When does the application period occur?

The application calendar can be found here.

Who can apply to the HEC Paris Youth Leadership Initiative?

High School-level students from 15 to 17 years old (at program start) of all nationalities.

Is this program also offered during the year?

The Youth Leadership Initiative is currently only offered in July. If you are interested in another time period, please let us know by contacting us at youthleadership@hec.fr.

Is the Youth Leadership Initiative in English?

The HEC Paris Youth Leadership Initiative is an intensive one-week program held in English.  All students are expected to be fluent in English.

What is the English Language requirement?

For all non-native English speakers: English language proficiency test score report (TOEFL or TOEIC or IELTS or Cambridge) or evidence (e.g., transcript) of coursework completed in the English language.

What documents are required for enrollment?

Please see here for full admissions requirements.

Upon admissions, students are expected to provide the following documents in French or English (other languages will not be accepted):

  • Copy of passport
  • Housing application
  • Proof of civil liability and medical insurance for your stay at HEC Paris
  • Photo authorization agreement
  • Parental authorization.

Will I need insurance?

Yes, students are required to show proof of insurance for the duration of their stay at HEC Paris. Insurance should include medical and repatriation coverage as well as civil liability.

Will participating in the Youth Leadership Initiative help me gain entrance into another program at HEC later?

The HEC Paris Youth Leadership admission team assesses the Youth Leadership Initiative independently and as such no preferential advantage for any other program at HEC is afforded. Nonetheless, attending the Youth Leadership Initiative will allow you to gain an insight and a familiarity with the HEC Paris campus.

Is there a dress code?

We recommend that students bring comfortable clothing and make sure they have adapted shoes as there will be outdoor activities. There is no official dress code for the Youth Leadership Initiative; however, we encourage students to bring one business casual outfit for the final day.


How can I pay my application fees?

Payment of the non-refundable fee occurs by credit card at the time of the online application.

Do you offer financial aid?

We offer merit-based scholarships in the amount of 200€.

When and how do I make my program payment?

Full payment is required 2 - 3 weeks after receiving an offer of admission. In the case of a late application, a shorter time period may apply. Please refer to the admissions calendar here. Payment occurs online by credit card.

What are withdrawal/ cancellation terms?


A participant has fourteen (14) days from the day of admission to withdraw from the program.  In such a case, HEC Paris will reimburse all sums paid to HEC Paris in the course of the agreement, unless the withdrawal request is received on or after the start of the Program.


A participant may cancel, at any time after the withdrawal period, his/her participation in the Program. However, and notwithstanding duly recognized cases of force majeure, HEC Paris shall apply the following cancellation fee:



More than 60 calendar days


Between 60 and 45 calendar days


Less than 45 calendar days

no refund

Withdrawal/cancellation request

Any request to withdraw or cancel a participant’s registration must be sent by registered mail with delivery confirmation request to the attention of Ms. Elyse Michaels-Berger, including bank details for reimbursement, to the following address:

HEC Paris
Elyse Michaels-Berger
Director, Youth Leadership Initiative
1 rue de la Libération
78351 Jouy-en-Josas Cedex

All participants are asked to agree to the Terms of Sale which are provided in full at the time of purchase. The Terms of Sale include the information detailed above. They can also be consulted in full here.  


Where is the program held?

The program is held on the HEC Paris campus in Jouy-en-Josas, 25 km from Paris.

When do I need to arrive on campus?

All students should plan to arrive on campus on Sunday afternoon, July 22nd.

What time does the Youth Leadership Initiative end?

The program ends on Saturday morning, July 28th. Please plan all return travel as of Saturday morning.

Do I have to attend all of my classes?

100% participation (other than justified absences) is mandatory to obtain the Youth Leadership Certificate of Attendance.

Will I need to buy textbooks?

No, all class materials will be available through the HEC intranet on academic platforms.

Is there a final exam?

No, there will be a final presentation.

Will I get credit for completing the Youth Leadership Initiative?

Although you will not receive credit, each student will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the program.

Will I have access to a computer? Should I bring a laptop? Is the campus wireless?

Students have access to a computer room with printing machines. However, students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer. Free WIFI is available on campus, including the Residence.

Student life at HEC Paris

Will I find food on campus outside of the student restaurant opening hours?

HEC Paris has vending machines on campus where you can find a selection of food and drinks.

Is there an ATM on campus?

There is a cash distributor machine on campus; however, students should not require additional money since the program includes food costs.

Do I need to bring money?

No pocket money is required. However, students might wish to purchase items from the HEC gift shop on the final day of the program.

Am I required to live on campus?

Learning occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. An important component of the program is teamwork that will take place after classroom hours. To fully benefit from your academic experience and HEC Paris campus life, all students reside on-campus.

Student Services

I am an international student. Do I require a visa to attend the program?

All international students are expected to verify requirements with their local French consulate and plan accordingly.

Will HEC Paris provide me with a Summer School visa letter?

All students who request an acceptance letter will be provided one. Please note this letter is not provided automatically, but rather upon student request.

Do students have access to campus facilities?

Students in the Youth Leadership Initiative have access to HEC Paris classrooms, study rooms, library, the student restaurant, etc.

Are the classrooms and dormitories accessible to students with disabilities?

HEC Paris is fully equipped to host students with disabilities. Upon acceptance into the program, students needing special assistance should contact admissions@hec.fr.

Student Residence

What is provided in the dormitory?

The HEC Residence provides you with bed sheets, a cover, pillow and towel for the duration of your stay. Soap, shampoo and toothpaste are the responsibility of each student. Note that rooms do not include irons or hair dryers. Thank you for planning accordingly.

How do I reach the HEC campus?

The HEC Paris campus is located just outside of Paris in Jouy-en-Josas and is accessible both from major airports (Orly and Roissy) and from the center of Paris. Please see directions here or contact us with any questions.