A semester in HelsinkiThe G&G Pélisson Foundation
As every year, second-year students in the Bachelor program have the opportunity to spend a semester at one of our 23 partner schools.
Departure for Helsinki
Caroline Clément is a Bachelor of International Hospitality Management student and a scholarship holder from the Foundation.
She seized the opportunity to leave for a 4-months exchange in one of our partner universities in Helsinki – Haaga-Helia. She is actually in the hotel, tourism and experience management program. Due to the health situation in the country, classes are online until the end of February. Fortunately, she was able to interact with students from all over the world.
The residential school she lives in is full of various ethnicities, with a majority of Germans, Dutch and French! In a shared apartment of six people, she regularly organizes international dinners with her roommates, where each individual cooks a traditional homemade dish from their country. A way to discover the cultures and eating habits of each.
She tells us about her unique experience.
Studying in the happiest country in the world can only have benefits, right?
I didn’t experience any cultural shock at my arrival. The city suits me a lot and feels extremely familiar thanks to its atmosphere: everything is very calm, organized. The first thing that pleasantly surprised me was the absence of noise and air pollution.
The city leaves a lot of room for creativity, with spaces like the Oodi library, which provides sewing machines, 3D printers, a recording studio and even a kitchen, all in a distinctly modern space: this library is my favorite place in town.
Among my checklist of things to do in Finland, I have already checked off : cross the Baltic Sea on foot, eat the famous cinnamon rolls, slide on a patch of ice and go skating. The next checkboxes? Traveling to Lapland, seeing the Northern Lights, swimming in the Baltic Sea: the program promises to be busy.
The Institut Paul Bocuse trains decision-makers and managers who are responsible, agile and open to the world. International academic experience is encouraged through mobility or internships to allow students to mature their choices, discover unfamiliar countries, test unknown paths to succeed in a globalized environment.
The G&G Pélisson Foundation supports students wishing to do an internship or a semester abroad by awarding mobility grants. In addition to Erasmus scholarships, these scholarships allow students from the Institut Paul Bocuse to experience an international experience and forge unforgettable memories.
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