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Double Degree Program (Undergraduate) NEOMA Business School (NBS)

Double Degree Program (Undergraduate) NEOMA Business School (NBS)

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Program Characteristics

This double degree program allows students from APU and Neoma Business School (NBS) in France to complete two years of study at their home university and two years at the host university, for a total of four years, and obtain a bachelor's degree from both universities. APU students will study under CESEM Department (Centre d'Etudes Supérieure NBS européennes de Management) at NBS.

In order to provide some context, please find below a chart comparing the regular study abroad exchange program and the DUDP.

Study Abroad Exchange Program Double Degree Program
Duration of the study abroad Up to 1 year 2 years
Subjects students take Students choose a number of subjects they want to take Very little choice, mostly decided by NBS
Number of years until graduation 4 years 4 years
Degrees obtained upon graduation Bachelor degree from APU Bachelor degrees from both APU and NBS
Program Schedule
Semester Fall Enrollees Spring Enrollees Enrolled University
Fall 1st Semester APU
Spring 2nd Semester 1st Semester APU
Fall 3rd Semester 2nd Semester NBS
Spring 4th Semester 3rd Semester NBS
Fall 5th Semester 4th Semester NBS
Spring 6th Semester 5th Semester NBS
Fall 7th Semester 6th Semester APU
Spring 8th Semester 7th Semester APU
Fall 8th Semester APU

Credit Acquisition During the Program

Double Degree Program students need to plan their studies well in advance and make sure that they obtain the designated number of credits for each university to complete the program in 4 years.
Below are charts describing the model of credit acquisition during the program. Students should complete a minimum of 120 ECTS at NBS (excluding transferred credits) to earn a degree from NBS.(120ECTS=APU 60 Credits)

Model of Credit Acquisition for Fall (September) Enrollees
Model of Credit Acquisition for Spring (April) Enrollees

Note: Academic credit received during the course of the program at NBS will be transferred to APU in accordance with Article 18 of APU’s University Regulations Article 18. The total number of transferred credits from NBS to APU shall not exceed 60 credits, including credits transferred from other institutions.

Academics of the Program

The NBS curriculum is a systematic course of study that is pre-determined by NBS, leaving students with few options for their own coursework. Therefore, students need to understand the number of credits required for graduation after returning to APU and plan their coursework appropriately.

NBS Requirements for Program Completion

1) Designated subject

The subject students can register for at NBS are pre-determined based on what semester they are in their studies at APU.
Students are required to take the subjects indicated on the study plan chart during their respective semesters. In principle, students are not allowed to take any subjects not indicated on the chart.

2) Internship

As a rule, an internship is compulsory for students to complete their degree at NBS. The internship takes place during the final semester at NBS. There are no classes during the semester. Students must complete a long-term internship (20-26 weeks) with a company in France or abroad. The internship offers ECTS credits and it is a part of graduation requirements at NBS. Students are advised to check the internship requirements of NBS before seeking an internship site. Students wishing to do an internship outside of France must obtain the necessary visa on their own.

3) Language subjects

To earn a degree at NBS, students are required to take courses in both English and French. If English or French is your native language, you will need to take additional designated language courses.

*NBS graduation requirements are subject to change due to curriculum reforms at NBS.

Program Fees

1) APU Tuition and Scholarships

Double Degree Program students pay tuition to APU during the 4 years in the program. Students do not have to pay tuition to NBS!
JASSO scholarships may be available for domestic Japanese students.
Tuition reduction scholarships will remain in effect even while on exchange for students who meet the scholarship continuation conditions before leaving APU.

2) Fees

The following fees will be the responsibility of the participant during the program period.

Fee Amount
Insurance required from APU Approx. 280,000 JPY / 2 years
Insurance required from NBS TBA
Accommodation¹ €400 – 600 / 1 month
Other expenses²
(meals, books, entertainment, public transportation and any other fees incurred for the participant’s private activities)
€300 – 400 / 1 month

¹Dormitories are available but not guaranteed.

²Travel expenses and passport/visa application fees are not included.

Please also check this Neoma Business School official webpage for up-to-date fees.

Dismissal from the Program

Participants who fail to meet the program requirements including GPA and credit requirements will be dismissed from the program.

Academic Office/Undergraduate Dual Degree Program Team
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Double Degree Program (NBS) [2024 Fall Departure]

This is the information for the AY 2024 Double Degree Program with Neoma Business School.
Program Length 4 years (2 years study abroad period) Program Timing Study abroad period:
Fall enrollees: Semester 3 - Semester 6 of enrollment
Spring enrollees: Semester 2 - Semester 5 of enrollment
Location Reims, France Acquired Skills/Abilities
  • Self Management
  • Autonomy
  • Specialized Knowledge
Program fee None (excluding travel expenses, rent, insurance, living expenses etc.)
Number of Participants Approx. 10 Application Period March 1, 2024 – March 21, 2024 by 9:00am

Be a 1st year student who enrolled in the College of International Management in the AY2023 Fall Semester or in the AY2024 Spring Semester.
*There are other application requirements. Please check the Application Information for details.

Additional Information
Guidance Session

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

How to Apply Online application

The above is an overview of the program. Please be sure to check the details from the Application Information below before applying.

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