For the last few months I have been publishing a series of discussions and photos from French students that have been studying at our partner institutions. From this week, I will be publishing a series of stories from international students who have come to study in France.
The first of these is from Trisha Egberts, a Canadian who used her study abroad opportunity at Queen’s University to come and find out about life in a French business school.
In 2011, Trisha Egberts, decided to come a study at Grenoble EM for one semester. Encouraged by her home institution, Queen’s University, Canada and driven by a childhood desire to live it France, she choose Grenoble because she wanted to live somewhere a little different to large capitals like Paris.
“It was the most incredible experience I could have thought of. I had innumerable opportunities to travel, meet new people, learn new things, and simply explore.” says Trisha.
Her management courses were in English. Even though having grown up in Canada, she already spoke some French. Despite this she says that there were still some cultural barriers to overcome. Sometimes working in groups was challenging and you needed to adapt to the way other cultures work. Her home university had prepared her for that though. Trisha also says that you need to understand that life is not as frenetic as in some of the larger cities.
Indeed, like many international students, Trisha made the most of her time in a foreign country by travelling as much as possible.
“I can’t explain how nice it was for me to be able to see Europe for the first time while I was studying.”
Today, Trisha works for the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Based in Toronto she is in daily contact with people from many different parts of the world. She says that her exchange has helped her greatly in working in this international environment. One added bonus is that during her time in Grenoble she became close friends with someone who now works for PwC in London. They stay in touch to talk about how their work is going and from time to time to reminisce about their experience in France.
Next week: David Reyna gives Mexican perspective about student life in France and at Grenoble EM.
The Cultureur: “It’s a comical tale that chronicles the misadventures of a British marketing bloke as he runs rampant through the streets of Paris and maneuvers his way through the provocative behaviors, distinct mannerisms, and unique habits of the French.”
Hannah goes to France: “Perhaps the experience that most led me to apply for TAPIF happened during the Spring of my junior year, when I studied abroad in Grenoble, France. It was truly the greatest five months of my life, and once I left I knew that I had to return to France as soon as possible, not to visit, but to live.”
Maureen & Stephen Walsh: ” Whereas, when we had arrived in France, we were always saying, “In America…”, now we find ourselves saying, “In France…” We ask forgiveness of our American friends if we make these comparisons to you, and we hope you can try to understand the loss we feel. For those of you who have been asking us what else we will miss about France, we’ve come up with a short list.”
See and be Seen: “The thing about my days, whether they are stateside or abroad, is that they’re always atypical. Life is too short for boring routines. I prefer the stimulation of hassle, stress and bedlam. So, here’s the presumed itinerary for tomorrow, the lovely Monday the 25th of February.”
Textbooks and Passports: “In France, says Leanne, “there is a lot of contact time and note-taking.” The university system “seems to tie you a lot more”. This contrasts with the British system.”
Textbooks and Passports: “Studying abroad, according to Niché, “is about going out of your comfort zone, discovering new things, developing your linguistic skills”
William Penn University Study Abroad: “You never know what will happen in life. I’ve heard of many friends who have graduated from high school or college and then settled down right away to get married and have kids. Your time in college is when you are free to do things for you.”
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