Class of 2009-10
"The most important thing I’ve gained this year is the experience of, and exposure to, international cultures. SKEMA is like a mini-United Nations.
It’s been fascinating to meet people from all around the world, work with them, learn how they operate, how they think, benefit from each other’s strengths while managing each other’s weaknesses as best we can.
Aside from the programme of study, I’ve learned a lot this year about the real importance of relationships in business; you’re not going to be able to do business unless you develop strong and trusting relationships with your partners. So in a cross-cultural context the question is how you can make yourself understood and communicate effectively, then you establish trust and have a beneficial working relationship.
We’ve had projects working with companies here, and our professors have contacts with businesses here. The professors here have good networks with the local economy.
I’m going to take my career in the direction of sustainable energy. It’s not only the right thing to do in terms of the environment and social responsibility, it’s also the next trend in energy. I’m writing my dissertation on that subject and talking to my professors who are getting me connected with businesses in the area."
Class of 2012-13
“Luck is to do what you like and happiness is to like what you do.
The one year MSc International Business programme made me feel both lucky and happy.
After working for two years as a business development manager, it was very important for me to find a good master which could challenge me both academically and professionally.
This MSc managed to not only meet but even exceeded my expectations.
The practice-oriented classes, as well as different projects focused on analysis and classroom discussions, helped me polish and enrich my theoretical and practical business knowledge. Group work with students from all over the world broadened my intercultural and language expertise. Presentation skills sessions and guest speakers complemented the learning process and kept me up to date with pressing geopolitical and marketing trends.
Most importantly, the MSc International Business enhanced my job prospects because now, even without proactive job application, I am regularly contacted by potential employers.”
Class of 2011-12
"SKEMA and its MSc International Business provide a highly interactive environment dedicated to providing students with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience. There are of course ups and downs, but the ups far outweigh the downs.
I have learnt a lot at SKEMA, due to two main factors. Firstly: an interesting choice of courses for the degree, providing both all-round and in-depth knowledge without compromising or overburdening the students. Secondly: the choice of teachers. They have experience in both academic and business situations. Their ability to invoke interest in a particular subject and stimulate your desire to learn and understand has been key to the school’s success.
I've accepted a five-month internship in Berlin for a life science consultancy company named Catenion."
“I had the opportunity to meet a diverse range of people thanks to this master, which has been incredibly enriching.
As a result of my efforts on the MSc, I am now working as a sales manager for a technology company in Barcelona.
In my job, I am now applying key lessons learned in negotiating and consulting to my new position.
I would not have had the opportunity to master these skills without the MSc International Business.”
“I chose SKEMA Business School in France as this country had always fascinated me because of its innovation, its productivity which is one of the highest in the world, the beauty of the cities and also its culture.
SKEMA has good rankings as well as a strong reputation around Europe, and it is the only school with so many campuses, in France and internationally.
I am very satisfied with the courses; I’ve enjoyed all of them.
I’ve found the professors to be very supportive and eager to help, and great motivators too. The teaching is relevant to the world of business.
I am now prepared to enter the business world. I have gained enough knowledge, confidence and know-how to prove my intellectual and professional self to the world.
I have already found an internship working in marketing in Monaco with a company called Goldmund. The company is Swiss and it's a luxury audio brand based in Geneva.”
“I chose to do the MSc International Business in Raleigh for two semesters in order to strengthen my international background. It allowed me to attend classes given by inspiring American professors as well as being a really exciting cultural experience.
The master thesis I did was a way to build my expertise on a subject I found relevant for my job search and that I would then use as an asset in job interviews.
I have been hired by Hewlett-Packard as a salesperson in charge of Global Accounts in Paris.
I am part of a team responsible for selling Hewlett-Packard 's portfolio to large and international companies. With my team I have to handle the whole sales cycle, from RFPs to delivery as well as ensuring that the clients are fully satisfied. That involves me in day-to-day transactions, long-term projects, and business relationship management.”
Class of 2010-11
“Since my arrival here, I have been completely satisfied with the academic and social environment. The MSc International Business comprises a wide range of subjects to provide a thorough understanding of the current global business environment. However, what I like the most about the programme is the diversity of my classmates. I have enjoyed the social and academic interaction with people from different cultural backgrounds.
