Thomas’s interview

Thomas’s interview

It’s been a while since I last published an interview and I make a strong comeback with Thomas, a resourceful and very motivated student. I think he’ll have a lot of success! Discover him through a few questions.

 

I’ve seen that you want to study 2D and 3D graphic design and also video making, why is that ?

I’ve always been drawn to the cinema and design industry. I’ve always watched a lot of movies (live movies and animation) and series (like a lot of persons). It’s really rare for me to go to sleep before watching a series episode or a movie. I like to use my imagination to send a message. I’m influenced and inspired by a lot of different universes:

 

  • The Astronomy. I love to look at photos or watch videos taken from space. I find learning more about the things surrounding us very interesting.
  • The Sports with the giants that are Nike and Adidas.
  • The Urban Culture with US rap (Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Big Sean or even Futuristic) and the sneakers for example (Urban Culture is not only about this but this is what inspire me the most).

 

I think that today’s technological means enable anyone to create quality content.

 

Indeed, your aspirations are rather wide. But what is your academic background?

I started to “surf” on the web when I was 13. That is when I registered on a forum talking about graphism. I met a large community where everyone would help each other. I could learn Adobe Photoshop on my own. I learnt how to edit images, do compositing, create logos and so on. It was an amazing experience because I was able to talk with people with whom I am still in touch today, that is to say 8 years later. But it was a hobby. I was working on it after School or during my spare time.

I’ve had a rather unusual academic background. I got an A-Level in science and technology of industry and sustainable development with a specialization in technology innovation. I learnt how to create brand new products. There was a creative side but it was still too industrial, which displeased me. I had to study the materials, the mechanical links and I found that it was too binding and a bummer for my creativity. It was during this degree that I decided to learn digital creation. I loved doing it during my spare time so I asked myself “why not try to make it my daily life and live thanks to it?”

 

Indeed, it’s hard to understand the link between your A-level and the studies you wanted to follow. So, what did you do?

So I went to study a two-year degree in Multimedia and Internet at the University of Marne-la-Vallée. Coming from Lyon, it was a huge change for me but I wanted to leave the family cocoon. The courses were rather general and I mainly had courses on fields that I was not interested in (but I’d advise these courses for those who are hesitating between the different fields in digital).

That is why I’d like to pursue my studies abroad, in the hope of learning new things but in a different background. I still hesitate to target a field more oriented on design or rather on visual effect.

 

You said in your HigherEdMe profile that you travelled to different countries. What country did you like the most?

Italy is the best trip I did. I loved Florence. The history of this city has always fascinated me. I really loved the cooking, the kindness of the Italian people but also learning more about the country’s history. What I noticed and what marked me the most is that they drive the way they want to. I witnessed a lot of funny situations.

 

Interesting! Now let’s talk a little bit more about yourself. What are your most significant character traits?

It’s always hard to describe your ownself. I’d say that I try to make my relatives the happier I can. I think that I am generous in the effort, when I have something to do, I give everything I have. I’m someone who is very discreet but also very impulsive.

 

Why should a School choose you instead of someone else?

On the professional side, I’m sure of my strength, I like to learn from other people, I like good work. The unknown doesn’t scare me. Moreover, I think that in spite of my young age, I have a certain experience in digital creation. I’m able to work in groups but also to be autonomous.

 

On the social side, I’ve always had the will to travel, discover new cultures, new people.

If an University trusts me, I do the best to do as well. I have precise goals on my mind and I think that to realise them I’ll have to go abroad. I don’t have any special ties with France.

My relatives know I’ve always seen my future abroad . Now it’s easy to keep in touch with someone wherever you are.

 

Why did you choose America as a destination?

“The American Dream”. I grew up with Hollywood, Looney Tunes, NBA, etc. I have a very idealistic vision of America. I have many good feedbacks from friends who went there. There is a sport culture that I find to be very extraordinary. Sports are like a religion there and that is very impressive to see the show at every meeting. On a more professional note, there were a lot of design studios in the USA and in Canada. My goal is to be part of one of them. As I would like to work in the 3D creation field or in visual effects, I think it’s the better place to be trained.

 

Are you open to other destinations ?

The USA and Canada are the two destinations that interest me the most to continue my studies.

Though it is true that Japan and South Korea are two countries that would interest me. It’s rather cliché but I like this mix between tradition and modernity. The multimedia culture is very interesting there, video games and mangas are in everyday’s life.

These are really inspiring. A lot of well-known designer come from there such as Hiroshi Fujiwara who is Japanese and collaborated with Nike and Louis Vuitton for example.

There is also Abu Dhabi, I really like the artificial side of the town. It’s the place of excess. This town is really recent and cosmopolitan. I think there is the possibility to learn a lot of things on a lot of different cultures.

 

What is your biggest dream?

