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sydneysider
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
European Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
Wish I'd known that accommodation was so randomly assigned. Also wish I'd taken a railpass with me so that I could travel a little cheaper (I was over 25 so the transport situation for me was very expensive). Considered buying a vehicle but not worth it for only 6 months. And wish I'd not worried so much about French consular formalities; turned out that the French dept of immigration were very lax and not terribly worried about my immigrant status (my visa expired while they fluffed around processing my Carte de Sejour!). In fact not one French authority ever examined the inside of my passport when entering/leaving France. Just a cursory glance at the cover to check my nationality! All that after going through hell with the embassy in my own country. Residency status enabled me to get cheaper prices here and there; in hindsight I don't know if it justified the expense though (since I didn't stay longer than 6 months as it turned out).
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Go to ESSCA if you are a business, commerce or economics student interested in European politics, and in furthering your interest in the French language (maybe even to begin learning it from scratch).
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
The international office staff at ESSCA will be forever in your debt. They work quite hard so expect them to maybe take a little while to get back to you in some cases!
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sydneysider
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
European Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
There is no on-campus accommodation at ESSCA. The best you can opt for is the apartment in the centre of town. If you can afford it then the apartment in town is a much better option than the student residences in rue Léon Pavot (even though they are much cheaper) since the residences are a fair walk away from the town centre and are not close enough to shops and nightlife, and also have too many rules and restrictions about what you can and can't do. If possible get ESSCA to arrange an apartment as close to Place du Railliement as possible (the 'heart' of Angers). Anywhere within the centre of town is fine: this is an area bounded by the river, Bde Charles de Gaulle, Bde Foch and Bde Mitterand. You could alternatively take an apartment just across the river from the centre of town, in the quarter known as La Doutre. The international student life revolves around the centre of town and, to a lesser extent, around ESSCA's campus which is 6km west of the town centre (in the peripheral suburbs of Angers). It is almost mandatory to live around the centre of town, or face isolation from the student life.
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Personal assessment
Cost
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Cleanliness
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Personal comments
The accommodation through ESSCA was still going through teething issues in 2002, still learning how best to manage it. They had never before accepted so many international exchange students into ESSCA in one go. ESSCA manages apartments and liaises with all the landlords on the students' behalf. The cost of 305 euros (plus 45 for utilities) seemed okay value for some apartments, but poor value for others. Possibly this was because the apartments were very different, and the different rents 'averaged' by ESSCA for ease of admin. The type of apartment you get is pretty much down to luck. Some people were extremely lucky (those in the pedestrian zones of the centre of town). Others found themselves on dark streets on the edge of the main part of town, or in dirty and/or poorly maintained buildings. ESSCA will help in cases of problems with the apartment (plumbing, heating, electrical, etc) but the response times could be slow (depending on what's wrong). Getting accommodation in Angers without the help of the school can be fraught with hassles, it's hard work if your French isn't good. The local students have a hard time finding decent accomodation so, as an exchange student, it's best to let ESSCA help you.
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sydneysider
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
European Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
From my perspective, an Australian 4th year student who is used to a high level of intensity and independent research, the ESSCA courses seemed quite easy and very informal. Many of the lecturers are guest lecturers, or professionals from certain industries. The course structure therefore tends to be quite random, not the same week to week. Courses dealing with the EU were quite informative. Courses such as Info Systems were let down by lack of resources and (in my opinion) a somewhat unusual teaching style from one teacher. The assessment was generally okay: the exams were mostly a fair test of ability. There seemed to be a big emphasis on group project work and Powerpoint presentations for assessment: good in that it forced students of different backgrounds to interact and work together, but poor in that too often one or two students carried the group, making the group mark an fair assessment of some individuals. Some courses were good in concept, but thin on content, some of them completely finished in only 2 or 3 days, sometimes not living up to their original potential. Again, from a 4th year student point of view, many courses were a revision of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year in Australia, surprisinigly not challenging me in the way I expected an elite French school of the calibre of ESSCA would. Nonetheless, many times I appreciated the lighter workload given that I was in a new country, surrounded by the constant culture shock of French society. The experience of simply living in France (during an election year) was the biggest education on Europe anyone could ask for.
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My academic experiences
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Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Less emphasis on group work, more emphasis on individual ability. Maybe the essence of a business school is supposed to be about "managing" and working as "a team player" blah blah, but those who expect to maintain a GPA (such as those in North America) here could be frustrated by the group projects. Generally things were okay for me (I didn't have to worry about GPA).
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Mon expérience à l'ESSCA
Margaux L
France, Graduate
Marketing and Sales Management
Overall
Je suis étudiante en 2ème année à l'ESSCA Bordeaux. Je recommande le programme PGE (parcours sur 5 ans) à toutes les personnes qui sont curieuses et qui aiment travailler en groupe. En effet la plupart des travaux sont à réaliser en groupes. Les cours sont intéressants et divers lors des 2 premières années, les enseignants sont à l'écoute et incitent les étudiants à participer au dynamisme des cours. Dans certains cours comme management ou psychologie des organisations, les discussions emmènent souvent à des débats très intéressants. 
La vie étudiante est très agréable car sur le campus de Bordeaux, les étudiants se connaissent presque tous ce qui est très chaleureux. En temps normal, les associations telles que le BDE ou le BDS organisent régulièrement des évènements pour rassembler les étudiants. L'avantage de l'ESSCA est selon moi que l'on accède à des cours qualitatifs et très instructifs tout en conservant une vie étudiante.
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Pros
Vie associative dynamique, Travaux de groupes, Cours intéressants et vivants
Cons
Communication des informations
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Master Conseil à l'ESSCA
Léonard C
France, Graduate
Management Science
Overall
L'ESSCA se distingue des autres écoles car c'est un établissement post-bac: pas besoin de faire de prépa pour intégrer l'établissement. Avec du recul, je conseillerais tout de même à un.e lycéen.ne d'effectuer une licence/ IUT avant d'intégrer une école "post-prépa" plus prestigieuse. En effet, la classe préparatoire n'est selon moi plus la voie royale pour intégrer une très bonne école (hors top 3).

Si vous souhaitez tout de même faire une école post-bac, l'ESSCA demeure un très bon choix pour deux raisons: elle possède des établissements à l'international (Shanghai & Budapest) et un très bon réseau (l'école a plus de 100 ans et est connu de tous les recruteurs).
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Pros
campus internationaux, réputation auprès des entreprises, ancienneté
Cons
si vous voulez éviter la prépa, je conseille une licence/ IUT avant d'intégrer un établissement plus prestigieux
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constance a
Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
Marketing and Sales Management, Graduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known that we should be patient for anything that we want to do ( buy a train ticket, go to the post office ...) japanese people in general are really slow in everything that they do.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Sophia University is a really good one. Teachers are really good and there are about 200 foreigner students each year so it is easier to meet people from different countries.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Japan is a very good place to travel. I have already been twice to China and I will go in Thailande and Korea in the next few months. Then Japan is a really good experience because the japanese culture is very different from western countries, so it is very interesting to learn how does it work. Finally japan is beautiful, there are a lot to do if you want to travel...
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