Although Turin may be one of the smallest campuses of ESCP, I’m glad I put it as my first choice.

When deciding campuses for the Master in Management, I was torn about where to go for my first semester. I had spent an exchange semester in Paris already, and since among its six countries ESCP Business School is the most well-known in France, I thought it would be beneficial for me to finish up in Paris for work opportunities after the programme. I don’t have the working rights for Europe, so my plan was to spend my entire second year (M2) in Paris and network as much as possible. This meant I needed to decide where to spend my M1 year.

Spain was a given. I had lived in Spain previously, for only a few months at a time, but had fallen in love with the country. I knew for sure I wanted to live in Madrid, and thought “Why shouldn’t I take advantage of this multicultural programme and choose a third country to live in”?

So for the first year, my choices were whittled down to Berlin, London, or Turin.

Outside the Turin campus

The city

Turin at Christmastime

Turin is a smaller, more industrial city, but very livable and with plenty to do! It has one of the cleanest metro systems in the world, plus buses and trams. You’re close to France and to Switzerland if you want a change in scenery, and there are plenty of great day trips from the city.

The weather

Some of the mountains close to Turin

Not too hot, not too cold, and you get an amazing view of the mountains in the winter. London and Berlin are too gray and rainy for my tastes so Turin was just right!

The food

Everyone loves Italian food! All semester long I was indulging on pasta and pizza. The downside is that I can no longer stand American ‘cappuccino’.

The language

The two foreign languages I chose for my programme were Spanish and French. I thought Italian would be easy to tie in with my current romance languages, rather than German, and it wasn’t as if I needed to improve English, my mother tongue. To further improve my language skills, I lived with a host family, who I still stay in touch with and visit today. Grazie alla mia famiglia italiana!

The culture

At the beginning of the school year, Turin campus organized a scavenger hunt as a way of helping us get to know the city and our future classmates

Italians are very open and friendly with everyone. Life is more relaxed than what I’m used to, and sometimes it’s nice to slow down. The campus is small and mainly French + Italian students. It was impossible not to stand out, so I got to know my classmates and professors more than on any other campus. It was much easier moving to another campus afterwards, because I already had an established group of people I knew.

Turin soon became my home, and I think other students feel the same.

Turin classmates who moved to Madrid campus for the spring

If you want to read more about Turin and the other campuses, you can check out Jori’s website at TheTejanaAbroad.com

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