Paris School of Business
Fall Semester Elective 2023
12 - 15 credits

SAI semester students at PSB join the English language International Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, taking classes along-side degree-seeking students. The program is geared toward students with at least one year of Business or Economics coursework. Visiting students select 4 or 5 courses from a range of classes offered in management, marketing, finance, and a variety of electives, for a total of 12 - 15 US credits. Students are welcome to take French Language, but it is not a requirement.

Application: Closed
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Current resume
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
EU privacy consent form


  • All courses are taught in English, including “Financing New Ventures” and “International Strategic Management”
  • An international faculty and student body bring diverse perspectives
  • PSB is AACSB accredited

Program Dates
August 31, 2023 – December 17, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Sophomore (2nd year) or above

Academic Experience: Must have completed at least one year in a Business or Economics program.

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must prove a minimum CEFR B2 level of proficiency, equivalent to TOEFL 72+, or IELTS 6.5+.

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Luxury Management


3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B1IBE025 | Open
Introduction to seminal and current theoretical paradigms and management practices in international business, focusing on international, national and regional environments, and businesses and organizations.

The principal objective of this course is to understand the principal axis of global environment and economic essentials, through corporate strategy to international management and investment functions, drawing on case studies from all continents and regions.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2ACA004 | Open
Pre-requisite: Foundational understanding of accounting practices.
The goals of this course are to build on the Principles of Accounting course and provide a more in depth knowledge of accounting for assets, liabilities and equity. This course covers topics related to financial reporting, how management accounting can be used to create value in companies, financial statement analysis and auditing.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2ECO011 | Open
Monetary Economics course provides students with the theoretical building blocks that are needed for an understanding of the monetary theory and surveys the issues in the present-day monetary policy implementation faced by the central banks. The course equips students with the necessary background to analyze problems involving the determination of interest and exchange rates in the economy as well as with the understanding of what central banks can do to improve the economic performance through the use of the monetary policy instruments. The course focuses on the money creation and monetary transmission mechanisms, inflation and expectations, neutrality of money and introduces the Real Business Cycle Model.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2HUM005 | Open
From the Roman period to the current day, Paris has always produced great works of art : the roman baths of Cluny, the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Notre Dame de Paris in the Middle Age, Fontainebleau during the the Renaissance, the Louvre in the Baroque period, many palaces for the XVIIIth century like the Archives Nationales and the Eiffel Tower, the musée d'Orsay and the Centre Pompidou for the XIXth and XXth centuries. We will discover these works and we will explain each art historian period. We will not only show monuments but also paintings, sculptures and other works of art.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2LNG002 | Open
Pre-requisite: Note: French Language classes meet on Saturdays.
Course for absolute beginners or for students who want to make a fresh start. The students learn to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of need of a concrete type. They learn how to introduce themselves and ask or answer questions about personal details such as where they live, what they study and what they like in Paris for instance. They interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2MKG046 | Open
This course intends to deepen students’ knowledge on fundamental principles of marketing by focusing on operational challenges that relate to the 4Ps of the marketing mix. Students will apply the content of the lectures and their previously acquired marketing skills during in-class discussions and exercises, a group project and an individual assignment.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2MNT024 | Open
The aim of this course is to understand designers sensibility and methods to match peoples needs by drawing upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user. This course of Creativity and Design Thinking is solution focused and action oriented.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2MNT134 | Open
This course helps students to learn how to connect the concepts learned in strategy, marketing, innovation and finance courses. The course alternates lectures, case studies and an entrepreneurial project that students will develop along this course. In this team project students are expected to demonstrate their creativity, entrepreneurial and managerial skills. They must also develop a business plan for a new venture.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2QAM012 | Open
The course provides an introduction to statistical analysis and probability. Statistical methods are important for the understanding of the strengths, limitations and possibilities of applied research in general, and of econometric research in particular. Regression analysis, a key component of econometrics, is a powerful and very flexible multivariate data analysis tool that can shed light on a very large number of economic issues.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B3MKG124 | Open
The objective of this course is to gain a solid understanding of the evolution of commerce and marketing in the digital age. The aim is to foster students knowledge about challenges that digitalization creates for companies in complex environments. The purpose is also to cover all aspects of emerging technologies that shape E-commerce and mobile commerce development and to be able to critically reflect on concepts, models, and most aspects of digital marketing.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B3MKG125 | Open
The aim of this course is to understand the digital ecosystem and the impact of digital transformation on business models and value chains. The digital area has given rise to multiple types and concepts of business models. This course will discuss the characteristics of business models in digital environments, analyze the economic principle that assure their feasibility and the strategies that assure value creation.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B3MKG126 | Open
This course covers all aspects of digital marketing from the theoretical and practical perspective that are relevant to understand the current marketing landscape in the digital age. The purpose is also to critically analyze recent development of customer experience journeys and invite students to reflect and discuss customer experience management strategies and tools.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Elective | Course #: B3MKG127 | Open
In this course, students will be able to understand key theories and discussions about communication and social media. The course also provides students with analytical tools and capabilities that will allow them to appreciate and examine the role of digital media and data in communication. The opportunities and the challenges of social media are therefore discussed.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Finance | Course #: B3ACA005 | Open
This course provides an introduction to Management Accounting, including Costing, Fixed and variable costs. Partial and total costs. ABC. Budgets and budgets methodology. Key process indicators and Critical success factors. This course aims at giving basic understanding of concepts and tools of management accounting, which include cost classification, and analysis, CVP and the different costing methods.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Finance | Course #: B3FIN005 | Open
This course is designed to provide students with the understanding of what investments are all about. The emphasis will be put on key financial concepts such as the risk and return of a portfolio, the CAPM, the Arbitrage Pricing Theory and optimal investment strategies.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Finance | Course #: B3FIN011 | Open
The goal of this course is to extend students basic knowledge of corporate finance. The student will become more familiar with the main business environment issues that affect the Investment and Financing decisions of the firm. We will emphasize the impact of these decisions on the value of the firm.
Contact Hours: 45

