Pros and Cons of ESC La Rochelle

Hello especially Metropolia Business School students!

We remember the time we were suppose to pick our Double Degree destination and the grade of nervosity for if we would pick the best place for us.

First of all, if there’s anything we can help you with, just contact us. We are gladly telling you guys about this place and answering your questions.

We could be writing a book about this place, there’s so much information to share with you. Although I guess it would be too much, so a simple list of pros and cons may work best.



The old port of La Rochelle

So here it goes, let’s start with the good things:

  • No grades for courses lie 100% on exam grades
  • Most of the lecturers are interesting
  • A good faculty for studying HR (where big part of publications comes from and that’s important for keeping the accreditation for the school)
  • Teaching methods are pretty same as in Metropolia, interactive lessons
  • International atmosphere, lecturers from all over the world
  • Mostly friendly staff
  • At least in theory, cheap possibilities of doing sports via the SUAPSE
  • School is near the beach, which is nice in the beginning of the autumn semester
  • Depends, but there’s in general days off so you can travel pretty well while studying
Il de Ré — the place where we surf here


The things that we haven’t really enjoyed are:

  • The schedule can change whenever, you must in theory always be on alert of being ready to go to school (this we have found very difficult since we as Finns like to plan things ahead)
  • Informational flow is poor, you have to know what you’re not knowing about and ask about it
  • Neither of us studied Sales and Marketing but the fellow students were very unsatisfied by the courses for their majoring in it
  • A lot of evening classes that can go on until 21:30 (although I have heard some roumers about a new building — maybe the system will change then?)
  • Evening classes means that doing any sports or hobbies are very difficult to do, we didn’t manage to find any hobby for the mornings.
  • You get a timecard which for tracking your attendance and if you forget the card you are counted in as absent
  • Having a course for only 1-2 weeks means that the depth of your studies can be many times dissatisfying, also deadlines comes rapidly
  • Personally I feel that more communication between the lecturers and the faculty staff could give us a wider range of theories for similar subjects (we focused only on Michael Porter in different strategic business classes, but I know there’s more!)

Hopefully this helped you on getting a small idea of what this school is about. If you want to work in French, get familiar with the French culture with an international mind I definitely recommend it.

If you are searching for academic, more deep studies I would not recommend this school to you. Academic level in here is generally low in many courses and the speed of the courses held here are super fast sometimes.



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