JOIN A SCHOOL IN FRANCE (SAI)
International Selection Process Rules
A. General terms
Join a School in France (SAI) is a department of the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Its goal is to organize the recruitment of international students for a Master’s in Management at the following five schools: Audencia Business School, emlyon Business School, ESCP Europe, HEC Paris and Skema Business School.
Four or five recruitment sessions are organized annually for school years starting in September.
Through a single online application, applicants will automatically apply to the five schools. Those who choose to do their interview in Beirut will also apply to the ESA Beirut School.
The Join a School in France team does not provide any feedback about the evaluation process of specific applications. For this type of information, we recommend that you contact the member schools directly, as they each have their own assessment methods.
Eligibility for the application
To be a candidate, the applicant must:
- Be 30 years old or younger at the start of the school year for which he is applying
- Hold a non-French degree that must be:
- awarded by a nationally accredited higher education institution,
- awarded after at least 3 years of higher education outside of France (Licence, Bachelor’s, Benke).
The applicant may submit an application during the same academic year that he obtains his degree as long as he provides a certification of schooling.
The applicant who holds both a non-French degree (obtained outside France) and a French degree must choose between the admissions process for applicants holding a non-French degree and the admissions process for applicants with a French degree.
Applications are exclusively found on the Join a School in France website and are to be completed online.
The information provided by the applicant in his application is his responsibility. No changes in the chosen test or the exam center will be authorized after the application has been submitted.
The applicant may only apply once a year. However, there is no limit to the number of years for which an applicant applies as long as he is eligible.
The recruitment process for school years with a September start date is as follows:
- The applicant may only submit one online application per year. If the applicant wants to start his application again, he must inform the Join a School in France team by email.
- The applicant may only apply in one of the four sessions. The transfer of an application from one session to another can only be done by email request.
- The applicant can apply through Join a School in France or he can apply directly to a member school. However, he may not apply through both methods.
If the applicant defers his acceptance to one of the five member schools, he is not allowed to create an application with Join a School in France the following year. If he wishes to re-apply, he must first cancel his acceptance to the respective school.
We recommend you confirm that your provided email address is correct, as email is our main method of communication.
B. Selection process
Step 1: The online application
An application is considered complete when:
- It has been completed and submitted on the Join a School in France website,
- All the required documents have been uploaded and received by Join a School in France before the application deadline,
- All of the provided documents are legible and valid,
- The application fee (180 € before January 2019 or 190 € starting in January 2019) has been paid and proof of the payment has been received by Join a School in France.
Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be taken into account.
Application fees cannot be reimbursed once the application has been submitted. Join a School in France can cancel an application if the applicant did not pay his application fee.
The required documents to be uploaded are as follows:
- Transcript (Licence, Bachelor, etc.)
- Diploma or school certificate of at least three years of higher education
- Written test scores (Tage Mage/ Gmat/ GRE/ CAT)
- English test scores (TOEIC/ IELTS/ TOEFL)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- ID photo
- Résumé (CV)
- Passport or national identity card
Step 2: The Standardized written tests
The applicant is responsible for signing up for his chosen English and standardized written tests directly through the respective organizing institutions. All the standardized written tests mentioned above and below are valid for all the recruitment sessions. Please be aware that the standardized written tests have different validity periods. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide a valid test score before the application deadline.
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is organized by GMAC. The applicant must sign up directly on the website www.mba.com. The Join a School in France code is: D14-M2-03
Since July 15, 2013, the “Analytical Writing” and “Integrated Reasoning” sections are mandatory.
The applicant’s score must be directly reported by GMAC to Service des Admissions Internationales. In order to report his score, the applicant must visit the GMAC website.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his GMAT score has been received by the Join a School in France team before the application deadline.
Depending on the GMAC test center, the delivery of score reports can take several days. Therefore, we strongly encourage applicants to take their GMAT test and request that their scores be sent to Join a School in France at least one month before the application deadline. Copies and non-official scores are not accepted by Join a School in France.
