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Joan Tristany
Estudios en el Extranjero

Undergraduate Programme in Marketing


Joan Tristany
Estudios en el Extranjero

Undergraduate Programme in Marketing

Joan is a 4th year student in Marketing who studied abroad during his third year at the Rennes School of Business in Rennes, France. Find out about his experience below:

 

I did the third year of the Degree in Marketing at the Rennes School of Business, in the city of Rennes, located in Brittany, France. During my time there, I took courses related to marketing, business administration based on an international point of view, French culture, business in France, and the French language. All the subjects were taught in English except for the French language class.

How do you rate your experience?

My experience was unbeatable! The university has a campus that offers a variety of activities on a daily basis (sports, student associations, events, etc.) and the assistance it provides is also great.

Rennes is definitely a student city. It's home to about 60,000 international and domestic students every year, which means tons of activities and a multicultural environment. Brittany is also an area with vast historical and cultural richness where you can enjoy and learn about its traditions and culture.

What are your thoughts on being able to earn a dual international degree?

Excellent. In a globalized world like the one we live in today, the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad gives you the chance to learn about other places both culturally and professionally, make new friends, and grow as an individual.

Can you tell us about your experience?

The experience was a bit of a shock at first. You arrive in a country where the culture is different, the routines are different, and you don't know how things work. But it's only like that the first few weeks, when you're getting used to things and taking care of the paperwork.

The welcome, arrival, and beginning of the year at the university were really smooth. I was in contact with the university right from the start. In fact, one of the university associations, Well-Come Rennes, is aimed at helping students with any issues and helping you meet people through activities and integrating and adapting yourself into their system.

I met a group of students I became great friends with. We did activities and took trips together. I'm still in contact with them and we'll be friends for life.
During my time there, I also made trips both to the Brittany region and the rest of France. I went to Saint-Malo, a charming little medieval coastal town, Mont Saint-Michel, the Normandy beaches, Paris, and Bordeaux.

What did it offer you on a personal and professional level?

This experience makes you grow and learn a lot. On a personal level, it helps you become more independent, to get out of your comfort zone, and offers you a new point of view to face challenges that may come up in your life.

On a professional level, it allows you to get to know another culture, especially considering the intense immersion you experience when living there, and you learn that there are different ways of doing things. The university also helps you out to learn as much as possible about how to do things in France and how to handle things if you decide to keep studying or want to work there.

What advice would you give to a student who wants to study abroad?

Don't hesitate! Set aside any fears that are holding you back. Spending a year abroad is an extraordinary experience. You'll have a great time, grow a ton, and make friends that will last for life.
 

"An experience like this helps you become more independent, get out of your comfort zone, and learn new ways of doing things."

- Joan Tristany

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