Spring intake: Registration in February and March – INSEEC

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INSEEC spring intake : everything you need to know

What is a spring intake ?

A spring intake is a type of training that begins outside of the regular school year. As a result, training starts later in the school year, generally between January and March, depending on the school. The training is the same as that offered in the classic entry program, except that admission, enrolment and entry are all delayed by 6 months.

Spring intake has its advantages :

  • you avoid losing a year by enrolling in another course ;
  • you benefit from accelerated training with the same courses (in the case of the MSc1 at INSEEC, for example)
  • you benefit from real professionalization through internships or work-study programs.

Of the 5 INSEEC’s programs: BBA, BTS, Grande Ecole, Bachelor and MSc, only the Bachelor and MSc programs offer a spring intake in February/March. The operating mode differs according to level:

  • Bachelor 1st year : “fast track”, an accelerated and intensive curriculum
  • Bachelor 3rd year : reverse intake
  • Master of Science 1st year : fast-track M1 course leading to M2 in the following year
  • Master of Science 2nd year : 18-month course to boost your CV

What are the advantages of a spring intake ?

For many reasons, it can be interesting for a student to do a spring intake or a reversed start to the academic year in February. The most frequently encountered are :

  • stopping a course during the year because of a misdirection. The field doesn’t appeal or the school doesn’t suit.
  • bad timing: due to a work-study program, an internship, a job or a stay abroad that ends too late, the student has not been able to start the school year in September and therefore wishes to start in February.
  • visa delay: a foreign student has not managed to have all his administrative documents in time for the start of the school year in September, so he will be returning in February. Professional retraining : an existing professional wants to retrain as quickly as possible, or “take a plan” to restructure or train his company within a certain timeframe.

Multiple motivations but a single will, the back-to-school season in February is the ideal format for all those who don’t want to waste time and maximize their time and effort. Whatever the start date, even if the duration of the course may differ, the training program remains the same for learners returning in September or October. At the end, the same professional title (RNCP) will be awarded. This level 6 professional qualification for the Bachelor’s and level 7 for the MSc is recognized and awarded by the French government.

All courses at the same level, in February or September, follow the same teaching model : – Common core: business game, IT courses, professional English, management, business plan – Specialized courses in one of our 80 specializations in wealth management, human resources, luxury goods, marketing, etc. – Professional conferences, coaching, research dissertation or company report.

The admission process for the spring intake of the academic year

Whether you’re interested in a 1st or 3rd year Bachelor’s degree or a 1st or 2nd year Master of Science degree, the admission requirements are virtually the same ! Just different admission levels :

  • Bachelor 1st year : Candidates who post graduated
  • Bachelor 3rd year : candidates with a BAC +2 (BTS, Bachelor 2nd year from a business school or Licence 2 from a university) – Find out more about the conditions for admission to the INSEEC Bachelor program.
  • Master of Science 1st year : holders of a BAC +3 can apply, i.e., in the process of validation and already holding a Licence 3 diploma from the University or “IAE”, Bachelor’s degree from a business school, “BUT” or 180 ECTS credits or “RNCP” level 6.
  • Master of Science 2nd year : candidates who have obtained or are in the process of obtaining a BAC +4 (Master 1 or 240 ECTS credits) can apply directly for the 2nd year of MSc 2.

Applications open in summer N-1 and last up to 2 months before the start of the school year. During this period, we strongly invite you to meet us at an information meeting, either in person or by video, at the campus of your choice. This open day or meeting will give you the opportunity to meet all the administrative teams, teachers, students and alumni, and ask them all your questions.

The application process, whether for a Bachelor’s or Master of Science’s degree, is divided into several stages :

Online application on our website: Bachelor and MSc. The following documents are required for this online application : copy of identity card, Curriculum Vitae, last 2 school reports, cover letter, copy of last diploma. If you don’t have your diploma yet, don’t worry, you can provide it at the start of the school year.

Once your application has been submitted, it will be examined by the admissions department. If selected, you will be contacted and offered an oral interview (within 10 days).

The admission interview is conducted with a panel of professionals and teachers from the school. They will test your motivation, serious and the coherence of your career plan. We recommend that you prepare for this interview !

A week later you will receive your admission notice : yes, no or waiting list.

ATTENTION, INTERNATIONAL applicants must follow a different application process by following this link. Successful candidates will then be required to register, either by paying a deposit or by providing a signed promise of employment (Bach 3, MSc1 and 2 only). Candidates looking for a work-study program and who have paid the deposit will be able to receive support from the Corporate Relations Department.

A February start to the apprenticeship

As part of the “1 jeune 1 solution” plan, the French government has set up an exceptional €6,000 grant for companies wishing to take on a student on a apprenticeship.

