Thanks to the agreements signed with their canadian counterparts, many French universities offer recognised training in the two countries.
Study in Canada, English is certainly more costly for the French to register in Quebec. But the prospect of plunging into a bath English is seductive. The solution ? Bet on a double degree, French and canadian : much more than a simple academic exchange, it is an opportunity to acquire a double competence, professional as personal, without seeing her university fees soar. Louis-Marie Chauvel, phd candidate in european Union law at the university of Rennes, has enjoyed, in 2015-2016, of the agreement between Rennes and the university of Ottawa to obtain a double master 2.
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"The university of Ottawa is particularly well-known in regards to the trade law and international investment", explains the young man who was looking for precisely this specialty economic to add to the european law. "It is also a way to demonstrate to yourself and potential employers that you can write, to think, to argue directly in English without difficulty," he adds. Additional training in any way. And "increased confidence", he noted. The third reason that pushed him to apply for the double degree with Ottawa, the agreements : "It is easier to enroll only in a foreign university".Your support is essential. Subscribe for $ 1 support Us
Finally, as other students had preceded him, Louis-Marie Chauvel was part of the third promotion in the dual-degree Reindeer/Ottawa and was able to call on a network to get pipes. Back in France to begin his thesis, he keeps a good memory of his stay in Canada. "The university culture is different, the emphasis is more on the personal work, it is necessary to prepare the current upstream, to understand expected to to be able to exchange with the teacher, details there. This experience opens the mind and gives greater flexibility." What better arm to his professional life in the future. "I don't know yet if I will consider working abroad, but my canadian experience has opened me this door, which can also serve me in a career in France," he concludes.
Proficient in English at a university level
An enlightened self-interest : the number of students of the university of Rennes who apply for a double degree increases every year since the launch of the device, in 2013-2014. Lena Auneau, a young local single mother of 24 years old who followed the same curriculum as Louis-Marie Chauvel, decided to stay to work on-site after obtaining his double degree in 2018, and this, thanks to the work permit post-graduation that Canada has to offer. She found a position at the Commission of complaints relating to the services of telecom-tv (CCTS), where it acts as a mediator between consumers and suppliers of services.
"This work fits well with the training I received here, both in terms of research as methodological approach," she said. Moreover, it is one of the characteristics of the studies in Canada that it has appreciated the most : "students are more empowered and self-reliant". Another advantage is related to the double degree : "The English language proficiency at a university level, with all the specific vocabulary attached to the right", she says. Will she be in Europe ? Will she be in Canada ? It is not yet known. But the experience is already beneficial. "I'm more sure of myself, especially when I express myself in English," she said. I believe that it is also the culture of canadian universities that offered me this : it's more"community" than in France."
"The initiatives of students are very encouraged,"
beyond the academic training, the benefit is also personal. "It is Vancouver that made me" loose, and Cécile Bussy, 24 years old, alluding to the maturity acquired during his stay in British Columbia. Like other Sciences po students for the last six years, she has first completed a double bachelor degree (equivalent bsc) at the university of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, and then a double master's degree at the university of Toronto. Before coming to Canada, this young Reunionese had never lived in a big city, and even less so on a campus of 40,000 students ! "At Sciences po, campus du Havre), specialized in the relations between Europe and Asia, we were only 200...", remembers the young woman.
On the spot, it took him to learn everything : how to install, navigate a different educational system, and especially making friends. But his new maturity-or rather, her confidence also comes from the fact that at UBC, she has deployed her wings. "The initiatives are very encouraged," she said. She was president of an association, organized charity events for children in China and even participated in a special program that allowed him to research and write an essay on the taoism. "I have learned chinese since the sixth, at The Meeting, and if, after two years at Sciences po, I have been interested by a dual bachelor's degree, it is that UBC offers a specialization on the Asian continent, which has an excellent reputation", she adds. Moreover, the courses in Vancouver, oriented more towards the humanities literature and philosophy, chinese him offert is a vital complement to studies based on the social sciences, which she followed at Sciences po.
self-Confidence and an open mind
Cécile Bussy is now studying in London, master of international journalism, City University, with plans to become a reporter in Asia. "I feel good to the stranger, exclaimed she. It is exciting to live elsewhere, learn new things every day, to speak English continuously." Today, London, tomorrow may be Beijing. And always with that confidence gained thanks to the canadian experience. Self-confidence, but also openness. "Many of the students are working in Canada, it's easy to find menial jobs, says and Juliet Elchinger, 22 years. It is another culture, which is closer to the professional life. In France, we spend our time searching for internships."
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After tray, Limoges, Juliet, she also tried to Sciences po, but she missed the contest. Canada was attracted to her already. She then decides to go to Montreal to do a degree in political science. She stayed there two years, then went to Rheims on the occasion of an exchange with the university of Montreal, argued, successfully this time, to the master of public affairs from Sciences po. Key, a double diploma with the university of Toronto, a Master's degree in Global Affairs, now in your pocket. Juliette also has matured in Canada. "I learned from the freedom, she said, and I do not put more limits". The freedom to have, in the future, one foot in France and the other in Canada. Freedom, finally, to see things in a big way, without borders.