Join us for our 2016 Summer School
In a stimulating academic environment, based in one of the country’s strongest economic regions, take advantage of our exceptional location at the foot of the Alps and on the shores of France’s largest lake to spend a month of cultural academic and professional discovery.

Our Summer School aims to develop the students’ knowledge in “Doing Business in Europe.”

How is Europe evolving? Why do you need to work successfully in Europe?

Our 4-week program, from June 20th until July 15th, focuses on the European business and the tourism industry. The courses, all taught in English, provide insight into the development of European Business.

Our exceptional location will allow for trips to Geneva, Chamonix and Turin where we will visit international institutions, companies and cultural sites, aiming to give you an overall view of the region’s economic and social assets.

The program allows you to earn 6 US or 12 ECTS credit hours and offers you the opportunity to acquire survival skills in French. During your stay, you will have many opportunities to experience our local culture and interact with students from all corners of the world.

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Summer program

4 weeks

in Chambéry

From June 20th to July 15th

Open to both undergraduate and graduate business students

Course Program


  • Earn 6 US or 12 ECTS credit in an attractive short term program

  • Experience an exceptional quality of life

  • Meet and exchange with key professionals during our corporate visits

  • Acquire survival skills in French or brush up your Business French

  • Learn about local culture and socialize with students from all around the world

Course Description

20th June – 15th July 2016

Introduction to the European Union & Contemporary Issues

18 hours
2 US credits/4 ECTS


Give a general idea of Europe’s organization and its socio- economic roles. Understand business stakes in Europe through various professional experiences.

Managing Business Operations in Europe

12 hours
1US credit/2 ECTS


In view of managing and succeeding an M&A in the EU, this course gives in-depth understanding of the European Union mechanisms and economic environment. It provides the students with the tools to know the 4 European zones, their strengths and weaknesses, their cultural features, and their strategic opportunities for foreign investors.

Ethical Issues in Contemporary European Business Management

12 hours
1US Credit/2 ECTS


Students will acquire a working understanding of what is meant by ‘ethics’, ‘morality’ and ‘values’. They will gain an increased awareness of their own ethical decision making levers and processes, and appreciate the role and importance of ‘ethics’ and ‘values’ in both company activities and in individual and group decision-making.

European Trends in the Tourism Industry

12 hours
1US credit/2 ECTS


This course will further advance the students’ knowledge of trends within the tourism industry with an emphasis on Europe. Students will learn to appreciate the links between trends and foreseeable changes in the tourist population. Studies will cover destination development, trending destinations in Europe such as resorts, winter and summer sport(s), outdoor recreation and heritage attractions.

French Instruction and Culture

12 hours
1 US credit/2 ECTS


This course will enable students to start or improve their language skills in French. It is specifically designed to help them acquire basic language abilities and essential communicative skills according to their level.

Included activities, trips and accommodation

Geneva and UNOG

One day trip to the city of Geneva and the Headquarters of the UNOG (United Nations Office Geneva).

This day excursion will allow you to walk around the historic city center and the shops of Switzerland’s most international city.

Palais ONU


Turin  is a major business and cultural centre in Northern Italy. It is the capital of the Piedmont region. Turin is well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin, the football teams Juventus F.C. and Torino F.C., the headquarters of automobile manufacturers FIAT, Lancia and Alfa Romeo, and as host of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

It is often referred to as “the Capital of the Alps”. Turin is also known as “the Automobile Capital of Italy” or the Detroit of Italy as it is home city of FIAT. We’ll be visiting the Martini Rossi Company in the morning and enjoy some free time in the afternoon.


The summer is an ideal time to explore the Alps . A day out takes us to Chamonix and its famous Sea of Ice. A car cable ride will take us to the Brevent Summit, from which you can admire majestic views over the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The different terraces and observation tables enable visitors to fully enjoy the panoramic view.

You will enjoy the pleasure of tasting typical Savoie wines and local products at a local winery. You will experience your cooking talent and become a specialist in French cuisine during our cooking class. You will enjoy a farewell dinner with typical Savoie dishes.

Guided tour of Chambéry

A guided tour of the medieval center of Chambery will help you trace the history of Savoie and reveal the rich architectural heritage and the charms of the city.

Cooking class

The Summer school « cooking class » fits into the goal to share our French and regional cultural heritage with the students through a unique experience.

Wine tasting

It was with a great pleasure that we met Mathieu GOURY who operates and makes the wine of Savoie on the” Domaine de la Violette” in the village of “Les Marches”, near Chambéry on June 26. Mathieu speaks English very well which facilitates the visit of the domain and the tasting of wines.

Located near the center of Chambéry, the residence provides modern, fully furnished, self-catering apartments, including broadband internet connection.

Shops, cafés and bars in the historic center are within easy walking distance.

There are festivals and music at this time of year. Bus and train access are close by.


The program is open to:

  • Undergraduate and graduate business students

  • Native and non-native English speakers (proficiency level: IELTS 5 or equivalent).

Program Cost
  • €2,400 until March, 31st 2016
  • €2,700 from April, 1st 2016

Fees include:

Tuition fees,
French language instruction,
4-week accommodation,
Round trip transport to scheduled visits,
Welcome morning coffee,
Wine-tasting visit,
Cooking class to discover the secrets of the local ‘cuisine’,
Farewell dinner.

Fees do not include:

Housing insurance, medical insurance, round trip air fare, meals, except for those listed in the program.