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Next start in university: how to restart in another university?

05 August 2019

Due to many students who are not satisfied by their choice of post-baccalaureate orientation at the end of their first semester of higher education or sometimes later, some business schools are now offering a "second start in university" for the beginning of the second semester. We give you some tips to get out of this fate, take advantage of a new start at school and succeed in your reorientation.


Why to choose a new start in another University?

After the baccalaureate, it is common to realize very quickly that the course you have chosen doesn’t correspond to your initial expectations or your personal and professional project is no longer the same. For example, almost one-third of students from university choose to drop out of school or change their curriculum before the end of the first year, most of them in non-university education. To avoid losing a full year and having to wait until September to resume your studies, you can therefore opt for a delayed start and integrate, mid-year, into a large French business school programme.


Things to know before registering for a new start in university

The main advantage of this system is to allow you to change your curriculum without losing a year in your student path but it is essential to ask the right questions before beginning the adventure. What motivates my reorientation? What kind of studies can I pursue? Am I willing to work harder to make up for my late first semester?

There are many legitimate reasons for reorientation. Do you realise that the courses delivered by your school, don’t correspond to the best teaching criteria? Do you realise that job openings and job placements aren’t as promising as expected? Do you want to pursue a more professional course? You want to be more accessible, or to be able to train closer to the professional world? Parcoursup did not allow you to follow the curriculum of your dreams? Are you radically changing your project before the Christmas holidays? Don’t panic…

Rather than sulking about your curriculum, prepare your application and opt for the programme of a large business school and the many courses available to you, whether in the bachelor cycle or BBA, within the Grande Ecole Programme or directly in the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

However, be aware that making your return to school mid-year, requires a lot of work from students who make this bold choice. Clearly, you have to work twice as hard during a very intensive six-month semester. Most of the time, the usual Easter holidays are replaced by an internship or by school lessons. Don’t be frightened and keep in mind that if you have found your way, nothing is insurmountable. Continuation of study and future prospects are well worth a semester of intense effort.


What programme for your restart?

Grande Ecole programme, Bachelor or BBA programme, MBA programme... In a business school like IPAG, there are many opportunities to join the programme of your choice during the year. Depending on the course or campus and specialisation, you can even join our school not only for the first year, but also for the second or third year, or fourth or final year for master's degree programmes like MBA. The admission procedure is different according to the schools and according to the curriculum and choice of orientation.

  • Integrate the Grande Ecole Programme: you can take advantage of the February start to integrate into the IPAG Grande Ecole Programme (diploma targeted by the state) in the first year of this course which takes place in 5 years. Admission is after a series of tests and interviews. The level of admission required by the IPAG teaching team corresponds to the standards of excellence set by the SESAME contest.
  • Integrate a Bachelor or a BBA: you can enter only in 1st year, in a rescheduled manor for Bachelor Marketing and Digital Communication, Luxury Management or International Trade on the IPAG Paris campus in January. The BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration) parallel admissions are in the first, second or third year of this course.
  • Integrate an MBA: you can also join a Master of Business Administration, curriculum in one or two years, in French or in English at IPAG, by being admitted to Bac +4 or bac + 5 year. Again, admissions are in March during the second semester.

After your integration after a new start, you continue your studies in a classic way with internships in business, apprenticeship opportunities, expatriation and a double degree. Know that the success rates and integration rates for our graduates following this path are exactly the same as for the integrated students in September.