Commerce student Hikaru Lim shares his experience on the new Paris School of Business short programme exchange he went on during Mid-year Break.
I have been fortunate and privileged to be one of UC’s first students to participate in Paris School of Business’ (PSB) short study programme for two weeks during our winter break. The programme consisted of a choice of two streams; Luxury Brand Management or Doing Business and Entrepreneurship in Europe. I chose the latter due to my prior interest in Europe and how relevant the course would be for my International Business major.
All classes had a mix of teaching time, discussion and in-class tasks. With a class, full of students from different cultural backgrounds and countries, in-class discussions and interactions were interesting and gave a new perspective to certain ideas and topics that would never be explored or brought up in New Zealand
The course covered, intercultural management, data analysis, digital business, the political and regulatory environment of the EU, strategic management, disruptive business methods, innovation and entrepreneurship, and product development and design. As well as the lectures, there were extracurricular activities such as a welcome breakfast, river boat cruise along the Seine, a French aperitif, cooking classes and incubator visits to La Paillasse (focusing on science and technology startups) and Creatis (focusing on arts and cultural startups).
The course is taught in English and is open to students with a minimum of one year of undergraduate business study or two years of undergraduate study in any field. Knowledge of French language is not a requirement however advantageous for daily activities outside the classroom.
Personally, having studied French at high school and at 200 level at UC to credit towards my International Business major, it was the perfect opportunity to practice my French and experience French culture first hand.
Participating in this short study programme has been an invaluable experience. I learnt about different perspectives in both known and new concepts in both business and culture and got the opportunity to meet and network with new people.
For those interested in participating in the course for the January 2018 intake, contact Rhiannon at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. There are also details about enroling are on PSB’s website>