Montpellier Business School

Montpellier, France
Montpellier Business School, a Grande École, is heir to a long tradition of teaching based on the needs of businesses and markets


A goal of global and sustainable performance that serves businesses, societies and individuals

Montpellier Business School, a Grande École, is heir to a long tradition of teaching based on the needs of businesses and markets. Founded in 1897 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Montpellier, the school has succeeded in continually refining its specialized instruction in management sciences over the years in order to adapt its programmes to constant changes in local and global economic environments.

The institution’s aim is “to be a leading European business school in the Languedoc-Roussillon Region that is internationally recognized for its values, its academic excellence in management innovation and entrepreneurship and its concern for global responsibility and performance, which characterizes its operations, stakeholders and results.”

In order to achieve this strategic goal of global and sustainable performance, Montpellier Business School, which has established a place for itself in the fields of management innovation and entrepreneurship through its research activities, has adopted the core values of diversity, openness and global responsibility, all inspired by the school’s mission: “to train diverse managers through higher education programmes who are aware of their global responsibility, who tackle their professional activities with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and who are able to adapt to the constant changes in local, national and international environments.”

The quality of the school’s strategy and results is internationally recognized. The following distinctions attest to the school’s excellent international reputation: its triple international accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EFMD/EPAS); its place among the TOP 50 best Master in Management programmes in the world; its ranking among the TOP 80 European Business Schools in 2013 according to the Financial Times; and its place in the national French rankings.

Dr. Didier Jourdan

Dean of Montpellier Business School
Identity and Legal status

Montpellier Business School, established in 1897, is one of the oldest management schools in Europe.

Founded by the Chamber of Commerce of Montpellier, the École Supérieure de Commerce de Montpellier (the Montpellier Graduate School of Business) was initially created to train economic leaders who would help develop activities and businesses in the region.

On January 1, 2013, Montpellier Business School changed its legal status, becoming a non-profit association according to the French association law of 1901 (Loi 1901). The goal of this modification was to give the institution greater management autonomy in order to meet international standards and to make operations more flexible to facilitate management innovations and allow for the changes necessary in national and international markets.

Conférence des Grande Écoles

The Conférence des Grandes Ecoles is an association of the most prestigious French schools in all disciplines (management sciences and engineering). In order to be admitted, schools must issue Grand École Master’s Degrees (Grade de Master) and demonstrate academic excellence. Admission criteria also include the number of students and the course specializations offered. The School of Management Chapter of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles groups together the 38 largest French management schools, including Montpellier Business School (ESC Montpellier).

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A/V equipment

  • - All rooms are equipped with fixed audiovisual materials, which make it easier to manage the rooms and optimize occupancy. The following mobile materials round out this equipment: overhead projectors, video projectors, televisions, DVD players, projection screens and sound systems.

The school has a Multimedia room, which has the following three uses:

  • - shooting in studio mode for courses recorded in two streams: the video stream of the teacher or speaker and the course material video stream (e.g. PowerPoint). Other streams can be added and mixed in, such as a second fixed camera, a moving camera, DVD, etc.
  • - as a distance learning campus-based classroom: speakers are filmed in a professional setting and their courses are delivered via the Adobe Connect web conferencing tool.
  • - recording presentations that can be broadcast live on the internal digital signage network or using an external streaming server directly on the website.- The school has a digital signage system including 11 screens distributed throughout buildings for providing information about campus life (associations, conferences, news broadcasts, etc.) in addition to real-time information concerning class schedules.

IT equipment

The IT equipment for educational purposes takes into account the need for each student to have a laptop computer. Three computer labs are open for self-service use Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.The fixed workstations are equipped with standard office software and provide access to the library online, to databases and to secure printing.Multifunction copiers with password-protected secure printing, which students initiate from their fixed stations or laptops via the wireless network.

Computer labs are managed by the Department of Information Systems, which provides continuous technical support to students.

The network

The campus is entirely covered by a wireless network, allowing students to be wireless nomads with their laptops and tablets. There are more than fifty WiFi hotspots on the campus making it possible to access programmes and digital resources via wireless connections.

The Internet and e-learning platforms

Due to the nature of the schools degree programmes - involving a year abroad, a year in a company and one to two years on campus - ICT is at the heart of the teaching and learning process.

  • - The Internet: all microcomputers are connected to the Internet. Each student has unlimited use of the Internet and is provided with a personalized and secure e-mail address and more than 6 GB of individual storage space.
  • - The e-learning architecture: The institution has implemented an e-learning system to enhance the process of knowledge acquisition and of student support and guidance throughout the degree programme.

Document Center

Open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Electronic Document Center gives users access to 5,500 recent books and 180 French and foreign journals (daily, weekly, monthly, specialized and scientific) as well as to DVDs. This collection covers all of the management disciplines taught at the school with a focus on the Groups research areas.

