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3.83 / 5 based on 241 reviews
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Anne
Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Grenoble EM
5.0/5
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: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I spoke French more or less fluent before going to Grenoble and left speaking teh language alost as a native. To me this was a fulfillment of a personal goal and I was very happy to learn finer aspects of the French language. In general, the French appreciate the effort you make to speak their language and are most of the time very helpful and try to understand you when you struggle a bit or or is on a beginner level. The most important thing to the French is that you try to communicate in their language.
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Anne
Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Grenoble EM
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
When you study abroad, you will spend more money on travelling as you go to see new places. At home, I stayed in Oslo most of the time and I didn't go much out as nightlife is very expensive in Oslo. In Grenoble the prices are a lot better and I could spend money in bars etc. without much of a guilty conscience!
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Nightlife, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Telephone, Overall, Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Open a French bank account. Do your shopping in "grandes surfaces" such as Carrefour, the prices are lower and it is worth the effort. plus they have EVERYTHING you need, and then I really mean everything!!
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Anne
Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Grenoble EM
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I followed a program especially designed for students from my home university so I can't reaaly say. I followed half of the Commercial Communication major and it was interesting, though not on a high level. As ESCG is known as a high-tech an innovating business school, I recommend courses within this field (such as information technology & management, entrepreneurship etc.)
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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
none
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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
Overall
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Anne
Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Grenoble EM
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Nothing comes to mind right now
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
2
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
It is a new, very modern school that is rated among the top 7 of French business schools and is highly estimated among recruiters, companies, people in general and so on. The student life is very active and it impressed me. ESCG has good partnerships both in academic and professional terms. Also it has a good location and the area is developing with several construction sites.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
For you ski lovers, this is your Mekka! Grenoble is a great place to be and it is easy to get around. For instance, it is the capital of the Alps, Italy is a 2 or 3 hour drive away, so is Geneva, Switzerland. Paris is 3 hours and Lyon is 1 hour away by train. These are only examples, there are lots of possibilities. A tip is to get the "Carte 12-25" if you're under 25, you get up to 50% off on train fares and there are also other advantages. Before you leave, make sure you have all the papers you can think of plus several copies. You will need them in France as it has a bureaucratic and paper-loving administration. The school explains you what to do and where to go in order to get your visa, which is very important. Also you must register with the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales, it is worth the pain and effort: you get money back on your rent! A really nioce bonus that helps on your budget!!
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Anne
Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Grenoble EM
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife, Travel, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
At ESCG the two events not to miss is the Integration Weekend and the Gala. Student associations organise soirées and parties all the time, as well as other schools' student associations. Brilliant way to get to know people. In Grenoble, there are 5 night spots to mention: Les 3 Canards, le Couche-Tard, London Pub and of cousre Le SAXO and le Vertigo (open until 05 am). Everything within walking distance. In the outskirts of town there are much bigger night clubs but they are more expensive + you need a ride! The National Music Festival on June 21st is an event not to miss, it is all over the country with music, concerts, and people everywhere!
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Anne
Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Grenoble EM
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Student residence
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I would like to create a more homely environment, have more space and reduce my living expenses by having roomies.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
ESCG can help you to get a place to live and it didn't seem to be a problem. I got my studio from a list the university had sent me prior to my departure from home.
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