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International students: feeling the culture shock? You’re not alone!

It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed as you begin your adventure in France

What is culture shock?

The January 2021 intake is well underway at Rennes School of Business. Our new students have arrived in France and are settling into their accommodation as they begin their French cultural adventure in the beautiful city of Rennes.

Some students may experience a feeling of “culture shock”’ as the initial excitement of arriving wears off and they begin to adjust to a new reality. “Culture shock” is defined as a feeling of uncertainty, confusion or anxiety that can be felt when an individual moves to a society that is different from their own. 

As you stroll through the picturesque streets of the historic centre, marvel at the marché des lices and sample the world-renowned French wine, cheese and bread, it is normal to feel a little overwhelmed as you adapt to the food, customs and language of a totally different culture.

Two Rennes SB students that arrived in France from India in September 2020 tell us more about their experience!

A second home in Rennes

The Rennes SB community is made up of over 70 different nationalities, many of whom will have experienced their own culture shock when they first arrived in Rennes. With 55% international students and 95% international Faculty, it is our priority to help every member of our community to discover the best of France during their time with us and to help them see Rennes as a second home.

On top of the cultural differences, we have all had to adapt to new ways of living during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In order to help students settle in, Rennes SB prioritises on-site classes as much as possible, whilst respecting government measures and sanitary guidelines.

The teams at Rennes SB are here to help and support you as you settle into France. Aloha Square is the first point of contact for any questions.

If you are unable to find the information you need in our FAQs, the Aloha Square website provides options to contact the team directly or to make an appointment with a team member for further guidance.

If you are feeling anxious, isolated, or simply feel the need to be listened to, a guidance platform is available to you as part of the Feel Good initiative at Rennes SB. You can reach trained experts 24/7 in multiple languages (English, French, Spanish and Chinese) for immediate support, or for a trained guidance counsellor to help you work towards a solution.

Worried about finding an internship?

The Talents & Career department at Rennes School of Business has team members who are dedicated to giving you specific advice on your job and internship search strategy in France and around the world. Talents & Career Coach, Ornella Riesen, tells us more:

Within the T&C department, my role is to support and prepare MSc students for their future professional integration through the use of three main approaches: personalised individual coaching, fun support workshops, and innovative peer coaching.  

I guide our students, particularly the international community, helping them to overcome cultural barriers in their search for jobs and internships and to adapt to the French socio-professional codes.  From the identification and construction of their research strategy, right up to the preparation of their interviews, I am available to reassure our MSc students, and to help make the job or internship search into a source of empowerment, creativity and agility.  
Thanks to the Talents & Career pathways and the dedicated staff that are here to accompany them, our MSc students move forward feeling stimulated, equipped and confident about achieving their professional goals.

So, “On y va!”, it’s time to get out there and make the most of your French experience in Rennes.

We look forward to seeing you on campus!

International students from all over the world share their first impression after a couple of days in France and at Rennes SB: