Choosing to study in France is a wise decision, the education standard is one of the best in the world.

Campus France Nigeria have asked the opinion of Mr John Onjefu OGAH who is doing a Masters in International Business at the Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France.

Why did you choose to study in France?

Several reasons led to my decision to study in France, the first of which was the French language. I realised that in today’s world, it is advantageous to be able to speak more than one of the major world languages. Secondly, the culture, I had heard about the french atmosphere, the people, the amazing food.

What are you actually doing or what are your plans for the future?

I would like to work in Fortune 500 company or in a promising start-up company were I can participate and contribute on the job and also gain a wealth of experience.

Did studying in France help you to achieve a goal?

Yes I believe it is currently providing me with such prospective opportunities, I get to go to job recruitment fares and companies also visit the school to seek for talent.

What is/are the main difference(s) between the French and the Nigerian educational system? And your likes and dislikes about the French system?

First and foremost is the bureaucratic administration of the French, in the sense that activities that could easily help foster future activities must be repeated. And there is a lot of “process” and “paperwork” to achieve simple tasks. However, once these tasks are done there are benefits, such as the “Allocations Familiales (CAF)” which refunds a certain percentage of a students rent, leading to a reduction in the amount paid. Free healthcare provided you have paid for your health insurance.

What have been the greatest difficulties you had to face in France?

What is most difficult I believe is the adjustment. Though this varies, some people may be able to adjust quickly to the system and the culture, make friends fast and pick up the language, while others may find it difficult to acclimatize. Regardless of those who are quick adjust, everyone will go through the stages of culture shock.

What positive points do you see in this experience?

The education standard is high and schools have high rankings as well. Some other positive points are that one has the opportunity to network and create long lasting connections with friends and professionals. In addition, you get to develop your person by learning an important language, expand your mind’s horizon and gain experience. Lastly, you are afforded the opportunity to all countries in the EU, so when the time comes to relax you can travel.

What are the negative points?

I really do not have anything negative points about France other than the bureaucracy as earlier pointed out.

Did you have knowledge of French before your departure? If no, how did you cope with the language?

I didn’t have much knowledge of the French language, I knew the basics and it was helpful, however I must point out that there are people surviving in France without an understanding of the language but that is not advisable.

What advice can you give to future students willing to study in France?

Choosing to study in France is a wise decision, the education standard is one of the best in the world. You get the opportunity to experience the wonderful cities of one of the the beautiful European countries such as Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nice etc. You also have access to the countries in the EU to visit during the holidays. You will be able to discover yourself and if you are already self discovered then you get to act on your dreams and aspirations.