Business schools: entire courses taught in English

It has been a beautiful language of reference for a good century, English has become essential in business schools for ten years. Now, most of them offer what they call an “English Track”, that is to say the 100% English version of a program. The masters were the first concerned, traditionally welcoming many foreign students. Today, single people join willingly.

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As the use of English is predominant in the world of work, the training courses are adapted. All do not approach the subject in the same way, but English interferes everywhere. Just read the titles of the courses to be convinced: Bachelor Big Data and Management, Fashion and Luxury, Business development or other Hospitality management have replaced their ancestors Fashion, luxury, sales or hospitality. And this, even when the programs mentioned are presented in French.

Offering all courses in English responds to an obvious challenge: to give schools the possibility of recruiting as many young internationals as they wish, regardless of their mastery of French. As the latter had difficulty understanding what the ESC Troyes (Higher Business School) could mean, the establishment chose to be called Y Schools (pronounce why).

Still in this desire to open up to new audiences, Rennes School of Business took a symbolic step a few years ago: switching all of its teaching to English. A way to settle a debate that was no longer one, 55% of its students being from other countries.


But then, what becomes of French high school students who have a poor command of this language? Don’t worry, the schools are not fooled as to your level of English and they all have language fitness courses at the start of the course, planning your improvement over the whole of the three years. You still have to be admitted… Without necessarily having to present a particular score for the Toefl or the Toeic, the entrance exam will focus in part on mastering the English language. Your admission to the English Track will depend above all on its size; in some schools, it is a small class, in others, it is a true promotion bis. In any case, if your English does not allow you to integrate it right away, you can always take your chance in the 2nd year.

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What if I took my bachelor’s degree remotely?

The other mode of teaching in vogue in business schools is not about language, but about distance. Doing your bachelor’s degree entirely online has become possible. But the device is still mostly reserved for the last year, for understandable reasons.

“We believe that a certain personal rigor and maturity are necessary for monitoring online training,” warns Ridouan Abagri, founder and director of the Digital College, a member school of the Collège de Paris, in the La Défense district.

These students are therefore not very young graduates, but they represent a wide range of other profiles capable of disciplining themselves. They find in this distance learning a way to meet their constraints.

Who are they ? “It can be students who live far away or do a work-study program in another region, professionals in retraining or who wish to add a digital string to their bow”, suggests Ridouan Abagri. These simply could not have studied otherwise.

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