ICN Summer Program

ICN Business School boasts a first-class regional plan in the heart of Lorraine.

Ideally located, the two campuses of the school are located in the heart of Europe and take advantage of an impressive cultural landscape. The region is heavily influenced by arts and culture.

In Metz, the campus is located in the heart of the Technopole (including research centers, companies and grandes écoles) and benefits from innovative influences, notably thanks to the incubator located in the same premises as the school.

About the program

The Summer Program gives students the opportunity to discover France and Europe every year in June and July.

By joining this program, students will acquire necessary knowledge to understand the European Institutions way of working. A particular focus will be done on the France that deals with civilization, history, society…

During the program, students will choose among 3 concentration topics that introduce them to European Management, European Marketing and European Management of Luxury.

Program content

The program includes a minimum of 60 teaching hours, visits and French lessons as elective, divided into the following modules and concentrations.

PART 1: mendatory modules

PART 2: choice of one among 3 concentrations

  • Module 1: European Institions
    • European Union Institutions
    • Geography of Europe
    • Russians and Europeans
    • The UK and the EU
    • Geopolitics
    • French Civilization: An introduction to the basic elements of French society
    • French History: History of France from Louis XIV to Modern France
  • Module 2: Management & Business in Europe 
    • European Culture and Identity
    • Managing Across Borders
    • Doing Business in France
    • Doing Business in Southern Europe
    • Doing Business in Eastern Europe
    • Doing Business in Scandinavia
  • Educational Visits: 
    • Visit of Metz Cathedral and City
    • Visit of Metz Centre Pompidou Museum
    • Visit of Strasbourg European Parliament and City
    • Visit of Luxembourg Court of Justice of the European Union and City
    • Visit of Nancy Beaux Arts Museum and City
    • Visit of Brussels European Commission
    • Visit of American War Cemetary and Landing Beaches
    • Visit of Caen War Memorial
    • Visit of Val de Loire
    • Visit of Mont-Saint-Michel
    • Visit of Eiffel tower – bateaux mouche
    • Visit of Versailles or Louvre Museum
    • Visit of Montmartre
  • European Management
    • Organizational Behavior
    • International HRM
    • HRM in Europe
    • Managing Sports SMEs in Europe
    • Managing for Creativity
    • Leadership in Europe
    • International Negotiation
    • Visit of a Company
  • European Marketing 
    • International Marketing Strategy
    • Communication and Advertising in Europe
    • International Pricing and Distribution
    • Product Development and Innovation
    • Managing Luxury Brands
    • Interactive Modelling
    • Visit of a Company
  • European Management of Luxury 
    • Introduction to Luxury Management
    • Luxury Brands Management
    • Design
    • Sustainable Luxury
    • Sourcing for Luxury Market
    • Visit of a Company

Discover France and Europe in June and July

During the first three weeks, classes alternate with professional and cultural visits. During the fourth week, students travel to Paris, Normandy, Val de Loire and Brussels for more cultural and educational visits.

EDUCATIONAL VISITS:

French companies, European Union Parliament (in Strasbourg), European Commission (in Brussels), Court of Justice of the European Union (in Luxembourg).

CULTURAL VISITS:

– Visits of various historical sites: Mont St Michel, American War Cemetery, World War II Landing Beaches, the Verdun battle fields.
– Visits of French cities Paris, Strasbourg, Nancy, Metz…, and cities close to the French border such as Brussels (Belgium) and Luxembourg.
– Visits of Regional Curiosities (the Stanislas square of Nancy, the Cathedral of Metz) and Museums Exhibitions (the Nancy Beaux Arts Museum, Metz Centre Pompidou Museum…).

MORE ABOUT FRANCE:

France is situated in Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, the English Channel, Belgium, Italy, the Mediterranean Sea, and Spain. France generally has cold winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean coast. The climate is temperate in the north. North eastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely in winter, particularly in the mountainous areas.

Summer Program F.A.Q.

Costs:

  • See at your home institution for cost.
  • Includes: accomodation and food, cultural excursions and organized outings, field trips, academic material, transportation.
  • Does not include: airfare, personal expenses, insurance, passport fees, home university fees and costs.
  • Examples*:
    Sandwich : 5 €
    Fast-food : 7 to 8 €
    Restaurant : 10 to 20 €
    Coffee : 1 to 2 €
    Tea, water : 2 to 3 €
    Cinema : 7 €
    Theatre : 15 to 30 €
    Museum : 6 €
    Newspaper : 1 to 6 €
    Doctor : 25 € (generalist) to 50 € (specialist)
    Hotel ** (one night) : 60 to 80 €
    Hiring cars per day : 80 to 100 €
    Gasoline : 1,10 to 2,20 € / liter
    Bus ticket : 2 €

Do’s and Don’ts:

Due to cultural differences, students sometimes have difficulties adjusting the first couple of days. The following are some tips to help you have a more enjoyable trip.

