International Master in Management

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Join some of the brightest innovators from around the world at Shenzhen Audencia Financial Technology Institute (SAFTI), run jointly by Audencia of France and Shenzhen University (SZU) of China – the first collaboration of its kind. In our International Master in Management (IMM) programme, you’ll take courses led by global experts within a highly international context. Prepare for career success:

  • Learn to do business across cultures through study in both China and France.
  • Experience business and management in Shenzhen (population 12 million), one of the most innovative cities in China and an international centre of finance, technology and logistics.
  • Gain a second perspective in beautiful Nantes, France, a centre of sustainable innovation with close proximity to Paris.
  • Train with and attend lectures with industry professionals.
  • Connect with our large network of partners through events and internship opportunities.
  • Tailor your programme to your interests and goals, including choice of electives or a specialisation.
  • Prove your skill with a practical master’s dissertation on a specific business and management area.

Key Information

Degree earned: Master of Science in International Management (Audencia)

Programme start: September

Location: Shenzhen, China (SAFTI) and the Final Term: Nantes, France (Audencia)

Language: English

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Tuition: Contact the SAFTI admissions office for tuition fee details


  •  4-year bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in English


Prepare for your career in any sector of international management at SAFTI, run jointly by Audencia – one of the top ranked, triple accredited and most corporately connected business schools in Europe – and SZU, a school whose graduates include founders of successful multinationals like Tencent. Complete your foundational core courses, and then determine the focus and format of your education to fit your career goals. 

The IMM programme also have a part-time option with a programme start in March. Contact us to learn more. 

Period 1 (September to December)

You’ll gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of international management and develop relevant skills in problem solving and innovation. Core courses include:

  • International Strategy
  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Marketing
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Human Resources Management
  • Managerial Coaching

And if you choose an Asia focus, you have the option of completing these courses in China at the renowned Beijing Institute of Technology.

Period 2 (January to June) 

At this point in the programme, you’ll have built a solid foundation in business management. You’ll then select courses that will either prepare you as a specialist in your area(s) of interest or broaden your managerial knowledge even further.

For elective courses during this period, you may opt to study in Nantes or travel to one of our IMM partner institutions for a term in Asia or Europe.

Examples of electives in Nantes include: 


  • Psychology of Money and Consumer Behaviour
  • Business Negotiation
  • E-Commerce
  • International Retailing and Innovation
  • Marketing in the Digital Age


  • Advanced Corporate Finances
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Analysis
  • International Financial Markets

Strategy & Management

  • International Business Environment
  • Business in Emerging Markets
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurial Business Plan
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Social and Collaborative Businesses
  • Change Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Business Ethics
  • Deviance, Fraud and Corruption
  • Creative Project on Intercultural Gaming
  • Project in Corporate Social Responsibility

Specialisations may be taken in the domain of marketing, finance or consulting.

*Specialisations are subject to availability. Students may be selected to participate based on prior experience.

Period 3 (July to August)

If during this optional period you’d like to further develop your expertise, work closely with a new group of peers and partner contacts, or sharpen your French language skills, an additional summer term is available in Nantes (for additional fee). Small group study, projects and company visits are just a small part of these programmes. Possible options include:

  • Intercultural Management
  • Media and Communication
  • Marketing to Europe
  • Arts Management
  • Field trips and excursions
  • French language classes (and if you like, a homestay with a French family!)

Concurrent with periods 2 & 3 (January to November)

Delve into your real-world international study of a business and management area that will influence the trajectory of your career. This dissertation is both academic and practical, allowing you to showcase what you have learned and how you plan to apply it. 

You’ll write this dissertation and can defend it either in person in Nantes or via Skype.

Concurrent with period 3

This internship allows you to build connections with our network of French, Chinese and international corporate partners. Apply your knowledge and skills within your sector, and further strengthen your international portfolio and employability.

You’ll secure your internship with a company of your choice (with the assistance of our internal job board). The internship will be guided by a faculty member, so you’ll gain both a hands-on practical understanding and an academic one – something that looks good on any resume. 


Reach your goals – and see the world

Within the Nantes-based portion of the IMM programme alone, our student body represents 25+ nationalities from top universities round the world and our faculty members represent 15+ nationalities – with loads of international industry experience. We provide you with a highly international experience. Further, by earning your International Master in Management at Shenzhen Audencia Financial Technology Institute (SAFTI), an Audencia Business School campus in Shenzhen, China, supported by Shenzhen University (SZU), you benefit from the strengths of not one but two founding institutions.

