Missed the fall intake? No worries, spring is coming!

Missed the fall intake? No worries, spring is coming!

For many reasons, as future freshmen, you could have missed the fall intake. You needed time to finish a project, or earn some money or add a skill to your resume. Now, you don’t have to wait until September 2018 to start your freshman life! More and more Schools and Universities have two intakes, it’s a fact. The year is divided into semesters, like the programmes.

But did you know that a lot of the southern hemisphere countries have an academic year that starts in spring? So why not use this chance to go abroad and to start your year at the same time as the local students there?

For a lot of reasons, it’s interesting to start University at the same time as everyone else.

Why should you go abroad this spring?

  • integration, most welcome students events will be done at this period
  • programmes, more choice at the beginning of the year
  • accommodation, find room-mates will be easier too.
  • the weather, the idea of starting an academic year without the rain in fall but with the spring butterflies instead, is like a warm ray of sunlight to me.

Are you interested too? So the big question is:

Which countries start their academic year in Spring?

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala , Honduras, India, Japan , Kenya , Malaysia , New Zealand, Nigeria , Singapore , South Africa , South Korea (Check our map to find all the locations)

This is not a comprehensive list but it already gives you a nice bunch of destinations with a spring intake. I use this opportunity to present to you the SolBridge International School of Business in South Korea. They will soon welcome a student met on HigherEdMe.

What do they do?


(quote from their website)

We are dedicated to producing top business leaders in Asia in all fields: business, politics, the military, and social activism, who will be prepared to be instruments of change in their respective societies. We do not focus only on the “hard skills” needed for such an undertaking, but also on the critically important “soft skills” that provide flexibility, understanding, and interpersonal leadership skills that will help in many environments. SolBridge offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business. All degree programs focus on Asian business and its relation to the rest of the world.

On HigherEdMe you can receive offers from South Korea thanks to the SolBridge International School of Business, but also from other countries with Spring intakes. For example, we have Schools and universities from South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, Chile, Argentina, India and China

Give it a try and create a dedicated wish for this 2018 spring intake!

Study abroad: Free mover or exchange student?

Study abroad: Free mover or exchange student?

Hello, everyone!

In today’s post, I will explain some of the main differences between being an exchange student and being a free mover.

I’ll start with the definition provided by Wikipedia:

Mobile students are usually divided into two groups: Free movers are students who travel entirely on their own initiative, while exchange students use exchange programmes at a department, faculty, institution, or national level (such as Erasmus, Nordplus or Fulbright).

Now that you know the fundamental difference, here are the main practical ones.

N°1: Accommodation

The international office welcomes the exchange students and helps them to find accommodation, and follow them during their stay..

As a free mover, you will receive the same help that the usual local student. Don’t count too much on it ;p

As a free mover, you have to be a bit more prepared than an exchange student. For example,  it will be essential to know the basics of the country’s’ national language in order to be more independent for day to day life.

fre mover, street, alone, man

N°2 Money, money, money

Exchange students usually benefit from an existing partnership between the Universities and  they can keep their student status from their home during their trip abroad.  They also receive grants or scholarships more easily.

Free movers will have the same status as local students. They will have to look for specific scholarships in their home country and their host country to fund their experience abroad.

N°3 Social Life

joung, smile, asian, girl, SVM

Welcoming International students is always an event for a University and its students. And with networks like Erasmus, exchange students are often invited to a lot of activities and parties. Not to mention that exchange students often move in groups and stay together in similar places. So their time abroad will be a completely different experience from the one of free movers, in regard of this aspect.

The interesting part in studying abroad as a free mover is to live a much more immersive experience. You won’t be in the special cocoon in which exchange students are. So you will have to push yourself to adapt and truly understand a different culture and environment. And that is quite a challenge, don’t you think?

Study in Spain: a step by step guide

Study in Spain: a step by step guide

Our CEO is currently in Seville for EAIE 2017, Europe’s largest international higher education conference. It’s an opportunity for HigherEdMe to meet a lot of Schools and Universities. And we hope to have a lot registered on our platform and send you messages to go abroad! So for the occasion, I wrote a post about what to do to study in Spain.

First step: where to go? the best students cities of Spain.

If you here Spain, you may think about its two biggest cities: Madrid and Barcelona. They all have plenty to offer for students but I prefer to talk to you about 3 other Spanish cities where students are welcome too:

Valencia is on the east coast of Spain, and is the third largest city in the country. If you go to study in Valencia, try to be there in March for the Fallas Festival!


