Work-study programme in a Business School


Work-study programmes at EM Normandie

Work-study programmes have become an essential part of the professional integration process for Business School students interested in programmes such as the Bachelor International Management or the Master in Management programme. It allows you to enter the professional world while finishing your studies and allows companies to invest in your talents to train you in their own culture.


Work-study at EM Normandie

EM Normandie is one of the leading business schools in France for work-study programmes, thanks to over 15 years of investment in this area. The number of students enrolled in its work-study programmes increases significantly each year. To guarantee optimum teaching quality, the number of places available per campus may be limited.

The benefits of work-study programmes

Whether the programme involves an apprenticeship or professional training contract, the work-study scheme offers many advantages:

  • You are fully exempt from tuition fees
  • You are paid a salary based on age and programme
  • You are entitled to five weeks’ paid leave
  • Social security cover: students are covered in the event of illness, accidents at work and maternity leave

The structure of work-study programmes

Students on work-study programmes generally spend three weeks in industry and one week in the classroom. This specific and intense structure tests learners’ ability to adapt, prioritise and immerse themselves in the business world as they take on particular projects, responsibilities and teamwork.

I chose EM Normandie because of the many opportunities it offered to go abroad, but also because of the incredible atmosphere I felt during my admission orals, and it wasn't until I was doing my Masters that I became interested in the sandwich course. Having just completed an optional professional year, during which I'd had two 6-month work experiences, I wanted to continue to develop in the world of work, so I decided to do an M2 in this mode, which gives me the job of Onboarding Project Manager at Ornikar.

Romane Bolloch
Onboarding Project Manager on a work-study programme at Ornikar, Class of 2020

Certification Qualiopi

EM Normandie holds the Qualiopi certification which attests to the quality of the process implemented in its training courses. This certification recognises the school's ability to identify and reconcile the expectations of beneficiaries and companies, the adequacy of the teaching, technical and supervisory resources used and its commitment to a continuous improvement process.

  • 2,200+ students choose work-study programmes each year
  • 9 final year specialisations available as a work-study programme
  • 70,000 internship, job and work-study offers, 5,000 exclusively for EM Normandie students
  • 5,000 partner companies in the network

Tailored-made support before & during your work-study

To help you find a work-study contract, integrate into the business world and successfully complete your assignments, benefit from tailored support based on essential principles:

  • Coaching sessions on writing CVs, updating LinkedIn profiles and preparing for job interviews.
  • Help with job searches. The School forwards job offers from partner companies in the network and arranges recruitment days and workshops.
  • A permanent link with your host company to help you validate your contract (tasks, contract dates and tuition fees paid by the company).
  • Follow-up for students at each stage of the work-study programme.

Work-study programmes open to international students

Perfect transitions between studies and the business world, work-study training put you in control of your future in subjects you are passionate about. Work-study programmes are available to international students under specific conditions.

Bachelor International Management 

Offered in the 3rd year on the Caen*, Le Havre and Paris campuses, the multi-specialised work-study programme offers you a comprehensive education: marketing approach, entrepreneurship, international finance, geopolitics, introduction to digital marketing, intercultural management, commercial negotiation, ....

During your work-study, access a wide range of functions and sectors of activity: finance, marketing, commerce, logistics, agri-food communication, textiles, banking/insurance, multimedia, etc. in a variety of companies (SMEs, start-ups, multinationals, etc.). 

* From 2023, subject to a minimum number of students.

Discover the Bachelor International Management

Master in Management - 1 or 2 years of work-study

The Work-Study Track

With the Work-Study Track available on the Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses, you can increase your know-how and interpersonal skills tenfold. During 2 years, build on your knowledge to progress in your functions:

  • During the 1st year, choose your pre-specialisation in the fields of marketing, sales, finance, artificial intelligence, logistics and responsible management.
  • During the 2nd year, become a real expert in your field by joining one major of your choice (Purchasing and Supply Chain | Marketing and Sales | Finance | Management).

Work-study programmes are also available in Saint-Denis on Reunion Island and in Fort-de-France in Martinique (subject to conditions).

Discover the Work-Study Track

The Final Year Specialisations

For your final year, choose one of the 9 specialisations offered as a work-study programme including 4 specialisations 100% taught in English:

Discover the final year Specialisations


Recruitment events throughout the year

To build networks and increase students’ opportunities, the School puts on many events throughout the year.

Job Meet Up

Open to students from U3/BMI 3, Job Meet Up is the perfect place to find an internship, work-study programme or job. Apply to the School's partner companies that appeal to you and get your foot in the door in 15-minute interviews. Many prestigious companies, such as BMW, Hilti and Decathlon attend each year looking for fresh talent.

Work-Study Job Dating

The School organises the Work-Study Job Dating service for students looking for a company during their work-study programme. How does this work? Companies wishing to recruit students on work-study programmes send exclusive offers to the School for staff. Suitable candidates are then invited to recruitment sessions on the campus.

And the matchmaking works! Many students find their work-study programme during this annual event.

The School's Apprentice Training Centre (CFA)

In order to extend the work-study programme model beyond the walls of the School, EM Normandie Business School has set up its own Apprentice Training Centre (CFA). Based on the same core areas as the other programmes at the School (professional skills development, transition into the business world, and equal opportunities), the CFA offers many advantages:

  • Abolition of quotas on apprenticeship places for companies
  • Direct support for apprentices from a dedicated team
  • Independence
  • Administrative tasks simplified and costs reduced for businesses

Work-study opportunities at EM Normandie Business School

EM Normandie Business School graduates go into a wide variety of roles in sectors such as sales, marketing, logistics, auditing and human resources.

EM Normandie has links with many partner companies, from VSEs to large international groups, enabling students to develop their networks and increase their opportunities.

Entreprises partenaires 2022-2023

Admission of international applicants

Depending on your location, there are various ways in which you can join an EM Normandie Business School work-study programme

  • Access conditions


    Applicants from the following countries must provide the documents below: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus (Greece part), Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom (until the transition period after Brexit comes to an end) Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - young nationals of the Swiss Confederation (SWITZERLAND).

    • A valid ID card or
    • A valid passport


    Applicants from countries outside Europe may take work-study programmes subject to the following conditions:

    • They hold a "Vie privée, vie familiale" residence permit
    • They reside in France regularly and hold a valid residence permit
    • They reside in France and have a residence card which states “Student" and "travail à titre accessoire” (employment permitted as a secondary activity)

    Obtaining a work permit

    The residence permit stating “travail à titre accessoire” does not entitle students to work full time whilst on a work-study programme.

    Before entering into an apprenticeship or professional skills development contract, applicants from outside Europe must first obtain permission to work and follow the application procedure below:

    • A CERFA no. 15186*02 form (see notice No. 51882-02) duly completed by the employer must be obtained
    • Once this application has been filled out, it must be sent to the applicant’s local DIRECCTE service (foreign labour department of the local employment authorities) at least three weeks before the start of the contract.
    • If all the required information is supplied and the applicant meets all the criteria, they will be sent a temporary work permit (APT) in the post.
    • Provide the valid residence permit stating "student"
    • Provide a stamped addressed envelope with the company's contact details
    • Supply a copy of the course certificate of registration or student certificate
    • Provide proof of address
    • Supply the work-study contract signed by both parties
    • The administration team may request further documents