My KUBS

Study Abroad Experience
“It Was a Chance to Study with Graduate Students from All Sorts of Background”
 

I spent my autumn term in ESCP Europe, Paris, France in 2017.  I chose ESCP for having one of the most prestigious MBA programs (Grandes Ecoles) in France, and because I could study with the other graduate students.

I led a happy Parisienne life during my stay in ESCP. From the 10th arrondissements, Marais, the Pompidou Centre was within 30 minutes of walking distance and the Seine was only 15 minutes away by public transport. I was the only Korean amongst the exchange students, but it was a good chance to foster relationships with people from different backgrounds.  The interaction led me to develop different perspectives on my previously held values. Also, the school is a graduate school, so most of the students were older that I was. Most of them had studied longer that I have, and were already employed so it was a good learning opportunity for me.

People say that the exchange program is the highlight of college life. I was concerned because I had many unpleasant opinions about my friends’ prior exchange experiences so I was concerned at first. As an exchange student in a foreign land, I was engulfed with exotic experiences and I would like to press that it is not an everyday experience. And even if there are hardships during the exchange, I think there is a lot to take from the adversity because eventually, everyone will face one someday. 

I think my stay in Paris was the happiest time I had spent in my entire life. A lot of people complimented me on my rejuvenated appearance. Visiting museum galleries in Paris, and conversing with people from different backgrounds all helped to construct a stronger self-esteem.

I would like to tell those who are afraid to go on exchange, to do away with their worries. There will be many pleasant surprises. After my exchange term ended, I extended my visa and stayed in Paris for a total of 9 months. I was saddened at the approaching date of my eventual departure. Whether you go to Paris as an exchange, or to another city in France or even another a country, grasp at any opportunities that would make you happy through the exchange program.

 
Yura Ahn (Business ’13)