Paris School of Business
Spring Semester Elective 2024
12 - 15 credits

The SAI program at PSB 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 International Management and Luxury Brand Management, for a total of 12 - 15 US credits. Students are welcome to take French Language, but it is not a requirement.

Application: now open
Closes: October 1, 2023
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


  • Specialize in the business fields.
  • An international faculty and student body bring diverse perspectives.
  • Course of interest: Luxury Brand Management.

Program Dates
January 11, 2024 – April 14, 2024

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 #: SAFRA001 | 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
Finance | Course #: SAFIN001 | 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
3.0 Credits
Finance | Course #: SAFIN002 | 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: 45

Luxury Management

3.0 Credits
Luxury Management | Course #: SALUX001 | 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: 45
3.0 Credits
Luxury Management | Course #: SALUX002 | Open
This course is an introduction to the luxury retail industry. After identifying the key elements of luxury, the course will highlight the evolution of the customer experience and will focus on the changes in consumer demand and technology. The course seeks to boost students’ creativity and to point out the importance of the customer relationship management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Luxury Management | Course #: SALUX003 | 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 #: SAMNT001 | 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: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: SAMNT002 | 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 #: SAMNT003 | Open
This course intends to help students better understand their business environment, and to introduce the practice, and the problems that consultants face. The course will shed light on the complex roles that consultants and consulting firms play in enhancing the effectiveness of their clients. Through a clear understanding of international business consulting, this course will focus on strategy and management and details the job of an international consultant and how to succeed in Business consulting.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: SAMKG001 | 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

Program Structure
Students enrolled in the PSB semester program can take up to five courses (15 US credits) and may enroll in classes across multiple subject areas, provided that course schedules are compatible. 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
October 1 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)
October 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.
October 15 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.
November 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.
December 1 2023
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
January 11 2024
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive at 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 12 2024
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 15 2024
PSB Academic Orientation
PSB orientation introduces students to the school and professors, and includes activities to get to know classmates.
January 15 2024
Classes Begin
Coming soon
Spring Break – no classes
April 13 2024
Final Exams End
April 14 2024
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 bedroom in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Homestay housing in a private bedroom. Includes daily breakfast and 3, 5 or 7 dinners/week.
3 dinners – TBA
5 dinners – TBA
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 & trips outside host city
  • 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

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • SAI Student Visa consulting
  • 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: Visit to the Musee Quai Branley
Students are welcomed to their new city with a stroll up Rue Cler, one of the 7th Arrondissement’s most charming pedestrian streets. Turning left towards the Eiffel Tower, the group will then take the short walk to the Musee Quai Branley, which houses many of Paris’ treasures of non-Western art.

Montmartre Walking Tour
Students 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.

Cheese Tasting Workshop
Have you ever wondered what makes French cheese so extraordinary? Students take a two-hour tasting workshop with a cheese expert, during which they will receive an introduction to French cheese types and cheese-making regions. Cheeses will also be paired with a selection of wines for tasting.

Macaron Baking Course
Students get their hands dirty learning how to make macarons – one of France’s most famous cookies. Following the 90-minute course each participant will take home a box of their own macarons.

Tour of the Palais Garnier and a visit to the Galeries Lafayette
Students take a guided tour of the Palais Garnier, home to the Opera of Paris and the setting of Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel, The Phantom of the Opera. After the tour, we’ll cross Boulevard Haussmann to visit the main building of the Galeries Lafayette, one of Paris’ most iconic high-end department stores. We’ll take in the exquisite stained-glass dome as we ascend through the atrium to the seventh floor, where we’ll enjoy the view from the building’s outdoor terrace.

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.