The start of the Spring 2017 semester at The American Business School of Paris occurred in two stages: from January 25 to 27, we welcomed more than 150 new international students (permanent and visitors) on campus, while January 30th marked the formal start of the semester launched by presentations and activities for students, faculty and administrative staff.
Students from over 60 countries met and exchanged with one another over several days before the start of classes, through intercultural activities led by IGS International and the American Business School of Paris, in the care of Jarlath Dillon, Sara Pax, Marie-Odile Savarit, Eluan Bescond and Mélinda Rippe.
Among the countries represented this semester at the American Business School of Paris are the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Kenya, Guinea, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Mali, Gabon, Uganda, Nepal, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Russia, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, India, etc.
The school’s diversity is not limited to this multicultural tableau. Along with the teaching staff, we are committed to the concept of moving from the multicultural – where students simply coexist with one another – to the intercultural – where they learn how to interact together and be productive in groups and teams.
Rooted in American teaching methods, focusing on interactive learning through projects and problems, the American Business School of Paris students from different cultures and nationalities work together in small groups on specific projects within their enrolled courses.
For students coming from Southeast Asia, ABSParis provides an orientation seminar throughout the Spring semester in order to help them successfully integrate both academically into the American pedagogical system as well as French society. A French class (FLE) is also part of their academic curriculum.
The American Business School of Paris student volunteers support new permanent students with their enrollment and orientation through the “Peer mentoring” program.
Pascale Ginet, Head of Corporate Relations, presented the “Company Case Project,” which starts in early February in collaboration with 20 partner companies. A select few visiting students were invited to join the Junior & Senior BBA and MBA teams at the American Business School of Paris.
Lastly, it should be noted that all students were able to choose their courses through the online platform “E-inscription” in accordance with their academic roadmap and under the guidance of academic advisors. The platform allows them to register for their classes and make changes through the end of the first week of term, giving them a chance to meet the teacher and read the syllabus for each course before making their final decision. It also gives them the flexibility of making time for concurrent internships or part-time jobs during their school term.