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Between M1 and M2, students have the opportunity to take a gap year. 

Choosing to take a gap year can make a real difference in your curriculum at HEC Paris. 

Though optional, this experience is an opportunity to enrich your résumé with a solid professional experience. Discovering the reality of the business world in a specific field of your choice (marketing, finance, consultancy, communication…), you’ll be able to sharpen your career goals. 

Master in Management students – Programme Grande Ecole have the opportunity to complete one year of professional project and/or personal (optional) during their studies at HEC Paris. These can take the form of a year dedicated to professional projects (internships, professional experience) or a year dedicated to personal projects (volunteering, business creation, etc.).

They can choose to dedicate:

- One year for a professional or a personal project, 
- One year for a professional project then one year of personal project

This real-life experience will also help you widen your perspective, and ensure that you are on the right path to achieve your objectives. You will then pursue your courses at HEC Paris with a more accurate vision and a renewed determination. 

Not to mention that this gap year could be the perfect way to improve your French and to soak up even more of the French culture. 

NB: To be exempted from the gap year, please note that students need to have completed a 6-month internship by beginning of M2 (except French engineers who need to complete the program in a certain amount of time).