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Date of Review Sep 15, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
Student Type Traditional
From Dublin Ireland
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Why did you choose your course?

Not knowing exactly what I wanted do after college and so to keep my options open, I wanted to study business, liking business and Maths in school. I chose to study French alongside business because it was one of my favourite subjects in school, I was guaranteed to study in France for a year and to keep a balance in college (I didn't want to just study business subjects).

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

The balance of business and language subjects has made it a good choice for me, studying the two alongside each other, I find, really breaks up the course nicely. I would get bored and fed up just studying the one.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

16-20hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

If you studied abroad, is there any advice you would give someone looking to study abroad?

I am currently studying in Rouen in France. There is plenty of advice I would give. Firstly, to try talk to someone who has gone there before. They will know better than anyone any useful information regarding the school, accommodation options, city and everyday things. The main advice I would give to someone coming to Rouen would be to stay in the student accomodation offered or possibly a coloation/host family if you particularly didn't want to stay in student accommodation and/or wanted to really try your best to learn more French. The student accommodation is quite affordable, available in a few different types and sizes, very close to the campus, a short bus from town, where most students live so there is student feel to the place, furnished, far easier to organise than finding your own place to rent. The amount of paperwork and bureaucracy involved in renting your own place is huge, making life unnecessarily complicated for yourself. I would recommend getting a French bill-pay phone if you are staying for a full year because credit is very expensive in France. From my experience, French banks cause more hassle than anything else but I understand it is necessary to have one for the CAF and your housing damage deposit etc. so I would recommend opening one but not using it to transfer and withdraw money, the charges are very high and you can find yourself having an overdraft without having been given any notice of it! The carte 12-25, a card that offers young people a discount on the SNCF trains is worth getting. It's approx. 50euro which seems like a big purchase but it pays itself back after about 2/3 trips to Paris alone so is definitely worth it. The Rouen Business School is a really good business school, very international in terms of its students, staff and courses offered. The lectures are long, 3 hours with a 15min break in the middle, classes are small (approx. 30) and there is a big focus on group projects and presentations (about 50% of your grade for a lot of classes). For the first semester, there are very few business courses offered through French which is a bit annoying but thankfully, in the second semester, there is a great choice of both French and English courses/subjects. The French language courses are very good and helpful for grammar and practice at giving presentations through French. In Rouen Business School, the second semester is broken into two mini semesters (8 weeks of class, followed by exams and then, a break; 8 weeks of new courses, followed by exams and then summer). You can choose to break up your courses between these two mini semesters as you wish. It was not made clear to us at the time the other Trinity students and I picked our subjects. Looking back, it probably would have been better to have put more of our subjects in the first mini semester. This would allow you to find a stage easier too, as most stages in France are for 6 or more months. Try make an effort with the French language from the beginning, speaking it, listening to the French radio online, reading French books/magazines, watching shows/movies in French. You don’t notice but it makes a huge difference after a while. Try travel a bit, visit friends or classmates around France or Europe or travel with some of the other international students, make the most of your carte 12-25! Spread out your trips throughout the year to break up your time in the one place a little. My best advice would be to enjoy it because it absolutely flies by, I didn't believe it when people told me but it does!

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

Having a small class of around 15 is really nice, you get to know each other really well but you still have classes and lectures of over 300 with people in other courses so you can mix a lot too. Again, having the balance between business subjects and the French, I think, is perfect. The year abroad is a brilliant part, the fact that it is compulsory is good because you're guaranteed a place abroad but also, it gives you that little push that you might need to overcome any nerves or even effort involved in preparing to live and study abroad. You know from day one that you'll be going to France for a year and that so will your other classmates, it's nice knowing they will be going through the exact same thing.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

Not having very much choice subject-wise in 1st, 2nd or 4th year. The French subjects are always set and compulsory (which is understandable). The business subjects have one/two set and then a choice of one/two out of a short list of about 6/8 different subjects. I find this slightly annoying and frustrating because they are courses which BESS students can do as well as a huge list of other subjects. BSF only get a narrow range to choose from which is quite restrictive and ultimately, can have a negative effect on our overall marks. Studying French Politics and Civilisation in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year is quite boring, one year would be plenty, in my opinion.

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

All of the above.

Why?

The library staff are always helpful, there's a great big selection of books but I don't feel I know enough of what the library offers to make full use of it. The library's website isn't terribly easy to use.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Similar to other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

Yes

If yes, please name the societies

VDP-Vincent de Paul, DUBES.

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

VDP: good for meeting all sorts of people inside (different courses and years) and outside of college (different backgrounds etc.). As a charity organisation, the fundraising events and the range of the different activities it has are equally as fun to be a part of as they are rewarding. It's a brilliant, well-run society which you can be as involved in as you like. DUBES is a great society for business and all students, it organises really great nights out, top of the list has to be BESS ball, better than trinity ball it has to be said! It plans fun trips away too which are great for getting to make new friends and to get to know people in other courses better.

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

Yes

Please choose your sport(s) club

Snowsports

What would be helpful to know before joining your sports club?

The ski trip is definitely one of the highlights of the year. I would highly recommend going on it at least once even if it is your first time. Your ability/skill does not matter, you will have such a good time both on and off the slopes regardless!

Would you recommend getting involved in college sport?

Yes

Why?

Good way to meet more people and have some balance in college life.

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?

€40-60

As a first year did you live in college halls?

No

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