What’s it like studying in France? Julius from America at Grenoble Ecole de Management

Studying abroad can be a transformative experience, offering the opportunity to immerse oneself in a new culture while pursuing academic and personal growth. For American students, France is a popular destination, with its rich history, diverse cuisine, and renowned educational institutions. Grenoble Ecole of Management, located in the heart of the French Alps, is a leading business school that attracts students from around the world. For an American studying at Grenoble Ecole of Management, the experience promises to be both challenging and rewarding, offering the chance to gain a global perspective on business and culture while developing language skills and making new friends.

Where do you study?
I currently Study in France in a private business school called Grenoble Ecole de Management in their program called: Bachelor in international business

Why did you choose to study abroad?
I chose to study abroad because in one sense I have been studying abroad all my life so maybe my mind is just encouraged by the opportunity in a way. I do however think that studying abroad in any educational level be it highschool, for a bachelors, a masters or even a PHD, being able to get different points of views on various cultures and social situations. I also found that travelling and studying abroad often led to a diminishing culture shock, which I think can be applied amazingly to a work environment.

Why did you choose that country?
I chose to pursue my studies in France because firstly there is a sort of security offered by the French education system where with any diploma you are somewhat guaranteed to obtain work. Furthermore the program offered by my school corresponded exactly to the plans I have for my future. And finally the views!

How is it there now? Is it what you expected?
Amazing, the school is absolutely not what I expected but in a good way. The school offers a concept called associations which I quickly chose to join. These associations allow you to have responsibilities in a money making context and obviously create links and a social environment that is truly unique.
As for France, it is a beautiful country the people are respectful well behaved and nice, there are obviously situations where they are less but were all humans in the end. The city of Grenoble is very nice too, all the restaurants bars and grocery stores are close to each other and makes walking around truly enjoyable.

Tell us more about your story
So I actually moved to France two years ago, I used to live in the United States and saw an opportunity to come and live here with my mother and sister, I then enrolled into a French high school and fell in love with the country. Then after graduation I joined Grenoble Ecole de Management and here we are!

What are you future plans?
I don’t really have a script for what I want to do in the future I know I like cars and like communicating so most likely something in the automotive industry maybe a sort of import export situation with cars but the future holds many possibilities, who knows what could happen.

Any tips for future students considering choosing studying abroad? What would you have done differently?
Apply! Don’t hesitate on applying, if the problem is a financial situation, in most European countries there are aids for foreigners that help with getting housing food and even help with learning the local language. In any case don’t stress about it you are guaranteed to love it. It will take time to get used to but remember so many other people are in your situation and those people most likely want to be your friends. So social circles form in the first couple weeks of joining a school abroad, which then leads to the entire fun part of living abroad.

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