Why and how can I study abroad?

09 Jan 2020

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Regardless of whether or not you intend to pursue an international career, studying abroad can be a real stepping stone to achieving your career aspirations. Programs, Business schools, fees, scholarships, universities... so many questions that we will try to answer today!


Why should you go abroad to study?


Both French students and foreign students studying abroad after a high school diploma in foreign schools or universities is an increasingly popular way to complete a university course.

Studying abroad has many perks for interested students:

  • Discover new culture(s): new country, a new region of the world... all you need to learn and experience a new lifestyle while enjoying an immersive experience in your host country for the whole duration of your studies.
  • Get out of your comfort zone: going on an adventure can be beneficial both for your career path and your future professional insertion. The autonomy, responsibility, and international mobility that you will gain from this experience will be greatly appreciated among your future employers.
  • Learning a language: whether it is a study stay or during one or more internships abroad, this experience can also be used as a language-learning opportunity by helping you to improve your linguistic skills.
  • Expand your international business network: studying abroad allows you to build a wide professional network that can help you find internships, work-study programs, or jobs in the future, especially if you want to build an international career.


How to study abroad?


There are numerous reasons to study abroad, and the benefits are no longer to be proven. Nevertheless, going to a foreign country cannot be taken lightly and requires planning. Erasmus exchange, financial grants, partner universities, scholarships... plan your stay to benefit from maximum advantages.


Enrolling in a foreign study program


There are foreign study programs that guide students through various administrative or registration procedures to facilitate their departure for study.

The best-known example is the European Erasmus Program, which includes 33 member countries of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Turkey. The Erasmus exchange program enables student and teacher exchanges between European institutions, allowing you to study abroad at one of the program's partner universities in multiple destinations. In addition to this program, there is a financial grant called the Erasmus scholarship which makes studying in European countries more accessible.


Enrolling in a business school with foreign partnerships


Some prestigious internationally renowned business schools have a broad network of partner universities around the world to facilitate your application for an internship or to spend a year abroad. Cambridge, Boston or Shanghai are some of the cultures and countries you would like to experiment? You are a foreign student and would like to join a French or European university? Remember to find out more about your institution's partnerships and international relations when it is time to submit your application to pursue your studies.

At IPAG Business School, we have a network of 135 partner universities in over 30 countries around the world. Would you like to study in Australia, the USA or China? You might find the right partner university for you on our list. You can complete your internship abroad or spend one or more semesters at one of these institutions. But it' s not just about that! We offer you the possibility to get a double degree in your program with one of our partner universities!

Our partners are chosen for the quality of the courses they provide and for the professional opportunities they offer to students in order to develop their networks and develop their professional projects.


Applying to a foreign university


Do you wish to study for one academic year or the complete duration of your studies in a foreign university? To do so, you will need to enroll in a university by first applying and completing your application and then your application file. For some universities, this process can be done directly online remotely.


When should I go abroad to study?


You have made up your mind; you want to study abroad to continue your studies. You are still hesitating whether to go abroad to study directly after your high school diploma or simply to add an international experience to your school year? Let's compare the two alternatives.


Study abroad after the baccalaureate


Are you graduating from high school this year (baccalaureate) or an equivalent foreign diploma, and you already know that you want to study abroad next year? You will have to study and plan your departure: administrative procedures, application to the selected university or school, registration fees (and other related costs such as your student housing), etc. You may also consider a year off, although it is recommended that you take a year off later in your higher education.

If you wish to go directly to a foreign school after the baccalaureate, you will still have to prove that you have a solid level in the language of the country in question and that you can at least hold a conversation. To do so, you can practice or take exams such as the TOEFL, for example.


Going abroad while studying


Going abroad during your studies can take different forms:

  • Do an internship in an international company, if your program includes the completion of professional skills for graduation.
  • Take a year off or gap year, regularly suggested by business schools to deepen and enrich your experience abroad.
  • Spend a full semester in a foreign university, potentially a partner of the institution in which you are enrolled.

Thanks to these various options, you can pursue your education while enjoying an enriching experience that enhances your career path and sets the stage for an international career.

On a final note, there is no right or wrong choice in planning your foreign exchange: it simply has to be adapted to your expectations and your career plan. However, for your experience to be meaningful and above all as fulfilling as possible, we recommend that you complete at least one full semester (or 6 months) of internship in a foreign country.


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