France is one of the most popular locations to study business—and for good reason! The country is home to many of Europe’s top business schools and maintains a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment. In this article, EDUopinions will review our student reviews from the best business schools in France to give you an idea of why so many students choose to study there.
Living in France
Life in France has a lot to offer. Apart from stereotypes like cheese, wine and beautiful cities—which are not completely untrue—the country can be a wonderful place to work, study and grow. French working culture values a healthy work-life balance, meaning typically shorter workdays than in neighbouring countries and plenty of holiday periods. In addition, if you are a French-language student, there is no better way to sharpen your skills than by immersing yourself in a French-speaking environment.
Studying in France
Speaking of studies, France is also an excellent place for international students. As the most popular non-English-speaking study destination, France welcomes over 325,000 international students per year. The country offers very affordable public university programmes in addition to tens of thousands of grants and scholarships to private institutions. Another reason many students choose to stay in France is due to the plentiful work opportunities and exciting business landscape.
Business schools in France
If you are looking to further your career in business, France is an excellent place to be. Home to dozens of top-ranking business schools as well as the largest “purpose-built business district in Europe,” the country is teeming with entrepreneurial spirit and resources for aspiring businesses. What this means in more practical terms is that studying business in France will involve internships, networking opportunities, real-world case studies as well as international learning. This type of multi-faceted education is ideal for landing a job after graduation, either in France or abroad.
The Best Business Schools in France: Student Rankings
Professors: 4.12 / 5
The first aspect of student life in France we are focusing on is the teaching faculty. France’s reputation for business education really comes to light when focusing on student reviews of professors and teaching in the country. French business schools select faculty members from a wide range of backgrounds, meaning your professors are academic researchers, business professionals, business pedagogues and more. Check out what M Mar, a graduate of ESC Clermont Business School, had to say about their professors at learning experience in France:
I have been studying in ESC Clermont during 1 semester thanks to an Erasmus aid and all I can say about this university is positive. As the title says, most of the subjects’ mark was based on a project and not on an only and unique exam. This is absolutly great as I believe we, as students, learn more investigating than memorizing. Moreover, teachers spoke English perfectly and they made classes very interesting.
They take care of the international students and when you are far away from your house, that’s something you value a lot.
The university had a room with sofas, TVs, pool and so on, so that make you feel you are not there just to learn, you can also relax and do teambuilding with your friends.
Accommodation: 3.60 / 5
Though a 3.60 star rating may not be the most inspiring, some context can help put this rating into perspective. From EDUopinions’ data, this is the second-highest accommodation rating in Europe, with the UK ranked first at 3.88 stars. As well, this data covers universities and business schools across the country; in many cases, Paris-based students may have smaller and slightly outdated accommodation due to the city’s high cost of living. This is all to say that student accommodation in France can vary widely, but is in general above-average for European standards.
Facilities: 4.06 / 5
Next, facilities is another important aspect of studying in France. Many of the country’s top business schools are private institutions and invest heavily in state-of-the-art facilities. Students can expect technologically advanced classrooms and lecture theatres, campus cafes, extensive exercise facilities and collaborative working spaces. All of this helps contribute to students feeling welcomed on campus and motivating them to make the most of their degrees. One student at EDHEC Business School in Paris gave their facilities a five-star rating. Read what they had to say about their experience:
Location: 4.13 / 5
Location, location, location… This is often a very important factor when deciding on a university or business school. Luckily, the tradition of excellent business education exists all across France, not just in Paris. Further, many schools now offer the opportunity to embark on an exchange semester/year at one of their overseas campuses. SKEMA Business School is a good example of this, with three campuses in France (in Lille, Sofia Antipolis and Paris) and international campuses in the US, Brazil, China and South Africa. Having more than one campus to choose from, students benefit from even more opportunities for international learning, networking and travel.
Student Life: 4.31 / 5
In the category of student life, France ranks first among European countries. As mentioned before, the French take their work-life balance very seriously, and this extends to student life too. Wherever you are in France, there is something to do. From the sunny seaside towns of the south to the hiking and skiing in the Alps, to the bustling urban atmosphere of the cities, there is something for everyone in France. Further, students tend to stick together and hang out at student-friendly bars and cafes, making for easy-going and inclusive social spaces. See just what one student thought about the welcoming student life at NEOMA Business School:
NEOMA Rouen is located in an area near Rouen. The premises are very pleasant and give the impression of an American campus. There is plenty of space to organize many outdoor activities. These are the activities that create a good atmosphere and a family spirit. There is a lot of association and we are really supported in our professional project. The teachers are very pedagogue experts and listen to the students. The classes are small which makes it easier to learn. I highly recommend this school.
Internationality: 4.44 / 5
Finally, internationality is a major consideration when it comes to choosing a degree programme. Whether you just want to meet new people and broaden your horizons, or you are on a mission to become an international business professional, studying in France can help you get there. France is home to hundreds of thousands of international students, with universities and business schools working hard to celebrate this diversity through cultural day events, discussion forums and exchange programmes. All of the best business schools in France take internationality very seriously, so you can be sure to have a globally-minded experience while studying there. Check out what Grettel had to say about the internationality of INSEAD Business School:
INSEAD was founded as a european MBA and has become a real world MBA with a diversity that many other business schools would only dream of.
The quality of the faculty is extraordinary. Faculty is up to date and publish and consult thus they can relate to business day to day challenges both at MBA and Executive level.
The new simulation during the last period of the MBA is an interesting and great learning experience for all students.
Conclusion on Student Reviews of Business Schools in France
All in all, France is a wonderful place to study, particularly for those keen on business. We at EDUopinions hope this article has helped you learn about France as a student destination, but if you have any more questions, feel free to reach out for free, individualised advice!
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