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4.03 / 5 based on 48 reviews
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clari
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
3.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The International Management Program (IMP) courses are taught in English and some of them are interesting, but be forewarned that although they only last a week, each class is up to 4 hours a day. And the workload is pretty heavy. For example, you may have homework everyday, and a presentation and final exam at the end of the week. One of my favourite classes, taught in French, was a 3 day seminar called Management d'équipe, which was pretty much a team-building class and it really gives you the chance to interact with everyone in the class.
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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
I didn't like how the course schedules were constantly changing. A class could be cancelled a day before with very little notice. You always have to be checking the boards to see if your class is still going to happen, and where and when it will take place.
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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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clari
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known how cold it would be in January when I arrived! Also, I wish someone had warned me how long it would take to get my residence permit. I lined up for hours in the cold outside the administrative building only to find that they had misplaced some of my documents. But it only happened to a few of us so maybe it was my bad luck!
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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
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
4
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
IESEG is a great school for students who are looking to take international studies. The courses are very internationally focused. Many of them will focus on doing business abroad, or compare different cultures and how they do business differently. As well, if you are looking to have fun, IESEG is known to be a "party" school with all their open bars, and socials, including the Nuit Prestige Gala. I had a great time. I met many friends from all over the world, and not all, but some of the French students were very hospitable and helpful.
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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
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
2
Final comments
Lille is a great place to study. It's small enough so that you can get almost anywhere by foot, but since it's a University town, there are many places to go out and have fun. As well, from Lille, it's easy to travel around Europe as there are direct train routes to London and Paris.
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clari
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
3.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Government assistance
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I took many trips and spent a lot in travel. I also went out more in France than I did when I was at home. But I did save money by cooking for myself rather than eating out at cafeterias and restaurants. But I found that everyday shopping (groceries, clothes, music, etc.) was generally more expensive in France than in Canada.
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Housing, Travel, Nightlife, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Telephone:
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
If you study in France for more than 3 months, you may be eligible to apply for lodging assistance through CAF (Caisse d'Allocation Familiales), but you must have a residence permit. As for travelling, if you're lucky, you may catch seat sales on Ryanair or Easyjet, two low cost internet airline companies, and save tons of money on airfare.
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clari
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
3.0/5
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: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I spoke French before, but I was rusty and I chose to study in France to brush up on my French. But I hung out with many international students, so I didn't get to practice my French as much as I'd liked. I did learn a bit of French slang, and my conversational French improved. I would recommend taking more courses taught in French because I found them very helpful by forcing me to use and practice my French.
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clari
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
4.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
I would definitely go with living on campus in residence. I had a great time, I became friends with lots of other international students as well as some French students.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I stayed at the Valentine Charrondière and it was the best residence ever! Although you have to share a kitchen and breakfast room with 100 other residents, the atmosphere is very warm and fun. Also, it's located in a very central area, close to IESEG as well as other schools.
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clari
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
IESEG
4.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Latina Café, Snooker Palace, Highlander, and Café Oz were popular choices for bars among the international students at IESEG. Le Faso is a great African restaurant in Vieux Lille. And Flam's and 400 Coups are some pretty good restaurants on Rue de Pas near Grand Place.
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