During these months, I have built excellent relationships with some faculty members, which has been very helpful when I required references or assistance for job applications. In addition, SKEMA staff have been a great support with my CV and cover letter.
This has turned out to be a great experience. I have not only obtained the expected academic knowledge but also enjoyed life on the French Riviera. The excellent climate and living by the sea offer an ideal situation to relax during time off.
Now I am looking forward to re-starting my career. I’ve already got a job. I’ll be working for Lloyds Banking in London as a business specialist.”
Class of 2013-14
“Deciding to do the MSc International Business was the best choice I could make!
The variety of lectures and subjects tackled provide solid understanding of the business world and they prepare us to work in companies in different sectors.
There is a good balance between theory and practice through relevant and recent case studies, and group reports on specific companies’ strategy and development etc.
Teachers have good professional backgrounds and make sure we understand their lectures. I enjoyed those given by international professors because they always have interesting and different ways of teaching.
One of the strengths of this MSc is the fact that students come from everywhere in the world so it creates a very friendly atmosphere where everyone can learn from each other and be exposed to many different cultures. It is an excellent way to prepare for work in an international company!
Job perspectives are broad after obtaining this MSc. I would highly recommend this master to any future student who wishes to do international, rewarding studies."
"On the MSc, I had an overview of everything: international business law, finance, marketing and business development. This is very important as my career will require me to link up knowledge from all these areas.
I liked the teaching. The programme director has been great; he uses a lot of interactive classes with a lot of group work: very international groups too. I’ve been in groups with people from Norway, Germany, USA, Canada, France, Honduras, Russia, China, Vietnam, Bulgaria, among others.
There has been a lot of contact with the professional world. This semester we’ve been working with a local company in Sophia Antipolis called MobilGov; we met with the CEO where he presented us with an innovative product, we then had to work on marketing it. Students also had to work with companies in the region.
Living here, on the French Riviera is great. In fact, I want to stay living here. That’s why I’m so happy I just found a six-month paid traineeship here.
My internship is with Amadeus in Sophia Antipolis. I’ll be working in the Marketing and Portfolio department, I’ll also be doing some research. I’ll be working out which markets can be opened to Amadeus products."
Class of 2014-15
“This year within the MSc International Business was fascinating. Indeed, I had the opportunity to discover new topics related to globalisation, finance or project management. I was particularly involved in my group projects in international teams applying what we had learned in concrete situations.
I would recommend this master for those who would like to work in international services or companies.
I have built a strong network with people from around the world and I am sure that it will be very useful in a few years.
My best experience was a collaboration with a French local company which came to SKEMA and asked us to take part in their strategic development. I also appreciated the fact that our professors were committed and open minded. They were always available for any suggestions or recommendations in our work.
I'm currently doing my internship as an industrial buyer within the purchasing department of EDF."
“This MSc at SKEMA was my foremost choice when I decided to pursue a master’s degree in business. The curriculum is the right mix of advanced business subjects and core subjects.
The international diversity of the class provides a perfect multi-cultural environment that one would face in any global company. It not only provides an opportunity to understand and relate to different point of views but also a great chance to develop your network across continents.
Professors at SKEMA are renowned for their industry experience and research expertise. The lectures and assignments are well structured and include reports and projects to back up the theory. The assessment system is very broad and takes into account various aspects.
I am currently doing my internship at Augier Energy, which has given me the opportunity to apply my knowledge in marketing and communications. I am excited to return to SKEMA for my second semester and to step up to take on bigger challenges."
"I chose the MSc in International Business for several reasons. First, the wide range of courses: marketing, finance, strategy… And secondly, the international make-up of the class.
I have loved every day spent in SKEMA. I met students from all around the world and followed classes with really good teachers whose classes exceeded expectations.
This MSc made me learn a lot about myself, about my competencies and about my interests. I have discovered a new way of thinking about and seeing the world.
I've got an internship with a consulting company in Paris, specialised in innovation management. I have the feeling that I can learn a lot from this company and their customers."
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