Important Information about the Fall-Term at ESC Clermont Business School

In view of the current health context, and with the prospect of the likelihood of not being able to accommodate students under normal conditions, the following information is aimed at providing you with details about the pedagogical organization for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. This information is in accordance with our decision to give priority to on-campus teaching and face-to-face pedagogy as far as it is possible. 

Students who are able to travel to France and start the new academic year on the ESC Clermont BS campus, will follow classes according to particular modalities specific to each program/year/group. Full details will be given to each student on the first day of the new academic year.

Review of the main arrangements.

This article is based on information available as of July 29. The following rules are subject to change. Normal functioning will resume as soon as the situation improves and the School receives authorization from the French Ministry of Education. A tightening of these rules in case of a new wave of the virus cannot be excluded. 


Terms and dates of the new school year

All students, both French and international, who are able to attend on-campus courses, will be welcomed by their Program Director during a face-to-face session organized on the start date. Please check the date for your program are as follows:

Bachelor in International Management:

  • Bachelor 1: Thursday, September 10 at 8:30 am
  • Bachelor 2: Thursday, September 3 at 8:30 am
  • Bachelor 3 Extensive Mainstream: Monday, September 21 at 8:30 am
  • Bachelor 3 Sales and Web-Marketing Track: Monday September 7th at 8:30 am

Master Grande Ecole (Master in Management):

  • MGE1: Friday 4 September at 9am
  • MGE2 Mainstream: Friday, September 4th at 9am
  • MGE2 Work-Study Track: Monday 7 September at 1:30 pm
  • MGE2 ITB Track: Monday 7 September at 13h30
  • MGE2 Audit Expertise Conseil Track: Friday 4 September at 9am
  • MGE3 Mainstream: Monday, September 21 at 10:30 am
  • MGE3 Work-study Track: Monday 21 September at 10:30 a.m.
  • MGE3 ITB Track: Monday 21 September at 10.30 a.m.
  • MGE3 Audit Expertise Conseil Track: Tuesday 1 September at 9am

Masters of Science

  • All Mainstream MSc Programs: Thursday, October 1st at 8:30 am
  • MSc Work-study Track: Monday 21 September at 10:30 am

Teaching methods

For the past several months, our pedagogical teams have been working on a range of scenarios. The objective is to ensure the same quality of teaching for all students and the most comfortable conditions possible for all and in compliance with the conditions dictated by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

French or international students who will be physically present on campus at the start of the school year – three possibilities:

  • Full-time classroom (face-to-face) teaching mode.
    Priority for full-time on-campus teaching will be given to the first year of the Bachelor Program as well as the MGE3 specializations.
  • Simultaneous mode:
    Students will be split into two groups for each class. One group (for example A1) will be in the classroom and the other group (A2) will follow the class online via a simultaneous broadcasting system. The groups will be switched the following week. So, group A1 will be follow classes online and Groupe A2 will be physically in the classroom during the second week. 
  • Alternating Mode:
    Students will alternate between face-to-face and distance learning courses throughout the week.

International students not present in France at the beginning of the school year.
– Full-time distance learning: Students will follow the courses from home via a simultaneous broadcasting device.

Detailed schedules will be given to each student at the beginning of the school year. 

Our main priority: your safety!

Although the School will be welcoming students from September 2020, the strict rules dictated by the circular from the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation will change the conditions of access and life on campus:

  • Obligation to have individual badges to access the premises
  • Obligation to wear a mask in common areas
  • Maintaining social distancing in classrooms (at least 1 meter between students)
  • Respect of barrier gestures, regular hand washing, self-service hydroalcoholic gel dispensers

These rules are constantly evolving. A return to normal will be made as soon as the situation allows it and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has given its authorization.

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