Sending our students out into the world with preparation from a competent and multicultural team: the international programmes service

The large majority of students who join the programmes at Montpellier Business School are attracted by the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad combining graduation, development of personal qualities and languages, as well as internship opportunities and eventual employment.

To implement the international policy of Montpellier Business School, a team consisting of 6 people : 3 “departure” coordinators organised by region of the world, and managed by Carole Santos-Magliozzi, the service manager.

What their jobs involve

Organising contracts with partner universities, organisation of mobility, knowing their students to help them with their choice of university, keeping an eye on current students as well as those that are on Erasmus, sorting Erasmus grants, and all the while keeping the door open for anyone that needs to ask them any questions…this is the everyday life in the international programmes.

“We are a bridging service and we intervene on behalf of the programmes. It’s as if we’re an external contractor, and that the programmes trust us with their students to organise their mobility. We started the year with the International Day; it’s a fun event that brings together students at Montpellier Business School and exchange students that come from our partner universities. It’s a first look at possible exchanges. Then we combine this with meetings concerning the international dimensions attached to each of the programmes, so that the students know all about the exchange options that are offered to them and therefore optimise their choices. Then the coordinators put on “Visa pour…” information seminars, discussing partner universities, organisation of modules, preparing to leave… We then give out the places of study, and organise meetings with partner universities, which comes to about 100 meetings and some 450 students to manage” says Carole Santos-Magliozzi.

The quality of support before, during and after the exchanges is a factor of success and helps students adapt to their new environment. The fact that you can speak to someone from the international programmes service at all times, allows students to stay in contact with the school and to manage their stay abroad as best as possible.

“We still need to carry out our activities on site in Montpellier, but at the same time monitor the progress of our students abroad with our partners. Of course, the international relations departments are our permanent partners, but sometimes you need to be able to manage emergency situations! The implementation of partnerships is a job that never ends. We are delighted to have three new partners to date: Russia, Canada and England."

Thank you to Carole Santos-Magliozzi, Gaëlle Béguin, Joëlle Dupont, Gaëlle Martin, Virginie Inglebert and Mary O’Shea Muller, for sharing their experiences with us.