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INSEAD Summer School

INSEAD Summer School

INSEAD Summer School

Transform your future in one summer. Whether you're thinking of pursuing a Master’s degree or kickstarting a rewarding international career, the INSEAD Summer School will get the very most of whatever you choose to do next.

At a Glance
Two Immersive Weeks
One Intake
23 July to 5 August 2023
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Student Life

Do I need to bring money with me?

You will need to bring some money for your airport transfer. You may also bring some additional pocket money for snacks, souvenirs, and so on.

Taxi fares

For Taxi Fares, please click here

What will students do in their free time?

In their free time, students are free to discover the surrounding neighbourhoods in Fontainebleau in small groups with adult supervision. The supervisors/counsellors will help ensure that the off-campus venues are both welcoming and safe.

Are family members allowed to attend activities with their child?

Unfortunately, family members are not permitted to meet with their children during INSEAD Summer School. However, parents are most welcome at the Closing Ceremony.

Click here for the list of hotels in and nearby Fontainebleau, directions to the campus and a map of Paris.

Click here for Transportation options to Fontainebleau.

How will students be transported to and from excursions?

By coach.

Is there a curfew in the residence?

The residence’s curfew is at 10:30PM. Lights out time is at 11:00PM. This means that participants must be in their residences at 10:30PM and in their own bed with the lights out at 11:00PM. Lights out will be one hour later on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Is there a dress code?

The dress code is smart casual. Students shall consult the Rules for Participants on what to wear and what not to wear. We advise students to wear cool, comfortable clothing. Students might also want to bring a couple of nice outfits for some of the special events – including the Closing Ceremony. Please refer to “What to Pack?” for the list of clothes and other items recommended for Summer @ INSEAD.

What is a typical day like?

The programme offers a wide range of academic, social, and cultural activities on and off campus. During the week, a typical day on campus will follow the below schedule.

7:45 - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 AM Debrief and reflection with Programme Director, Adrian Johnson
9:00 - 10:30 AM Class session by INSEAD faculty
10:30 - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 - 12:30 PM Class session by INSEAD faculty
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 PM Class session by INSEAD faculty
3:00 - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 - 5:00 PM Class session by INSEAD faculty
5:00 - 5:30 PM Break
5:30 - 7:30 PM Selected indoor or outdoor activities organised by counsellors
7:30 - 8:30 PM Dinner
8:30 - 10:30 PM Teamwork led by counsellors
10:30 PM All students must be in their residences
11:00 PM (one hour later on Friday and Saturday) Lights out
  • Master classes are taught in INSEAD amphitheatres.
  • The late afternoon indoor and outdoor activities provide a range of choices for students- including sports, games, arts and crafts, local excursions to Fontainebleau, and other group activities. All activities are supervised by counsellors.
  • After dinner, students attend a teamwork session supervised by counsellors, and held in INSEAD breakout rooms.

Student safety

Will there be adequate supervision at all times?

The team of supervisors and counsellors has been carefully selected. All have extensive experience working with youngsters. Their role is to ensure that students are engaged in fun and educational activities. They are also responsible for providing a friendly, safe, welcoming and culturally appropriate environment. The supervisors and counsellors live in the residences, ensuring round-the-clock care and supervision.

Is there security in the residence?

Our campus is situated in a safe neighbourhood, with controlled access and 24hr security. The residences also have a service help desk open 24/7. Students are also issued with room keys upon checking in.

Arriving and departing

When should students arrive?

Rooms will be available from 1:00 PM on the arrival date. All participants should be checked in the INSEAD residences by 5.00PM. INSEAD Deputy Dean Peter Zemsky and Programme Director Adrian Johnson will address all participants at 6.00PM. It is compulsory for students to attend this session at 6:00PM. On arrival, members of our supervisory team will be there to help students settle into their room, and meet other students.

Will INSEAD assist with airport/train transfers?

We can arrange airport/train transfers by taxi for an additional fee.

When should students leave at the end of the course?

After the closing ceremony and a cocktail reception, the summer programme will come to an end. Students should vacate their room by 9:00am, but are welcome to stay until midday, when all students must have left the campus.

Note: Only if the parent(s) are attending the closing ceremony, the students are allowed to check out on Friday and leave with their parent(s) after the closing ceremony.

