Created in 1988, Excelia is one of the leading French Higher Education groups. With strong presence in its local regions and emphasis on international exposure, Excelia offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes and provides expertise through:

  • Excelia Business School,
  • Excelia Tourism & Hospitality School,
  • Excelia Digital School,
  • Excelia Academy, and
  • Excelia Executive Education

A member of the French Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, Excelia is a triple-accredited institution (AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA) and the only French institution to possess the UNWTO.TedQual accreditation for its management of tourism and hospitality programmes. Ranked in the top 50 institutions of the Financial Time’s global ranking, Excelia also holds the Bienvenue en France label, awarded by Campus France, for its welcoming initiatives towards international students.

In July 2021 for the second year running, Excelia’s programmes have been honoured in MOCI rankings:
• In the 4-year post-High School programme category, Excelia Business School’s BBA International took 1st place for the second year running.
• Master in Management took 3rd place in the Master in Management (PGE) category.


  • 3 campuses – La Rochelle, Tours, Orléans
  • 4600 students on campus
  • 25% international students, 80 nationalities represented
  • 6 offices overseas – USA, China, Morocco, Senegal, India, Ivory Coast
  • More than 50 clubs and student associations
  • 300 partner associations through Humacité & Climacité project (humanitarian & climate mission)
  • 183 partner universities in 50 countries
  • 40,000 graduates worldwide


The amount of tuition fee to be paid will depend on the study programme and you citizenship.

For example, Bachelor tuitions fees can range from €8000 to €10,000 per year for EU students and from €8,900 to €11,300 per year for non-EU students.

Master tuitions fees range

for EU: from €10,00 to €23,600 per year
non-EU students: from €12,700 to €25,000 per year

Bachelor-first-year programme costs

for EU students: 7,200
non-EU students: EUR 8,200


Application fee of €50 required upon submitting of the application (to be paid by bank transfer or credit card).

Multiservice fee of €250 – a one-time fee that gives access to the following services:
Multimedia and Internet network,
Cyberlibris (online library),
Student Identity Card,
Reprographics credit,
Intranet, e-learning modules,
Career Centre activities and services,
International Insurance-Assistance (for any periods spent abroad during the period covered by this contract),
University library,
University Medical Service, etc.

“The Student Life and Campus Contribution” (CVEC) fee of €90 is instituted by the Law “Orientation and success of students” and is collected to improve student services one can receive on campus, e.g.:

  • For your health, easier access to care on campus
  • To promote social support
  • To support your initiatives
  • To develop sports on campus
  • Art and culture events
  • To improve the reception of students

Student social security cover: €217 – this amount is fixed by statutory law


Currency: € It is essential to open a bank account on arrival and deposit a substantial amount to cover all initial expenses.

– Accommodation and other expenses:
La Rochelle, Tours, Orleans or Paris… Depending on the Campus or the city you choose to study, your rent can vary from 430€ to 800€.

– TransportsTransports :
The best way to get around the city is by public transport or bicycle!
Bus pass: from 23€ to 80€
Bicycle subscription: from 10€ to 40€
Tramway pass: 20€ (Tours)

– Food: plan to spend 200€ to 300€

– Personal expenses: between 100€ and 200€ depending on your lifestyle.


There are generally two study starts each year – September and January. Still, as the number of places in each intake is limited, it is advised to submit your application as soon as possible.


France is a member state of the European Union located in its western region, with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its main ideals expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

Today France is the world’s fourth largest economy and second largest exporter of services. The successes of France’s scientists, engineers and designers are known around the world through Airbus, the TGV (high-speed train), the Ariane rocket, the discovery of the human immune-deficiency virus, high fashion, luxury goods, fine food and wine, and much more.

Famous French owned companies include: LVMH (incl. Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Séphora), L’Oréal, Groupe Danone, Air France, BNP Paribas, Société Générale, ACCOR, Publicis Group, Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Dassault, Bouygues-Construction, Total, France Telecom, Orange, EADS and many more.

France is also one of the least expensive countries in Europe, and students enjoy many benefits. From university dining halls and residences to transportation and leisure activities, various discounts and offers allow students with a relatively modest budget to cover not only living expenses but a cultural life as well.

Studying in France
Studying in France means being part of one of the world’s most effective education systems. Imbued with the tradition of a thousand years of scholarship, France’s diversified network counts more than 3500 institutions of higher learning. The nation’s commitment to sound education is your guarantee of the value and integrity of the degree you will earn.

The institutions in France are broadly divided into universities and specialised schools. They differ in terms of their goals, structure and admission requirements. France’s famous «grandes écoles’» (literally in French ‘grand schools’ or ‘elite schools’) are a type of specalised school and are focused on a single subject area – mainly devoted to training high-level Business managers and engineers.

A degree from one of France’s elite business schools is a passport that allows the bearer to contemplate a career with no ceiling, extending to top management or to the creation of a new company. Excelial is a member of the Conference des Grandes Ecoles and a recognised institution in the French Higher Education System.

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