Hannah Thorne

Academic exchange | Montpellier, France

3rd year Business

Where did you live when you studied abroad? I live in a Student accommodation called Residence L’observatoire.

What was the hardest thing when you arrived in France? The first day was the most difficult while settling into a new environment and having a language barrier (I do not speak French well), but when I met people the second day at orientation, I immediately felt comfortable because everyone was in the same situation!

What was the easiest thing when you arrived in France? Meeting friends during orientation! Everyone was so eager to meet and were welcoming. Also, the school plans activities during the first few weeks so there are lots of opportunities to make friends.

What did you find different about studying at Montpellier Business School? A difference I have adapted to is the change in schedule each week. Some weeks you can have 6 classes and some only 2. They also utilize online resources more with “E-Learnings” in replacement of some classes and increased group work outside of class.

Best things about Montpellier, France? The city is full of students, which make up 1/3 of the total population, so there is always something to do! The Mediterranean is only 20 minutes away and with the beautiful weather here there are lots of beach days. Also, the food is amazing. I have been here for over three months now and I still feel like there are too many restaurants left to try!

What do you like most about studying abroad? The friendships I’ve made with people all over the world, and the travelling experiences I have shared with them. I was lucky to find a group that wanted to travel just as much as I did. We’ve spent every weekend on a different adventure whether it was a local road trip in Southern France or exploring different countries like Spain and Ireland. Also, I liked being able to develop my French language and I want to continue to improve when I return to Canada.

How many other countries did you visit when you were studying abroad? So far, I have been fortunate to travel to Monaco, Switzerland, Rome, Vatican City, Spain and Ireland. My final trip planned is to Morocco, after I complete my exams here.

What are your future plans/have studying abroad made you change your future plans? This term abroad has made me want to invest more in travelling and come back to visit the friends I have made here. Also, I plan on participating in one of the Summer programs the UNB Student Abroad Program offers.

Do you have any advice to future students, who may wish to study abroad? Please just do it! The planning process can be stressful at times, but everyone is very helpful, and it is worth every second. It is an experience I think everyone should have and I could not even imagine not taking advantage of this program! You learn so much about different cultures, make friendships that will last a lifetime, and it is an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and become more independent!

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