Granada is located one hour from the Mediterranean sea, and is also at the feet of a mountain (Sierra Nevada). There are even local ski resorts! If you go there, you should visit the Alhambra, a palace and a fortress complex.

Granada Spain

Seville is the capital and largest city of Andalusia and the hottest city of western Europe (more than 35° in summer). Flamenco was born in the region too.

Gold tower Seville Spain

Step two: how to apply?

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Here you will have to be cautious. You won’t have a national system that will help to apply for studies in Spain. You will have to check the right information for each university you wish to go to. Surely a good start when you have select one University or two would be to go to the Embassy of Spain in your own country. They will help you certify your High School Diploma and will have accurate information about health insurance and paperwork that you may need later.

Bonus step: About the Spanish language

A lot of Spanish universities offer international programs in English, but many students that have done the trip advise to have a basic knowledge of Spanish for a better immersion and communication. And you may need it anyway to successfully pass the step 2 😉

Step 3: Papers, please!

Screen shot from Papers please, a game by Lucas Pope

Screen shot from Papers please, a game by Lucas Pope

If you’re from the EU (or an EEA country), then you don’t need a VISA. But if your stay is longer than 3 months, you will need to register at the Central Registry Office for Foreigners (Registro Central de Extranjeros). They will ask for a copy of your ID (not your driving license), a copy of your health insurance, a €10,5 fee, and an accreditation for your studies in Spain.

If you don’t come from the EU, then you will need a type D visa. Requirements will depend on your own country, and chances are you will have to be accepted at a University in Spain to obtain it. You can already start gathering information about the type D visa, and keep in mind that the process to get one might be long (up to three months).

And once you get there, you will have to register for the NIE. I found an interesting post that explains in detail how to do it. So save that link, you will need it: How to Apply for the Spanish NIE/TIE

Step 4: Spain and tuition fees

EU has its advantages when it’s also the case in International Education. You will have the same tuition fees than Spanish students.In public Universities, it’s around US$1,100.
In Granada, for example, it will be €757 a year (for an Undergraduate Degrees).For non-public Universities or Private Schools, the amount will vary more, between €5,000 to €20,000.
And for you, who aren’t from an EU country, it will cost a bit more, sorry.

Step 5: HigherEdMe and Spanish Schools/Universities

If you are already on our platform, you may receive messages from differents places in Spain. In case you want to see for yourself, I made a list of the different institutions on our platform! 😉

Looking for another guide? Read our post about French Visas

5 Tips to get through the first year of University

5 Tips to get through the first year of University

If you are going to University for the first time this year, you may have questions on how this big step in your life will turn out for you. For this reason and to help you a bit, I gathered 5 pieces of advice to have a better start and a successful year.


Tip 1: It’s dangerous to go alone!


Screenshot of The Legend of Zelda, showing a famous scene, in which Link receives a wooden sword from a nameless old man.


When arriving in your University, try to quickly find study groups. As a result, it will help you to meet new people. Not to mention it will also help you to understand new ideas faster and you will keep each other more motivated through the year. Working with many people, with a simple organization with WhatsApp, has only advantages.


Tip 2: How to make SOmeone happy = take Him/her to the library


You love your place because it is cozy and home. But for the same reasons, it is also not the most work_focused place you can be. All things considered, the library is the answer to numerous issues when we talk about studies. You have nclose by all the books you can need, a web connection, maybe some friends or the librarian to help you too.


Tip 3: Keep calm and carry on


Keep Calm and Carry On


You may encounter some difficulties alongs the way, receive a few or a lot 🙁 bad marks. To get through them, you have to keep your motivation up. It’s alway simple if you already have a project for the long term and think about it to re-boost your mind. If you don’t have one, and you are at University to explore what you can do, then don’t hesitate to create a smaller goal. For example, if you have a good first semester, you reward yourself with a trip to a nice place.


Tip 4: Shut Up And Don’t Take My Money!




With your student status, in many countries, you will have access to special prices. Check every time, especially for cultural outings or urban transport. In the same way, ask student associations too, they often give good tips and plans to buy at the best price the things you need.


