Brest France Global Intensive

You will be introduced to an overseas travel and cultural experience, combined with studies focusing on the European Union. Since students come from across the entire university, the courses consist of content designed to be interesting to all participants, regardless of background.

Brest, France

This global intensive is suitable for Undergraduate students from any discipline and will be taking place 2-13 January 2017; these are tentative dates and will be confirmed soon.


During study period in Brest, you will be involved in:

  • Study at France Business School, Brest
  • You may use your free time to explore the city; there will also be some organised dinners or other social activities

Information about joining the study tour group in Europe will be provided at pre-departure briefings.


France is located in Western Europe with an area of 643,801 sq km. France is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations, playing an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the establishment of the EU (European Union) and introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999.

France has a population of approximately 66.3 million people, and the main cities are Paris, the capital, with a population of 10.41 million inhabitants, Marseille-Aix-en-Provence (1.457 million), Lyon (1.456 million), Lille(1.028 million), and Nice-Cannes (977,000 million).

The Head of State of France is referred to as the President, while the Head of Government is referred to as the Prime Minister. The system of government that operates in France is a bicameral parliament made up of the Senat (Senate) and the Assemblée Nationale (National Assembly).

The French economy is diversified across many sectors and is capitalist in nature, although the government maintains a strong presence in some sectors. France’s GDP is estimated at approximately $2.273 trillion US dollars, making it the 10th biggest economy in the world. France is the most visited country in the world and maintains the third largest income in the world from tourism.


Brest is a city of approximately 50 square kilometres and 143,000 inhabitants in the Brittany region of northwestern France located on an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a commercial port, an important naval station, and the seat of the French Naval Academy. Electronics equipment, metals, paper, and clothing are the chief manufactures.

The city of Brest dates from Gallo-Roman times. The spacious, landlocked harbor was created in 1631 by Cardinal Richelieu as a military base and arsenal. In 1683, during the reign of Louis XIV, Marshal Vauban built the ramparts and a castle.

France Business School (FBS)

France Business School is an international, multi-campus higher education institution specialising in detecting creative and entrepreneurial young talent with innovative, effective and differentiated pedagogies and accompanying students and professionals in defining and accomplishing their professional ambitions.

The mission of FBS is to promote and train, on a life-long basis, creative and entrepreneurial, audacious, agile and responsible minds, capable of leading organizations and projects, private and public, for- and non-profit, of all sizes and in an international context. FBS is engaged and passionate about the development and success of its participants, partners and local regions, totally focused on solving the economic issues and challenges of the 21st century and deeply rooted in its local regions whose expertise it promotes.

France Business School is a Grande Ecole - a selective school that aims at excellence, created through the merger of several business schools and their desire to join forces, these schools being Sup de Co Amiens-Picardie, ESC Bretagne Brest, ESC Clermont, and ESCEM, which all shared a common-goal of reinventing the concept of the Grande Ecole to help create the kinds of entrepreneurial leaders the world really needs.


Date of overseas tour: Monday 2 – Friday 12 January 2017 (tentative dates)

Pre-Tour Workshops:

  • Workshop 1 Saturday 20 August 2016
  • Workshop 2 Saturday 17 September 2016
  • Workshop 3 Saturday 15 October 2016

Post-Tour Workshop:

  • Saturday 18 March 2017

Students must attend ALL classes unless ill, in which case they must obtain a medical certificate as evidence of their illness

Overseas Course Content/Topics

Based on the 2016 program, the content included*:

  • Getting to know France and Europe
  • Intercultural Management
  • Business Game and Intercultural Team
  • Business in Europe
  • French company visit
  • City Walk
  • Excursion to the Mont Saint Michel

* Please note that the program changes from year to year and will be finalised before the second weekend workshop in Melbourne.

Course content and assessment

You will enrol in the course
BAFI2101 France and the European Union

Assessment tasks may include*:

  • Individual France Business School Assessment Tasks as specified by staff
  • Destination report
  • Reflective journal
  • Group business report & presentation

Students will undertake assessments prepared by the European partner university that are designed to assess students’ understanding of the theoretical and practical issues explored and developed during the European study experience.

* Please note that the program & assessments change from year to year and will be finalised before the second weekend workshop in Melbourne.

How to apply and information sessions

Applications are still open. Please complete the France & the European Union Mobi application form.

As there are limited places available, students are encouraged to apply early to avoid disappointment.


Hotel Name: Hotel Center
Street Address: 4, boulevard Léon Blum,
Post Code, City: 29200 Brest
Country: France
Phone Number: + 00 33 0 2 98 807 807

The cost of accommodation in 2016 was approximately:

€50 [AUD 63] per person for a single room per night
€54 [AUD 68] per person for a twin room per night
€62 [AUD 75] per person for a triple room per night
€67 [AUD 79] per person for a quad room per night.

Buffet breakfast is not included in the above rates and is an extra €10 per night per person.

[Payment for accommodation in 2017 will be upon check in/out]

Although students will be advised of the cost of accommodation prior to departure, they should be prepared for the possibility of a variation upon arrival

Further information

Dr Sarah Sinclair
School of Economics, Finance & Marketing
Phone: + 61 3 99251329