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NEOMA Business School

1 Rue du Maréchal Juin, 76130 Mont-Saint-Aignan, 76825 Rouen, France
3.90 / 5 based on 552 reviews.
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NEOMA Business School is a French business school, created in 2013 by the merger of two of the most highly regarded grandes écoles: Rouen Business School (established in 1871) and Reims Management School (established in 1928).[3] According to their latest performances as separate organisations in the 2012 Financial Times ranking of the best Masters in Management, Rouen Business School's flagship degree was the world's 17th best and Reims Management School's was 23rd.[4]

The school has more than 8,000 students, 200 academic staff (of whom more than 40% are international[5]), 300 university partners in 75 countries[6] and over 40,000 alumni,[7] as well as three campuses, in Rouen, Re... Read more

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Buy a 12-25 train card. Integrate with the locals. Get out as often as possible. Travel. Slag off the Canadians for being American. Say hello to the barmen in O'Kallaghan's for me. Read Review
byrnecj, Ireland

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by tom_hayward, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? As I was studying for two terms, and then got a job until the end of July, the idea of staying in a boxroom in Ango didn't exactly appeal. I also wanted to be close to the city centre as it was more practical for going out and for when I got a job.
Personal comments:
The first apartment I was shown by my landlord was a complete dump, right on the other side of the city, near the hospital. After some persuasion, he gave me another apartment, about twice as big, about 3 minutes from the city centre. So after this first hitch, everything went smoothly, and my rent was reasonable after taking the CAF allowance into account. I would definitely recommend an apartment in the centre if you're staying for the whole year. It means taking a bus to school every day, but this only takes 10-15 minutes. From what I saw of the halls of residence, here are my opinions; Arc: big rooms, posh, a long bus ride to the school, nspeak english all the time; Ango: almost prison-like, small rooms, but fairly good atomsphere among all the exchange students; La Pleiade: largeish apartments shared between two, 10 minute walk to the school, midnight bus goes directly there.
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by daragh, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Bars and clubs in Reims were pretty quiet. Personally I think this is because the town is very close to Paris. At the weekend most of the french people would go home so basically all the foreigners were left in Reims for the weekend. Most of the best parties were organised by the students themselve ie house parties, or the students union in college. Bars and clubs in reims are very quiet although the best club would be the Aquarium and the best bar would be the L'Apostrophe.
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by byrnecj, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
The UPEM courses are an absolute joke for anyone with even a mediocre standard of french, and better still for those who aren't really bothered, many are offered in english. If you want to learn french, take courses with the french students, that is from the grande école programme. Some can be tricky, many teachers don't make allowances for foreigners, but with the smallest amount of effort you can pass. And a pass is alll that the french students are looking for anyway. I guarantee that the average will never be above 12 out of twenty. Unless you really like accounting, stay away from compta générale. Oral and written exams- the average this year was below ten and all my mates from the football team failed. I passed, by the skin of my teeth. 4 to 6 hours a week, mon and fri mornings, my colleague from Dublin nearly killed me when I told her to take it. Content is simple, but the written exam is simply too long for the french, never mind a foreigner. Fiscalité is no picnic. Strat Fi, 2nd year is apparently difficult, as is controle de gestion 2. Its 1st year equivalent is a joke for anyone that uses his brain. I did FA and got 19. Stay away from the language courses in second term if you're there for the year. Headwreckingly simplistic. FCP in final term is supposedly a joke- no exams- they even go camping. Finance de Marchés is handy enough for a foreigner. Regardless, don't worry about it, choose what you want, and look at it the night before and you'll be fine. There's no great depth in any of these courses. 'On étudiera la veille mon pote' is a phrase you should hear often enough.

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
The program for foreign students is not streamed. Many foreigners that only started studying french a couple of months before their arrival are put in with others that are practically fluent. If you are part of the latter category, you'll soon be bored. On the other hand. If you take courses with the french, you'll have final exams- so when all the other foreigners are getting drunk, falling in and out of bars and doing god knows what else, you'll be pissed off. That's the price to pay though if you are determined to raise your level.

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by byrnecj, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Erasmus
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
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)
Personal comments:
If you don't make the effort to mix with the french, you'll never improve. I found that joining sports teams and taking classes with the french helped me to integrate very well. The fact that my name is difficult for them to pronounce made sure that I was an immediate novelty for them. If you live with french people even in campus accomodation, speak french to them- many will try to speak english to you, but once you keep responding in french, they'll get the message. I made some very good friends that taught me a lot of french, most of which I cannot use in a professional environment however. The thing is, if the french don't want you to understand, you won't. They have a fairly weird form of slang 'verlang' which puts certain syllables behind others and such. Most people will never encounter it. Regardless, know what level you're at before you choose courses. A lot of the time, understanding written french is very important. A good standard across the board is required to really benefit. If you're learning and shy, stay with the foreigners- but you'll regret it.
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by Julia, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Business Studies, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
bank loan
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
Housing is less expensive, even with the euro being about 2 Canadian dollars. Everything else was about the same price as here (or in the States), but in Euros. Food especially is very expensive. And of course, I did a lot of travelling in Europe.
Food, Travel, Overall: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Nightlife, Housing: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
The banking account was free. If you travel, book at least 2 weeks in advance - you can get amazing deals. Especially if you use discount airlines, such as easyjet, ryanair and aerlingus. Eurolines buses are pretty cheap too. And if you'll most use the SNCF (for train travel within France), definitely get the Carte 12-25. You'll save 50% on almost all journeys. You can ust the school's computers for the internet. You can also get a WiFi card from the international office for free (but with a deposit). But WiFi only works in 1 building. If you want internet in your room, it gets expensive (I think 25EUR/mth with limited up/downloads). For the phone: you don't really need one - you can call payphone-to-payphone and use calling cards. If you decide you need one, get a cellphone - they're actually cheaper than a landline. You can get a cheap one at Carrefour and pay as you go. Oh, and North American cell phones don't work in Europe, unless yours is tri-band.
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by Sergey, European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany
Business Studies, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
It was not my first experience abroad, but it was really amazing. In the beginning, it is not really easy to adapt to the life in Rouen which is a little bit unusual for people coming from cities with millions of habitants, but you get very quick integrated through parties and different associations in the campus life. And what is concerned about the academic life, well, sometimes there should be some improvements to make, but personally I have gained a lot of experience, some subjects were really new for me, and writing dossiers of around 40 pages in a foreign language was a really exciting and important challenge especially for my future business life.


I haven´t really talked in the previous sections about some travel opportunities but Rouen has plenty of them. It is situated only 100 km far away from Paris but the Normandy region has some beuatiful places to offer. First of all, you should plan to visit the famous Mont St.Michel Abbey ( the excursion will be organised by the ESC Rouen), moreover the North coast of Normandy with its beautiful cliffs and rocks ( cities: Etretat, Fecamp and Dieppe) is so lovely, and for fans of art and culture I can really recommend to visit the Museum of Claude Monnet and his garden in Giverny only 55 km far away from Rouen.
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