What are students’ first impressions about their exchange?

We asked students what was their first impression when they first arrived in their host country. Here are their thoughts:


“Upon arrival at Hong Kong, you can directly feel the diversity of this city. The main language you hear is Cantonese but you also hear languages from all over the world. There is a large variety of Asian and Western food. The cars drive on the other side of the road compared to what I am used to and you can see temples in between two buildings. Tradition is mixed with modernity. You learn very quickly how things are done here: how to stop a minibus or to ask for a taxi. You also get to socialize a lot with people from all origins, locals and foreigners. So far, my journey has been instructive and has forced me to get out of my comfort zone.”

ClémENCE IN HONG KONG, CHINA – College of business, city university of hong kong

“I am an exchange student at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC, USA. My integration in the university went very well. The GWU administrative team has been very helpful at the beginning of the year.
The Covid affects the student life a little bit since many events of the university are cancelled. But I can still feel that the city is very student-oriented!
The courses offered are in the evening, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm approximately. This frees up our days to study or visit the city. The city of Washington DC is very rich in culture and history. There are many museums, monuments and memorials to visit for free. It is also very well located on the east coast of the United States, which is ideal for travel!
Finally, it is important to note that living in Washington DC is expensive (housing and cost of living).”

Marie in washington dc, usa – The george washington university, school of business

“I am a MIB exchange student at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University which is located in the city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
I moved to Kingston two weeks ago and, so far, the life in the city has been delightful. Kingston is not a big city but there is a huge student life with a lot of restaurants, bars, activities.. to do.
I live in a house with 4 other girls, 10 minutes’ walk from the Ontario lake. As a usual Canadian winter, it is currently very cold and snowy but it is a fun experience to live.
Canada is also a beautiful country with a lot of places and national parks to discover. Canadians are very welcoming, helpful and nice.
I, unfortunately, haven’t had the chance to go to Queen’s yet because of the pandemic restrictions, but the host university does its best for us to have quality classes online.
Overall, I feel great in this city and I can’t wait for public places to reopen so I can visit and enjoy more !”

Emma in kingston, ontario, canada – queen’s university, smith school of business

What about you, what will be your first impression when you go study abroad?

7 reasons why you should study in Cape Town

Exchange students studying at University of Stellenbosch Business School

Since arriving in the beginning of the year for my Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, I have got the chance to experience the city, the classes and the atmosphere. Here is what you need to know about it. For information, since the MBA is not located on the main campus in Stellenbosch (1 hour from Cape Town), but between Cape Town and Stellenbosch, most students live in Cape Town.

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USA: my spring break experience

After the Allocation Day at Grenoble Ecole de Management, I found myself eligible for a term in the United States, attending Duke University in North Carolina from January to May 2019. While leaving for this destination in early January, I must admit I had some trouble looking on the bright side of things. I had for sure not yet realized that it would give me the great opportunity to live my very first (and probably last) American spring break!

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Discovering and understanding Chinese culture.

Shanghai harbor skyline
the Shanghai skyline.

I have just returned from a four-month academic exchange at Tongji University in Shanghai. This stay was very enriching for me. Although Shanghai is the most Europeanized city in China, it is still a Chinese city. This exchange required me to be able to adapt and be autonomous. Culture, customs and traditions are obviously very different from ours.

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My experience studying at Duke University.

Duke chapel
The Duke University Chapel

Duke University is one of the top American universities. Fuqua Business School is famous for having Tim Cook and Melinda Gates as part of its alumni. The highly renowned teachers provide high quality lectures on a wide variety of subjects (Health Care Markets, Corporate Finance, Derivatives, Game Theory, Crypto-currencies…). Students need to complete some preliminary homework before most of each class and submit it to the teachers.

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