Masters of Business Administration
Masters of Business Administration

Academic experiences

At ESSEC I studied Organisation Behaviour and Theory (Intensive week course offered in the first week of the semester), Marketing Management, Principles of Finance and Strategy. The benefits of studying over in France was the opportunity to learn a great deal about large European companies. The biggest challenge was organising my study plan and deciding which subjects to undertake. However both ESSEC and UQ were extremely supportive throughout this process.

Personal experiences

It was incredible how many amazing experiences I encountered in my three months. ESSEC was great in organising lots of events for the International students so we could all meet. From there we were able to plan many adventures, nights-out and weekend trips together. I met many great people from all of the world and with the help of social media we are still all in contact. I really made an effort to explore France and in my time there I was able to go to Bordeaux, Provence, Avignon, Marseille, Reims (Champagne region) and Normandy.

Accommodation

I lived in Paris and not at the ESSEC campus in Cergy. I had been told that if achievable it is better to stay in Paris than at the ESSEC Campus which is one hour train ride from Paris. I certainly did not regret this decision as we were right in the middle of Paris and really got to enjoy the culture and assimilate into the lifestyle.

Budget

Flights 2000 AUD

Food 2,400 euros

Rent 3,000 euros pp (there was two of us renting in a good area of the Le Marais so can get cheaper on the Lodgis website for short term rentals)

Entertainment and Travel 2,000 euros

Academic development and employability

The best skill you will learn from undertaking an International Exchange is working with people from different nationalities, cultures and with different languages. With lots of group work it forces you to build your skills in dealing with diversity. This skill is invaluable in the workplace

Highlight

Some of the highlights of my trip included:
• Walking the streets of Paris on a sunny Saturday morning and pinching yourself that you actually live here
• Trying as many French bistros, bars and restaurants as possible
• Meeting new people from all over the world and going out and partying with them

Top tips

Prepare early!!! It is a long process from when you first decide you want to go to when you finally get on a plane. It took over 12 months and there is loads of paperwork, forms and administration to complete. But it is all worth as the exchange exceeded all expectations.

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