Excelia continues to expand with the opening of a new campus in Orleans.
Excelia's regional development strategy
With a new campus in Orleans, which represents a considerable asset for its development on the outskirts of Paris, Excelia is continuing its regional growth strategy. In addition to its study locations in Cognac, Niort, and Rochefort, and its campuses in Tours and La Rochelle, this new site is part of Excelia's strategy of regional development, in line with the following objectives:
- to work with local stakeholders to meet the needs of the regions
- to diversify its offer with a view to combining both appeal and proximity
- Orleans: a ‘City of Art and History’
With its rich cultural, architectural and historical heritage, Orleans was designated a ‘City of Art and History’ in 2009
Joan of Arc: an emblematic figure
The ancient city of Orleans was the stage for many important events in history. The most significant of these took place in 1429 during the Hundred Years’ War, when Joan of Arc, together with French troops, liberated the city from the English. Today the ‘Liberator of Orleans’ has become an emblematic figure and her image is omnipresent throughout the city. In addition to the many sites dedicated to her memory, every year around the start of May, the Fêtes de Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc Festival) pays tribute to the woman who was known as the ‘Virgin of Orleans’. Designated part of France’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, this festival, lasting several days, celebrates the heroine of Orleans and is one of the city’s most important events. Highlights include a medieval market, a sound and light show on and around the Sainte-Croix Cathedral, parades, and a free Electro Set which every year attracts thousands of fans of electronic music.
Outstanding sites and monuments
As part of the Loire Valley, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Orleans is home to many magnificent monuments which give the city its unique character. A visit to this city on the Loire will reveal a wealth of history and culture! You cannot fail to marvel at Sainte-Croix Cathedral, a veritable architectural gem that was built over a period of 600 years. Visitors who are daring enough to climb its 252 steps are rewarded with a wonderful view from its 114-metre summit!
Another highlight of Orleans is Hôtel Groslot, the city’s former Town Hall. Built during the Renaissance period, this magnificent building is one of the most visited places in the city. Its red brick walls have welcomed many illustrious historical figures including Charles IX, Henry IV, Francis II, Catherine de Medici and Mary Stuart.
Although extremely proud of its past, the city of Orleans has also brought its cultural heritage into the modern era with the opening of the Frac, the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain du Centre-Val de Loire (Regional Contemporary Art Fund in the Centre-Val de Loire region), which houses an important collection of contemporary art and experimental architecture. A veritable venue for experimentation, exhibitions and exploration, the building is striking thanks to its distinctive architecture.
- Orleans: a remarkable quality of life
With an abundance of parks and gardens right in the heart of this cosmopolitan yet friendly city, Orleans is renowned for its quality of life
A unique natural setting
Located in the heart of a region renowned for the beauty of its landscapes, Orleans enjoys a unique natural setting, and a stroll along the banks of the Loire is a must! As an important part of the life of the people of Orleans, every two years the river is honoured during the Loire Festival, a five-day celebration dedicated to the river and its heritage… with a convivial and festive atmosphere guaranteed!
If you love cycling and enjoy the great outdoors, head to the banks of the Loire to enjoy the most beautiful cycle route in France… the Loire by bike! You can start your adventure right here in Orleans... a wonderful opportunity to discover the landscapes and the Châteaux of the Loire Valley!
A beautiful ‘garden city’, just a stone’s throw from the forest region of Sologne, Orleans is a haven of green open spaces with its 18 parks and gardens and State-owned woodland covering an area of some 50,000 hectares, making it the largest in France! With a strong commitment to the environment, the City Council has implemented a biodiversity strategy to develop and protect nature in the heart of the city.
A dynamic city centre with an undeniable charm
Over the past few years, the City of Orleans has focussed on renovating its centre to restore and revitalise its architectural heritage. Some 1,000 facades have been restored to their former glory, reviving the image of the old town, which seemed to have lost some of its splendour. The city has enjoyed a veritable rebirth, and improvement works continue much to the delight of Orleans residents and tourists alike! With its quaint streets, timber-framed buildings, bustling shops and lively terraces, enjoy a stroll through the pleasant and charming old town, admiring the delightful Rue de Bourgogne and the impressive Place du Martroi! Featured in 3rd place in the 2018 ranking of the most dynamic city centres of medium-sized cities, the centre of Orleans has certainly undergone an impressive transformation.
An accessible city in all aspects
At only 1 hour from Paris, Orleans is an affordable city and a great place to live! As a medium-sized city with a population of 116,000, its property market remains affordable and the cost of living is very reasonable. Unlike other larger cities, finding accommodation is not a headache! It is worth noting that the average rent for a studio is around €410 including service charges, which is good news for the 20,000 students choosing to study here!
The city is committed to ensuring an excellent quality of life for the local population, offering a wide range of services and facilities. An efficient transport network serves the greater metropolitan area, with two tram lines, 42 bus routes and a TER (regional express train) network making it easy for Orleans residents to get around on a daily basis! The city also promotes the development of soft and environmentally-friendly transport with its bike hire service… a great alternative to public transport! With 428 km of cycle lanes and paths in the Orleans metropolitan area and 4,740 bicycle parking bays, cycling is becoming increasingly popular.
- Orleans: an attractive regional capital
Orleans is the capital of the Centre-Val de Loire region: an attractive regional capital that is appealing as much due to its location as its economic dynamism
The ideal geographical location
Set on the banks of the River Loire, Orleans is perfectly located. A veritable gateway for visiting the Châteaux of the Loire and of the Loiret, this internationally renowned city sits in the heart of the Valley of the Kings, an ever-popular tourist destination.
Its proximity to Paris is undoubtedly a major advantage, and whether travelling by train or by car, you can reach the ‘City of Lights’ in just 1 hour! Studying so close to the capital opens up incredible professional possibilities, increasing the chances of finding an internship or work-study opportunity. It also means that Paris is close enough for that perfect weekend getaway!
A dynamic economic hub
Ranked 10th in France in terms of GDP, Orleans is a dynamic economic hub comprising many different industries including IT, Electronics, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Transport, Environment, etc. With its reputed centre of excellence dedicated to perfumery and cosmetics known as Cosmetic Valley, the region has experienced strong growth with the arrival of renowned companies such as Dior, Gemey, Shiseido, Orlane and Caudalie. In 2013, the LVMH Group (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) inaugurated their state-of-the-art research centre in Saint-Jean-de-Braye, near Orleans, making it one of the most prominent cosmetics research and development centres in France.
Orleans is the primary pharmaceutical hub in France, home to companies such as Servier, Novartis, Famar France and Pfizer, who generate considerable economic activity in the region. The city is also considered the 3rd largest ‘logistics platform’ in France, with some 9,000 people employed in companies and other organisations specialising in packaging, warehousing and transportation including Deret, Kuehne+Nagel, FM Logistic, Amazon.fr, etc. Another major sector of activity that is booming in Orleans is recycling, water and waste management, with 93 companies currently employing some 2,400 people.
With its strong commitment to new technology, the Orleans metropolitan area also promotes the development of innovative companies through its LAB’O incubator, currently home to some 60 start-ups, making for a truly dynamic environment!
Study programmes available in Orleans
Bachelor in Business
Master of Science (MSc) Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
Master of Science (MSc) Sales Management
Master of Science (MSc) Digital Marketing
Master of Science (MSc) Marketing and Communications