European business schools welcome young French people to courses entirely in English.
No need to cross the Atlantic, European universities have world-class business schools. Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Imperial College… The United Kingdom has the most famous universities in Europe. “In London, LSE and UCL attract the best French high school graduates”, observes Maxime Legrand, founder of the coaching company Educa. Particularity of Anglo-Saxon formations, “Accessible teachers, active student clubs with graduate students acting as mentors, flexibility of courses allowing for movement from one field to another”explains Carole Hémard, head of higher education and research projects at the British Council.
Absence of internships in Great Britain
Alice, 23, left shortly after her bachelor’s degree, obtained from the House of Education of the Legion of Honor at UCL, London’s oldest university. In four years, she will earn a master’s degree in business and data analysis. “My friends who left for preparation had a more austere life, while I took the opportunity to meet people and attend the various clubs at the university.», she says. The second year is more intense. In her third year, she spent a year at a vineyard in Melbourne, an experience “fabulous”. Only downside, the absence of internships at the British university. “Coming back to France, at just 21 years old, I lacked experience.” She then opted to join the Kedge BS Masters in Wine on a work-and-study basis with a start-up. “Most of my French friends liked me when I came back to France and got a master’s degree at a big French school,” she watches.
British universities recruit based on academic record and language test through the UCAS website, the equivalent of Parcoursup at its simplest. The bad news is that, after Brexit, EU students now have to pay the same tuition fees as international students, which are much more expensive, and can no longer benefit from state-granted student loans. A post-baccalaureate year at Warwick, for example, is charged at £27,060 a year (approximately €32,000). “Happily, around forty universities, such as Portsmouth in particular, offer discounts to European students, allowing them to pay the same price as British students, which reduces tuition fees to around £9,000, or €11,000.” says Carole Hémard.
St. Gallen demands excellent results
Contrary to popular belief, Switzerland is very competitive. Endowed with two seals (AACSB and Equis), the Masters in Strategy and International Management (SIM) entirely in English at the University of Saint-Gall in Zurich, Switzerland, leads the 2021 Masters in Management ranking by Financial Times. The emphasis is on the international (internships, projects, academic exchanges). Enter St. Gallen requires excellent results, especially since the university cannot exceed 25% of foreign students. Tuition fees are CHF 3,329, or €3,000, per semester for the Masters.
Holland is accessible
Why not Ireland? Ireland has the CAD platform to apply to its universities. Two universities are Neck and Neck, Trinity College and UCD Dublin. “The application fee is less than 7,000 euros, up to 4,000 euros, and they kept the loan system», emphasizes Maxime Legrand. UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is one of the schools at UCD Dublin with more than 1,300 graduates each year pursuing a Masters degree in one of its six departments. Peer support, small group work, intercultural learning are among its strengths.
Maxime Legrand also advises the Netherlands, where the university is by far among the most affordable, at 2,209 euros a year. The Netherlands also has a registration platform (in English), Studielink. Very highly ranked, Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management welcomes 29% of internationals for nearly 8,000 students. “The selection goes through good results in the baccalaureate. However, the establishment is not obsessed with grades and offers additional courses if needed before entering the first year. On the other hand, she is very demanding during her studies, from the first year,” emphasizes Maxime Legrand.
In Italy, the Bocconi University in Milan stands out in commerce, economics, finance, management… The university offers English courses from the Bachelor’s (about 13,000 euros per year). Finally, in Madrid, the IE Business School, linked to IE University, is rolling out the red carpet for international students. The one-year Master in Management welcomes over 60 nationalities. The Madrid school, known for stimulating the creativity of its students, trains around 1,500 students a year. The icing on the cake, the brand new IE University campus has opened its doors in a state-of-the-art 35-story tower that will accommodate up to 6,000 students.