The 11-month International MBA (Diplôme d'études supérieures en management avancé des affaires internationales) has been designed to provide you with all the tools you need to reach your career goals.

Through carefully designed courses, in-depth specializations, hands-on learning and a dedicated careers team, you will work together to develop the skills you need to become a leader in your field. Discover the program content for the academic year 2022-2023.


August 2022 (Location: Lyon)

Academic Content

Level Up Courses

These are mandatory courses that will begin a few months before the start of your intake. These courses consist of online modules that are mandatory for all participants in the cohort so that everyone understands and has the same information and starting base before embarking on earning their degree. You will learn practical knowledge that will benefit you not only throughout your studies, but throughout the rest of your life (Ex. Learn how to manage finances effectively).

French Language Accelerator

To prepare you for your arrival in Lyon, France, emlyon business school’s International MBA program provides you with the opportunity to get a solid understanding in the French language and culture! This is a cost-free, optional course that begins 2 weeks before the start of your intake.

Contact Matteo PEDRIGLIERI: pedrigilier@eml-executive.com for more information.

September 2022 - January 2023 (Location: Lyon)

Academic Content

Experimental Elements

Core Courses

The core courses cover the fundamental topics that you will need to master in order to be a successful manager or entrepreneur in any sector around the world. Working with innovative and experienced professors as well as external speakers, you will approach each subject from different cultural and professional view points, as well as be asked to share your experiences from your professional context. By completing this initial part of the program you will gain all the essential building blocks you need to continue with your personal electives.

  • Thinking Differently
  • Mastering Business Fundamentals
  • Driving Business Performance
  • Developing Yourself & Others
  • Integrating Perspectives
  • Reaching Beyond Business

Challenge Learning Projects

Throughout the year you will also be working on a number of group projects, supported by companies and professors. The purpose of these projects is to allow you to integrate the theory that you are learning into real life situations.

  • Strategy Simulation
  • Design Thinking Project
  • Strategy Project
  • New Venture Project
  • Business 360 Integrative Project

The 11-month International MBA (Diplôme d'études supérieures en management avancé des affaires internationales) has been designed to provide you with all the tools you need to reach your career goals.

Through carefully designed courses, in-depth specializations, hands-on learning and a dedicated careers team, you will work together to develop the skills you need to become a leader in your field.

Discover the program content for the academic year 2022-2023.

February 2023 Learning Trip (Location:Berlin)

International Learning Trip

Explore alternate business models with the Learning Trips

emlyon business school offers the opportunity for students to discover management styles of other countries and explore contextual factors.

Each destination has specificities and you will never have the same approach or agenda, depending on the country visited.

Previous Learning Trips have been to Brussels, Istanbul, Milano and Finland (Oulu and Helsinki). Company visits and classes at partner universities provide you with an opportunity to explore alternate business models and broaden your view of global business in different cultures.

The learning trip for 2021 was in Berlin.

March - July 2023 (Location: Lyon)

Academic Content

Experimental Elements

Elective Specializations

In the second half of the program you have the unique opportunity to develop your own MBA in conjunction with the professional path you wish to take:

  • Business Development
  • Consulting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Supply Chain
  • Product Management
  • Project Management

Short International Exchange AND/OR Internship

Short International Exchange

After completing your core courses, you have access to International Exchange programs around the world, allowing you to take management courses that will complement your studies at emlyon business school, therefore increasing your value in the job marketplace. Short exchanges take place during the elective specializations and longer exchanges are an option to extend your program at the end of the year. International exchanges:

There are a number of International Exchanges programs offered allowing you to take management courses that will complement your studies and increase your value in the job marketplace. Exchange programs range from one week to five months and take place at different times of the year.

International work opportunities

Internships are highly recommended for students to get the practical skills necessary to stand out to recruiters, as well as provide an opportunity to establish important professional relationships. With the support of the Career Services team, you will find an internship ideally matched to put your knowledge into practice and boost you in your career progression. This opportunity is indispensable for any student, but especially for those wishing to work in a new geographic market, or for those looking to change job sectors or functions.

Internships can be arranged for 2 to 6 months, depending on individual and company needs.

Entrepreneurial Consulting Project or New venture project

Entrepreneurial Consulting Project

Develop leadership skills and competencies through action Participants of the International MBA need a tangible way within a real business setting to acquire the competencies they need to complement their existing skill set. That's why they are required to undertake an Entrepreneurial Consulting Project (ECP).

Working on this 7-month project will allow you to immediately put the academic knowledge into practice, allowing you to continuously make the most of your learning experience. The outcome of the ECP may be implemented in the company.

New Venture Project

Get the opportunity to pitch your entrepreneurial business idea to an investment team! During these core courses, participants develop new venture ideas, supported by our faculty, who provide methodologies and toolkits. At the end of the course, teams pitch to representatives from the investment community to test whether their ideas have what it takes to create a new business. If your business idea has potential, you can choose to focus your ELP on building this business idea and launching a new venture. The Entrepreneurial Experience electives are designed to support you in this journey:

Improving Your Value Proposition

  • Pitching & Business Plan
  • Shadowing an Incubator Start-up
  • PLUS 5 electives of your choice
March - July 2023 International Exchanges

During your year in the MBA program, you have the option to go on an international exchange. In addition to its cultural interest, the international exchanges allows you to take management courses that complement your emlyon business school studies. Thus increasing their value on the job market and expanding their professional network.

Our partner institutions dedicated to International MBA exchange programs :

  • Argentina - Universidad Austral and IAE Business school
  • Brazil - FIA Business School
  • Canada - Queen's School of Business, Schulich School of Business , York University and HEC Montreal (Double-degree is also available for HEC Montreal, more information on request)
  • China - Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
  • Germany - WHU
  • Great Britain - Alliance Manchester Business School and Lancaster University
  • Italy - Politecnico di Milano
  • Japan - KEIO University
  • South Africa - University of Stellenbosch and Graduate School of Business in Cape Town
  • Switzerland - St. Gallen
  • Thailand - Sasin School of Management
August 2023 Opportunity to Travel
September - December 2023

Academic Content

Experimental Elements

Language consolidation

We know that it can be hard to study for an MBA and learn French at the same time. Also, it can be useful to have a professional French qualification (DALF/ DELF) to obtain a job. As a result, emlyon has partnered with a French language learning school in Lyon to provide intensive language training (by the semester or by the month) to help you to prepare for a professional certificate in the French language.

International Exchange

Some of our exchange schools are located a long way from Europe. By extending your international exchange, you will have more time to spend at these institutions (and travelling) after the end of the program.

Additional certifications

We are currently offering the PMP certification through the Project Management Institute. The PMP is very complementary to an MBA, and participants looking for project management roles may be asked for a formal qualification, such as the PMP, in order to qualify for specific positions.

Longer internship

Internships in France are a very good way to move into a different career path. Many French companies like to “try out” a graduate before offering them a permanent job. With this option, you can seek to extend your internship to continue working with a company.