The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is organized by ETS. Therefore, the applicant must sign up directly on the ETS website, www.ets.org/gre.
The applicant must ask for his official GRE score report to be sent to at least one of the Join a school in France member schools before the deadline and upload his Examinee Score Report to the appropriate field in his online application.
The following is the list of the member schools’ GRE codes:
- emlyon business school : 0761
- ESCP Europe : 1387
- HEC Paris : 3623
- Skema Business School: 8347
- Audencia Business School : 5489
The TAGE MAGE is organized by the FNEGE. Before applying for the TAGE MAGE test, the applicant must obtain an application number by creating an online application on the Join a School in France website. This application number will then allow the applicant to log onto the TAGE MAGE website, https://www.tagemage.fr/session/FNEGE-Etranger
In order for the applicant to report his results, he must upload his TAGE MAGE score report to the appropriate field in his online application.
The applicant must take his test and upload his results before the application deadline.
Please note that it is necessary to take the TAGE MAGE test one month before the application deadline.
The CAT is organized by the Indian Institutes of Management. For more information please visit https://iimcat.ac.in
All non-native English speakers who do not hold a degree taught in English must take an English test. Please submit an official English level certification to Join a School in France from one of the following competitive exam: IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL or Cambridge.
Once the application is complete and meets all of the eligibility requirements, Join a School in France will transfer it to the member schools.
Step 3: Interview
After reviewing the applications, the schools will inform the candidates if they are chosen to move onto the interview stage or not by publishing this information to their website. We recommend that candidates check the websites of each school for their results. A few days before the verdict is announced, the Join a School in France team will send out an email reminding the candidates of the schools’ website links.
The applicant whose application is chosen by at least one school will be invited to do an interview. The day and time of this interview will be specified by Join a School in France.
The interviews take place worldwide in Join a School in France partner centers. The applicant is to choose the center in which he would like to do his interview. If it is not possible to open the chosen interview center, Join a School in France will contact the applicant to offer other options.
Under certain circumstances, Join a School in France may open a new interview center. The applicant who is in need of a new interview center should send a request by email during his application process.
The interview lasts 30 minutes and can be in French or English, depending on the language chosen by the applicant in his online application. Please note that the candidate’s English level is assessed during the interview even if the he has chosen French as the language for the interview.
There is no standard interview. The interview committee is composed of member school alumni, representatives of the business community, and diplomatic and consular personnel. The committee evaluates the applicant’s motivation and personality. Argumentation skills are also assessed.
During the interview, the applicant must have a valid ID card and 3 copies of his résumé (CV) with him.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to make himself available for his interview, knowing that the dates will be selected by Join a School in France. Interview times will not be modified.
C. Admissions results
After the interviews, the Admissions Committee will draw up a list of admitted applicants. An applicant can be admitted to one, multiple, or none of the schools.
The Committee’s decisions are definitive. The list of admitted applicants will be published on the website of each Join a School in France member school. Applicants are asked to directly visit each school’s website to find their admissions results because Join a School in France does not communicate this information. A few days before the verdict is announced, the Join a School in France team will send out an email reminding the candidates of the schools’ website links.
Some admitted applicants may be offered an Eiffel scholarship by the member schools (see annex). For more information about the scholarship and tuition fees, the admitted applicant should directly contact the Join a School in France member schools.
Due to the sovereignty of the Admissions Committee, only complaints about incorrectly transferred scores will be received. Therefore, any request to reevaluate results will not be accepted by the Join a School in France team.
By applying to a Master’s in Management at the 5 Join a School in France member schools, the applicant:
- Must strictly respect all the guidelines indicated in the general terms,
- Gives his consent for his personal data to be given to the Join a School in France member schools.
Personal data will only be used to enable us to provide our service and will be exclusively given to the Join a School in France member schools, Audencia Business School, emlyon business school, ESCP Europe, HEC Paris and Skema Business School
In accordance with the Data Protection Act of January 6th, 1978, the applicant has a right of access, modification, rectification or deletion of his related data. To exercise this right, please contact the Join a School in France team at the following email address: email@example.com