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A Day in the Life of an International Master’s Student

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For many, the idea of studying abroad conjures hopes of new experiences, new memories, new friends and even a new language or two. But what is a typical day like when you get there? How much free time do you have to explore your new city? What are the classes like? Will the experience live up to expectations and be worth it?

In the south of France, Montpellier is seeing an influx of international students looking to pursue their degree ambitions. From the local cuisine to its cultural traditions, Montpellier is a city that’s full of promise, charm and Mediterranean vibes.

We spoke to Juan and Rahel, two international master’s students from Colombia and Indonesia currently at Montpellier Business School to learn about their study abroad experience so far and what made them decide to pursue their studies in the south of France.

What made you want to study abroad in France?

Juan: When I finished my undergraduate degree in Colombia, I wanted an academic experience abroad. After researching different countries, I fell in love with France due to its academic reputation, the openness of the education system, the availability of scholarships and grants, the work opportunities after the program and especially its culture.

Rahel: I studied abroad in France firstly because I know that it’s always better to continue your education in a more developed country. It’ll make you able to get a better perspective in understanding different situations in the world, meet with people from all over the world which will benefit your personal growth, and to open your mindset. The whole world isn’t the same as your country, your culture, and your tradition, but [by studying abroad] you will learn also to respect people with a different culture than yours.

I also studied here because I know that Montpellier Business School is one of the best business schools in France, with triple accreditation (meaning it has an excellent quality of education).

Also, because it has a high employability rate, we will directly go to the job market after graduating and make an impact there.

Finally, I chose France because I want to improve my French (as it is one of the languages spoken the most in the world). Interacting with French students and professors is really an enriching experience, and it is always a rewarding experience to get to practice a new language other than English.

What made you decide to study your degree?

Juan: I’m passionate about international businesses and how they develop the world we live in. It’s very fascinating how networking and developing mutual understanding among countries can make us all grow a lot, and not just in economic terms. I love the theory that my subject involves, but also the practice in the real world. 

What is a typical academic day and week like for you? How busy is your schedule?

Juan: At Montpellier Business School every week is different, which is so different from in Colombia where students normally have the same schedule every week.

This is good because it makes you more flexible and makes every week a different journey. There are also always events held by the student associations and career center. I feel that networking and exploring the local culture are something every student should definitely do.

How much free time do you get and what do you do with it?

Rahel: Last semester I had quite a busy schedule with about 14 courses, but I still had some free time at the weekend. Usually, I spend my weekend on my hobbies: writing on my new blog, playing music, traveling and discovering new cities in France I've never been to before.

Have you given much thought to what you want to do after you graduate? How do you think your degree and time at Montpellier Business School will help you with this?

Juan: My program includes a mandatory four-to-six-month internship that can be performed anywhere in the world. I want to make the most of that and get into a company with a global presence, which can possibly allow me to work in Europe. I want to keep learning and gaining international experience before going back home.

Rahel: I have been thinking about gaining some work experience here in France in the retail industry, and at the same time expanding my network more. After that, I want to go back to my country and create my own company.

My degree and time I spent at MBS will be the number one key factor that will help me to achieve this goal because its curriculum is very well-designed which will help students face daily tasks and challenges that they’ll meet during their real working experience in the future.

From the classes, I gained not only theoretical knowledge but also practical skills that will be very useful when I work in an industry. For example, I’ve learnt how to set a competitive price in markets, how to negotiate, how to give recommendations to companies by analyzing their internal and external environment, how to resolve conflicts faced by employees at work, how to develop your own business model, and many more things!

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Written by Stephanie Lukins
As the Head of Sponsored Content for TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com, Stephanie creates and publishes a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. She attended the University of Portsmouth where she earned a BA in English Language and an MA in Communication and Applied Linguistics.

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