Paris School of Business
Spring Semester Elective 2018
12 - 15 credits

Study abroad semester students at PSB join the English language International Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, taking classes alongside 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 Deadline
October 1, 2017
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)


  • Courses taught in English
  • An international faculty and student body bring diverse perspectives
  • Course of interest: Organizational Behavior

Program Dates
January 9, 2018 – April 15, 2018

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


2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B1ACA003 | Open
The course will focus on the basic principles of accounting, including double entry bookkeeping, and the production / analysis of financial statements.

Initially students will learn why financial accounting is essential to the running of corporations. This will be followed up with a discussion about the basic principles of accounting and the major elements of financial statements. Other elements will include journal entry and practical book keeping, showing the students how the accounts of companies are actually prepared working up to producing short financial statements. This will also include stock valuation methods and analysis of financial statements.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B1COM001 | Open
This course sets out to address 3 issues: Effective Business Communication, Professional Presentations, Research Methods. Much of a professional's future success depends not just upon what he/she knows, but on how he/she express it. Punctuality, attentive listening, respect for fellow students and maintenance of a positive classroom environment are of the utmost importance.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B1ECO009 | Open
The course is a mix of teaching and reverse learning, where students are asked in groups to present and demonstrate their understanding of the coming course topic. This topic is then discussed in class, each group presentation is shared with all students and concepts are illustrated by research methods using simple spreadsheet tools such as Excel.

The objective of the course is to provide students with the fundamentals of economics. From production capability to laws and supply and demand from game theory, to Dunning Matrix. At the end of the course, students should be able to comprehend the equilibria that rule all type of markets. Liberalism, socialists regulated and so on. Also, the course covers some of theories regarding investment, comparative advantage, FDI rules.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 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: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B1MNT | Open
The course presents the key theories and concepts in management and integrates them with real life applications. The course is comprised of two units. Unit one introduces management as a business activity, discusses the development of its principles and links managerial practices with organizational and cultural contexts. Unit two focuses on the four functions of management: organizing, planning, controlling and leading. Across the sessions the course also discusses communication practices and current issues in modern management, like globalization, diversity and ethics. The sessions consist of the lecture part and a practical part, which can include exercises, discussions, case studies, videos and team work.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B1MNT047 | Open
The objective of this course is to develop students' understanding of modern management practices and to provide the background for further studies of management related subjects. Through the lectures, case studies and brainstorming exercises the students will improve their critical thinking and decision-making skills.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B1MNT048 | Open

This course focuses on the importance of ethical perceptions or corporate social responsibility as an inevitable factor in business. Although a relatively new discipline, "Business Ethics" has considerably grown within the last decades and has become a major field in the age of globalization. Most importantly, it refers to values-based conduct, which does not only apply to individuals but to corporations at large. After briefly examining various definitions of ethics from a philosophical perspective, we will consider how ethical questions/principles affect decision-making processes. Among the fields studied are: corporations (internal/external relations), the environment (ecology), markets.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2ECO011 | Open
Microeconomics is concerned with the behavior of the individual economic agents - consumers, households and businesses - that make up the overall economy. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the analytical tools and techniques used by economists to better understand the choices that economic agents make and how markets function.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2ECO012 | Open
The modern, knowledge-based economy is characterized by creativity and rapid innovation: a dramatic increase in the rate of production of information and decline in the cost of producing it; and pervasive network externalities or increasing returns to scale. Emphasis is on the role or for creating incentives for firms to innovate. Topics include: why there may be too or too little much innovative activity; how laws may slow rather than help innovation; and the interaction between public and private sector innovation.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2FIN004 | Open
Risk is a global issue that all future managers will encounter. In risk management it is important to understand the different nature of risk and how it impacts companies. We will be approaching it from the political and geopolitical, financial and legal point of view.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2FIN024 | Open
The course will cover topics such as: Introduction to Principles, The role of a financial manager, What are the main decision areas a financial manager will have to deal with?, What is the appropriate goal of a firm according to financial management?, Information Systems, Financial environment, corporate social responsibility and financial management, The financial environment, The time value of money, The meaning of time value, Simple interest, Compound interest, Present value and future value, Annuities: Ordinary annuity; Due annuity; Securities valuation; Bonds and how to value them, Stocks and how to value them, Financial Risk, Risk and return, Portfolio theory.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2IST014 | Open
Understand what a business information system is. Understand the concept of flow and control of data and the heterogeneity of systems in relation with one another. Understand what careers can be accessible to students of Business School in the fields of Information Technology and Information Systems.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2ITS013 | Open
E-Business has massively matured in the last decade and it is still growing fast. We are living in exciting times, where digital items are becoming smarter and advanced day by day. This course is a dynamic interdisciplinary topic utilizing concepts from business and technology.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2LNG002 | Open
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: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2LNG003 | Open
Designed for students with basic knowledge of French. This course focuses on developing the different skills required for learning French at an intermediate level, including: Oral comprehension (using radio extracts and adapted activities), Written comprehension, Written production, Oral production (presentation of a famous person ,give one's opinion, interact on an event), and Cultural knowledge about Paris.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2MNT049 | Open
The course will cover the art of war applied to businesses, business intelligence models, crisis and opportunities, prospective, internal and external stakeholders, business models and valuations and leadership models.

