La Rochelle Business School
La Rochelle Business School offers a broad range of undergraduate, graduate and executive business education taught in both English and French. The school is a non profit, independent research and educational institute and a member of the ‘Grand Ecoles’ system. Programmes emphasise internships and international exchange offering students ready access to the huge European job market.
La Rochelle has a long tradition of welcoming international students. On Campus, cultural diversity is an everyday reality; courses and extracurricular activities are shared between French students and international students representing 26 nationalities. Beyond the campus students can explore the world, different cultures and civilizations through periods of expatriation.
Both academic and work placements are available abroad and range from 3 months to 2 years depending on the programme. To implement this opportunity, the school has a partner network consisting of 95 foreign universities in 33 countries and a network of more than 1 500 companies worldwide that have welcomed students for the last 10 years.
La Rochelle has a strong commitment to teaching. 45% of the courses are taught by professionals active in business. As well each programme at La Rochelle Business School has a Corporate Relations Manager responsible for maintaining a network of business partners and assisting students in building their professional career plans.
Why to choose La Rochelle Business School
1) offering “grand ecole” program
2) higher expected salary after graduation
3) teaching from proffesional business leaders active presenlty in the market
4) focus on internships
5) help towards financing studies
6) access to a proffesional network
France is a member state of the European Union located in its western region, with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its main ideals expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
Today France is the world’s fourth largest economy and second largest
exporter of services. The successes of France’s scientists, engineers and designers are known around the world through Airbus, the TGV (high-speed train), the Ariane rocket, the discovery of the human immune-deficiency virus, high fashion, luxury goods, fine food and wine, and much more.
Famous French owned companies include: LVMH (incl. Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Séphora), L’Oréal, Groupe Danone, Air France, BNP Paribas, Société Générale, ACCOR, Publicis Group, Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Dassault, Bouygues-Construction, Total, France Telecom, Orange, EADS and many more.
France is also one of the least expensive countries in Europe, and students enjoy many benefits. From university dining halls and residences to transportation and leisure activities, various discounts and offers allow students with a relatively modest budget to cover not only living expenses but a cultural life as well.
Studying in France
Studying in France means being part of one of the world’s most effective education systems. Imbued with the tradition of a thousand years of scholarship, France’s diversified network counts more than 3500 institutions of higher learning. The nation’s commitment to sound education is your guarantee of the value and integrity of the degree you will earn.
In 2008, over 266 000 international students (11.9% of the total student population) have chosen France for all or part of their higher education. They enrich the French system with their culture, experience, energy, and accomplishments. Overall France is the third most important destination country (after the United States of America and the United Kingdom) with an increase of more than 2% between 2007 and 2008 of the total number of International students.
The institutions in France are broadly divided into universities and specialised schools. They differ in terms of their goals, structure and admission requirements. France’s famous «grandes écoles’» (literally in French ‘grand schools’ or ‘elite schools’) are a type of specalised school and are focused on a single subject area – mainly devoted to training high-level Business managers and engineers.
A degree from one of France’s elite business schools is a passport that allows the bearer to contemplate a career with no ceiling, extending to top management or to the creation of a new company. La Rochelle Business School is a member of the Conference des Grandes Ecoles and a recognised institution in the French Higher Education System.
More information about studying in France.
City of La Rochelle
In La Rochelle (the 3rd most visited town in France) you can enjoy a multitude of cultural, touristic and athletic activities – all at student prices.
Students at La Rochelle can take advantage of both work and academic placements that are available across the European Union. What’s more, from La Rochelle you are a short rail or flight away from most of Europe’s important cities (plus hundreds of others that are worth the trip) – all await you for the weekend or a longer stay.
With exceptional levels of sunshine (2 400 hours per year – equal to that on the Cote d’Azur) and the nearby islands of Ré, Oléron Aix and Madame, La Rochelle offers a wonderful natural environment. It also has a strong reputation for its actions taken in sustainable development and urban ecology, reflected through various activities undertaken by the city (self service electric cars, sea-buses, bicycle paths).
Accommodation: 200€ to 400€ per month.
Transportation/travel/leisure: 100€ to 380€ per month.
Food and personal care items: 140€ to 260€ per month
It is essential to open a bank account on arrival and deposit a substantial amount to cover all initial expenses.
A number of internal scholarships are available from organization Campus France. To find what kind of scholarships are available for your nationality, check their website for more information.
All students who are not residets of France can apply for financial aid to help subsidse the expense of their accommodation (the State Housing Benefit is called “aide personnalisée au logement” – APL). You must open a personal bank account in France and a Resident’s Permit (Carte de séjour)if you are not a citizen of the European Union member country or from Switzerland.
If you are an international student from a non EU country or Switzerland and have a VISA D stating that no Resident’s permit is required, (“dispense temporaire de titre de séjour”), you are not eligible for this financial aid.
Once you have signed your accommodaton contract and paid your first installment, a claim for financial aid can be made to the Caisse d’Allocations Familiales (4 bis avenue du Général Leclerc, 17073 La Rochelle Cedex 9). The School will help you in the process.
More about CAF housing grants
La Rochelle Business School provides assistance for international students in finding accommodation in La Rochelle. If you would like the School to help you reserve a room (either with a host family or in university residences) then you should return the Housing Application Form at least two months prior to the commencement of your study programme to the Business School Housing Office which will act as an intermediary with the private housing organisations involved. A non-refundable administrative fee of 60€ wil be charged for the service.
You will be able to state your preference on the housing form and we will attempt to match your stated preferences (not guaranteed due to the limited number of rooms available at any given time). It is strongly recommended that you apply for accommodation as soon as you are admitted to your programme as accommodation will be allocated on first come, first served basis.
Once you have confirmed your acceptance you are bound to the accommodation agreement and have to pay the rent for the months you have asked us to arrange accommodation for. This is subject to certain conditions in the case of a withdrawal from your course.
There is a possibility to ask for government grant to finance your housing. See expenses section for more information.
Host family accommodation will provide you with your own room and you can choose to share breakfast and evening meals with them. If you don’t take your meals with them, you can also eat out.
Finding a student job as an international student while studying may be difficult, especially if one does not know any French.
Students from the European Union and European Economic Area are entitled to work while also studying in France if they are enrolled in an establishment giving them access to the student social security scheme.
Foreign students can also work up to 60% of the statutory annual work time, the equivalent of a maximum of 964 hours per year.
A typical practice foreign student can do is teaching English or other languages to high schoolers or other interested persons, but these options will not cover all the expenses, rather help as a pocket money.