Am I ready to study abroad?

 

Students who study abroad can experience culture shock.

 

This may be reflected in the student's general mood or arise spontaneously due to a particular circumstance. Therefore, learning about the chosen destination is essential to making an informed choice and transforming this “shock” into something positive.

 

The beginning of your stay should be used for re-adjustment in order to quickly internalise: 

 

  • The linguistic adaptation required: it will be difficult for you to express yourself at the beginning of your stay and completely understand the people you are speaking with which can create some frustration.
  • The way the institution operates: the academic pace, the learning methods and the type of assessment at our partner institutions can be very different.

 

Prepare well!

How do I choose a destination?

 

The PSB Paris School of Business international relations service has built up a vast network of partner institutions. When choosing an institution, consider not only the academic pre-requisites but also the following:

 

  • What type of experience are you mainly interested in: academic, linguistic, cultural...
  • Your financial capacity. Be realistic. Certain countries are more affordable than others
  • Which of our partner institutions offer classes in your track
  • The distance. Are you going to need to return home during your stay abroad?
  • Student stories. Contact the “alumni” for additional information.

 

Check out our destination publications for more information on our partner institutions.

In which language may I study?

 

You have the opportunity to study in English in an English-speaking country (USA, Australia, Great Britain...) or a non-English-speaking country (Spain, Japan...). The majority of our partner institutions offer classes in English (as well as in the local language). You may also take classes in a language other than English. 

 

In any case, you will need to provide proof of your language skills in the selected language with official test scores for English (IELTS or TOEFL) or a certificate for other languages.

 

Check out our destination publications for more information on our partner institutions and the languages available.

What are the application criteria for a year-long stay?

 

Considering the limited number of openings available at each of our partner universities, PSB Paris School of Business makes a selection of candidates. 

 

This selection is based on a point system where several criteria are considered:

 

  • Overall average grade
  • Linguistic skills
  • Involvement in student associations
  • The candidate’s respect for the deadlines and procedures involved in the process
  • Absences/Behaviour

What are the application criteria for a semester-long stay?

 

Considering the limited number of openings available at each of our partner universities, PSB Paris School of Business makes a selection of candidates. 

 

This selection is based on a point system where several criteria are considered:

 

  • Overall average grade
  • Linguistic skills
  • Involvement in student associations
  • The candidate's respect for the process
  • Absences/Behaviour

 

The total number of points will be used for the selection process. More information is available in the semester mobility guides available a few weeks prior to the application period.

What do I need to prepare before leaving to study abroad?

 

Health

Some destinations require special medical provisions (vaccinations, treatments). 

 

Medical insurance:

It is absolutely essential to take all necessary precautions prior to your departure by taking out an international medical insurance policy which will cover you for the duration of your stay abroad outside French territory. 

Request your European Health Insurance card (EHIC) if you are a European citizen and you plan to study in one of the European Economic Space Member States.

Note: Some of our partner institutions may require you take out additional mandatory medical insurance.

 

Safety 

The PSB Paris School of Business international partners are carefully selected based on a number of criteria (academic, quality, geographic situation, etc.). The safety aspect is essential but we recommend students view the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for official and up-to-date information: 

 

Passport and Visa

You must have a valid identity document at the time of application. Even if your national identity card is sufficient for travel within the European Union (EU), we recommend students obtain a passport. Your identity document must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your stay abroad. 

Most destinations outside the EU require a specific visa. You may apply for one after you are officially admitted by the host institution by contacting the consular services concerned.

 

Addresses of foreign embassies and consulates in France:

If you're a foreign student and require a visa to be able to study abroad, you might have to apply for the visa in your country of origin. Contact the consular services concerned for more information.

 

Travel

You may book the most appropriate method of travel to your destination once the international relations service officially admits you and you obtain your visa.

 

Accommodation

Booking temporary accommodation for the first few days at your destination rather than attempting to find accommodation on the ground before you understand your new environment is recommended. 

Some partners offer students residences on campus while others do not and you must find your own accommodation. 

Contact former study abroad students who studied at the same institution for advice and ideas.

GLOSSARY

 

Erasmus + Exchange

This is a program administered by the European Commission aimed at increasing mobility based on exchange agreements between universities and schools who have signed the Erasmus+ Charter. Specifically, this means a student cannot attend the European institution of their choice but rather may study at one of the institutions which have signed an exchange agreement. Most destinations available in Europe have signed an agreement under the Erasmus framework.

 

Bilateral Exchange

Bilateral exchanges open up a student's mobility to destinations throughout the world, mainly outside Europe.

 

ECTS Credits

European Credit Transfer System. The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is a system of points implemented by the European Union in order to ease the comprehension and comparison of study programs in different European countries as well as the transfer of credits among institutions.

 

Learning agreement

Also known as a study contract or academic contract, a Learning Agreement is a formal contract between three parties: the student, the institution of origin and the host institution. It ensures the period of study abroad will be recognised at the institution of origin. 

 

 

Study abroad/Transfer of credits 

This is a non-degree course where the credits you receive abroad will count towards your yearly assessment. 

 

Double degree  

This is a degree-awarding course that allows you to earn a Bachelor's degree from the partner university. You must meet a certain number of conditions to be eligible as well as fulfil other conditions to obtain it. 

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