I went to the Lycée Français in Rome, then returned to France to do two years of ECS preparatory class at the Lakanal High School. After completing my premaster and master 1 years, I am now pursuing a dual degree with Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.
I had always had in mind the idea of returning to Italy for part of my studies as I am particularly attached to this country. As soon as I arrived at ESCP Europe, I asked about the possibilities and I spotted the dual degree with Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.
However, it wasn’t easy to choose from the 33 dual-degree agreements and 130 exchange agreements offered by the school. I hesitated with the exchange at the LUISS in Rome, but leaving for a longer period (one year) in dual degree rather than four months in exchange made me decide in favour of Venice. I wanted to discover the city in depth, to take the time to develop relationships and habits, I wanted to stay in Italy for more than 6 months in order to immerse myself as much as possible in the local culture and to have more time to enrich my network on site.
Venice is a magical place to live.
It is a city that is both culturally very stimulating and at the same time completely on a human scale, where it is easy to forge links with neighbours, waiters at the café next door, and other students. There is a real small Venetian world beyond the tourist city aspect that could easily be missed. It is also such a particular living environment where everything must be adapted, from garbage collection to hospital emergency rooms: every day has its share of surprises in store and I am far from finished discovering every part of the city.
In my opinion, the major advantage of the dual degree is that it offers the possibility of staying for one year and immersing yourself completely in a foreign university system. Italy is a neighbouring country but the studies do not work at all in the same way! It is not mandatory to be able to speak Italian to start a dual degree, but I myself have chosen to take courses only in Italian, which has allowed me to meet many local students. The academic atmosphere of Ca’ Foscari is extremely enriching: I have had the opportunity to work on projects with students who have very different backgrounds (language studies, art studies, etc.), and this diversity of perspectives is truly stimulating. Finally, the dual diploma allows (as its name suggests) to obtain an Italian diploma, which is important if you want to work in Italy.
While there were some administrative difficulties (understanding how the choice of courses works, how the exams work and more generally the university curriculum) the Ca’ Foscari team is very attentive to students who choose to complete a dual degree.
There is a selection process for dual degrees. I had to fill out a questionnaire with my choices, write a personal statement and submit a CV.
The partner university may also request specific documents (GMAT, TOEFL, etc). Around November of the year preceding my dual degree, ESCP Europe sent my application to Ca’ Foscari, which responded positively to my request in December.
Although I’m not yet sure where I want to launch my career what is certain is that if I have the opportunity to stay in Venice I will do it without hesitation! Beyond Venice, studying for a year in Italy allowed me to acquire knowledge about the country’s economic and political situation, which will most probably serve me if I decide to work there. This year in Venice also allowed me to improve my Italian significantly.
The double degree is definitely an advantage when looking for a job. Although ESCP Europe is known in Italy, having a degree from an additional renowned Italian university gives an extra edge.