location—often look to international MBA programs as a first step to making this leap.  

Here are some top reasons to study for a Global MBA in Europe.

1. You’ll be within easy reach of top MBA recruitment markets

There are many different business schools to choose from across Europe, so how do you make the right decision?

France is a popular study destination for many business students since its location means the country benefits from strong business links with neighboring cities, such as London, Amsterdam, and Luxembourg. These are all reachable within just a few hours.

“In France, you’re positioned at the heart of western Europe, with access to large MBA recruitment markets in the region,” says Daphné Mathieu, Global MBA talent center manager at ESSEC Business School.

The one-year Global MBA at ESSEC Business School is based in the business district of Paris-La Défense.

Besides its central location in Europe, France is renowned for its digital transformation efforts and commitment to sustainability. 

Tying these two efforts together, the France 2030 initiative aims to supercharge France’s digital economy and strengthen sustainable development by 2030. 

ESSEC Business School is committed to these efforts, integrating corporate social responsibility learnings into many of its programs while continuing to focus on digitalization in business.

2. You’ll mix with a diverse cohort in a global MBA in Europe

If a global outlook is what you’re after when choosing an MBA program, look no further than Global MBA programs in Europe.

These MBA programs tend to be highly diverse. 

Daphné believes the ESSEC Global MBA program is global for three core reasons. Namely, the industries represented, the skill sets you’ll acquire, and nationalities making up the class.

ESSEC Global MBA students come from a range of industries, including engineering, marketing, entrepreneurship, and consulting. 

In the most recent ESSEC Global MBA cohort, there are 17 nationalities represented in a class of 42 students.

“Its geographical location is in France, but the entire experience will be global,” she says. 

There are 60,000 ESSEC alumni across the world, which will help you to develop a local network wherever you land.

The program is taught entirely in English so there’s no need to have mastered the French language to join the Global MBA. 

3. A Global MBA in Europe means harnessing the strength of European capitals

To launch a truly global career you’ll need to understand global business trends and the future issues facing companies.

The ESSEC Global MBA program involves exploring the tech scene in European hubs, learning about scaleups, and digital business trends. Courses include topics such as Digital Marketing and Innovation and Competitive Advantage.

The Digital Week Competition enables students to work in teams on a real-world project with a company, solving a case that could be based around digital transformation and global trends or even a global consulting case. 

4. You can network with multinational companies during a Global MBA in Europe

Students looking to forge important business connections in the global business space should consider a Global MBA program.

The ESSEC Global MBA facilitates several field trips. As part of the program, students take part in an internship in European markets or with a company that has a European or global presence in Singapore, which is a home to another ESSEC Business School campus.   

There’s also a job search component of the program where students spend time in London, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, and France to explore new markets and meet recruiters. 

Previous trips have allowed MBA students to meet with representatives at Deloitte, Uber, HSBC, Vodafone, and Louis Vuitton.

“Students are offered exposure to how these businesses work—you’re constantly exposed to global organizations,” Daphné says. 

5. You’ll gain the global know-how to launch an exciting career

Most students embark on a Global MBA as a way of accelerating their career. 

After graduation, 89% of ESSEC MBA alums change their job function, with 55% of alums changing country, according to an ESSEC Career Survey in 2020. 

“Companies today are looking for talent who understand the challenges of expanding globally,” says Daphné.

Some of the companies that ESSEC Global MBA grads have landed jobs at include Chanel, L’Oréal, EY, and Google. 

She explains that the ESSEC Global MBA helps students become adept at devising strategies to target and develop emerging markets.

As the business world continues to undergo rapid globalization, business school grads with an ability to advise on business matters that stretch beyond the domestic context are likely to be in high demand, Daphné concludes.

Student Reviews

ESSEC Business School




On Campus

The best intercultural university

There are more than 50 nationality in the grade, so there are opportunities to interact with people from all around the world. In terms of academics, the BBA course offers diverse courses for the 1st




On Campus

Creativity, adaptability and entrepreneurship

The Master in Management program at the ESSEC Business School allows the students to choose their courses accordingly to their preferences and their professional targets. We can also go through international exchange and take part in internships with companies that are also partners with the school. The school is also next to the city of Paris.




On Campus

Top business school in France

Doing PhD in essec took some time, to be precise about five years. But the experience was very good and cost effective too. There are opportunities for the student for teaching assistantship and that helps both financially and in career. In the final year I could manage to teach marketing to M1 students and this helped shape my career




On Campus

Great college

The program is well suited for early professionals with an engineering degree preferably or a degree in economics. I would suggest taking the ceasure irrespective of the experience level as it helps you take your time to adjust to the job market.





Good school in France

I am currently enrolled in M2 in Essec business school. I am specialising in marketing management. The Grande Ecole programme is valued in France and my school ranks very high up. There are a lot of opportunities for internships and CDD.




The program curriculum

BBA program. The program is really practical and useful, provide us many international opportunities. Like internship and humanitarian experience, and the flexibility is also really cool, we can choose different campus and tracks as we want.




International Course

This school is very international and business oriented. Highly recognized by the companies The campus has been renovated and is very functional and modern from now on. Excellent atmosphere. Reputation of essec is a plus




Friends, Career opportunities.

The program I did gave me the opportunity to start in Singapore. I got the chance to know all the students that started there and we bonded and made some friends for life. The career opportunities that ESSEC also gave me were unbelievable.




Practical and useful

I think the best thing about Essec is that it's not focusing on academics rather it emphasizes on future job mindset and professional experiences.. The classes are interesting and we have plenty of workshops attributing to different sectors.. The campus is very nice with a good cafe and wonderful library. The only problem is the location of the campus. It's quite far from Paris.




On Campus

Amazing experience! Must try

I think its a very amazing school with great and experienced faculty. Also the alumni network is very solid and useful. The school has a great balance of studies and work experience which is really essential for a student.




On Campus

GBBA: Diverse, Enriching, and Career-Boosting

My experience at ESSEC Business School has been outstanding. The Global BBA program offers a rich academic curriculum and diverse learning opportunities. I appreciated the chance to study on different campuses, including an international exchange, which broadened my perspective. The social environment is culturally diverse and vibrant, enhancing both my personal and professional growth. The administration is attentive, constantly offering new academic and student life opportunities. The campus facilities and classrooms are excellent. I highly recommend ESSEC for its excellence, global exposure, and career opportunities.