All professionalization or apprenticeship contracts in Bachelor 3rd year, MSC 1 and 2nd year will be eligible for exceptional assistance (subject to compliance with company eligibility criteria and a reasonable period of time between the contract conclusion date and the contract start date).

The 1st year Bachelor’s degree is not eligible for apprenticeship. INSEEC’s corporate relations department assists all students in their search for a company, offering coaching, CV workshops, afterworks, professional conferences, a selection of internship and work-study offers, partnerships with major companies and a CV library for recruiters.

Find out more about work-study programs: financing tuition fees, salary, terms and conditions, FAQ.

Spring intake in Bordeaux

For many years now, the Bordeaux campus has been hosting spring and reversed intakes of the Bachelor and MSc programs. The smaller number of students for the intake of February (for M1s) and March (for M2s) means that our students are better integrated, especially those from abroad. Exchanges with teachers and administrative staff are also facilitated.

Moreover, with many students leaving for internships, there is less pressure on available accommodation, making the search easier. Contrary to popular opinion, it is also possible to find an apprenticeship during this period, as some companies are voting their annual budget.

Spring intake in Marseille

The Marseille campus will open its doors in early 2024, with the first classes starting in February. This new campus will host Masters of Science, Bachelors and BTS programs (only from September for BTS). The new 6,500 m2 environmentally friendly campus will host up to 2,600 students in the Saint Charles/Porte d’Aix area.

In terms of student life, the future campus is designed as a village, with its various schools and areas for relaxation and conviviality. With breathtaking views on the sea and the city on the upper floors, the block also features an open-ground garden at its heart, which will be replicated on each floor. This campus in Marseille will be a pleasant place to live, while remaining close to the companies that make the area so dynamic.

Spring intake in Lyon

For several years now, the Lyon campus has been introducing Spring and reversed intakes for its Bachelors and Master of Science programs. The reduced number of students for the intake of February (for M1s) and March (for M2s) means that students have a personalised support with teachers and administration, and are better integrated. The majority of September students are on work placements during these months, which means that students can take full advantage of their new campus and find accommodation more easily during these shorter periods.

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to find a work-study placement at this time of year, for companies unable to position themselves for the September campaign, or for those who need to recruit at the start of the calendar year.

Spring intake to the school year in Paris

In Paris, not two but three campuses will welcome our students for the start of the 2024 academic year! The Eiffel campus will house the Bachelor’s programs in its new building, while the Cœur Défense and La Villette campuses will be home to INSEEC’s Masters of Science programs.

A total of 40 nationalities are represented each year at the start of the new academic year in Paris, with up to 60% international students, particularly in the Masters of Science programs. It’s a great opportunity for our students to develop in a context conducive to cultural and linguistic exchange!

All specializations are offered in Paris at the start of the new academic year, with the exception of the Luxury and Wine specialization. Students can take their initial training with an internship or on a sandwich course, with a unique 3-day school / 2-day company rhythm from the beginning of March to the end of July, followed by full-time work at the company. This pace is much appreciated by companies, as the training is rich and condensed, enabling students to rapidly build up their skills and benefit from a large full-time period in the company during a key business period with the start of the school year and Christmas.

Spring intake to the school year in Rennes

The new Rennes campus, inaugurated in October 2023, will welcome its first staggered start to the academic year in February 2024! INSEEC has chosen to offer Breton students the opportunity to reorient their studies during the year, without having to wait for the start of the new academic year in September. It’s now possible to start a new academic year in Rennes, in a wide range of specializations in Marketing, Communication, Finance, Digital, Business / Commerce… from post-bac to bac+5 thanks to INSEEC’s Bachelor or MSc programs.

Spring intake to the school year in Chambéry

Chambéry is offering a few Masters of Science during the staggered start of the academic year in February and March 2024.

Post-BAC : staggered start to the 1st year Bachelor’s program

The February intake of the INSEEC Bachelor in Bac +1, or ” delayed start “This is an accelerated and intensive program.

For entry into Bachelor 1, there is no specialization, the student follows an intensive course in a smaller class which favors even more personalized and individualized support.

The rhythm is intensive as students attend classes from the end of February/beginning of March until July and then continue with a 5-week period in a company from July to August. If the year is validated, they will enter the Bachelor 2 program in September of the following year.

This February intake at the INSEEC Bachelor offers a number of advantages: the chance to reorient yourself, to avoid losing your year after a disappointment, to give your career a second chance. As the training is generalist and non-specialized, it enables students to refine their career plans by discovering several different fields.

