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Oliver was one of our Accounting and Finance students who was fortunate enough to get out and study abroad for a year before the Covid-19 pandemic. Read about his experiences living and studying overseas.

If you are interested in completing a placement or study abroad year between Stage 2 and Stage 3, you can find out more in the Business School UG Stage 2 Community 2021-22 on Canvas, or contact the NUBS Student Experience team at


Studying Abroad

My study abroad was in Nice, in the south of France. I was studying towards an M1 Master’s in Financial Economics at EDHEC Business School, on their Nice campus. At EDHEC, all lectures and exams were in English, as it was an English-speaking campus. However, most students studying there were from France, and so it was essential to know at least some French to socialise and collaborate on group projects. In addition, I participated in French language classes to help me improve my skills.


At EDHEC, we had a class that was purely for international students – and so this helped us all to socialise with other people who were in the same situation as ourselves. Additionally, the first week there was dedicated to induction activities, so we were able to meet many people through team activities.


There was a student organisation for international students called ESN – the Erasmus Student Network – that ran social events for international students in Nice. This included pub crawls, trips to other nearby cities, and sightseeing tours of the city.


What was your favourite thing about your placement/ study abroad?

Everything! The people there were so friendly, and I’ve made friends from all over the world, helping me to expand my network. The location was incredible too – Nice is a wonderful, vibrant city, with temperatures that stay above 30 degrees from May-October!


What do you wish you had known before you started your mobility experience?

How expensive living in Nice would be – compared to Newcastle, everything in Nice was around 50% more expensive, and so it took a while for me to adapt and budget accordingly.


Do you have one piece of advice for current or prospective students?

Just do it! It’s a fantastic experience that you won’t regret – this year has been one of the best years I’ve ever had, and I’d 100% recommend going!

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