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Innovative online platforms welcome new international students to SKEMA

Published on 07 October 2020
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To offer a warm welcome to international students this year in the complex context of COVID-19, the International Office team introduced various innovations like the SKEMA Compass*, an online orientation module designed for the three French campuses.

​This 2.0 “compass” gave students access to all the information they needed during their first days in France.  A series of webinars held every day for two weeks, from 31 August to 11 September, covered essential matters like residence permits, accommodation, health insurance and public transport.


These opportunities for dialogue and advice ensured our students were well aware about important matters when they arrived in France, and by the time classes started.

Students were also able to interact online with the SKEMA OnBoarding team and the dedicated Orientation Leaders from mid-July. Webinars, coffee-calls, quizzes and challenges were also provided by the SKEMA student team running the dedicated platform throughout the summer.

The International Office team set up the #WelcomeToSKEMA campaign from 14 to 18 September. ‘A Glance at your Future in France’ involved a virtual team-building exercise. In this game, students split up into teams of eight to solve puzzles, answer questions and take part in fun challenges, where the idea was to discover their new city – Lille, Paris, or Sophia Antipolis (Valbonne and Antibes) – as well as a spot of French culture.

Lastly, students who joined our campuses on academic exchange programmes for a semester or the whole of 2020/21 were able to chat with SKEMA’s academic advisor and each coordinator in the International Relations department of the three French campuses.

*Discover the SKEMA Compass module in Lille, Paris and Sophia Antipolis:


For more information on the welcome of international students, contact Amanda Nagele.


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