Student Report Name of the University: NEOMA BS, Campus Reims Exchange semester: Fall 2015 I. PRACTICAL INFORMATION Before leaving Norway As I was informed in advance by the International Office at BI, the acceptation procedure at French universities takes a bit longer than other school. I think I have received my acceptance in April/May. After I have received the information from NEOMA BS, which was very clear, I received a booklet with all dates, and procedures we had to go through during and before the departure. And also information related to housing offerings. Travel I travelled by car, but also travelled to Oslo during my semester by plane. The easiest is to take plane to Paris CDG (Charles de Gaulle) and from there you can take directly TGV (which takes only 32min) to Reims (TGV Champagne Ardenne) which is actually 4 tram stops from the NEOMA campus. Housing I applied for accommodation which was offered by the school, called ACOBHA. The housing was on-campus, however NEOMA has to 2 campuses in Reims, and all my lectures were held in the other campus which was 15 min walk from the housing, or 5 min by tram. So either way the accommodation is very close to both campuses. The advantage living in ACOBHA was being close to campus with library, where most of the group meetings took place. Costs - Approximately how much per month did you spend on rent, books, food, transportation, and other personal expenses? Rent Books Food Transport Other 4000 NOK 0 NOK 2000 NOK 300 NOK 2000NOK The transportation card cost 32 euros/month. Culture and language - Did you have any language problems with the faculty or other students? Many of the French students weren’t very comfortable speaking English and many times I found myself in situations where during group works they just switched to French and I didn’t understand anything, just because I was the only non-French speaking member, which made my stay very uncomfortable. - How were the possibilities to experience the country and the culture? As Reims is not big city, it was very nice to experience the country and culture. Also people does not speak usually English, so its very useful to learn French and you get many opportunities to practice. II. ABOUT THE SCHOOL Please describe: NEOMA Business School is a French business school, created in 2013 by the merger of two of the most highly regarded grandes écoles: Rouen Business School (established in 1871) and Reims Management School (established in 1928). According to their latest performances as separate organisations in the 2012 Financial Times ranking of the best Masters in Management, Rouen Business School's flagship degree was the world's 17th best and Reims Management School's was 23rd. Course registration - I registered in August, and it’s a specific day and time when the registration beginnes and its on “First comes-first serves” principle, so its good to be ready with the registration day. Academic calendar Arrival date: First day of the semester: Last day of classes: Examination period: Any special events/holidays: Other: 10.9.2015 15.9.2015 15.9.2015 9.12.-19.12.2015 Arrival - Describe the introduction week The International Office We haven’t received any special valuable information from International Office. We have received only booklet with recommendations what to do in Reims as student, however only on French, so it was not so usefull for internatonal students, not speaking French. Promoting BI and Norway There were couple of events held by students associations to promote home universities. One event was for NEOMA students and one for disabled people, where we could share our experience as food from our countries. Social activities - How was the relationship with native students and that among exchange students? Overall, French students are friendly, however maybe the language barrier causes, that Erasmus people are doing more activities together, not so much involving the French students. - Are there any special activities, student organisations, and gatherings for exchange students? Yes, student associations are making a lot of efford to make international students involved. They have held many parties and activities. For example Wine&Cheese party held by the association memebers at their own apartments was very nice. As it was opportunity to taste many different kinds of cheeses and wine, plus also meet the French students. III. ACADEMICS In the classroom - Describe the teaching style (practical, theoretical, cases/lectures, formal/informal etc.) Teaching style was very different for me, much more theoretical and very formal. Also mandatory attendance is part of the rules at NEOMA, as a rule about phones and laptops which are prohibited at some lectures. The workload compared to BI at master level, is much lower. Course materials - Describe the course materials used At NEOMA there are no books as curriculum usually. Only case studies posted online, or power points from the lectures. Exams - Was the exam based on the course materials or on the lectures? All exams are made from the PPT presenations from courses and cases provided online. - How was the course evaluated? o Final exam - written o Mid-term exam – written in class o Small assignments and/or papers o Presentations o Group work – big groups (5-9 people) o Class attendance o Class participation/debates Library and technology The library is not very advanced, with limited facilities for group work. Description of courses Course code & name Master/ Bachelor French Leading Change Master Brand Management Master Fundamentals of Communication Master Exam form Prerequisites Exam, quizes None Final presentation Project, presentation, final Project, final written exam None Approved as Extra curriculum Approved None Approved None Approved Comments Introduction to Operational Research Human Resources Master Master Mid-term, Final Exam Project, Final written exam None Approved None Approved On a final note, how will you sum up the exchange experience? To sum up, my experience from my exchange in France was overall very positive. Exchange is a great opportunity to meet new friends, and open yourself to new opportunities and to broaden your knowledge. I am extremely greatful, I went for this exchange because I have met many new friends from different backgrounds, and we could all together experience and try to understand the French culture together, from various different perspectives and compare it. Which makes exchange the biggest fun. I am glad, this exchange semester is part of my life experience.