Tip 5: It’s time for some Me time


It's Time for some ME Time


Don’t forget yoursefl! Take time to stay healthy in order to avoid burnout during the exam period. Eat home-made food regularly. And if you don’t know how to cook, the web is full of recipes for students like you. Cheap fast and easy but good meals are waiting for you. (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-survive-student-basic-recipes)
Equally important, make time for physical exercise. Universities are full of students sports clubs. You prefer the easy “lazy” solution? Walk a bit faster and say no to lift-elevators, try to go to the next bus/metro station on foot from time to time.


Need more Tips? Check our posts about Tips to prepare for an exam or Tips to get back to school





Study abroad photos 30 years later and scholarships!

Study abroad photos 30 years later and scholarships!

I try a new kind of post today. Not quite a press review but close. I will aggregate here some post I found interesting in the week about study abroad stuff.
Today summary:

  • A woman has made a second trip abroad, and have made the most logical thing to do during her stay.
  • a post list 15 scholarship opportunities open to African students
  • fact about the benefits of studying abroad

30 years later, nothing has changed for Lisa Werner

During your study abroad trip, you make unforgettable memories. Lisa Werner from California has chosen to recreate them with a second abroad trip 30 years later.
You can read her story and see many photos on the HuffingtonPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/study-abroad-photos_us_59680477e4b03389bb164217
Do you parents have done a study abroad trip too? Why not suggest them to go again and have fun with this simple idea 😉

Lisa Werner 30 years later her study abroad trip in Europe

Photo: Courtesy Lisa Werner

On this photo, she is standing in front of the Cologne’s Cathedrale. Cologne is one of the 4 largest cities in Germany ( you can read more about Germany and German language here), She was also in France (City of Strasbourg).

Boost your study abroad project with Scholarship opportunities

I think that I may help some of you to realize their study abroad project with this information.

Africa, Top 15 scholarship opportunities to study abroad

It’s a post with a list of 15 scholarship opportunities for African students.

Tokyo, China, Australia, Malaysia, Denmark… all those countries are possible destinations with those scholarships.

Read the full article here: http://worldscholarshipforum.com/top-15-scholarships-opportunities-for-africans-to-study-abroad-2017-2018/

I look at them and I find this one really interesting:

Read more here : http://worldscholarshipforum.com/monash-international-merit-scholarships/

If you are going to apply for one, tell us in the comments why!

Why do more and more people choose to study abroad?

The answer is very simple because, despite all the possible difficulties (Budget, administrative paper, unknown language), students gain a lot with this experience.

For the majority of students going abroad means:

  • a gain in maturity
  • a better understanding of their own cultural value
  • a boost in self-confidence
  • new skills usefull for their future career

I know that most of you didn’t need to be convinced to go abroad. But maybe this facts will convince your parents if they are a bit afraid to let their child going far away.

I hope you will like this post, don’t hesitate to tell in the comments if you want to see more like this one!

I wish you a very good day.

I wish you a very good day.

Which language is the most popular on HigherEdMe?

Which language is the most popular on HigherEdMe?

English Language still in the first place

I was curious about this specific matter last week, so I have looked at the June stats of our platform and create you a little pie chart about it. Like you can see the top 3 most desired language for your study abroad projects are:
  1. English,
  2. Spanish
  3. French.

But what this chart doesn’t show is that you are 2% to choose German and 1% Italian.

Germany is one of the top most wanted destination to study abroad.

With low tuition fees, a reasonable cost of living, and a central place in Europe, it is only normal to want to study there.

The four most important cities in Germany by population are:

  1. Berlin
  2. Hamburg
  3. Munich (München)
  4. Cologne (Köln)

As you can see, you only have to choose in which area of Germany you want to study, you will find a big city to welcome you.


Reutlingen University is located to the northwest of Munich, in the Baden-Württemberg state. It is Germany’s third largest state in terms of size and population.

How the University presents itself:

Reutlingen University is one of Germany’s leading universities, offering international academic programmes with close ties to industry and commerce. On our campus we have around 5800 students spread across five different Schools: Applied Chemistry, Engineering, ESB Business School, Informatics, and Textiles & Design.

Professors, Visiting Lecturers and administrative and technical staff guide these talented young people along their academic path.

We offer 43 degree programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s level, in which we train the top executives of the future. At the same time it is very important to us to support our students’ personal development and to ensure that they become specialists and managers for whom social responsibility is second nature.

