We don’t really have the kind of “bachelor” course in France, but I did my “pre-master” year at EDHEC Business School in Lille, and then pursued with a Master in Management in the same business school. Some courses were not very useful because we had no practical application, we did not really know what to expect from the course and what was the purpose of it. Others were hard to follow (hello Financial Statement Analysis).
To be honest, it was quite worse than expected: I knew that some courses were going to be quite “useless”, but I realized that a lot of them were too theoretical. What I liked the most was the student experience (student clubs), the possibility to attend conferences and the possibility to easily network with companies (“café meetings” every Wednesdays). The alumni network is quite active as well. I would recommend it to a friend, to have a shot at some of the subjects I had like Marketing, Accounting and Strategy. It is quite easy to find accommodation in Lille: plenty of apartments for students at reasonable prices. The school offers accommodation on the campus, but it is quite expensive compared to the prices in the city center. There are plenty of student clubs (56 student clubs), from local initiatives to sport associations with a national impact. It is even possible to create your own student initiative. Students are encouraged to join these student clubs, to gain professional experience and personal skills. Lille (North of France) is a student city, with plenty of bars and clubs, great for the nightlife. Easy to meet new people, friendly inhabitants in the North of France.
If you like beer, it is the best place to go. The campus is fairly big, with about 4,000 students on the campus every year. New campus, modern infrastructure, sport facilities in the campus (swimming pool…). For future students, I would say it is important to know how to make the balance between studying and working for your student club. Student clubs take a lot of time!