Master of Business
Master of Business

Academic Experiences 

ESSEC Business school offers a wide range of courses in different fields, especially some courses related with luxury management is very attractive for me as a marketing major student. I spent two terms in ESSEC, which equal to one semester in UQ. I chose 2 french language course, strategic and management, consumer behavior, luxury retail management and human resource management.
I highly recommend to take some language courses during your study here, it's a good chance to meet people from different country and it would be a really good opportunity to practice your french.

Personal Experiences

My exchange in Paris was amazing, during the six months here, my french improved quite a lot, thanks to the class also by engaging with the local life. Due to the campus is in the suburb of Paris, almost nobody speak english in the bakery and supermarkets, so you have to immerse yourself in the french speaking environment and try to communicate with them.
I also traveled a lot, I went to Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland. It's pretty easy and convenient to go anywhere in Europe from Paris, if you travel a lot, I suggest you to take carte de jeune if your are under 25, it costs 50euro, and then you can purchase all the train ticket with a good discount.

Accommodation

I lived in the campus residence in Cergy Le Haut, however if you are here for 3 month and not with a lot classes, I would suggest you to live in Paris or La Defense. From Cergy to Paris is about 45 minutes by train, but sometimes the train doesn't work due to the technical problem or the strike. It would be really troublesome if there's no train in the weekend.
I paid 620 per month for my studio, which include all the utility, gym and other services.

Budget 

Rent: 3720
Food: 2400
Transport: 420 (70 per month with pass navigo)
Entertainment: 2000
Travel: around 2000

Academic Development and Employability 

The classes in ESSEC are very discussion-based, you have a lot opportunity to share your opinions and interact with your classmates. Every class had students from a wide and varied range of countries, it was amazing to discuss with them because everybody has different culture backgrounds.Being exposed to a different university and learning system really broadened my view on education and what different countries value in their education systems.

Highlight 

The highlight of my trip was definitely living in Paris and all the travel opportunities that came along with being in one of the largest cities in Europe.

Top Tips

-Try to learn some french before you arrive, the life will be much easier
-Try to apply and prepare all the document about visa or course transfer as early as you can
-Don't miss too many class in ESSEC, you might fail the course if you miss more than 2 classes
-Apply for CAF if you live here more than 3 month
-Enroll in the welcome programme. You will get a lot useful information and meet other student from exchange programme
-Go on exchange won't be a wrong decision

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