Today I have officially been told that I’m officially graduated! – Okay this “officially” makes it very serious but essentially I received my final exam grades, the “official” graduation ceremony will actually be in October!😅
As I often mentioned in my posts and on the about page, I attended a 3 Year Bachelor Degree called “Business Management across Europe”
which not only enabled me to attend each year in a different country but also, to have, at the end of the 3 years, a double degree: one in Business Management and the other in Marketing. (Yeah, pretty cool!)
It’s not really a usual kind of program, even though “itinerant courses” are increasing, especially when looking at masters programs, because of this, I’ve often been asked questions about how the actual program works and how it is living it. So, I decided to sum up this experience and share it with you in this post!
So, the “home university” of the program is the Belgian university, indeed the second year is mandatory to go there. While the first year, you can choose between a university in Spain and one in Denmark, and the third year between 3 different universities across the UK and one in France (I know they are. The course is totally in English but if you want to have the double-degree (one from the Belgian uni and one from the last uni you attend) you have to attend and take an extra language exam for at least 2 years.
This is the sum up of the “technical” stuff, if you want to more know about it there is a specific website of the program: www.internationalbachelor.eu or do not hesitate to ask me more about these aspects in the comments or by email 🙂
Now let’s look at the “living this as experience” part. Well…it’s like if you feel a nomad, with no official house for 3 years, you practically get used to having all your life in 2 luggages + 3 boxes and you become a pro at online house hunting! Haha okay, this is a really short sum up of this amazing adventure actually.
So, yes, you’ll actually change 3 addresses (4 if, as in my case, for the internship that you have to attend during the second semester of the second year, you decide to pick a company in a country that’s not in Belgium/near the Belgian uni) which is fun because you can say you lived in 3 different countries and experienced 3 different (very different, I’d say) cultures. This, not only is an eye-opening experience but it’ll also challenge and make you develop your adaptability and flexibility to fit in new circumstances! The “down” side of this is that…yeah, as soon as you settle in one place you kind of have to immediately think about starting to look a place for the year after and online, especially when you don’t know the place, it can be tough!
Secondly, since this is an organised program, there is actually a “BME class” made up of 70-80 people. In year one you’ll meet nearly half of them, year 2 you’ll be all together and year 3 you’ll be splitted depending on the country and uni choice you made but, in any case, after year 1, there’s always someone you’ll know which is kind of reassuring since all the rest is new every time. Also, since the BME class is usually integrated with the business class of the university you’ll manage to meet SO many new people both at uni and of course, your eventual new housemates/ party friends/ university sorority / etc.
Experiencing three different ways of teaching and learning is also interesting. I believe the Danish system is very practical, the Belgian one more theoretical and the English system is a mix of both so at the end, your knowledge baggage will really be full of many and diverse skills and abilities applied throughout the years. At the beginning, it might be disorientating but teachers are aware of this “being all over Europe” so they’re generally understanding.
Also, it’s kind of funny saying it, I know, but during this 3 year you don’t really feel having a clear identity. I mean, many people think you’re an Erasmus student since you’re staying in that uni/apartment just for a short time but from a uni point of view you’re a full-time student there so you… you’re kind of confused each time someone asks you “so where do you study?” because there’s not a straight answer, you always kind of have to give an detailed explanation (after the third time you’ve been asked this question you’ll realise you’ve found a “template version” short and explanatory to use all the time haha 🙂 . But this is definitely not an issue, actually, it’s good cause you’re kind of a “special student” 🙂
To conclude, it’s a crazy, overwhelming, sometimes stressful, important and exciting adventure and if you’d ask me if I’d choose to do it again I’d answer YES without hesitating even for a second. This experience has had bad and good points (as every experience I’d say) but, it’s totally worth the ride!
(Moreover, having it on your CV will definitely make it a good point during a job interview 😉 )
I’ve tried to include in this post major of the questions I’ve been asked but if you have any further explanations you want me to talk more about, write them in the comments below and I’ll take time to answer you more in detail! 🙂
What about you, have you ever studied abroad? How has your experience been? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
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