Everything you need to know before joining
Going on exchange has been one of the best decision I’ve ever made. Well, actually, one of the two best decisions I’ve ever made.
The first time I went on exchange was after high school. I traveled from my home in the Dominican Republic, an island in the Caribbean, to Germany looking to expand my horizons, learn new languages, as well as finding university opportunities. What amazed me the most is that I got to accomplish all of that and even more than I could expect or dream about.
The exchange experience doesn’t really start when you step into a new country, but rather the instant you decide to go for it. The application process can be somewhat hectic and even stressful. You must first ensure you have all the requirements and qualifications for SP Jain (you must have a 3.0 GPA and show adaptability during your first year). Then you must complete the forms required by the host university, apply for a visa, look for an apartment (or student residence) and, of course, gather information and a bit of background about the culture you will be soon part of. It can be a long process, but if you are well informed about what to do, it will go very smoothly.
France is an amazing country, filled with cities that all have something different and special. I was in a very peculiar city in the north called Lille. It is only 30 minutes from Brussels by train and 45 minutes from Paris. The city is considered a “student city”, thus it was very alive and full of young people — which means that you are constantly involved in many events and activities.
IESEG Business School, like S P Jain, was a business school. Classes were naturally in English. You will find classmates and professors from different parts of the world as well So, it’s not difficult to adapt to the program and to the system.
When it comes to adapting to the culture, it will depend on you to make of it something amazing. You will have to learn some French eventually, as not so many people will speak English. That being said, I had many experiences where my peers would make an effort to speak to me in any language we might have in common.