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Hello i got admitted in Audencia Business School France For International Masters in Management. I am on the final decision whether to commit to the school or not .As far the info the school has triple accreditation and is located in a really good place. But i need some opinion about the business school standards and teaching, Post Study career scenarios . Is this business school really good i have heard that top business schools require GMAT but this dint ask for one. Please share your opinion about this school and program.

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Hello i got admitted in Audencia Business School France For International Masters in Management. I am on the final decision whether to commit to the school or not .As far the info the school has triple accreditation and is located in a really good place. But i need some opinion about the business school standards and teaching, Post Study career scenarios . Is this business school really good i have heard that top business schools require GMAT but this dint ask for one. Please share your opinion about this school and program.


Hi !

I live in France, one hour away from Audencia.
Overall, it's a good - above average - business school in France. Not top-tier though. As such, its influence and reputation are mainly regional. So the real questions are : where do you intend to work afterwards ? Do you speak French ? Have you any other plans/options ?

You could have good chances in Nantes (which is a beautiful and economically well developped city), and overall on the west side of France, but top positions in Paris will be very very very competitive. Moreover, speaking French will most likely be necessary, as very few English-only positions are available. Depending on where you come from, the school brand might also not take you very far back at home, as recruiters might very well not know anything about the school.
At last, if you come from a non-EU country, getting a visa in order to get a job after graduation might be a small issue.

It might seem hopeless, but if you speak French then Audencia and Nantes is not a bad idea at all, as the city has a better economical environment than most in France outside Paris. Plus, people are way nicer than Parisians ;)

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zoomfire wrote:
Hello i got admitted in Audencia Business School France For International Masters in Management. I am on the final decision whether to commit to the school or not .As far the info the school has triple accreditation and is located in a really good place. But i need some opinion about the business school standards and teaching, Post Study career scenarios . Is this business school really good i have heard that top business schools require GMAT but this dint ask for one. Please share your opinion about this school and program.


Hi !

I live in France, one hour away from Audencia.
Overall, it's a good - above average - business school in France. Not top-tier though. As such, its influence and reputation are mainly regional. So the real questions are : where do you intend to work afterwards ? Do you speak French ? Have you any other plans/options ?

You could have good chances in Nantes (which is a beautiful and economically well developped city), and overall on the west side of France, but top positions in Paris will be very very very competitive. Moreover, speaking French will most likely be necessary, as very few English-only positions are available. Depending on where you come from, the school brand might also not take you very far back at home, as recruiters might very well not know anything about the school.
At last, if you come from a non-EU country, getting a visa in order to get a job after graduation might be a small issue.

It might seem hopeless, but if you speak French then Audencia and Nantes is not a bad idea at all, as the city as better economical environment than most out France outside Paris. Plus, people are nicer than Parisians ;)


hi thanks for replying. I am planning to learn french as i have decided to come to France . Can you tell me what is the difference between Audencia and other top tier business schools like HEC , Essec or any other school ? They all have triple accreditations. I want to make sure that the education i get should be of very good quality.

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Hi again :)

To answer quickly, the difference between these schools is simply the level of influence and reach they have. The better it is, the harder it is to get in the school's programmes. To give you an idea, you could visualize a pyramid, as there is fewer and fewer schools available the higher you go.
For pre-experience master programmes, this is how it goes in France :
- HEC is at the top. No contestant or competitor whatsoever. It is a top-tier school, which gives you the best opportunities a French school can, in France and over the world. It's also by far the hardest to get into.
- 2nd tier : these are top-level schools, which will give you good education and job opportunities. To cite a few : EMLyon, ESCP, ESSEC...
- 3rd tier : these are above-average schools, which are good enough to have a regional - sometimes national - reach. Examples : Grenoble EdM, Audencia, Kedge, EDHEC, Neoma, RSB...
- 4th tier : average schools. The value-for-money is not that high, and I wouldn't advise anyone to have them as their first choice. They have very local influence and won't push you very far on the job market. There as dozens of them all around France, in public and private institutions.
- 5th tier : below average schools. There are also dozens and dozens of them, aimed mainly at French students. Really not worth the trouble, except if the seal "I studied in France" is really worth it back at home.

Most of the 3rd tier schools and up have the three accreditations. Nonetheless, the opportunities they offer you are far and wide. The notion of quality of education as well is something that could be discussed. The general saying is that, the higher you go, the best education you recieve. Then again, some will argue that the biggest difference between the first three tiers of schools is the "brand" you purchase (which name to put on your CV, which will hopefully open you doors than others won't), not the lessons they give you.

In the end, I would like to stress again the language requirement. Please understand than in order to get a job in France, you will most of the time be asked to speak French at a business level (C1 level). An intermediate level most likely won't be enough. From there, only you know if you can meet this level during the course of your degree.

Anyway, I wish you the best for the pursuit of your studies ! :-D

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Hey there!
Short answer first:
I have been a student of ESCP myself and from what i have gathered...the top 3 Grande Ecoles namely HEC , ESSEC and ESCP are probably the best bet for an international student to land a dream job at a top MNC in France.

However, highlighting a few talking points about Audencia:
1.) Has a 95 % employment rate 6 months post graduation

2.) Some of the sectors where the alumnis are currently engaged in:
Consulting, Finance, IT, Agribusiness, Energy, Retail, Non-Profit, etc

3.)Average Starting Salary: 48,000 €

All that said, Audencia is more of a tier-3 bschool in France and comes after EMlyon, Grenoble and Edhec and as such , the opportunities and exposure provided by the school is lesser as compared to what is offered at the top ones.

The ROI is hence limited for international students as the school is mainly recognised by local recruiters, who would naturally prefer french speakers and hence this greatly reduces career opportunities. So, if you are a non-native french speaking student, then things will be all the more difficult for you.

Hence overall though Audencia is a decent option, with a bit more effort you can get into a better school- Edhec, Emlyon etc which would offer a much more decent ROI.

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