Boston University School of Hospitality and ESSEC Business School (France) Announce Collaboration for Graduate Students


Boston University School of Hospitality Administration (BU SHA) Dean Arun Upneja, PhD, announced the official relationship between two of the world’s leading hospitality programs: Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration (BU SHA) and ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. Graduate students enrolled in either program have the opportunity to obtain part of their masters abroad – an opportunity that involves elective courses taught by internationally renowned industry practitioners and internships in Europe and / or the United States.“What an incredible way to experience the world and develop the true global hospitality mentality so necessary for our business, especially today,” says Dean Upneja. Students enrolled at Boston University will begin their master’s work in the fall semester in Boston with courses towards the full master’s degree in hospitality management. For the spring semester in Paris, a set of tailor-made courses on ESSEC’s Parisian campus offers SHA students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and learn from the best of the best in Europe, while studying at alongside students preparing for their MS in Hospitality. Management (IMHI). Classes are taught in English and working knowledge of French is useful for internships. Completion of this part of the program allows students to earn a graduate certificate from ESSEC, and then the students return to Boston to complete their MMH degree.

“Providing our participants with the opportunity to study and train in the United States through this incredible partnership brings our program closer to our goal of increasing opportunities and further internationalizing our program. We are honored that such a prestigious institution has chosen our MSc in Hospitality Management We look forward to working with them in the years to come and welcoming American students from Boston University in Cergy, ”adds Patti Brown, Director of the MSc in Hospitality Management program at ESSEC. Boston is a unique place where hospitality intersects with medicine, education, technology, tourism and sports. An environment where students acquire the skills of a renowned academic institution to improve the daily and overall operations of a hotel establishment.

With 34 years of experience in hospitality management, ESSEC offers a unique experience with the renowned MSc in Hospitality Management (IMHI) program. Originally named the Institute of International Hotel Management (IMHI), the program was established in 1981. Recognized around the world as one of the leading hospitality management programs, the MSc in Hospitality Management (IMHI) is designed to prepare the next generation young professionals to become leaders in the various fields of tourism and hospitality.

About Boston University School of Hospitality Administration:

Founded in 1981, the School of Hospitality Administration (BU SHA) at Boston University offers students a combination of rigorous academics, a liberal arts program, and international experiences for the pursuit of success in accommodation, catering, catering and other avenues of the hospitality industry. SHA has a unique relationship with the city of Boston, where area hotels and restaurants provide students with numerous internship opportunities to meet the work experience requirements for their degree. BU SHA launched its graduate program, the Master of Management in Hospitality in 2017, with strong international recognition.

About Boston University:

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, as well as a number of multidisciplinary centers and institutes that are an integral part of the research and teaching mission of the University. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

About ESSEC Business School

Founded in 1907, ESSEC is one of the best management schools in the world and holds the “triple crown” accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. With 6,660 students; a faculty made up of 163 full-time professors, including 19 emeritus professors, in France and Singapore, recognized for the quality and influence of their research; a wide range of management training programs; partnerships with the best universities in the world; and a network of 60,000 graduates, ESSEC continues to nurture a tradition of academic excellence and a spirit of openness in the fields of economics, social sciences and innovation. In 2005, ESSEC opened a campus in Asia, ESSEC Asia-Pacific. ESSEC’s operations in Asia-Pacific, strategically located in Singapore, represent the ideal starting point for ESSEC to participate in dynamic growth in Asia and bring its expertise to the expanding region. In addition, in 2017, ESSEC opened a new campus in Rabat, Morocco, ESSEC Africa. ESSEC’s international expansion allows students and professors to study and understand the economic forces at work in different regions of the world. For further information, please visit


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