On the departure day, if you are leaving the campus on your own (i.e without the taxi that was booked by INSEAD or without a guardian/parent), then one of your parents needs to send us an email in advance granting you permission.


What is the schedule for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are usually served on the campus restaurant at the times below:
Breakfast: 7:45 – 8:30AM; Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30PM; Dinner: 7:30 - 8:30PM

Can INSEAD accommodate any special dietary requirements?

Breakfast is primarily continental-style with choices such as cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. Several options are always available at lunch and dinner, including meat, fish, a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. On campus: If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know before the summer school begins so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Useful information

Will students be able to leave INSEAD to visit friends or family?

Students will be very busy throughout the programme. We require all students to stay at INSEAD throughout the course.

How to contact students?

By mobile phone if your child has a mobile.

By phone, through the residence help desk +33 (0)1 60 72 40 50 or the INSEAD general reception +33 (0)1 60 72 40 00

By email, each room has WiFi and there is also WIFI on campus. We will also try to post daily updates on our blog – details will follow soon.

In case of an emergency, parents will be given the mobile phone numbers of the supervisors/counsellors before departure.

Should students bring a mobile phone?

Yes, it is recommended to bring a mobile phone. Mobile phones are essential, as they allow contact between students and staff, in the unlikely event of an emergency.

What happens in the case of an accident or an emergency?

Our team of supervisors and counsellors stay with students at all times. So there will always be someone on site and contactable 24 hours a day.

What if a student gets sick?

Fontainebleau has excellent health facilities. Supervisors are here to take sick students to doctors or hospitals if required. Parents will be alerted ASAP.

Where should people send mail or packages for students?

At the below INSEAD address with the student names:
INSEAD Europe Campus, Boulevard de Constance 77305 Fontainebleau, France
Tel: +33(0)160724000 Fax : +33 (0)1 60 74 55 00

Visa and insurance

Do students need a visa?

Students from many non-EU countries will require a visa to enter France. We recommend you check to see if you need a visa here. If you do require a visa, we advise applying for it as early as possible. The Visa letter and the Accommodation Certificate are required documents for visa.

PLEASE NOTE that your parents may also need to write a Parental Consent Form. This is for your parents to sign, giving you permission to travel to France unaccompanied. You should use this as part of your visa application and bring a copy with you through customs.

What kind of insurance do I need?

The INSEAD Summer School fee includes full medical and legal insurance. All students must ensure that gain their own travel insurance. Students from the EU or the European Economic Area should bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Payments and Refunds

What does the fee of €5,500 include?

The fee includes: All tuition and instruction, lunch and dinner daily, all books and materials, guest presentations, field trips, and all cultural and social activities- including sports, excursions, museum and gallery admissions etc. It does not include airfare, visa, medical and travel insurance, airport transfers as well as personal expenditures - such as snacks, souvenirs, and so on.

How to pay the required fee for the programme?

After students have been admitted to the programme, please transfer the required fees. We recommend that all our students take out travel insurance so that they are covered in case of cancellations, including illness.


Where will students stay?

Students enrolled in the INSEAD SUMMER School get a special rate when staying at the Ermitage Residence. Located in a quiet corner of the INSEAD Europe Campus, the INSEAD residences offer guests a delightful stay on the very edge of the Fontainebleau forest.  Separate accommodations for boys and girls are convenient and practical. Bedrooms are furnished with a single bed, a large study area with a direct line telephone and Internet connection to the INSEAD network. Spacious en suite-bathrooms are fully equipped with hairdryer, bath and shower. A private safe, mini fridge and flat-screen satellite television are also provided in all rooms.


Will students be graded on their work?

No, students will not be graded on their work. Upon completion of the programme, each student will receive a certificate of completion during the closing ceremony.

Will students be given school credits for this programme?

No. INSEAD Summer School is a credit free programme.

How much homework to expect?

Students will be expected to work in teams for one to two hours per day on average. Prior to the programme, students may have to read some case studies and prepare a short presentation about themselves. Further information about pre-Summer assignments will be sent at a later stage.

Will students have access to a computer? Should they bring a laptop? Is the campus wireless?

Students have access to computers in all the breakout rooms. Students will not be able to work in the break out rooms after curfew, so they may find it useful to bring laptops. WIFI is available on campus, in the residence and in each accommodation.