IUT Faculty- Outdoor Sports Industry Programs (Fall Semester or Full Year)

Benefit from academic programs built entirely by companies from the outdoor sports industry and enjoy classes taught by industry professionals. Annecy is an exceptional geographic and strategic location and the official capital of a region that covers the entire Alps and encompasses thousands of employees who work in the sports and recreation industries. The region is the headquarters of most outdoor industry companies and represents one of the planet’s most unique outdoor playgrounds. Outdoor Sports Valley is the official designation for both a regional and industry cluster dedicated to outdoor sports, centered in Annecy. 

The objective of the Outdoor Sports Industry bachelor-level international programs is to train future professionals in applied techniques in the outdoor sports industry and equip them to be capable of working in an international environment. Students build their own sports industry network by working closely with the Outdoor Sports Valley Association and gain professional experience in this highly competitive and international industry, specifically through internships and professional trade shows such as ISPO and participating in projects conducted in partnership with outdoor sports companies.

Outdoor Sports Valley Association members  include Arc'teryx, Black Diamond, DAKINE Europe, EEider, Fusalp, Lafuma, Patagonia Europe, PETZL, Salomon, The North Face France, Columbia, Rossignol, TSL Outdoor and Vuarnet, among other well-known names in the outdoor sports and leisure industry.  


ISEP Students will live in a university residence hall and receive a meal stipend. 

Program Website

Course Description

Both specialized programs in the Outdoor Sports Industry are open to ISEP students attending USMB for the fall semester or the full academic year.

In the fall semester students enroll in 30 ECTS of coursework in their chosen concentration.

Students continuing for the spring semester combine coursework with a group consulting project and a for-credit internship at a local company that is a member of the Outdoor Sports Valley Association, earning a total of 60 ECTS for the academic year. 

Students can choose from the following programs: 

Outdoor Soft Goods Design & Development

The goal of this program is to provide future technicians with right skills in apparel, footwear, bag, and textile accessory product design and management to succeed in the highly competitive outdoor sports industry.

Outdoor Marketing & Communication

The goal of this program is to train future “Go-to-Market” specialists capable of finalizing a product range, associated stories, as well as key marketing/communications tools and content.

Group Consulting Project & Internships

During the fall semester students participate in a group consulting project aimed at solving a specific marketing or sales issue for a sports company. At the end of the semester you will present your findings to professionals from the outdoor sports industry and lecturers from your program.

Full year students will participate in a for-credit internship at local sports company during their spring semester. Internships are for 4 to 6 months, beginning in March.Through the OSV network, you will have access to a variety of contacts, ranging from family-owned companies to world-renowned brands. In past years, students were recruited for internships in companies such as Rossignol, adidas, Snowleader, Columbia, Salewa, Mavic, Dynafit, Salomon, In & Motion, Faction Skis, and more. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Quiamony Gaskins 703-504-9963 | QGaskins@isep.org Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Communications Business Management Fashion Merchandising International Business/Trade/Commerce Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Marketing

  • Communication

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    French Language and Literature

  • Sports Studies

    Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Recommended!

    Apparel and Textiles Fashion/Apparel Design Industrial and Product Design

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL scores or an ISEP Language Evaluation. 

Non-native French speakers must still submit at Language Proficiency Report for French. Students with no French background should contact the ISEP Student Officer for France before applying for this program. 

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Students should note that, while courses are offered in English, students should have a working knowledge of the French language in order to navigate daily life in small-town France. ISEP recommends at least 2 semesters of prior French experience. 

The Outdoor Sports Management program is an academically rigorous program. Students should read through the course descriptions thoroughly to ensure they understand the time commitment required for this program. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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