Objectives of this course are multiple: give students a large overview of the different problems and issues that a company may face in its environment, understand what is strategy in comparison with other environments (war), acquire a knowledge of the different fields of work a company must master in order to be competitive and sustainable.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B2MNT051 | Open
This course introduces key concepts and models of international communication. The objective of the course is to master the main communication tools and concepts in an international context. The main communication modes (verbal vs non-verbal, etc.) and communication levels (individual, group and organizational) will be discussed. International communication in periods of change and crisis is also covered.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: B3MNT009 | Open
This is a capstone course in which students learn to connect the concepts learned in management, marketing and finance courses. In project teams of four, students demonstrate their creativity and develop their entrepreneurial skills in a business plan for a new venture. A part of each class will be devoted to the ongoing development of the business plan.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Elective | Course #: P2INT008 | Open
What is to be known about the causes of conflicts? What factors and elements allow us to closely analyze them and can provide us with insight as to the understanding of political decision makers’ motivations and interests in times of crisis? The objective of this course is to establish a theoretical grid of analysis to prepare us for the study of the origins of conflict. By analyzing actors’ interests through the application of international relations theory, we will be able to decipher the motivations and intentions of the parties to the conflict. We will then attempt to ‘test’ theories within the framework of case studies and answer our problematic with methodological research.
Contact Hours: 30


2.5 Credits
Finance | Course #: B3FIN006 | Open
The purpose of this course is to cover essential elements in International Finance. Topics include an overview of the International Monetary environment, the determination of exchange rates and the hedging of currency risk. The objective of this course is to familiarize the student with the various concepts, techniques and tools available in dealing with international financial transactions.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Finance | Course #: B3FIN009 | Open
This course is introduces group reporting, and the different accounting treatments for simple consolidation of 100 % owned subsidiaries, as well as associates and investments.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Finance | Course #: B3FIN013 | Open
Key tools for evaluation of portfolios will be shown and students will have an opportunity to build their own portfolio during the term.
Contact Hours: 30

Luxury Management

2.5 Credits
Luxury Management | Course #: B3MKG021 | Open
Selling Luxury means selling dream, beauty, excellence and an unforgettable client experience. Selling high-end luxury creations requires a different set of skills than does traditional selling. This course is a discovery of the different notions which are attached to a jewel, a watch or a piece of Haute Couture, the emotional side of a sale and the 5 steps of the selling process.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Luxury Management | Course #: B3MKG022 | Open
Managing a fashion & luxury brand is a challenging task, which requires a careful balance between creativity and design as well as brand image and corporate objectives. Nevertheless, the relationship between fashion
and luxury is not an easy one. In fact, luxury goods are timeless, finely crafted to express rarity and exclusivity. On the other hand, fashion is all about newness, constant change and ephemeral time. Despite
this apparent contradiction, fashion & luxury industry is a multi-billion euros market. It builds commercial ties between countries from around the world and being one of the most aspirational among all industries.
Furthermore, facing a massive digital shift, with the explosion of social and digital media platforms and channels, the promotion of the fashion & luxury brands has become as far more multifaceted and impose
currently new challenges.

This course will analyze how different luxury organizations manage their fashion & luxury brands in order to compete in different markets environments. Focus on economic and social trends will lay the foundation for an understanding of the business side of the fashion & luxury universe, including the consumer behaviour.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Luxury Management | Course #: B3MKG027 | Open
In an environment that is considerably more complex with the digital revolution but also the globalization, luxury brands must change their premium services. Transforming the customer himself and evolving each transaction or interaction in a relationship are the new challenges of luxury. The CRM and Clientele are thus new tools to answer to the luxury brands problems. By organizing the customer information’s from all distribution and communication channels and making it available to the sales associate, luxury brands allow them to become real sales ambassadors and business providers.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Luxury Management | Course #: B3MKG051 | Open

In global politics, the role of the luxury industry is one of major significance from a both an economic and sociological perspective. Luxury confirms leaders’ legitimacy and is an expression of a state’s power. When deprived of such status symbols, national pride and prestige is damaged. From a transnational perspective, the global consumption of luxury products has produced high demands on the industry and has led to resource scarcity. States possessing high levels rare minerals can become a target of opportunity whether it be one of cooperation (resource cure) or one of competition (resource curse).
Contact Hours: 30


