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ESCE International Business School

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3.92 / 5 based on 156 reviews
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Rurik N
Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my French
How much did you improve your French?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I made a pact with myself to speak only French with natives. With the other ERASMUS, English made more sense as everyone typically spoke better English than French. With some other ERASMUS however, I spoke French too, as we both wanted to advance our skills. Overall, my language and communication improved drastically and I felt completely at ease by the end of my time there.
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Rurik N
Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I was not attempting to be thrifty, you only study abroad in Paris once!
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Nightlife, Overall, Housing, Travel, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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Rurik N
Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
Take as many as possible at first, then decide which ones suit you and drop the others. Also, don't be afraid of the French language courses, you'll catch on eventually!
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Just takes some adjustment compared to the American system...but no improvements really.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
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Rurik N
Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
Maybe just having a greater appreciation for future job opportunities that I had at my fingertips while there. I was well aware of the linguistic, cultural, and life-changing aspects, but now that I am looking to move and work in Paris, I wish I had spent more time networking with companies while there.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Absolutely go!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Just be open minded, dont try and transpose your home culture and expectations onto the native customs. Try everything, see as many museums, landmarks, etc.. as possible, but explore unknown, unheralded areas as well. Speak the native language as much as you can, even if its hard at first.
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Rurik N
Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
If I told you they wouldn't be the same! No, seriously, countless fun night spots, too many to whittle down! The Nuit Blanche is not to be missed in October.
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Rurik N
Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
An apartment, but in the city, not near school. Why? Because now I know Paris and would prefer to live nearer to the center and pay a bit less rent than the pricey district of La Defense!
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Overall, the housing was fine. Some others were in more modern accomodations at Pythagore and Citea, whereas Les Laureades where I was is slightly older. Still, the atmosphere of many students, most ERASMUS, was perfect for meeting people and having fun. Also, rolling out of bed and crossing the street to go to class was a plus.
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