  • Packing:
    Do: pack comfortable walking shoes
    Do: pack at least one nice outfit (business casual) for visits to the European Commission and City Hall. (Men : button up shirt, tie and slacks. Women : a casual dress or skirt).
    Do: pack a spring jacket, a sweater, jeans, and some long sleeve T-shirts. The weather in France can be unpredictable, it is best to pack clothing that can be layered.
    Do: bring an umbrella. However, an umbrella can be purchased for about 10 euros ($9)
    Do: not over-pack. Students always bring way to much “junk”
    Do: make a copy of your passport to leave at home with your parents. Also, do not carry your passport with you at all times. Put it someplace safe and carry a copy with you. See your passport for more safety information.
    Do: France outlets are a higher voltage. So do bring converters or you may buy your appliances.
  • Below is the list of essential terms:
    Sneakers or comfortable walking shoes
    Toiletries (i.e. shampoo, toothpaste, razor, lotion, etc…)
    A light jacket
    A sweatshirt or sweater
    One nice outfit
    A duffel bag or a back pack for weekend trips
    An umbrella
    Lots of short sleeve and long sleeve T-shirts
    A couple pairs of jeans and pants
    A notebook and a pen
    A pocket sized French to English dictionary
    Towels
    Aspirin
    Cold medicine
    Upset stomach medicine
  • Layer, layer, layer! The weather can be unpredictable, like spring weather in New England. It can be cool and rainy for a few days and then warm and sunny.
  • Money Do: bring Plastic. It is helpful to have a visa check card as your source of funds. Sometimes students have trouble getting cash with their ATM card. Cirrus is a system, however, that is widely accepted in Europe (look on the back of your ATM to find out). Using a card is much easier, and you get a better exchange rate. Also you do not have to pay a fee to convert funds. All around it is just easier. Check with your local banks at home to see if your credit or debit cards will work in French or European ATM machines.
  • Do not: bring large amounts of US currency. Some students have had trouble exchanging $100 bills (US) due to a recent counterfeit scandal. Again, plastic is easier.
  • Do: check with your bank in the US to see if they have online banking. You can check your balance and pay bills while in France. French banks open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 or 5 p.m.

Cultural tips:

  • Do not get “fubard” or “raise hell”.
  • Be respectful.
  • Remember, you represent your country.
  • Don’t be late for class.
  • Do : attend all classes.

F.A.Q.:

  • Q. How do my parents call me from the United States ?
    A. To make an international phone call from the US, you dial 011 for an international call, plus the country code 33 (France) plus your phone number in France, minus the first zero. Example : my number in France is 02.41.72.58.85. From the US, you dial 011.33.2.41.72.58.85 Telephones are not provided in the University residence rooms.
  • Q. What should I pack ?
    A. See the Do’s and Don’ts section for information on packing
  • Q. Will I be able to check my email ?
    A. Yes. Any student attending the program will have access to a computer
  • Q. Can I bring my cell phone from home ? Will it work in Europe ?
    A. Your cell phone will not work in France, unless it has a sim card. So check with your phone provider before coming to Europe. If you are interested you can purchase a cell phone for around $60 and then charge the phone with minutes from a mobi-carte (a pre-paid card). When you purchase a mobile phone in France, you do not purchase a package as in the US (i.e. 300 minutes for $40 month).
    A. 1 Euro ˜ 1 USD. For up to the minute currency conversion information check out the website www.xe.com
  • Q. Once I am in Paris how do I get to Metz ?
    A. From Paris / Charles de Gaulle Airport, take an Air France shuttle to downtown in Paris. Then use the metro to go to Gare de l’Est and take a train to Metz. Once in Metz, check out the “Admission Information” section of this website and click to “Get the Map” to print it.

*Costs information are given for your information. Prices and conversion rate may change. 

Practical Information

DATES:

  • For the 2017 session, the Summer Program will run from June, 5th to July, 2nd. Students must arrive one or two days before the starting date.

ASSESSMENT:

  • Assessment will be provided during the program. A journal may also be required. Students can earn up to 6 credits. For more details, please contact your local study abroad advisor.

ORGANIZATION:

  • Accomodation:
    Students are accomodated in a student residence. Students have their own individual rooms. Meals are at the university cafeteria and at the residence hall. Students will receive tickets good for meals at the university cafeteria. Of course, whenever desired, a student may go have a meal in a local restaurant, at the student’s cost.
  • Program location: 
    ICN Business School – Metz Campus : 3 place Édouard Branly – 57070 METZ Technopôle – France
    ICN Business School – Nancy Campus : 86 rue du Sergent Blandan – 54003 NANCY Cedex – France

FEES:

  • €2,700 (for exchange and non-exchange students).

How to apply

  • If you are a student from an ICN partner university, please apply through your home institution. If your university is not a partner of ICN, please contact the International Relations Office. For more information, please contact your local study abroad supervisor.
  • The cost does not include the airfare from your home country to France and the train to Metz, personal expenses, insurance, visa or passport fees, home university fees.