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French b-schools will win students as the UK hikes university fees and cuts post-study work visas
UK and international students looking for business programmes may find a better deal across the channel, according to Mark Thomas, Associate Dean and Director of International Affairs at Grenoble Ecole de Management
Thomas spoke of the “unintended consequences” of the government’s proposed cap on post-study work visas for foreign students at this month’s UK Business School Communications Conference.
A native Briton, Thomas has worked in France for many years. While he thanks the British government for inadvertently making France a more attractive place to study, he is worried about the impact of the tuition fee rise on UK schools’ competitiveness.
He said: “In the past, French [business] schools were too expensive and too French. Now there are more than 600 individual programs – at MBA, Master and undergraduate level - wholly taught in English.”
“You can come to France and get a degree all without learning a word of French.”
The cost of tuition at top UK business schools outstrips the cost at French schools, though the latter often place higher in international rankings.
Grenoble Ecole de Management charges €13,900 tuition for its one-year Masters in Management, ranked 5th in the world. The one-year MSc Management at the London School of Economics, ranked 7th, costs £19,224.
French business school have a long tradition of placing students on internships too, something schools in the UK often struggle with. Grenoble places 1,500 students in internships each year.
Thanks to budget airlines, added Thomas, it was cheaper to get to almost anywhere in France from the UK than to take a train from one UK city to another.
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