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 extensive resources available to the majority of English-speaking universities allows them to recruit world-renowned professors, to offer students reduced group sizes, and a rich student life full of sporting and social opportunities thanks to having several different facilities on campus (university halls of residence, restaurants, sports facilities, etc.).
A real openness to the world and adaptability
Living immersed in a foreign country and having to adapt to a new culture and lifestyle in the 3 or 4 years of your Bachelor’s degree will both strengthen your ability to adapt to new situations and make you very independent.
A network of professional opportunities abroad
Developing in a multicultural environment and benefiting from the international network of “alumni” (previous students of your university) will offer you professional opportunities both in your new host country as well as in France and abroad.
Moreover, even if you choose to return to France afterwards, your international experience will really 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 .
Broader professional opportunities
Moreover, studies are generally much less specialized abroad 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 consulting.
Universities in English-speaking countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, etc.) now have the best universities in the world in all international rankings.
The possibility of joining a French ‘Grande Ecole’ at Master’s level
Joining a French ‘Grande Ecole’ is not only for students in preparatory classes. Actually, every ‘Grande Ecole’ now has a quota of places reserved for students who graduated from their undergraduate degree abroad (even if they are of French nationality).
Studying for your Bachelor’s degree abroad does not necessarily mean giving up studying at a ‘Grande Ecole’ in France. It is thus quite possible to be admitted to HEC, ESSEC, ESCP Europe, Sciences-Po or to the École Polytechnique after having completed undergraduate-level studies abroad.