Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Certificate for free-movers Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Certificate for free-movers

The Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Certificate is open, on selection, to HEC students but also to managers, visiting professors and students from other schools and universities.

It will take place from April 29 to June 5, 2019 on HEC campus in Jouy-en-Josas.

For free-movers applicants, the selection process is different than for HEC applicants but the program is the same. See objectives and content of the program.


The Profile We Value

For the last ten years, we have welcomed more than 580 participants from many horizons, within HEC (MSc in Management Grande Ecole, MSc, Specialized Masters, CEMS, MBA, Ph.D., EMBA), as well as outside of HEC (Polytechnique, AgroParisTech, Paris Universities,…), outside France (Columbia, Bangladesh), and from the business communities (career shifters, entrepreneurs…). We enjoy this variety of horizons.

The idea is not for all participants to work in social business afterwards. Rather, the key is that they acquire an awareness of the importance of societal issues in their field of work, and develop questioning skills about the role of business in society. Therefore, we value highly motivated candidates.

How to Apply

To apply for a seat in the Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Certificate as a free-mover, please submit your supporting documentation by e-mail.

The application process is open until February 1, 2019

The selection is a 2 phase process:

  • A first selection is made based on the evaluation of your application and supporting documents.
  • The pre-selected candidates will then be invited for a face-to-face or Skype interview.

Supporting Documents

  • Résumé (CV)
  • Letter of motivation.
  • For all non-native English speakers, proof of English fluency (e.g., TOEFL or TOEIC) or evidence (e.g., transcript) of coursework completed in the English language.


Pre-selected applicants are invited to a 30 minute interview (on campus or Skype). During this interview they are encouraged to discuss their motivation, interests, and goals with professors of the program.

Admission Calendar



Application deadline

February 1, 2019

Invitation to interview

February 11-15, 2019

Admission result

February 20, 2019


2019 Social Business/Enterprise & Poverty certificate tuition fees are €5,000.

Program fees include:

  • full tuition
  • student card
  • weekend bus transportation during the program from campus to Paris.

Program fees do not include:

  • travel to and from HEC Paris for program start and close
  • accommodation
  • personal insurance
  • food
  • personal expenses
  • anything not listed as included.

Several dining options are available. You will have the opportunity to purchase individual meals at the campus restaurant at approximately €6/meal, shop at the neighboring supermarkets or dine in local restaurants or pizzerias in the town of Jouy-en-Josas.


HEC Paris offers the opportunity for free-movers to reside on campus throughout the duration of the certificate in order to take full advantage of campus life. Please be aware that the number of rooms is limited as priority is given to full-time international students.

Student residences are all centrally located within walking distance of classrooms, sports fields and the student cafeteria. Rooms are furnished and equipped including: bed, night table, desk, and closet. On-campus student housing includes a majority of fully independent, single rooms with separate bathrooms and several adjoining single rooms with shared bathrooms.