An Indian View of Studying in France: Harshit Didwania, MBA student from prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) talks about his international exchange at Grenoble EM

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Stepping into the so called ‘developed world’ for the first time definitely felt strange. However, my journey to Grenoble and beyond was filled with unexpected and very memorable experiences.


Grenoble is a breathtaking small town at the foothills of the Alps. It is often referred to as the ‘Capital of the Alps’. It is an amazing town to live in.

Skiing and snowboarding are probably the two most spoken words around here, with people’s lifestyles revolving around the weather, just to track the best time to hit the Alps (especially in January).  Also, with the ever so lovely Chartreuse drink, and the never ending parties, this town just amazes me.


Charming city of Grenoble

I had secretly hoped Grenoble was one such town, simply because I feel that most large cities are all just the same, be it New Delhi, Doha, or Paris, at least in the sense of lifestyle.  They just seem to lose that tiny bit of personality that most regions should actually have, which makes all the difference.

Grenoble Ecole de Management has so many programs to offer.  The number of people attending this business school is just crazy, but perhaps that is the best part, especially when one is on exchange.  You have many more people to interact with.  I give the ALOHA organization a special mention for being the coolest student body I have ever come across. The pains that they have to go through to help the incoming students, including the events that they organize, should receive a TWO THUMBS UP!


Students´ passion for the courses is high.

Honestly, the way the school organizes its programs is just fabulous. With a focus on learning outside the classroom, the program structure offers a healthy mix of cases, presentations and a little bit of classroom learning.  Additionally, the professors work to ensure that you are interested in the subject, giving students the flexibility to back out of course subjects within the first few classes in case the classes do not excite them.


I became addicted to the multicultural environment of the class.

The best part is the way these professors incorporate the multi-cultural environment of the class into the content that they deliver. This multi-cultural environment is an addiction. You just can’t get enough of it. Life is so much more fun and unpredictable this way, and so is learning.


Harshit´s room

People usually say: “Indians are the most hard-working people!”

Now, let’s discuss the people.  I just wonder when Indians will start to live a carefree life.  It is high time that we move beyond all this futuristic planning and start to live in the present. I have often heard statements saying that Indians are the most hard-working people; nevertheless, although this is true to some extent, that is no excuse to stop living.  What is with all that pressure we have had since birth?

I have used the words ‘beautiful’, ‘breathtaking’ and ‘beyond words’ often, perhaps the most frequent out of any single piece of writing YET.  I just could not help myself.  Somehow, the world seems to be shot in ‘technicolor’ out here, and with every element, this becomes more vivid and sometimes just too overwhelming for the eyes.


The world seems to be shot in ‘technicolor’ out here.


See also:

Harhit Didwania’s Blog


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7 responses to “An Indian View of Studying in France: Harshit Didwania, MBA student from prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) talks about his international exchange at Grenoble EM

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  2. I am amazed at how universal the international student experience sounds; many of our students have expressed similar sentiments. And I am quite interested in Harshit’s description of Grenoble. Our “college city,” Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, is much smaller, but as he explains so well, there is sometimes an advantage in studying in a smaller area.

    • Even more so, when you are a part of the exchange program. You tend to meet and mingle more, making you feel right at home.

    • Mark Thomas

      I couldn’t agree more. International work and study is both a unifying experience and a unique adventure. We have all seen just how much students change we they participate in these programs. In fact, the “culture shock” is often more when they come back.

      I know a lot of students also enjpy very much the small town college atmosphere of many US campuses like your own as it gives them a real insight into student life in America.

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