Why choosing work-study?

KEDGE allows students from given general training programmes and most of the specialised training programme to follow part or all of their studies via work-study, to favour their professional insertion. Work-study allows to combine the School's theoretical knowledge with practical skills training in businesses, at paces specific to each training.

Discover our programmes available in work-study (in French)

Work-study training is implemented as part of specific employment contracts: the apprenticeship contract and the professionalisation contract. This is a three-way contract between the student, the employer and the training establishment based on reciprocal work commitments. 

Access to work-study training for foreign students

To qualify for a work-study contract (apprenticeship or professionalisation), the student and the company / business must ensure that the candidate is eligible to obtain a full-time work permit when the contract is signed. We strongly advise you to consult the official website about your rights: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/working-student

More information about working while studying in France

Apprenticeship contract: 

  • open to young people aged 16 to 29.
  • does not require registration with Pôle Emploi.
  • requires temporary full-time work authorisation for non-EU nationals with at least the last 12 months on French soil.
  • recommended for non-EU foreign students over 26 years of age.  

Professionalisation contract: 

  • open to young people aged 16 to 25 and job seekers aged 26 and over.
  • from the age of 26, requires registration with Pôle Emploi.  
  • requires temporary full-time work authorisation for non-EU nationals with at least the last 12 months on French soil.
  • strongly discouraged for non-EU students over 26 years of age due to work permit.

Work-study programmes (learning while doing): 

  • not possible for all training programmes.
  • does not require a work permit.
  • full financing of the training by the student.
  • limited to 132 days working for a company.
  • Open to first-time migrants’ applicants in France.

Why enrol in a work-study programme?  

For companies:

  • train an employee according to the needs of the business. Ideal when management has specific requirements..
  • benefit from the student's academic knowledge. The student can apply its latest educational learning to his/her tasks.
  • evaluate the student's skills during his/her placement before offering him/her recruitment at the end of the contract.
  • strengthen the teams with a motivated and committed young person.
  • be supported by the School: administrative and pedagogical managers, organisation of annual meetings, etc.

For students:

  • make the most of and consolidate the lessons they have learnt while working. Learning by doing to master a task.
  • acquire recognised professional experience.
  • benefit from financial support - remuneration and training costs.
  • it facilitates the professional insertion.
  • encourage recruitment at the end of their work-study programme.

Our student-workers testimonies


After a two years master degree in Bordeaux, I thought it would be interesting to complete a work-study Mastère spécialisé® in Paris. The plan: a week per month in the School following courses, for three weeks at my employer. Finding a company was almost straightforward. First, thanks to the MAI programme reputation, and secondly  thanks to the graduate network that, quicky, allowed me to get two interviews including one at Thales. Without work-study, my path would not have been the same.

Marion, MAI graduate