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Rachel Walker – Studied and worked in France

Rachel studied at IPAG Business School for 1 semester, she then completed her work placement with orange Business Services in Paris.

I did my Erasmus / Exchange at IPAG Business School in Nice on the French Riviera.

Before I left for Nice I was both nervous and excited for the adventure to begin, I was also a little apprehensive about the differences between my new school and SHU.

I found that lessons and timetables were quite temperamental and always being changed at IPAG unlike Hallam.  However, the choice of modules were definitely better in France, I was able to study modules that have helped my prospects after graduation, the modules were really engaging and practical.

Studying with other students on their Erasmus exchange was the best part of the experience; I now have friends from all corners of the world.  Not only have I leant about the French culture but I have also met people from Mexico, Sweden, Spain, the list goes on….

Socialising in the South of France is completely different to the UK and even to Paris.  Being so close to Monaco and Cannes, we spent many nights out there.  Something I still brag about!  In Nice itself, most nights out are at bars which I actually prefer as everything is very casual and sociable.

In terms of support at IPAG, there is an Erasmus co-ordinator, who is very helpful, though a bit slow – to be expected in France.  IPAG really helps you to integrate with Erasmus students, but you must integrate with native French students off your own back.  I made a few French friends in Nice, who I am still in contact with but you must push to introduce yourself.

Camilla Hurley – Studied and worked in Spain

Camilla studied at Universidad de Oviedo for 1 semester, she then completed her work placement with TUI Travel in Palma de Mallorca.

“Studying and working abroad was the best experience ever and choosing to do my degree at Hallam was the best decision ever made.  Studying International Business with Spanish has allowed me to spend 18 months in Spain as part of my degree.

Before I moved abroad I was very nervous and I had no idea what to expect as I had never even to Spain before.  However, as soon as I got there I was having such an amazing time meeting people from all over the world.  There was nothing to worry or be concerned about because it was a new experience for everyone there.  Returning back to England after the full 18 months was a bit strange, after spending so long as part of another culture you will pick up mannerisms from that Country.

Generally the University system with regards to lectures and seminars is the same in both the UK and Spain, however, the grading system is slightly different.  All of my classes were in Spanish so at first it was a slight challenge but after a while it all became that little bit easier.

The working culture in Spain is a lot more laid back that it is here in the UK.  Everyone is so friendly and willing to help you with whatever worry or doubt you may have.  I made friends from all over the work and also of all different ages.  Working in Spain is a lot different than in the UK and it is something that you need to adapt to in order to make the most out of the experience.”