Audencia Nantes is one of the top Grandes Écoles de Commerce recognized by the French Ministry of Education. The Grandes Ecoles are considered to be the pinnacle of business education in France. Furthermore, Audencia is renowned worldwide as a leader in business education, and belongs to the les than 1% of business schools holding the three major international accreditations: AACSB, Equis and Association of MBAs.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • More than 3,900 students graduate each year
  • Exchange programmes in English, including many with US universities
  • 2,200 students participate in internships and training in more than 150 companies and organisations each year



The name "Audencia" is blend of two Latin words: audientia, which means "to listen" or “to hear”, and audacia, which means "boldness" or “daring”.

In the 1900's the city of Nantes establishes the École Supérieure de Commerce de Nantes. Mr Emile Loubet, the eighth president of France, signs an executive order granting the institution status as a state-recognised business school.


Increasing its influence both in France and internationally from its territorial roots, Audencia Business School educates and accompanies in the development of their competencies, students and managers of diverse origins and backgrounds who are attentive to giving meaning to their projects and commitments.

Guided by the values of innovation, cooperation, and responsibility, Audencia produces and disseminates knowledge useful to society, designed to develop management education and inspire new business practices.


Research areas

  • 3 disciplinary research areas
  1. Consumer behaviour and marketing strategy
  2. Organisation and value chain management
  3. Finance, risk, and accounting performance
  • 2 interdisciplinary research areas
  1. Global responsibility
  2. Entrepreneurship


Companies at the heart of the group

  • Recruitment fairs and company presentations
  • Nearly 2,000 students enter the business world each year
  • Careers advising service for students and alumni, provided by business and investment professionals
  • Companies involved in the design and implementation of educational programmes
  • Company support for research, e.g. from Chaires Système U, Banque Populaire, ERDF, Crédit Agricole

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (7)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Social Sciences (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Audencia Nantes School of Management!


Student services

Audencia Nantes provides education and personal development guidance to students who will assert themselves as responsible, highly-skilled managers and entrepreneurs having a global awareness and a broad culture who are attentive to giving meaning to their decisions and actions.To do so, Audencia produces and diffuses management knowledge useful for academic disciplines, firms, and the classroom.

Housing services

You have several different accommodation options in Nantes: there are student residences, young workers’ accommodation, hostels, host families, and private apartments. We are happy to help you find information about available accommodation options, but Audencia does not guarantee students with housing.

Library services

Phileas Fogg library aims to:

  • establish appropriate collections which contributes to the teaching and the research of Audencia Group;
  • give access to knowledge and competencies, as widely as possible, offering an onsite and an online service;
  • recommend and guide the students and faculty of Audencia Group in their information search;
  • train the students in information literacy

ICT services

Audencia Tomorrow, a virtual platform which allows students to access their course timetable, e-mail, work files, and courses details.

Student Life

Campus life

Campus lifestyle

  • One of the most beautiful campuses in France
  • The campus was created with the quality of the learning environment in mind.
  • A 1140 m2, multimedia library, open 76 hours weekly, 15,000 books and databases, 500 French and English-language journals, and Wi-Fi access.
  • A financial trading room with access to a range of services usually reserved for finance professionals.

Student clubs

Clubs and associations: Student life at Audencia is particularly rich. In their free time, students can take part in a variety of activities with a focus on business, finance, sport, music, culture, humanitarian aid or international issues. There are around 30 student clubs on campus.


September 2015 - Audencia is ranked 28th in the world for its MSc in Management-Engineering programme and 6th in the world in the careers rank category.

November 2014 - Best business schools in Europe: Audencia is ranked among the 80 best business schools in Europe

February 2016 - Audencia MBA in Responsible Management was 61st, one of only four French Grandes Ecoles to be ranked.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

Other Degrees

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