You’ll spend the first portion of your IMM studies on the Shenzhen Audencia Financial Technology Institute (SAFTI) campus in Shenzhen, China. SAFTI is located on the Houhai campus of Shenzhen University (SZU) near the picturesque coastline of the Houhai Bay. SZU has a student population of roughly 35,000. It has 25 colleges and awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees across a full range of disciplines. SZU collaborates with Audencia Business School to support SAFTI.

SZU has an impressive list of graduates, including the founders and CEO of Tencent. It’s no coincidence that the city of Shenzhen has maintained the fastest economic growth in China for roughly 20 years. SZU contributes to this hub of high-tech innovation and international business.

Faculty members

Life at SAFTI

You’ll spend the second term of your IMM studies in Nantes, France, at Audencia Business School’s main campus. Audencia is amongst the 1% of business schools holding all top international academic accreditations – EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. The school is known globally for education and research in the fields of business and management, with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility, innovation and finance.

Audencia is one of France’s elite Grande Ecole higher education institutions, with campuses in Nantes, Paris and Beijing and SAFTI in Shenzhen.

Faculty members

Life in Nantes

Career & alumni

Proven career outcomes for international success

With the increasing globalisation of the world’s economies, corporations need highly trained leaders who can tackle complex and challenging issues – and in innovative and socially responsible ways that emphasise ethics alongside profitability. Gain insights and practical experience from leading global experts and corporations in the IMM.

We work hand in hand with the corporate world and are leaders in responsible management practices. By joining the IMM programme through SAFTI, you also gain the connections and prestige of SZU.

Industries IMM prepares you for:

  • Agribusiness
  • Energy
  • Communication and creative industries
  • Consulting
  • Accounting
  • Retail
  • Government
  • Non-profit
  • Insurance
  • Financial
  • Professional services
  • Civil engineering
  • Chemical
  • IT
  • Textile
  • Mechanical

Functions IMM qualifies you for:

  • Logistics
  • Financial management
  • Consulting
  • Auditing
  • General management
  • Import
  • Export sales
  • Marketing

SAFTI has good relationships with the largest companies based in Shenzhen, including Huawei, TCL Technology, Wanke Real Estate and more. Internships at these companies may be available to qualified students. Furthermore, Audencia provides you with personalised career services that address your specific experiences, strengths and weaknesses, and goals. We also cultivate close ties with the business world, which benefit you in the classroom and in your future career. ·

  • Individual career coaching and advising
  • 15,000+ employment opportunities posted each year on our dedicated intranet
  • Employment fairs with 120+ companies
  • CV workshops
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Panel discussions with professionals and alumni
  • Assessment centre preparation
  • Personal development programme on topics including leadership skills, communication skills, ethics, intercultural management and networking
  • Auditing sector fair
  • Information resources and online tools
  • Access to 100+ career events on various topics 


Audencia also has a business incubator that supports select graduates in their entrepreneurial work. 


Join the nearly 27,000 Audencia Business School alumni working in 110 countries. Audencia Alumni includes 22 professional and cultural clubs in France and 29 international chapters. Furthermore, over 2,000 of our alumni have become CEOs.


The alumni association will help you connect with other professionals and provide additional development and networking opportunities to support your career.  


As the only university with its main campus in Shenzhen – China’s Silicon Valley – SZU and its alumni have helped shape the city into a global leader in high-tech development, financial services, foreign trade, shipping and creative and cultural industries.  

Alumni include the founders and CEO of Tencent, the fourth-largest internet company globally, and the founder and CEO of Giant Interactive Group, one of China’s largest online gaming companies.

Admissions & finance

Join us in Shenzhen, China, and Nantes, France, to internationalise your future career! Here is a breakdown of everything you’ll need to make it smoothly through the application process.

Admissions are open until the programme is full, however we strongly recommend applying by the early-application deadline of 31 January for the September intake.

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree in any field*
  • Proficiency in English

*Specialisations are only open to students with a background in that area.

Note that you can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.

Contact us to apply. Admissions are open until the programme is full; however, we strongly recommend applying by the early application deadline of 31 January for the September intake.

You will be required to submit the following documents:

  • CV and cover letter in English
  • Copies of diplomas and academic transcripts
  • English test score (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS)*
  • Copy of identity document (e.g. passport)
  • Photo (jpeg, 346 x 366)
  • Onsite or online essay and interview the month following pre-selection

*English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English.

Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take a test later in the year.