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French Riviera Academic Institution


SKEMA-EAI
Accreditation
SKEMA-EAI is a private university accredited by EQUIS, European Quality Improvement System, which is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. SKEMA-EAI is also part of France's Grande Ecole's system and is recognized by the French Ministry of Education and the French Riviera Chamber of Commerce. SKEMA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), joining the small circle of international schools with double accreditation. AACSB accreditation evaluates the excellence of an institution, and in particular the academic level of its faculty, the quality of its programs, the relevance of its strategy and the means to implement it.
Available Programs
Business, Communications & Liberal Arts
Science & Engineering
SKEMA-EAI

SKEMA-EAI

Founded in 1990, the Euro American Institute (EAI) was the first university in France to offer a unique program of a four-year degree incorporating two years of study in France and two years in a partner university in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or Europe. Upon its foundation, The Euro American Institute was adopted into the Centre d’ Enseignement de Recherche Applique au Management (CERAM). Originally based in Nice, CERAM moved to Sophia Antipolis to be part of the first city in Europe created in the image of California’s Silicon Valley. In 2009 CERAM and another major French business school the ESC Lille School of Management merged. As a result of this move the school gave itself a new more appropriate identity and a new name, SKEMA, School of Knowledge and Management. Since its beginnings, almost forty years ago, SKEMA has grown into one of Europe’s most respected schools of management and is part of France’s Grande Ecole’s system, offering a range of undergraduate and master’s level degrees.

EAI, the undergraduate arm of SKEMA, has six faculties - Business and Management, Marine and Environmental Science, Communication, Engineering, Aviation and Computer Applications. There are four hundred undergraduate students on campus, with a further two hundred on transfer placement abroad. The majority of students are French, but there are a number of foreign students from the USA, the UK and Singapore currently on exchange programs. EAI is a truly international university.

As the academic structure is modeled on the British and American academic system, EAI offer students tutors, or advisors, who accompany each student throughout their stay, following their progress on academic and personal matters. Each semester's course schedule is tailor-made to the particular student's needs with a choice of core and electives. Most courses are taught in English, although there are opportunities to follow some courses in French. French language courses are offered at all levels so that students may become proficient in speaking, reading and writing French and the social interaction with the French students will ensure a rapid acquisition of skills. EAI prides itself on maximizing the professional competence of each student, and ensuring their propensity to adapt to the rapidly changing world. The small self-contained campus promotes sociability and student interaction, and there is an active student's union which organizes many events and trips (e.g. skiing, sailing etc.). Students at EAI are part of the SKEMA group and have access to all computer, social and library and restaurant facilities split between both campuses.

The area of Sophia Antipolis, where the university is located, was created in 1969 as Europe’s version of Silicon Valley. This science park is located in woodland some 10 km behind the coast of Antibes and Cannes, and includes a range of activities including businesses in Higher Education and Research (12 universities and institutes of research), Health Sciences, Fine Chemistry, Biotechnology, Geosciences, Computer Science, Electronics, Networks and Communication. Many global companies have a presence here. EAI is surrounded by a dynamic professional environment which offers many cafes and small restaurants. There are a number of bus services to the nearby towns of Nice, Cannes, Antibes/Juan Les Pins, Valbonne and Grasse. Italy is only forty minutes away by car to the east, Provence one hour to the west, and the ski stations of the Southern Alps are one and a half hours away by bus.

Classroom Information

  • French and international Faculty will teach your language and elective courses.
  • Periodic examinations, homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in classes is mandatory and will be monitored by each professor.
  • Class size ranges between 5 and 35 students (the latter in a lecture hall).
  • You will be in class with French, and international exchange students from around the world.

Grading

Grade equivalences are as follows:

Grade ECTS Grade EAI US letter equivalent Points per credit Note
A
A
A
4.00
94 - 100
B
A
A
4.00
90 - 93
B
A-
A-
3.67
87 - 89
B
B+
B+
3.33
85 - 86
C
B+
B+
3.33
84
C
B
B
3.00
80 - 83
C
B-
B-
2.67
77 - 79
D
C+
C+
2.33
74 - 76
D
C
C
2.00
70 - 73
D
C-
C-
1.67
67 - 69
E
D+
D+
1.33
64 - 66
E
D
D
1.00
59 - 63
F
F
F
0
50 - 58
FX
F
F
0
< 50
WF
WF
0
Course Abandon Unauthorized
W
W
Course Abandon Authorized
IN
I
Incomplete
VA
S
Satisfactory
NVA
US
Unsatisfactory

Remarks:

  • Students at SKEMA-EAI are evaluated using a grading system similar to the one used at most US institutions
  • The "grades EAI" D, D+, C- and ECTS equivalences, validate the courses but under the condition 'unsatisfactory'
  • The "grade" I, incomplete, indicates that the final grade is not yet available: it means that the final examination, or research project has not been achieved
  • The "grade" W, course abandon authorized, does not have any bearing on the GPA
  • The "grade" WF, course abandon unauthorized, is equivalent to a 'zero.' It therefore diminishes the value of the GPA
  • Professors include evaluations of written tests and assignments as part of their final grade compilation
  • Please note that the students’ home university will determine the final credit and grade evaluation