Montpellier Business School has a window to the world: all second-year Master Grande Ecole students spend a minimum of one full academic year abroad!


Since 2002, the PMGE curriculum at Montpellier Business School has included a mandatory academic year abroad in the second year (not including apprenticeship students) in one of its partner universities. Our aim is to meet business recruitment challenges in a context of globalisation, encouraging our students to discover more about different cultures and all forms of learning.

“Our objective is to offer even more openness, opportunities and academic quality to our students. As such, for over 15 years, MBS’s international directorate has been developing and enriching its portfolio of foreign partner universities, and, to date, nearly 30% of its agreements are signed with accredited institutions. In 2016, we established eight new partnerships, and added three more in early January 2017 with institutions in the capitals of Chile, Mexico and Estonia,” says Carole Santos-Magliozzi, associate director in charge of international programmes and students at MBS.

In total this year, 126 partner universities and higher education institutions are available to students studying abroad next year. “Every international university we associate with for academic exchanges is chosen for its national and international outreach, the quality of its teaching, the sharing of our values and its potential accreditations. There is no ‘wrong choice’ for students: the diversity of universities, cultures and countries makes it possible for each student to make a choice that, beyond the academic criteria that we check beforehand, will give them an experience that matches up to their desires and potential.”

This week, 359 students now in the first year of the continuing Master Grande Ecole programme are choosing their academic destination for 2017-2018 from among 488 places in 36 countries. To ensure that the financial aspects of a stay overseas pose no problems, MBS takes on the tuition fees of the foreign partner universities, with no impact for the student. Knowing where to choose can be easy for some, but harder for others. So how to choose? “There are several essential criteria to take into account. The first — and this is a must — is the language of instruction. During their stay abroad, MBS students take management science courses similar to the ones they would take at MBS. It’s not a language stay and it’s certainly not academic tourism. Students who have experienced it can vouch for that! Another criterion to take into account is the academic requirements of the partner universities, especially the accredited ones. This motivates students who have their eyes on these destinations to work that much harder. And though discovering a new country, culture and people is part and parcel of the experience, students abroad have a performance obligation, because passing the academic year abroad affects which specialisation they can follow when they return. With nearly 95% of students passing their year of studies abroad, our students, for the most part, really do their homework!” says Santos-Magliozzi.

From researching destinations to the time they return to France, every student is coached by one of our international coordinators, who covers a particular country or continent. “We don’t leave them stranded! Every coordinator has a perimeter. They advise, guide and coach students to guarantee them the best choice possible and the chance to live life to the fullest, knowing how to bring the best out of them for a specialisation, career objective, or even the student’s own personal ambitions.”

MBS thanks the entire international programmes team working on behalf of students studying abroad, and wishes the first-year students a good trip in 2017!