According to an Opinion Way survey from July 2015, 79% of students would be interested in going to study abroad.
Whether you want to cultivate an international career and broaden your professional opportunities, improve your language skills, enrich yourself on a personal level, widen your vision of the world or meet people with lives and experiences different from yours, studying for a Bachelor’s abroad presents numerous advantages.
This is why increasing numbers of French students look abroad for their Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate.
In a globalized economy in which geographical mobility and command of English are becoming indispensable, today there are multiple reasons to think about pursuing a course abroad.
Command of English
Nowadays English is the most utilized language in the world of work and the mastery of English, written as well as spoken, has become a requisite of whatever job you plan to do. Consequently, studying for several years immersed in an English speaking environment is without doubt the most efficient way to become entirely bilingual in English.
Unique teaching methods
English-speaking universities have a unique method of teaching in which the focus is on personal reflection, exchange and discussion in class. What’s more, the professors are generally more available and accessible in Anglo-Saxon countries than in France and support their students in a more personal way.
Exceptional conditions for study
English-speaking universities offer a work environment unique to them. The important means available to the majority of Anglo-Saxon universities allows them to recruit professors of world-renown, to offer students reduced group sizes, a social and sport filled life full of enrichment thanks to many facilities on campus (university halls of residence, restaurants, sports facilities…).
A real opening into the world and life skills
Living immersed in a foreign country and having to adapt to another culture and to another way of life in 3 or 4 years of your Bachelor’s will simultaneously allow to consolidate your life skills and make you very independent.
A network of international professional opportunities
Developing in a multicultural environment benefiting from the international network of “alumni” (old students of your university) will offer you professional opportunities in your home country, whether in France or international.
Moreover, even if you make the choice to return to France afterwards, your international experience will allow you to distinguish yourself from the other candidates who have followed a more ‘classic’ route.
More flexible study programs
The Anglo-Saxon system generally allows students to have more flexibility and choice in their university course. In the United States, for example, it is entirely possible for a student who wants to, to combine the study of Mathematics and Film .
Larger professional markets
Furthermore, studies are generally much less specialized than in France : it is therefore entirely possible to get a degree in Philosophy, History or Sociology and then to go into fields like law, finance or counseling.
Universities of World Renown
Universities of Anglo-Saxon countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada…) contain today the best universities in the world in all international rankings.
LThe possibility of joining a French ‘Grande Ecole’ at Masters level
Joining a French ‘Grande Ecole’ is not reserved for students in preparatory classes. Actually, every ‘Grande Ecole’ now has a quota of places reserved for students who graduated from their undergraduate level abroad (even if they are of French nationality).
Studying for your Bachelor’s abroad does not necessarily mean giving up on a ‘Grande Ecole’ in France. It is also entirely possible to be accepted to HEC, ESSEC, ESCP Europe, Sciences-Po or to Polytechnic school after having completed undergraduate level abroad.