Only 1 hour and 40 minutes east of Paris, the Burgundy School of Business (BSB) in Dijon is one of the most selective management schools in France. Its excellent academic tradition draws a large number of international students each semester. As a private business school, a great deal of emphasis is placed on small class sizes and personalized attention. Moreover, BSB specializes in subject areas such as entrepreneurship and the business surrounding wine and spirits. They even have a business incubator, called The Entrepreneurial Garden (TEG), where students can meet with faculty, local business-owners, and even local lawyers and accountants to better understand the process of starting a business. Students have the option of staying in an apartment, student residence, or a family home-stay program, which comes highly recommend. Gatton students can study at BSB during the fall or spring (however, course availability is more predictable in the fall term; spring is only recommended for those pursuing the wine and spirits business program). Many of the professors are native English speakers.
The city of Dijon represents the rich culture of France as well. It is the capital of the Burgundy region, famous for its wines as well as the local Dijon mustard. It also has an outstanding cultural scene full of Parisian-style cafes and restaurants with many beautiful churches, cathedrals, and landmarks scattered throughout the region.
Students will likely find the smoothest experience academically when attending BSB in the fall or during the academic year. In the fall term, students typically enter the Bachelor’s 3 track or the first year Master’s track – each offers predicable courses in the fall. Students considering the spring can consider either the traditional track which offers the unique opportunity to conduct most of their studies through master class and seminar formats given by scholars and traveling professors from around the world or the wine and spirits business track. Course information for the traditional spring term is not typically available until about one month before the beginning of the spring term because it is dependent upon the courses offered by visiting professors. The wine and spirits curriculum is a set block schedule that students will take in largely cohorted classes.
The Burgundy School of Business should be considered by any student interested in entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, agricultural economics, or arts administration. Students should have finished about 60 hours with a 3.0 GPA. Depending on which track a student wishes to pursue, it will be helpful to have about one year of pre-major business courses completed. However, students considering the wine and spirits business track or arts administration will have more flexibility in terms of the business-specific course prerequisites.