Luxury Management

3.0 Credits
Luxury Management | Course #: B3LPS051 | Open
Luxury is a concept deeply rooted in our civilization. This course starts with the definition of Luxury, using evidence that every civilization has its own luxury, each of which had an echo in our current society. Sumer is definitely the cradle of civilization and birth of Luxury. Studying the city-states, the Greek Temples, the Egyptian pyramids, the Royal Tombs, the Persian treasures, the Assyrian fortresses, or the Roman villas show an obvious link between Architecture and the foundation of luxury. But also, from manufacturing techniques to art craft, Ancient Civilizations have left many legacies found in our today’s luxury industries and our everyday life.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Luxury Management | Course #: B3MKG020 | Open
This course is an approach to the Luxury business. After identifying the key elements of Luxury, the course will highlight the evolution of the point of sale to the actual revolution of luxury customer experience due to ambient technologies focusing on the changes in consumer demand.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Luxury Management | Course #: B3MKG049 | Open
The targets of this course are to give to the students a global overview of Visual Merchandising (VM) and its important impact through the discovery of VM techniques. The program is a mix between academic theory highlighted by workshops/case studies and out-of-classroom experience, including visits to luxury boutiques in different fields : Fashion, Shoes, Leather goods and Accessories, Beauty and Perfumes, Food and beverages, watches and jewelry.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: B2MNT008 | Open
Human Resource Management (HRM) is a distinctive approach to employment management which seeks to obtain competitive advantage through the strategic deployment of a highly committed and skilled workforce. Some of the main functions that concern Human Resource Management theory and practice, and will be examined throughout the course, are Job Analysis, Human Resource Planning, Recruitment and Selection, Training and Development, Performance Appraisal, Remuneration and Employee Relations. While examining these functions, practical advice will be provided on how companies can maximize the effectiveness of HRM and ensure that it makes a major contribution in organizational success.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: B3MNT007 | Open

The class material will include both theory and practical application of a decision process perspective to Operations

Management in organizations. At the completion of this course, the student will have studied the key concepts and issues

involved in the design, planning and control, and improvement of Operations Management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: B3MNT012 | Open
Introduce students to Project Management concepts, methods and tools. Highlight its value as an effective and efficient methodology for achieving specific business objectives through optimal use and control of resources and a management style designed to foster collaboration and commitment. Describe and discuss the Project Manager role and required skills Train students into applying Project Management techniques to problem-solving, planning, scheduling and controlling while developing relevant leadership skills.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: B3MKG006 | Open
The course introduces the topic of Consumer Behavior. As such, it analyzes the influences guiding the consumption decisions and behaviors, evaluates the influence of both individual and group dynamics on buying patterns, discusses of culture and subcultures on individual preferences, explains the applicability theories to the actual marketplace, and finally explains the different stages of individual and group decision making processes.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: B3MKG006 | Open
The course introduces the topic of Consumer Behavior. As such, it analyzes the influences guiding the consumption decisions and behaviors, evaluates the influence of both individual and group dynamics on buying patterns, discusses of culture and subcultures on individual preferences, explains the applicability theories to the actual marketplace, and finally explains the different stages of individual and group decision making processes.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: B3MKG007 | Open
The content of this course will show the managerial issues in managing advertising through, for instance, managerial marketing concepts and sociology of consumption. Each chapter will be illustrated by various examples and cases.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: B3MKG017 | Open
This course will strengthen the concepts already acquired in International Marketing by focusing on the all new marketing strategies as well as the differences between International Marketing and Domestic Marketing. The main focus will be on Ethnic Marketing and of course Viral Marketing and Yield Management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: B3MKG047 | Open
The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and examines digital marketing strategy and implementation as well as a detailed understanding of important digital channels and platforms. Participants will complete the course with a comprehensive knowledge of and experience with how to develop an integrated digital marketing strategy.
Contact Hours: 45

Program Structure
Semester students at PSB apply for one of the following academic concentrations:

  • Management
  • Finance
  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Marketing

Students can take up to six courses within their concentration and may enroll in classes across multiple concentrations, provided that course schedules are compatible. Courses designated as “Electives” on the schedule are open to students in any concentration and represent a variety of business-related disciplines. French Language classes are typically held on Saturdays only.

