STUDY ABROAD / INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE : Petr Jiskra gives a Czech view on life and study on a double degree programme in Grenoble

My way to GEM was pretty straightforward. Since my first year at my home university, I knew that I want to do a double degree program abroad. When I reached the end of second year and was about to choose which school to go to, I paid good attention to the recommendations from professors and GEM´s past students. I did not regret it, GEM was a brilliant choice.

Photos and text by Petr Jiskra

When I arrived to Grenoble, I was very friendly welcomed and knew immediately what will be happening in next months.

I have to admit that the level of preparation of classes with some hints here and there was superb. I particularly liked the visiting professors from abroad. I remember an excellent course of International Marketing with Walter Blass who shared with us real experiences from his previous executive position at AT&T. I was using his slides for years later.

Visiting mountains is definitely an important item in Grenoble´s Must do list.

If you do skiing, you will find the best ski resorts of the Alps within 1,5 hour drive.

If you don’t ski or board you seriously should start thinking about it.

I was also impressed about the student engagement in all non-school activites.

I immediately joined the university basketball team as well as a culinary association which enabled us to taste regional products.

If you like running, you should certainly not miss the chance to run up the hill to the Bastille. So you can say I´ve BEEn there.


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Why Study Abroad as a College Student?

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