A piece of advice to the future students:
"Take into considerations the following aspects: why do you to this country - to find a job and stay, or to have a fun for a year?"
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From: Russia, Moscow
Studied in: France, Paris
Studies start: 2016
Program: Master in Management Grande Ecole
University: ESSEC Business School
Program satisfaction rate: 5/5
Job: found after graduation
How did you learn about this program?
Online, master & mba fairs, French people
Why did you decide to enrol in this program?
Prestige of the school, scholarship, LVMH chair, apprenticeship opportunity
What was your application experience?
First theres a dossier made of CV, GMAT note, transcripts and essays (What matters the most? and motivational letter). Those who pass this step are invited to an interview by Skype or on campus. I went on campus and the interview was very classic (motivations, career plans, why ESSEC, leadership examples). there is no age or nationality constraint.
Level of English required to enter this program?
IELTS 6.5 + GMAT good enough (no particular score requirement, but 600 considered usual minimum)
Level of French required to enter this program?
not required at all but there are French classes you can follow if you speak French
💡 Your impressions from your study abroad experience
What are you general impressions about this program?
My best experience was LVMH Chair. Otherwise great program, teachers are often professionals, some are better than others of course. A lot of group work, as in any good business school. Basic management courses as well as very specific and interesting ones (negotiation , luxury retail excellence, consulting practice, and so on )
What was the major program value for you?
School name and apprenticeship
What did you like about this program?
And what didn’t you like?
The fact that AST and ASTI do not mix with ASC. No notion of “promotion” – all classes are mixed. And well its in Cergy – I live in Paris and because of it I missed all student parties and events.Not enough math subjects.))
What is the hardest part of studying abroad?
Bureaucracy and humiliating paperwork and administration. Very negative perception of Western countries promoted in Russia which I have to face every time I go back home
How did you your typical day look like?
Is this experience different from your experience at your country’s university? If yes, how?
📌 Useful resources
If you had questions or issues (studies, language, administration, careers, integration etc), where did you get help/advice?
Hmm, I’d say nowhere. From other foreign friends who were as uninformed as me.
Did you contact other students with the similar experience? Was their experience helpful?
I didn’t before my first program, and it was quite a mistake, I did before ESSEC though. It reassured me in my choice.
Could you recommend websites which might be helpful for studying abroad?
Elina’s blog Tell me Panda – first of the kind. My blog about Paris & business education http://parisheartsandminds.com В контакте есть группа Стипендиаты французского правительства, которая сейчас не очень активна, но ранее там успели обсудить много важных вопросов в целом по обучению во Франции.
What was the cost of your program? How did you finance your studies?
36000 euros for 2 years. Loan from a friend, scholarship , then apprenticeship
What was your accommodation experience?
Renting with the french boyfriend! My first years in France I rented through Lodgis, agency for foreigners, which accepted my foreign guarantors but overpriced their apartments.
How much did you pay for living per month during your studies?
1000 euros a month if you need to pay accommodation all by yourself
🚀 Career opportunities
Did you do an internship during your studies? How did you find it?
Yes, in Loreal, through direct application on the website.
Did your university help you in this process?
What was the field of your internship? If you don’t mind please share the remuneration you got.
Marketing , luxury, now also retail and digital, I consider consulting as career option
Did you find a job after graduation? Which field and how did you find it?
Yes, in strategic consulting.
🌏 Your future plans
What are your plans? Do you plan to stay in the country?
Yes. Stay here, work in luxury consulting, apply for Passport Talent and then nationality.
What do you like about France? And what not?
One can write a book about it… i am writing a blog. I have been in love with France since 11 years old so of course I love its culture, history, people, food, language , I love Paris and parisian lifestyle.I mostly appreciate, however, the treatment I get here as a woman.
Could you give a piece of advice to the future students?
Take into considerations the following aspects: why do you to this country – to find a job and stay, or to have a fun for a year? How prestigious and recognised is the school? Where do alumni work? For France : does it give APS rights?
Date: May 2018