Course Registration
SAI students preselect their courses as part of the enrollment process, but final class registration is completed once they arrive in Paris. French Language placement tests will also be administered, as required, on site. For courses with prerequisites (indicated in the course description), students must be prepared to show that they meet the requirements.

Pre-Departure Calendar
May 15 2023
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2023
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
June 1 2023
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for a SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
June 15 2023
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
July 1 2023
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
August 31 2023
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 12:00 noon, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
September 1 2023
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Paris office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
September 4 2023
PSB Academic Orientation
PSB orientation introduces students to the school and professors, and includes activities to get to know classmates.
September 5 2023
Classes Begin
Coming soon
Fall Break (no class)
December 16 2023
Final Exams End
December 17 2023
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Homestay housing in a private room. Includes daily breakfast and 3, 5 or 7 dinners/week.
3 dinners – $75
5 dinners – $275
7 dinners – $650
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend a SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Paris
$900 $1,200
$350 $450
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$100 / course $450 / course
Includes groceries and eating out.
$400 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $350 / month $450 / month
Transportation within Paris
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$125 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is a SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to fostering a welcoming community for all students by providing assistance to diverse needs
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & weekend excursion
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Dedicated SAI admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Activity: Orientation & Bus Tour
Students gather at the SAI office for a Welcome Orientation program, after which they embark on a bus tour to take in the splendor of the city and a few of its magnificent landmarks.

Montmartre Walking Tour
Take a guided tour through the Montmartre district and glimpse the nooks and crannies of the most bohemian district of Paris, once home to artists such as Renoir, Picasso, Edith Piaf and others.

Maison Européenne de la Photographie Visit
Students spend an evening with SAI exploring the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, located in the trendy neighborhood of the Marais.

“Ghosts, Legends, & Mysteries” Evening Tour in Paris
Have you ever wondered about the mysteries and dark stories that Paris holds? Just in time for Halloween, join SAI for a two-hour walking tour exploring the city’s mysterious past. Our expert, English-speaking tour guide will recount tales as we tour sites such as the Louvre, Tour Saint Jacques, Ile de la Cité, and many more.

Open Market Tour & Tastings
Join SAI for a tour of one of Paris’ celebrated open food markets, Le marché d’Aligre. We’ll learn about the neighborhood and the history of the market. We’ll also receive tips on how to select the best fruits and vegetables, according to the season and purchase them. The visit will be followed by a picnic lunch in a local park.

Picasso Museum Visit
This museum houses the largest Picasso collection in the world! This tour will not only explore the museum’s permanent collection, but also a special exhibition of Maya Ruiz, Picasso’s daughter. A member of the SAI team will be at the museum to greet you with your ticket and audioguide. Afterwards, join our team for coffee, cakes, and tarts at one of the coolest and coziest restaurants in the Marais, Le Loir dans la Théière.

Day Trip: Lyon
Spend the day exploring the city of Lyon and learning about its history. This culturally rich city is famous for its historical and architectural landmarks dating as far back as 2000 years! The group will tour this magnificent city on electric bikes, during which an expert tour guide will teach about the history of the city. After our tour, students will have time to explore Lyon independently, until the evening train back to Paris.

Hot Cocoa Bombs Workshop
Students enjoy the cozy-weather fun of preparing their own hot cocoa bombs! During this 1-hour culinary experience, an expert pastry chef will teach the art of creating delicious, hand-decorated confections. (This workshop is vegan friendly!)

Day trip: Reims Marché De Noël
The group will spend the a day exploring the beautiful city of Reims (only 45 minutes outside of Paris by train). While there, we’ll pay a visit to the Marché Noël (traditional open-air Christmas market), a quintessential European holiday experience, while taking in the sights, sounds, and perfumes of the holiday season in France.

Farewell Dinner
Students celebrate the end of a successful semester abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious French meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment or residence
Standard housing includes a shared occupancy room in a shared student apartment or a student residence (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if available). All SAI housing in Paris is fully furnished and comes equipped with towels, bed linens, and wireless Internet. Students have access to kitchen facilities, comfortable common areas, and washing machines. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any housing needs that may arise.

Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
Students choosing the homestay option will be placed with a local family, which could be an older couple or a family with children. SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a private bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Wifi is included, as is access to laundry facilities. Students opting for this more immersive housing get breakfast included as well as the option of a certain number of dinners per week (cost varies).

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Europe.

Student Visas
In accordance with French law students studying in France for 91 or more days are required to obtain a student visa. Those with French/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at a VFS Visa Processing Center to present their student visa application. Visa applicants living in the United States are able to set up their appointment at one of the nine visa centers regardless of their location. VFS Global Centers are located in Washington DC, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In some cases the nearest processing center may be in a neighboring state, which might necessitate air travel. Please plan and budget accordingly. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for their appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.