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Audencia Business School

Audencia Business School

Audencia Business School


Founded in 1900, Audencia Business School is one of the best management schools in Europe.

The EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA international accreditations added to the positive evaluation by AERES (the French agency that rates research and higher education) underline a commitment to teaching excellence.

Its programs are regularly ranked among the world’s best by The Financial Times and The Economist. The school’s vision of teaching is based on three key principles that give sense to our actions: global responsibility, entrepreneurship and cultural awareness of which the dual competencies approach and an international spirit of openness are the most emblematic examples.

In 2004, Audencia Nantes became the first French management school to adhere to the United Nations’ Global Compact. The school then participated in the UN’s definition of its PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education). Audencia Nantes has also signed a strategic partnership with the WWF-France. Thanks largely to the activity of its incubator which each year houses newly launched entrepreneurial projects the school is active in the field of company creation. With its logic of dual competencies, the school continues to strengthen actions begun with an initial accord signed with the Ecole Centrale de Nantes for educating engineer-managers. Today, Audencia Nantes offers diverse study tracks that combine management and other disciplines (architecture, fine arts, law, and political science).

Campus Features

Campus lifestyle

One of the most beautiful campuses in France

The campus was created with the quality of the learning environment in mind.

An 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.

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.

Guest rooms on campus for visitors.

Accommodation: A special database on the student Intranet provides information about available rooms in student residences, studios/flats, or private lodgings with families. Every international student coming to Audencia can rely on a dedicated international liaison team that guarantees each student will find accommodation.

Campus Net, a virtual platform that allows students to access their course timetable, e-mail, work files, and course details.

Saint-Nazaire campus facilities, dedicated to teaching and research in purchasing and supply chain management.

Audencia’s main campus in Nantes is one of the most beautiful in France. We designed it specifically to give you a high-quality learning environment. We are housed in a 23,000m² purpose-built campus opposite the University of Nantes, so student life here is bustling. We also have campuses in Paris, Beijing, Shenzhen and Chengdu.

You have a lot of options, including rooms in student residencies; homestays with local families; and private apartments, studios and flats. We have a housing platform that will give you information on what’s available.

    Scholarships and Funding

    Audencia Business School’s commitment to excellence and diversity is shown through the variety of scholarships we give out each year to students of merit from different backgrounds. We award over €500,000 in scholarships per year, giving students around the world the opportunity to study in a world-class environment.

    Our aim is to open up the best business education to students that show the skill and motivation to be the leaders of tomorrow.


    Audencia Nantes has been recognized in various international rankings:

    The Financial Times September 2015

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

    This programme illustrates the logic behind the ALLIANCE of Audencia Nantes, the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes.

    November 2014 - Best business schools in Europe

    Audencia is ranked among the 80 best business schools in Europe.

    The Economist

    2014 - Top 100 MBAs in the world

    Audencia MBA is ranked 88th in the world


    EFMD Equis AccreditedAMBA AccreditedAACSB Accredited

    Why study at Audencia Business School

    Students at Audencia Business School come from all over the world – 87 countries, to be exact! We’re a diverse group of people with a few important things in common: we’re motivated, creative, optimistic and absolutely in love with our campus, community and city – our home.

    Campus Life & Facilities


    Our facilities are modern and comfortable, with everything you need for class, study and relaxation.

    Audencia offers you access to a sports hall equipped for team sports such as basketball, volleyball and football. You can also take advantage of our well-equipped gym as well as a fitness centre for activities such as dance, yoga and more. A public swimming pool and ice-skating rink are within seven minutes by foot.

    Financial trading room, Knowledge Hub, Library, Creative spaces, Machine room, Cafeteria.

    Career Services

    Audencia Career Services offers individual career coaching and advising so you can find the position, sector and company that best suits you. We work hand-in-hand with the corporate world to offer annual employment fairs with participation of 100+ companies, as well as 15,000+ employment opportnities posted each year on our dedicated jobs board.


    Our main campus is located in the heart of beautiful Nantes, France, recognised by countless publications and organisations for innovation and quality of life. Students in particular enjoy life here: almost 20% of Nantes residents are ages 16-25 and study in the city. Just two hours from Paris by train and a 30-minute drive from the Atlantic coast, Nantes is a thriving modern city with old-world flair. It is also easy to get from Nantes to London, Brussels and Geneva – amongst other exciting destinations.

    Originally developed around the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, our region is a popular tourist destination. It draws around two million visitors per year and offers countless sights and attractions.

    Our city is safe, affordable and welcoming to international guests.


    Get involved in activities you love and meet students from different programmes, backgrounds and countries. With a wide range of on-campus clubs and organisations, you are sure to find a group of people you connect with.

    Within the 24 associations, you will face up to situations that you will encounter in a business: developing a project or a budget, leading a team ... You will develop new professional skills. The school associations are grouped into 5 categories: business & finance, sports, entertainment, student welfare and humanitarian.

    Daily life & fun

    France ranks amongst the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. There are many things to enjoy about the country while you’re studying with us and so many opportunities waiting for you in Nantes. Our community is full of creativity and energy. Nantes has a vibrant cultural scene offering everything from medieval castles and art museums to a planetarium, relaxing parks, movie houses and even bowling alleys. You may also explore nearby cities by train and learn about the vast and beautiful landscape France has to offer.

    Audencia Business School is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2021 badge

    Program Admission Requirements

    Demonstrate your commitment and readiness to succeed in business school by taking the GMAT exam – the most widely used exam for admissions that measures your critical thinking and reasoning skills.

    Download the GMAT mini quiz to get a flavour of the questions you’ll find in the exam.


    • Nantes

      Audencia Nantes School of Management 8 route de la Jonelière - B.P. 44312

    • Paris

      Rue Falguière,95, 75015, Paris

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