All you need to know about our selection process!

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Hold a degree awarded by a nationally accredited higher education institution outside of France
  • Have undergone a minimum of 3 years of academic studies at a nationally accredited higher education institution outside of France (Licence, Bachelor’s, Benke)

Applicants in their final year of study may submit an application as long as they provide valid proof of enrollment.

Applicants who hold 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.

Please note that admitted applicants must provide their official diploma (at least 3 years of undergraduate studies like Bachelor, Benke, Licence) to the member School before December 31st of the intake year.

Important: applicants must certify that all information and documents provided are accurate and that they agree that diplomas and certifications can be subject to verification by HEC Paris, ESCP Business School, emlyon business school, SKEMA Business School and Audencia Business School or a third-party certifier.

Application requirements

List of documents

The application is entirely online. Once you create an online application, you can save it and come back to it later. You will automatically receive an application number once you have completed your online application. This application number is essential for the selection process.

You will have to upload the following documents to your application:

  • Academic transcript (Licence, Bachelor, Benke etc.)
  • Diploma or certificate of school enrollment
  • Management test (GMAT / GRE / TAGE MAGE)
  • English test (TOEIC / IELTS / TOEFL / Cambridge)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (academic or professional)
  • ID / headshot photo
  • Resumé (CV)
  • Copy of passport or ID card
  • A valid proof of payment

Detailed information on the documents

Here are some required documents that you have to upload to your application:

Management test

To begin with, you have to select the Management test you want to take. You have the choice between GMAT, GRE and TAGE MAGE. The CAT is also accepted in India.

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The next step is to sign up to one of the following websites: GMAT / GRE / TAGE MAGE

Preparation is key! You will find preparation documents for each test: GMAT / GRE / TAGE MAGE

The delivery of score reports can take several days. Therefore, we strongly encourage applicants to take their Management test at least one month before the application deadline. Upon reception, upload the official score report to the appropriate field of the online application.

It is crucial that you select Join a School in France as one of the recipients for the GMAT. As for the GRE, please choose one of our member Schools (emlyon business school: 0761, ESCP Europe: 1387, HEC Paris: 3623, Skema Business School: 8347, Audencia Business School: 5489).

English test

You have the choice between the TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge.

Please be sure to upload your official score before the deadline.

If your undergraduate studies were taught in English or if you are an English native speaker, you do not need to take an English test but you must upload proof of the latter.

Letters of recommendation

You need to upload 2 letters of recommendation, which can either be academic or professional.

Proof of payment

On this page, you will be able to pay your application fee (200€) to Join a School in France. Please ensure to enter your application number in the “Add a comment about your order” box.

You must also generate and upload the proof of payment to the rest of your application documents.

Essay questions

Another key aspect of the application are the motivation questions. Your answers to these questions will carefully be read by the Schools and jury members during your interview to assess your motivation and your professional project. Questions are brief (500 characters each) but take time to thoroughly think about each of them and detail your answers.

Keep in mind that you can go ahead and start uploading your documents and then answer the questions later. We encourage you to upload each of your documents as soon as they are ready, so that we have enough time to verify whether they are acceptable.

Key dates

Applications for September 2023 are already open. You can apply now by clicking on this link.

4 recruitment rounds are organised for September 2023. Application to each of these rounds is done solely online and must be completed before the following dates:

  • Round 1: applications open until 10th October 2022 at midnight
  • Round 2: applications open until 6th January 2023 at midnight
  • Round 3: applications open until 3rd March 2023 at midnight
  • Round 4: applications open until 2nd May 2023 at midnight
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After applications have been reviewed by the member Schools, candidates will be informed whether or not they are invited to move on to the interview stage.

Applicants will receive an email from Join a School in France with links to each of the School’s websites where they will be posting admissibility results. Applicants must check each webpage for their admissibility results.

Interview invitation

Applicants that are eligible for at least one member School will be invited to an interview. Applicants who are eligible for more than one School will be invited to a single interview on behalf of all Schools. Date and time of this interview will be specified in the official invitation sent by email by Join a School in France.

Interview centres

Interviews take place worldwide in one of the Join a School in France partner centres, or remotely as a last resort. Applicants must designate the location where they would like to have their interview while completing their online application. If it is not possible to open the chosen interview centre, Join a School in France will contact the applicant with alternative options.

Under certain circumstances, Join a School in France may open a new interview centre. Applicants must inform the Join a School in France admissions team via email before the application deadline should they wish to change their interview centre.

To get more information about interview dates and centres, please click here.

Interview process

The interview lasts 20 to 30 minutes and is conducted in English.

There is no standard interview. The interview committee can be composed of member School alumni, representatives from the business community or diplomatic 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.

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Admission results

After the interview, each School will decide whether the applicant is admitted or not. Just like the interview eligibility, the list of admitted applicants will be published on the website of each School. A few days before the verdict is announced, the Join a School in France team will send out an email with links to the Schools’ websites where the applicant will find their admission results.

And now is your turn to choose your dream School!