For my 6th post I’d like to start to write a HEC how-to guide that I wish I had before coming here. There are about of things about HEC itself that I wish I knew earlier. The first thing is that HEC Paris is actually 1.5 hrs away from Paris by train and about 30 min by car. The cheapest way to get to the city is by the Savac shuttle (HEC only), but the hours can be weird. Next cheapest is the RER trains, uber pool is good if you are going with a friend, or uber x for bigger groups. There is also a HEC Facebook group, where you can request a ride, or respond to an offer for a few euros. Also, if you plan on traveling in Europe, don’t book a flight with Ryanair because it only leaves Paris from Beauvais, which is SUPER expensive and time-consuming to get to.
If you are looking to improve your French, know that you will have to work hard to interact with French students. The best way to do this is to join a club or sports team as soon as you get to campus. This will involve emailing various people and will be difficult if your French isn’t at a high level. Another good way is to connect with students in the International Society because they are the most likely to actively look to socialize with non-French students. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a course in French (not a French class).
On the subject of courses, be flexible! Be sure to fill any requirement you need for McIntire, but after that try new things. If you are looking to travel a lot it is possible to make a flexible schedule that is only a few days a week. Also, be aware that there are bimesters so many of your classes may only last half of the time at HEC. I’m sure there will be more to add later, until next time!