International Welcome Day in Lyon

Last October, 30 GEM International students took part in the Welcome Day organised by AGERA in Lyon. Every year since 2000, AGERA has been organising a special Welcome Day for the international students from its member schools.This time  this event has brought together over 400 students from the 40 Grandes Ecoles members of the AGERA. The objectives of the event are:

  •  To officially welcome international student entering the Grandes Ecoles
  •  To enhance awareness of the Grandes Ecoles
  •  To present the economic and cultural assets of the area

AGERA is a federative group of 40 Grandes Ecoles in the Rhone-Alpes Auvergne regions: institutes of higher education, lifelong learning and research in the fields of engineering, management, architecture, design, political sciences and theatre studies. Participants really enjoyed the day since they were able to meet each other and had Guided Tours of Lyon as well as an official welcome to the Rhone-Alpes Region headquarters in La Confluence.

Following are a few testimonials of our students. Thank you for the feedback and photos.

12038792_10156207036910512_3924467143698187186_o“Coming to Lyon with all the other exchange students was great! We were divided in little groups for the city tours, and then we were off! My group visited the old part of the city and our guide was pretty knowledgeable!
The first two hours were quite okay, after that a little break was in sight! We stopped at a local bakery to get some viennoiseries and then continued our journey through the city. After 3 1/2 hours of running we were tired and were brought to the convention center to listen to some testimonials from last year’s exchange students! That was interesting, and after that the evening came to a perfect end with delicious food!

Thank you for organizing the trip!” – Valentin Kobler, from Austria.

20151022_141032“When we arrived in Lyon they assigned everyone a group.

My group visited the ”future city” of Lyon. Our tour-guide was really nice and very knowledgeable about Lyon- its history and architecture.

We walked all the way from Place Bellecour to Lyon’s suburbs. The guide told us about the technologies they are using in new houses. That these houses are eco-friendly and consume less energy than other ones, that’s because of using the daylight and the solar panels on the roofs.

The residential area seemed to be a good place for the families because there are all necessary things like shopping malls, schools, kindergartens, offices and the public transport.” Una Petersone, from Finland.

“I had loads of fun during the trip to Lyon the other day. I met new people that I didn’t even know that were in the School.
The visit was very interesting because I had only been to Lyon once, but I didn’t know anything about the history of all the buildings, so this visit helped me having another perspective while watching the city.
The presentations at the Région Rhône-Alpes headquarters were also very good because I could see what other people had experienced and what I am going to live during one year in France.” Irene Calvo, from Spain.


We also would like to thank Liliane-Prisca Nzesseunono who has joined Grenoble Ecole de Management through Pass-world entrance exam and who gave a strong and enthusiastic testimonial of her experience as an international student in Grenoble.


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