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Exceptional measures to help international students registering for the 2020/2021 school year le 18/05/2020

Dr Pascal Vidal, KEDGE’s Director of Programmes, spoke to the school’s future international students on Tuesday, May 12 during a webinar, followed by nearly 200 people live and 800 by replay. On behalf of KEDGE, he was keen to reassure international applicants affected by the closure of borders or the economic impact of the crisis about the selection, registration and payment methods, hosting arrangements and process for the upcoming school year. The school has implemented exceptional measures to address all the current restrictions in order to be able to welcome international students under the best possible conditions.

Adjusted application and registration procedures

The current situation has not led to any complexity or disruption for applicants in the online application and registration process. Applications are made on the join.kedge.edu website and the motivation interviews take place remotely. International applicants already benefit from new methods for evaluating their English proficiency thanks to an online TOEIC preparation and examination service to solve the problem of the current closure of examination centres.

To date, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ freeze on the issuance of visas is still in place. Students are invited to contact their local Campus France for up-to-date information.

KEDGE continues to issue visa application letters once the file has been approved and the deposit has been paid in anticipation of the reopening of the Ministry’s services.

More flexible financial terms

A new arrangement for international students: tuition fees can be paid in six instalments if payment is made by bank transfer.
The conditions to defer student admission have also been optimised.

The €1,500 deferral fee is treated as a deposit for the tuition fee for the 2021 academic year.

The school allows reimbursement of the deposit to students who have been admitted. Without being required to provide justification, they may waive their admission to the school until 31 July 2020 (then to D+15 for instalments paid after this date). This provides them with greater flexibility in their decision-making to suit changes in their situation.

KEDGE is also maintaining its scholarship scheme for international, motivated and talented students.

International students with excellent academic files can apply for a merit-based scholarship worth between €2,000 and €4,000, by filing the reasons for their scholarship application during the online application process at join.kedge.edu.

Instructional methods adapted to each case

Each MS and MSc programme has adjusted its content and curriculum to remove barriers that students might encounter in terms of finding a work/study placement or course start dates.

All the programmes have been adapted to accommodate international students remotely for their courses and examinations in the first semester if they do not wish to or cannot be present from the outset.

They will be free to join the campus at any time when their situation so allows. In two MScs (Brand Marketing and International Business), students who can only attend classes in the second half of the year will be able to begin in January 2021 and continue in September with the next year’s class.

A wide range of services for students, accessible remotely

In view of the very special context, KEDGE teams have worked on developing educational services and student life. The services already in place are now accessible online and the service offer has been even more enhanced.

  • Educational services:

After registration and payment of the deposit, students will have access to online courses via remote educational platforms such as CrossKnowledge. These courses in French and English will allow them to catch up or improve their knowledge of certain subjects.
International students will have the opportunity to attend French courses online. They will be able to take a test to ascertain their level and follow the appropriate courses.
They will also have access to all the resources of Kedge Library, which has an extensive digital offer. Depending on each student’s programme, the teaching teams will be able to recommend certain courses and offer a specific academic path, in line with the expectations of the chosen programme.

  • Student life services:

The Student Office’s teams are present from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm from Monday to Friday to answer all questions and provide all necessary information for life on and off the campus (opening a bank account, looking for a doctor who speaks English, etc.).
In order to facilitate international students’ access to employers, even remotely, the school’s career centre organises a series of webinars, online presentations and individual coaching to propose job and internship search methodologies, and prepare CVs, cover letters and interviews. The teams also offer virtual recruitment events and provide information on the Jobbard and Jobteaser sites where the school’s partners post their job offers.

Future students will be able to contact the community of graduates composed of 70,000 alumni and participate in events in France and around the world. They can find information, advice and contact information for graduates and, thanks to a contact platform, will be able to obtain personalised coaching from an Alumnus.

With regard to the search for housing, KEDGE has its own department. It consists of two English-speaking advisors who identify the needs of future students and work with multilingual partners specialising in student accommodation and sub-letting to increase housing opportunities and reduce costs.

The school also has SAFETY KEDGE, a solution integrated into the MY KEDGE mobile application that provides all the information and measures to prevent significant risks in each country. A team is available 24 hours a day in case of incidents.
The Wellness department, made up of psychologists and voluntary members of the administration, listens to and advises students facing any kind of difficulty. A team on each campus is available to students by appointment, on site or remotely.

Enhanced health and safety measures

All health and safety measures will be implemented to ensure that all the school’s students have access to masks and hydroalcoholic gel dispensers.

During his webinar, Pascal Vidal reminded participants that the safety distances will be respected in all the campus’s classrooms and living areas, and surfaces will be disinfected.

View the entire webinar

 

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