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Why I Chose France Over The US For My MBA

Chinese MBA, Jun Shen, landed a job in France after an MBA from EMLYON Business School. He says more Asian students should consider France as an alternative to the US


Mon Sep 17 2018


When Jun Shen began applying to business schools he knew he wanted two things: an MBA program with an international outlook, and the option to gain professional experience after graduating.

Hailing from China, Jun had to make sure that he would be able to remain in his country of choice after graduating from his MBA—and he knew he wouldn’t be able to do that in the US.

Jun is just one of many international students who are focusing their attention away from the US for study, owing to a controversial immigration policy under the current administration, difficulties gaining visas, as well as high tuition fees.

“They make it very hard for foreign students to stay in America after study,” Jun explains. “My plan was to study but most importantly to have professional experience overseas. This was a really important asset for me to take back to Asia, especially China.”

Jun initially considered schools in both Germany and France for his MBA, but turned to Lyon and EMLYON Business School when he received a scholarship to their full-time International MBA program. 

Now, Jun is working at a tech company in Paris—and says he wouldn't have got the position without the MBA.

EMLYON highlights entrepreneurship throughout its program curriculum and was one of the first business schools in the world to set up a research center dedicated to gaining insights into how to be a successful entrepreneur from real-life case studies. Home to 29 of the world's 500 largest companies based in France, Lyon felt like the perfect springboard for Jun's career.

“One of the things that made EMLYON stand out among top international business schools is that they really focus on entrepreneurship,” Jun says.

“They have their own incubation center in the school—you can actually go there and talk to people if you want to start [your] own business.”

Their ‘New Venture’ MBA specialization also allows students to gain practical insights from entrepreneurs on how to succeed in business, and Jun has already seen the benefits of the program in real life.

Jun says it’s the skills he learnt at EMLYON Business School, especially in the New Venture specialization of the MBA, that were important when it came to securing a full-time role after graduating.

“Presentation skills, for example, helped a lot in the [job] interviews I would say,” Jun says.

Aside from the focus on entrepreneurial skills, Jun says that it’s the diversity of the program that really makes it stand out among European MBAs.

In his new role as a senior sales executive at digital agency BeMyApp, Jun works in a diverse team, which includes professionals from Morocco, the Netherlands, America, and Japan. And it’s the international aspect of EMLYON’s MBA which allowed him to quickly integrate into this diverse workforce.

“The people who work at EMLYON, they want to help you to accommodate to a new country—especially at the beginning of the program” Jun adds.

So, now that he’s succeeded in getting a grad job, who would he recommend the MBA at EMLYON Business School to?

Jun says that the program is perfect for students who want to work in France after graduating, and those who are looking for an international environment. 

Indeed, Jun says his favorite personal memory of the program is the connections he’s made.

“I’ve met quite a few people that have become my friends—and not just work friends!”

Student Reviews

emlyon business school




On Campus

Intense courses, helpful professors

I am an international student in my 3rd year and I love going to this school and do not regret chosing it for my BBA. The classes are helpful, professors are always there to help as well and we have a very understanding administration.




On Campus

Leadership in an amazing city

I decided to do my exchange in Emlyon because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and I found a space with very capable People.. participatory, empathetic and full of leadership. I will never forget Lyon, apart from giving me an unforgettable experience, he gave me great friends




On Campus

A lot of opportunities professionally and socially. A unique program in France.

You can choose your courses and do your internship, exchange whenever you want. It's flexible and adapted to the needs of each student. A great program and a great city! Professionally, it opens a lot of doors for you to find internships or jobs in France or abroad thanks to the network and career events.




MSc in Digital Marketing

Combining both worlds into one, this course gave me all the on-demand technical skills in data science while maintaining a business-oriented approach. Thanks to the strong academic profile of this university I was able to secure an internship and full-time job at Amazon.




Top Business School fostering innovative entrepreneurs

EMLyon is one of the best business schools. The campuses, associations and courses offered provide the students with the best options to build the future they have chosen. The various opportunities to study and work abroad also offer a deeper understanding of the world, not only economy-wise but social, which helps the student become as well a better individual and not only a pre-formated business school student.




Emlyon campus in Paris

It has a great international community and you have access to many international tools, courses and professors. I had many networking events and workshops for students. Campus and some details of the program could have been improved or need to be bigger in order to have a better student life.




On Campus


Overall good content and good activities. Lack of administration but still ok. Good flexibility and liberty offered to the students. Finally, the amount of internship is also a good way to improve qualifications.




Good Reputation and International Business School

The course was not well adapted but it was up to the mark. The professors are very well experienced and their experience comes in handy while working on assignments. The facilities on the campus are top class. Truly professional. I really like spending time in the learning hub and using all the available resources. Lyon is an amazing city. You will never get bored.