I’ve learnt the hard way that talking too much about one’s project could harm. So I’ll remain neutral on this question 🙂

 

I really liked his interview so I had to share it with you. We can feel the passion in his words and I hope he’ll get study abroad offers soon. If you want to discover his work, visit Behance

 

-Emilie, Community Manager

Useful apps to follow you everywhere you go during your abroad studies

Useful apps to follow you everywhere you go during your abroad studies

Nowadays our smartphones do all the work for us and they are pretty useful when it comes to new situations. For example, when you study abroad you can need it to find a place to go, a good restaurant…

I found out for you some really great apps so you might want to have a look. I’ve tried some of them and they are so useful you’ll probably not be able to stop using it even when you are back home.

To help you find free wifi wherever you are

WiFi Map

 

To stay in touch with the ones you love

WhatsApp : Many people use it in their daily lives but I think it’s much more useful when you’re abroad and need to stay in touch with people. They’ll need to have the app too of course and you can even create group conversations.

Facebook : Well, who doesn’t know Facebook nowadays? Thanks to Facebook messenger you’ll be able to talk in private with people and thanks to Facebook you’ll be able to see what they are up to and share your daily life.

Skype : What’s better than a phone conversation instead of just writing text messages? Well, a video conversation of course! And thanks to Skype you’ll be able to video chat with one or even several persons.

 

To help you understand people

Google Translate : Need to know the meaning of a word or a sentence? Google helps you 🙂

The Intepreter : You don’t understand people’s accent? Their way of talking? Or you just need to make yourself understood? Well, this app is perfect as it recognises the voices and is able to translate them. A daily useful tool.

 

To brag about the amazing places you’ve seen

Instagram : Perfect for those who want to share amazing photos on a social network dedicated to that.

Snapchat : Want to send short videos or photos that’ll only remain a few seconds on your friend’s screen? Then Snapchat is made for you.

Facebook

My PostCard Photocards : Send postcards of photos you took with your phone camera to the people you love and pay for them online. Fast and easy.

 

To help you travel

Skyscanner : For those who want to find the cheapest flights.

AirBnb : Hotels are too expensive for your small budget? Then renting a room or even an entire flat to private individuals on AirBnb might be the solution for you. It’s cheaper than staying at hotels and makes you meet new people.

Tripadvisor : What about this restaurant? Is it good or not? Read the opinions(and even photos) of people who went there and discover if you should try it or find another oneto have dinner at.

Uber : Taxis can be really expensive. Find a cheaper solution thanks to Uber. You can book your drive online.

GoogleMap : If you are like me and have no sense of direction, Google Map will help you find your way!

Around Me : Need help finding bars, coffee shops, gas stations, movie theaters, hospitals, hotels and many other places? Around Me is the app for you.

 

To be careful with your spendings

Money lover : Are you scared to spend too much during your trip? Money Lover is especially here for you to help you keep track of all your expenses.

 

Do you have any favorite app yourself and do you want to share it with us? Then do it in the commentary section and I might add yours to the list 🙂

 

-Emilie, Community Manager

How to find a job abroad

How to find a job abroad

Many of you will study abroad soon and will want to earn a living by working once in your host country. I’m giving you a few tips to find a job once you are settled.

 

1- Before everything, check if you are able to work in the country you are currently in

 

Every visa has its own particularities and some may not allow you to work in the country you chose to study in. That is why it is really important to choose carefully what visa you’ll get before leaving.

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You can’t be angry if you haven’t picked the right visa, I warned you to be careful!

 

2- Look for opportunities

 

When you start searching a job, you should begin with the university’s career center. Not only they can help you but they also can prepare you for job interviews.

There are also a lot of websites helping you find the perfect job for you.

https://www.reed.co.uk/ (UK)

https://www.seek.com.au/ (Australia)

https://www.monster.com (US)

https://www.indeed.fr/ (France)

http://www.infoempleo.com/ (Spain)

Also, you might want to have a look at supermarket chains and other important industries.

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3- Get a kick-ass resume and motivation letter

 

 

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No more boring CVs please! Express yourself through your motivation letter and your resume. It takes time to personalize each letter but trust me, it’s important and your soon-to-be employer will appreciate it.

 

4- Be prepared for the interview

 

 

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Prepare in your mind all the questions you can be asked and what you should answer. And if a question pops up and you don’t know what to answer, don’t panic and take your time. You can do this!

 

5- Success!

 

 

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We knew you could do this.

And if you still need help to find your study abroad program, we are here to help you 😉

 

 

-Emilie, Community Manager

 

What are the French scholarships available for international students

What are the French scholarships available for international students

France is becoming more and more attractive to international students. Is it its beautiful landscapes, its pastries or its arts? Whatever the reason is, many of you think it will be too expensive to join a School there and want to know more about the Scholarships you can get when studying in France as an international student. So I made some research especially for you and came across different Scholarships that you can get to come study in France. So get ready because here are the most famous ones:

Eiffel Excellence Scholarships

It helps bring the best foreign students in the French higher education institutions for masters and Ph.D. degree programs. It was developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Those who can get this scholarship will receive an allowance of €1,181 for the Master’s programs and of €1,400 for the Ph.D. program.