2.5 Credits
Management | Course #: B3MNT024 | Open
The course identifies and elaborates upon the major challenges that managers of large multinational corporations (MNCs) are currently facing. Those challenges are discussed within the broader context of global strategy, cross-border management and sustainability. More specifically, the course examines the development of strategy in the multinational corporation, the essential organizational capabilities for successful strategy execution, and the broader management challenges of operating a successful MNC.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Management | Course #: B3MNT025 | Open
The modern, knowledge-based economy is characterized by creativity and rapid innovation; a dramatic increase in the rate of production of information and decline in the cost of producing it; and pervasive
network externalities or increasing returns to scale. Emphasis is on the role of for creating incentives for firms to innovate. Topics include: why there may be too or too little much innovative activity; what the role of
creativity is; how laws may slow rather than help innovation; and the interaction between public and private sector innovation.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Management | Course #: B3MNT026 | Open
The course aims at examining Business Intelligence (BI) as a broad category of applications and technologies for gathering, storing, and analyzing, sharing and providing access to data to help enterprise users make better managerial decisions. You will learn the principles and best practices for how to use data in order to support fact-based decision making.
Contact Hours: 30


2.5 Credits
Marketing | Course #: B3MKG008 | Open
The course is designed to introduce students to the basic elements of marketing research through the use of lectures, case analyses and out-of-class exercises. The course is designed in order for students to get hands-on experience in the art and science of marketing research.
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Marketing | Course #: B3MKG009 | Open
This course covers the foundations of services marketing and management issues specific to services organizations. It will be based on the understanding of essential concepts,the study of business cases (mainly in Entertainment, Information, Knowledge and Professional service fields), and the application of concrete challenges in team cases during the class (creative workshops).
Contact Hours: 30
2.5 Credits
Marketing | Course #: B3MKG019 | Open
During this course, students will build on the lessons completed on the basic principles of marketing to take a More in-depth look at the marketing planning process. Without a clear and goal-driven plan, marketing – or indeed any business practice – cannot be successfully and efficiently achieved. This course will focus on the key drivers that go into strategic marketing and planning, and teach students tools and techniques that can be applied in real-world situations.
Contact Hours: 30

Program Structure
Semester students at PSB apply for one of the following academic concentrations: Management, Finance, Luxury Brand Management, or Marketing. Students can take up to five courses within their concentration, but may not enroll in classes across multiple concentrations. Courses designated as “Electives” on the schedule are open to students in any concentration and represent a variety of business-related disciplines.

Course Registration
SAI students preselect their course as part of the enrollment process, but final class registrations are 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
October 1 2017
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
October 1 2017
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 date of acceptance.
October 15 2017
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
November 15 2017
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
December 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
December 1 2017
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
January 9 2018
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.
January 10 2018
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.
January 11 – 12 2018
PSB Academic Orientation
PSB orientation introduces students to the school and professors, and includes activities to get to know classmates.
January 15 2018
Classes Begin
April 7 2018
Classes End
April 9 – 14 2018
Final Exams
April 15 2018
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 $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Optional Visa Processing Service
Available for some jurisdictions.
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. 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 an 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
Visa fees, paid to French Consulate.
$200 $200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$100 $450
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 an SAI Signature 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
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • 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 and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students 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 Walking Tour
Students are welcomed to their new city through a walking tour of the many Parisian sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars.

River Seine Boat Tour
Students take a boat tour on the Seine river catching a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and Paris’s other famous sights. Following the tour the group takes a stroll along the Champs Elysées and coffee break.

Visit Musée Carnavalet & Walk Through the Marais
Students visit the Musée Carnavelet, a museum devoted to the history of Paris, followed by a stroll through the Marais: the Jewish district of Paris.

Weekend Trip to Bèziers
A former Roman colony dating back to 36 B.C., Bèziers, located in the southern Languedoc region, is known for its wine and bullfighting. Students spend the weekend exploring this ancient town, and catch a glimpse of the nearby Mediterranean Sea.

Night at the Theater
Students are invited to spend an evening enjoying a world-class performance at one of Paris’ prestigious theaters.

Day Trip to Reims in the Champagne Region
Students travel as a group by private shuttle to the city of Reims where they visit the numerous Maisons de Champagne in the region along the Route Touristique de Champagne. Students have the chance to taste and purchase Champagne directly from the producer. The trip includes lunch in a local French restaurant.

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

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Alternate Housing: Independent
Students seeking independent housing can do so, for a reduction in the SAI program fee. Please contact SAI for details.

Passports should be valid for 6 months after planned departure from France.

Student Visas
In accordance with French law students studying in France for 90 days or more 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 the French Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

Please note that SAI is able to process visa applications (no trip to the Consulate required!) for students who live or attend school in some jurisdictions.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.