The valuable accreditations awarded to business schools are established on the basis of numerous criteria: the recognition of institutions, programmes, the level of selectivity at entry, academic excellence, the origin of students, the number of expatriations, the employment rate at exit, the remuneration of graduates, international influence, etc.
The quality of the School's training offer
The match between the range of courses on offer and your professional project is a determining factor in the choice of your future school.
Even if your professional objectives are still unclear at this stage, you probably have an idea of the subjects that most appeal to you: marketing, finance, communication, logistics, supply-chain, etc. By analysing the detailed programme of subjects taught, you can form an idea of the academic and professional path that awaits you and thus position yourself in relation to the teaching, expatriation opportunities and professional projects offered.
The international dimension
Joining a business and management school gives you the opportunity to gain more international experience through expatriations and internships in a foreign company or in a subsidiary of a large group. Some schools also offer you the possibility of following courses in foreign languages or even of following your entire curriculum in English.
In order to evaluate a school's international outlook, you can analyse indicators such as the duration of studies open to the international community, the number of partner universities, the number of international students accepted each year, the number of foreign languages available and the possibility of obtaining a double degree abroad.
Preparing you for the professional world through internships and work-study programmes is also one of the advantages of business schools compared to other courses. The multiple experiences in companies and the projects linked to partner companies are all elements that allow you to confront your knowledge and find your way.
Above all, it is important to check the duration and frequency of the work placements offered during your programme and the other forms of exposure to the business world offered (missions, challenges, etc.). By studying the list of partner companies, you will get an idea of the quality of your future school's professional network. If you plan to do part of your studies as a work-study programme course, find out whether it is possible to do a year or more as a work-study course and whether your tuition fees will be covered.
Career opportunities and support
Business schools generally make the employability of their graduates a priority. The range of courses offered must meet the needs of recruiters and guarantee the attractiveness of your profile on the job market once you leave the School.
Accompaniment towards professional success
Another distinctive feature of the Écoles de Commerce is the support provided by a dedicated team throughout your course. You will be guided, according to your affinities and skills, in the definition of your professional project, in your choice of direction and in the selection of your specialisations at the end of the course.
Thanks to the EM Normandie Career Path, you can benefit from personalised support, draw up a career plan that suits you and develop your attractiveness. This unique programme includes: classroom and e-learning training, individual and group coaching sessions, co-development workshops and feedback, personal development tools and an online resource platform (job and internship offers in France and abroad, applications, tutorials, etc.).
Numerous mechanisms are put in place to help you benefit from professional opportunities during your studies and once you are on the job market. Some schools regularly organise recruitment and internship search events based on partnerships with companies. The Alumni network is also a particular feature of Business Schools.
Professional integration surveys
To ensure the relevance of the programmes offered by the Grandes Écoles, the CGE asks its member schools to carry out comprehensive and controlled studies of their graduates in order to evaluate their integration rate, their salaries and the time spent before obtaining their first job.
The quality of the student experience
You probably dream of studying in a pleasant living environment and in a friendly atmosphere conducive to learning and personal development. The quality of the infrastructure (size and architecture of the campuses, cafeterias, sports facilities, living areas, etc.), the richness of the community life, the atmosphere on site, the proximity to the city centre, etc. are all criteria that will promote your well-being and the quality of your student life.
Some people will be more comfortable in a city on a human scale, while others are looking for the excitement of large city centres. Some schools have campuses in different urban centres, which allows you to discover new regions but also to benefit from professional opportunities (internships, work experience, etc.) during your studies.