Moreover, the return trip, the health insurance, and the cultural activities are included and you can even be eligible for an additional accommodation allowance. Though, you’ll be charged with the tuition fees.

 

Scholarships offered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

French government scholarships are allocated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for studies, training courses and language courses in France.

There is one organism that grants the majority of scholarships and that the students should contact: the SCAC (Cooperation and Cultural Action Departments) in their country of origin in order to get comprehensive information about scholarships, the criteria, the required documents or any other useful information.

 

ERASMUS Mundus Joint Master Degrees

This scholarship covers the student’s participation costs that are to say :

  • tuition fees,
  • library
  • laboratory costs,
  • full insurance coverage
  • many other costs related to your participation in the Master.

It also provides the students a contribution to their travel and their installation cost. Plus, it includes a monthly allowance for the entire duration of the program.The requirements are the following: you must have obtained a first higher education degree or an equivalent and live outside of the European Union.

 

Scholarships offered by Schools

  • ENS International Selection Scholarships. This scholarship enables some students to get a monthly grant of 1,000 Euros for three years. Indeed, the “École Normale Supérieure” organizes every year a selection of several international students who seem to be the most promising in order to offer them a scholarship. They’ll have to study Science or Arts & Humanities and follow a three-year Masters Degree at the University.
  • Emile Boutmy Scholarships for Non-EU Students at Sciences Po. It has different levels and you can get from 3,000 Euros to 19,000 Euros for the three years. To be eligible, the students have to be first time applicants, from a non-European Union state, and who have been admitted to the Undergraduate or Master’s program.
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology Foundation Scholarship program. If you are applying for a Master’s degree at Grenoble Institute of Technology, you can be offered scholarships for international Master’s degree students. You can get up to 5000 euros per semester (2 terms maximum).

 

Many other Schools allow the students to get scholarships, so you might have a look at what a School offers. Most of the time, it will depend on your grades and your personality. So make sure to work well during your high school and undergraduate years!

If you want to know about the other scholarships available in France, visit this website.

And if you are looking for other worldwide scholarships, follow our Twitter account that retweets every scholarship offer from all over the world: The Scholarsheep Twitter Account.

So, ready to study in France? 😉 Then make your study abroad wish on our platform

 

-Emilie, Community Manager

English Language Certificates – Conclusion and Comparison chart

English Language Certificates – Conclusion and Comparison chart

Choosing between all these tests and certificates

We hope that all the details we gave you about these certificates and standardized tests helped you understand them better and will help you make a choice. There are so many parameters to take into account before taking your decision. Do I want a real certificate or a standardized test? what level do I need?  TOEIC or IELTS or Cambridge?

You can find below a chart of comparison between the different tests based on levels.

If you had to compare the ETS tests to the Cambridge tests  we might add that the Cambridge are better suited if you are planning to join a British school and The ETS ones if you are going to the US. Although it is not definitive. You can indeed study with a TOEFL in the UK and about everywhere. Conversely your IELTS or CAE will be recognized about everywhere. In the end it is just about what certificate or test the school you have set your mind upon will accept.

 

TOEFL / IELTS / CECR Levels comparison chart

English certificates comparison chart

More certificates and tests we did not mention :

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE academic) by  by Pearson Language Tests is an Australian test  to assess non-native English speakers’ readiness to follow university-level studies. It is recognized in the UK, the US and many other countries like France, Spain, China, Italy Malaysia… in prestigious universities like Harvard, Yale, business schools like London business school, HEC and also a number of art and music schools.

Test scores range from 10 to 90, using the GSE (Global Scale of English) .

ECL English language test by the  ECL – European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages.

The ECL provides a standardised test system customised to the languages of the EU member states. The test system is based on the recommendations of the CEFR.

The ECL language exam can be taken on four levels based on CEFR levels:

  • A2 – Waystage
  • B1 – Threshold
  • B2 – Vantage
  • C1 – Effective Operational Proficiency

The exam consists of four parts: oral communication, listening, written communication and reading comprehension. The test does not grammar tests and translation tasks.

The exam can be taken in 15 languages.

Other european test systems are available in multiple languages like the TELC managed by a German organisation and the DCL run by the French ministry of National Education

Let’s mention the GMAT or Graduate Management Admission Test before we finish. It is a test in English language partially managed by Pearson that can but the test assesses more than just English proficiency.

Indeed it measures several skills considered essential for students who pursuing admission in a graduate management program, such as an MBA so it assesses certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for that purpose. We have included this one to be complete but this one is borderline. It is a language test but not entirely a language test.

Talking about completeness, there are more than 50 different English language tests on the market and we did not include every one of them. Chance is you can take one of those we mention near your place because we have tackled the most renowned tests and certificates in the world today. They are recognized for their quality and so you know what you are getting and chances will be greater than your school recognizes it.  Whatever your decision regarding which examination you should take, we have to insist that it is better to contact the school first and read their requirements for admission. They usually list a batch of tests or certificates they accept for admission and we obviously advise you choose one of them. If you think we have missed a major actor on the market or you have in mind one you would like us to mention, please leave a comment below.