Post BAC +2 : staggered start to 3rd year Bachelor’s programme

The February intake of the INSEEC Bachelor in Bac +3, or “reverse intake”, is an opportunity for students with a Bac +2 who are reorienting or returning from a gap year. The training is also open to work-study programs.

To enter the Bachelor 3 program, the student begins with several days of basic courses and then continues with the period in the company. It is then in a second time that he will start the training within the school.

For an initial course, the student must complete and validate a 5-month period in a company. For all students, a professional practice paper will be due in January, followed by the defense and mid-term exams at the end of February.

On completion of the course, students will be able to enter the job market or continue their studies with a “staggered start” Master’s degree in February.

Spring intake start to Bac +4 : Msc 1st year

Graduates with a BAC +3 can join a 1st year MSc in February. MSc 1st year students attend courses from February to early July, spend 2 months in a company and then start their MSc 2nd year in September of the same year. Check with the admissions department to make sure that the MSc 1 of your choice is open for the start of the new academic year in February!

Reverse entry to Bac +5 : Msc 2nd year

Graduates with a BAC+4 can go straight into a 2nd year MSc. Students enter the school year in reverse order: they start in March and attend classes on a 3-week/1-week basis until the end of July, then in September they attend classes with traditional “non-staggered” students for 1 year.

This means they can complete their year in 18 months, boosting their CVs before officially entering the job market. All MSc 2 programs are open to applications for the start of the new academic year in March, covering more than 10 training centers:

Student testimonials : How did the new academic year change their career path ?

Alexandre Monique – Bachelor Business & Management student


Can you introduce yourself?

Alexandre Monique (AM): Hello, I’m Alexandre Monique. I’m 18 and come from La Réunion. I’m currently on the Lyon campus, studying for a first-year Bachelor’s degree in Management and Business Development.

Why did you decide to join the INSEEC Bachelor program?

AM: I joined the INSEEC Bachelor’s program because at first it offered a lot of specialties, since I’m a pretty indecisive person. So touching a little bit of everything was an advantage for me. Coming from a preparatory school, it was a bit complicated for me. I didn’t really like the theoretical side of it, so I decided to go for a Bachelor’s degree instead.

Why did you choose the “rentrée décalée”?

AM: Because prep school wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. At the Bachelor’s level, there’s a lot of group work, a lot of projects, a lot of people involved, a lot of organizations and associations. A Bachelor’s degree, with all the experience, the people involved and all the expertise it brings, will enable me to consolidate everything I have planned for the future.

What do you like best?

AM: I’ve only been here a short time, but we’ve already done a group project, so it’s really this challenging, innovative side that pushes me to outdo myself and come up with even crazier ideas. It’s the project, group and mutual support aspect.

What do you think is the added value of the Bachelor?

AM: It’s that specialization. You can really choose, and that’s what’s great, but also this internship aspect where you can really experiment with whatever you want, in whatever field you want.

Where will you be doing your internship? How did you find it?

AM: I’m going to do my internship at Ralph Lauren. How did I find it? I grabbed my bag, printed out CVs and cover letters and dropped them off at some of my favorite companies. So I walked all over Lyon, and I came across Ralph Lauren who kindly accepted, and so it’s a pleasure to go and do my internship there, because it’s a sector and a company that I particularly like.

What will your missions be?

AM: As I’m in my first year, it’s a sales internship, so I’ll be dealing more with customers in sales. Sell clothes and advise as much as possible.

What’s in it for you?

AM: The contact, the relational side. This will enable me to get to know people better, what their choices are, mainly, what they’re looking for, and even to avoid making mistakes in life. It’s better to make mistakes now than later. So it’s going to allow me to really sort out anything that might be disturbing in the company and so get some experience.

What are your plans for the future?

AM: I’d like to join the Grande Ecole program, do a Bac 5, a Master’s degree. My biggest project is to set up my own business, so even now I can develop my project.

Any advice for future students?

AM: A word of advice: Don’t hesitate to get started! No need to be afraid. For example, even if I made a mistake, I was able to bounce back very quickly thanks to the staggered start. INSEEC is one of the few schools to offer this. What’s more, the fact that I had a lot of choice helped me to find myself personally, so I’d really advise you not to waste a year doing what you like, and to look for what you like. Look for yourself. really, INSEEC is a good school, I’m much more fulfilled now that I’ve been here for a month and frankly, don’t hesitate, go for it and enjoy it!

In brief

Do you want to make the most of your time or are you in the process of reorienting your career? The February/March back-to-school program is for you! You can enter after the BAC or after a BAC+2 in the Bachelor program. You can apply for the MSc program after a BAC+3/4/5.

Frequently asked questions about the spring intake or reversed start of the school year in February or March

Updated 25 January 2024