As one of about 200 CBS students, Charlotte Weißenberg, Master’s student in the “International Business” study programme, started her year abroad in the summer semester 2019. Her choice: the renowned EDC Paris Business School in the heart of La Défense. She has now listed her impressions of EDC Paris Business and Paris using our quick check.
What you can experience at the EDC Paris Business School and in Paris:
1. Great flexibility during studies
“The EDC is located in La Defénse, the banking district of Paris. The entire campus will be rebuilt this year. The welcome of our French fellow students was very warm and they helped us to explore the campus. Since we took three courses, we went to the university about three to four times a week. The schedules change a lot and it can happen that you have the whole day in one week and none at all in the next week. Here you have to be a little flexible, because the organisation is not as structured as in Germany.”
2. French savoir-vivre
“I’ve also made friends for life in a very short time and learned a lot: I worked in show preparation for Rick Owens at the Paris Fashion Week, visited museums such as the Musée de l’Orangerie, took walks in the beautiful parks, ate croissants for breakfast and got to know French history and culture. I quickly felt at home and tried to live like a local in my neighbourhood”.
3. Cash injection for rent
“Every student at a French university can apply for a housing benefit called “Caisse d’Allocations Familiales” (CAF). The EDC Paris Business has its own contact persons to help students apply for the housing benefit and open a French bank account. Before departure, you should obtain an international birth certificate, which must be completed your place of birth. The application process for the CAF is very lengthy and can take three to four months”.
4. Scope for thesis-related research
“My professors at the EDC Paris were very helpful and understanding with regard to our master thesis. We could go home on demand to do our research for the thesis or meet our supervisors in Cologne”.
5. Great leisure activities for Internationals
“The University organises great leisure activities for international students, such as a trip to Disneyland Paris, a wine evening and a discovery tour of Paris nightlife. Various parties were also arranged – highly recommended!”