Students, the entire faculty and the administrative staff benefit from individualized access to digital resources (Abi/Inform, Ebsco, Emerald, Inderscience, Sage, Science Direct, Wiley, etc.). These compile several tens of thousands of full-text resources, most of which are written in English. This information rounds out the selection available in paper format.

In all, the Electronic Document Center provides on and off campus access to 16 specialized digital resources providing up-to-date, verified and professional information. (Business and Markets, News, History, Law, Research, etc.)

Furthermore, Montpellier Business School provides students with personal codes giving them access to custom electronic textbooks made by the Pearson publishing company. These e-textbooks contain the required readings for each class, which students can access online or download. Lastly, teachers and students have access to the Electronic Document Center through the Centers website, which is primarily focused on collections and services (searching for books and periodicals, placing holds, learning about new items, remotely accessing resources, etc.).

Finally, and with the support of the Electronic Document Center staff, students have six self-service computer workstations and a workspace at their disposal dedicated to document searches and to learning about and using digital information resources..

Spaces for relaxation and services

The Association Space

The main hall and offices in this 600 m² (6,458 ft²) space are dedicated to association activities. All of the schools student associations, including the Bureau des Elèves (the Office of Student Affairs), are located here. This space, which students have helped to design, is truly the center of life on campus. Campus associations include the following:

  • Bureau des Elèves (the Office for Student Affairs, which, as the name suggests, coordinates all associations);
  • Bureau des Sports (trainings, events), Adrénaline (extreme sports), Sup dEole (sailing), DriveNCo (automobiles);
  • Bureau des Arts, Larsen (culture and musical entertainment), Oenophorie (wine discoveries), Iris Live (photo and video), G4C (video games), LIM (city guide for smartphones);
  • Solidarity and exchange: Sup de cur (a humanitarian association), Gaïa (sustainable development), World Connection (for visiting students)
  • Business: JobServ (temporary job searches) and CAC 34.


Located in the heart of the campus, the cafeteria is managed by a private company and provides food service in a space with over 100 seats. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is equipped with two screens - one for digital signage and one for television broadcasts - and connected to the wireless network. There is also a landscaped patio.

Sports activities

Montpellier Business School offers students access to external sports facilities at the Jean Monnet high school located in front of the campus. In addition, the institution supports the Bureau des Sports in negotiating access to multiple facilities so that all students are able to regularly practice a variety of different sports (Volleyball, Squash, Rugby, Tennis, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Handball, etc.).

Student residences

Given its policy of quality service for students, Montpellier Business School has established a service dedicated to guiding students in their search for housing. In addition to housing offered in private student residences and by CROUS (the regional student services agency), the Welcoming and housing search assistance service gathers off-campus housing offers posted on the Immoschool website, an online housing portal for students from Grandes Écoles to which Montpellier Business School belongs as a member.

Student Life

An exceptional environment for living and studying

The schools location and campus

Montpellier Business School is located on a lovely wooded 6-acre campus in northeast Montpellier, near the General Council of Hérault, the Jean Monnet high school and the Sanofi-Aventis Laboratories and about five kilometers (three miles) from the city center and 20 minutes from the beach. Located at the intersection of a recently built network of roads, the school has two entrances and is easily accessible. It also benefits from a unified public transportation network, particularly the TRAM, which reaches the campus in 15 minutes from the Saint Roch SNCF train station: TRAM Line 3 to the Hôtel du département stop (opposite the entrance to the school) or the Pilory stop. Bus Line 7 serves the campus, passing every 15 minutes.

The 14,000 m² (150.69 ft²) of surface area are distributed between seven buildings of various sizes. The parking area has 400 spots for vehicles and a zone reserved for two-wheelers. Six parking spaces are reserved for persons with reduced mobility (PRM). The entire campus is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. There is an integrated security system in place, incorporating security guards and a video surveillance device.Learning spaces and teaching methods


Out of the 2,500 students in all Montpellier Business School programmes, only 1,825 are actually present at any one time on the Montpellier campus. This is due to the instructional design of the Montpellier Business School Master Grande École programme and the Bachelor of International Business Administration programme, both of which require all students to spend one year in a company and most students to spend one academic year abroad. To accommodate these 1,825 students - including international students participating in academic exchanges - who are on campus from September to June, the institution has:

  • 52 classrooms with a capacity of 12 to 75 students,
  • a large amphitheater with 470 seats (including 11 reserved for PRM),
  • an amphitheater with 134 seats,
  • a flat amphitheater with 79 seats (including 4 reserved for PRM).
  • various spaces available to students for group work.

This group of spaces has a total capacity of 2,912 seats.


Founded in 1897, Montpellier Business School is today triple accredited AACSB, AMBA and EFMD-EPAS.

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