Greetings all fellow students from the heart of Europa, France Paris! All is good in the land of pastries, baguettes, love and fashion.
I arrived to Paris almost exactly a month ago and have been loving in ever since. This is my second time in both Paris and France so there wasn’t much that I knew about the place to begin with. Luckily, this has turned out being as war welcoming, vibrant and inspiring city as I thought it would be. Paris was my number one choice when applying for exchange so in a sense this is a dream come true for me.
While here I am studying at a local business school called PSB (=Paris School of Business). I had heard a little bit about it before coming here, since a friend of mine did her exchange there as well. Overall the school, courses and people there have met my expectations. There are all in all 125 exchange students in our school an only one Finn besides me (and even he officially came here trough a school in Sweden), but I don’t mind! This gives me the opportunity to develop my language skills and challenge myself since there is no-one to speak Finnish with.
I chose five courses to meet the amount of credits needed for a certificate you get from PSB that states all the courses and the study track you chose curing the stay here. There are many tracks to choose from and the one I chose was Luxury. It involves three courses handling different parts of the luxury industry varying from merchandising to the basic fundamentals of the industry. This to me is very interesting since I aim to work in the business side of the fashion industry in the future.
On my spare time I’ve been exploring the city with my exchange buddies from school as well friends back home that have been visiting me quite frequently. The city itself is so huge that there is always something going on and new to see, so it ain’t hard to find things to do after classes and on weekend. Here are some pics from my adventures…
When comparing studying here in Paris to the way we do it in Finland, there are some differences. First of all when in comes to planning an punctuality, he French aren’t as on time and organized as we are. This is something you cannot change and just have to suck up and live with.
Group works are common which is something I am very much used to back in Finland so nothing new there and the quality of the teaching is good. But one thing I noticed from the start is that the teachers and lecturers here are a lot stricter here, especially when it comes to lap tops and phones. If they see you browsing Facebook and that you have you’re attention elsewhere you gonna hear it, and so it the rest of the class.
Thats all for now. Hope this gives some perspective to people concerning Paris or PSB as an exchange location. I wish you all a great day and enjoy the crisp Fall weather outside!