Audencia Business School announces a new slogan: Never Stop Daring. This highlights its DNA, finding its source in the school’s launch in 1900, and already underlined by the name ‘Audencia,’ chosen in 2000, itself original and ground breaking. The Campus Com agency accompanies Audencia in its new brand strategy. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Audencia Business School is amongst the 1% of business schools holding all top international academic accreditations: EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • At Audencia, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is at the heart of research, programmes and operations.
  • Audencia is the first business school in France that joined the Global Compact.

Short Courses

Business & Management (11)
Social Sciences (4)
Journalism & Media (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Humanities (1)



Founded in Nantes in 1900, Audencia – from the Latin audientia, meaning “listening”, and audacia, meaning “daring” – was first accredited by EQUIS in 1998 and is ranked amongst the top European business schools. 

The school thus internationally reaffirms the essence of its brand: audacity. This formula was suggested by Manon Meyer, Grande Ecole student in the "Entrepreneurship" major. 


Audencia is a member of the elite national Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE), which is a non-profit association and prestigious national accreditation body. CGE certifies Mastère Spécialisé (specialised master’s) degrees in order to ensure that programmes meet the needs of businesses.


Research areas

3 disciplinary research areas

  • Consumer behaviour and marketing strategy
  • Organisation and value chain management

Finance, risk, and accounting performance

2 interdisciplinary research areas
  • Global responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship


Companies at the heart of the group

  • Recruitment fairs and company presentations
  • Nearly 2,000 students enter the business world each year
  • Careers advising service for students and alumni, provided by business and investment professionals
  • Companies involved in the design and implementation of educational programmes
  • Company support for research, e.g. from Chaires Système U, Banque Populaire, ERDF, Crédit Agricole


Student services

Office of International Relations can provide advice on the following issues – as well as things that didn’t make the list.

  • Student visas
  • Housing contracts
  • Opening a bank account
  • Course information and grades
  • French social security insurance
  • Campus information
  • CAF housing allowance
  • Student associations

Housing services

You have a lot of options, including rooms in student residencies; homestays with local families; and private apartments, studios and flats. We have a housing platform that will give you information on what’s available. You can access it easily from the student intranet once you’ve been accepted to your programme and completed registration.

Audencia's housing platform will enable you to:

  • Find a rental close to campus
  • Find your international or French roommate(s) and form shared rentals
  • Find a subletting
  • Find a homestay with a local family

Library services

  • Throughout the year, the library team receives, informs and trains students in documentary research methodology, on how to consult databases, format bibliographical references and provides students with information on such issues as plagiarism.
  • A team of 8 librarians is at the disposal of students and professors to help them find the documents they are looking for.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The beautiful city of Nantes, France, is home to Audencia’s main campus. Audencia also has campuses in Paris and Beijing. 
  • The main campus is located in the heart of beautiful Nantes, France, recognised by countless publications and organisations for innovation and quality of life. Students in particular enjoy life here: almost 20% of Nantes residents are ages 16-25 and study in the city.
  • Just two hours from Paris by train and a 30-minute drive from the Atlantic coast, Nantes is a thriving modern city with old-world flair. It is also easy to get from Nantes to London, Brussels and Geneva – amongst other exciting destinations.

Sports facilities

Audencia offers you access to a sports hall equipped for team sports such as basketball, volleyball and football. You can also take advantage of our well-equipped gym as well as a fitness centre for activities such as dance, yoga and more. A public swimming pool and ice-skating rink are within seven minutes by foot.

Student clubs

Get involved in activities you love and meet students from different programmes, backgrounds and countries. With a wide range of on-campus clubs and organisations, you are sure to find a group of people you connect with.


  • ACSB
  • Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE)