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Andre Willyanto – my Erasmus+ Year in France

I’m Andre Willyanto, I study on the Marketing and Management programme and I spent a year studying in France studying at ESSEC Business School in Paris.

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Why did you apply for the Erasmus+ study abroad programme? 

I always wanted to make the most of my experience at Newcastle University and once I learned that I could apply for the study abroad programme I did so straight away!


Describe a typical day for you as a study abroad student:

I usually leave my apartment around 8am and head for my morning classes (which begin at around 8.30am). Most classes usually finish by 12pm after which I’d meet friends for lunch. Afternoon classes usually begin at 1pm and I’m finished by 4pm. After classes I often meet friends and head into Central Paris for dinner.


What skills have you developed during your period of study abroad and how?

I would say I’ve developed a lot during my time abroad. The most obvious skill would be language! Before I started my exchange I didn’t speak French at all, now I can! Teamwork would be a close second I think. At ESSEC, there are a lot of group assignments and each group has its own working style, often this style would differ to my own. So instead of stressing about it, I decided to adapt to the working style of others while maintaining my own standards.


What do you wish you had known before coming out on your study placement abroad?

As an international student, I wish I’d been clearer on the process of getting my CAS letter and how to reapply for my student visa to continue my studies in the UK after completing my year abroad.

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How do you think this experience has made you more employable? What will you be able to demonstrate to graduate employers?

I learned that employers nowadays are looking for candidates that are able to communicate effectively and able to work in groups – I believe my year studying abroad at ESSEC has helped me to develop these critical skills. Given the number of group assignments and presentations I’ve had to complete I’ve honed my ability to communicate ideas effectively and adapt myself to working in any type of group.

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