Learn more on their website: www.reutlingen-university.de

About the German Language

I start with some fact from:

  • German is the first language of about 95 million people worldwide and the most widely spoken native language in the European Union
  • The German language consists of about 5.3 million words
  • The first printed book was written in German (The Gutenberg Bible)
  • English and German share 60% of their vocabulary.

Did you know the last one? Maybe this fact will convince you to take learn some German and maybe to go study in this country!

So do you speak German? Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Tell us why in the comments, or share your experience in Germany!




80年代开始,伴随着设计教育专业机构建立(l’École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, une Agence pour la promotion de la création industrielle, le Centre de création industrielle au Centre Pompidou, …); 于90年代,设计沙龙文化展的发展 (la Biennale internationale à Saint-Etienne, l’Observeur du Design à Paris, …);紧接着在千禧年后,进一步对设计的推广((le Lieu du Design d’Île-de-France, la Cité du Design à Saint Étienne,…)

注:Saint-Etienne圣埃蒂安在设计方面是个有着悠久历史且欧洲文明的城市,其中Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Etienne美术学院,la Cité du Design设计之城还有la Biennale internationale双年展都展示了Saint-Etienne浓厚的文化底蕴。



  • 一些教育机构为学生提供在国家高考文凭 baccalauréat(或等同文凭)进行2年学习
  • 近60所教育机构为学生提供为期3年的学习(本科)
  • 20多所提供4年制教育
  • 40多所提供5年制教育(硕士)


公立学校名单Des Écoles publiques

在视觉艺术领域« Arts visuels »公立学校总分为二:

文化部下属的公立学校Les Écoles du Ministère de la Culture


• Le Diplôme national d’arts et techniques (DNAT)法国国家艺术与技术文凭 学生在取得高中毕业证或者等同证书后进行为期3年本科学习,具体有:Design de produit产品设计,Design graphique图像设计和Design textile服装设计。


• Le Diplôme national supérieur d’expression plastique (DNSEP) 法国国家高等造型表现文凭 是在完成3年本科后继续两年学习获得硕士文凭.进入大一需要通过会考。

还有是由学校颁发的文凭Deux écoles nationales préparent à des diplômes d’école :

在完成3年本科学习后可以通过  cursus Design et Science avec l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)注册欧洲设计硕士 (Master of European Design )。这是第一批被全欧洲承认的此类文凭将于2012年发放。同时它也是法国国家承认的最高级别类文凭。


École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs – ENSAD高等装饰艺术学院


• Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS) 高级技术文凭

BTS是需要进行为期两年学习 (BAC+2,中国教育部认证为大专文凭)。服装方面的BTS有两种:时装设计和染织艺术。实用艺术类的高中毕业生和学习过一年实用艺术课程的普通高中毕业生都可以报考学习这种大专课程。提供该类文凭的学校课程大都与就业市场紧密结合,最后通过国家统一考试来获得文凭。

• Licence Professionnelle 三年制职业本科


• Diplôme des Métiers d’Arts (DMA) 工艺美术文凭

• Diplôme supérieur des arts appliqués (DSAA) 四年制高等应用艺术文凭

取得此BTS和DMA文凭后学生可继续深造,再通过两年的学习获得高等应用艺术文凭 ( DSAA )。


École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués Boulle

École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et Métiers d’Art Olivier de Serres (ENSAAMA)

École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré (ESAA)

École Estienne

L’École de design de Nantes

Institut Supérieur de Design (ISD)




就小编了解的留法设计师有非常出名的杨冠华Elysée YANG,他的先生还曾经是我的法语老师。

她于2003年毕业于法国巴黎LISAA ( L’ institut supérieur des arts appliqués )高等实用艺术学院服装设计及面料设计专业.在法国注册并销售高级成衣定制品牌Elysée YANG及成衣品牌ZEMOELYSEE,并于2005年年底开始在中国销售。分别于2006,2007,2008,2009年在北京及上海进行时装发布会。得到《VOGUE》,《ELLE》,《COSMOPOLITAN》,《BAZAAR》,《LUXURY TIMES现代奢侈品》,《TIME OUT》,《淑媛》,《虹》,《悦己》,《精品购物指南》,《北京青年周刊》,《大周末》,CCTV,法国《JOURNAL DU TEXTILE》, 西班牙《EL PAIS》,美国《THE NEW YORK OBSERVER》等国内外国媒体的大力报道支持.并与诸多艺人合作。





一年一度的欧洲博物馆之夜于五月二十日开幕,从2005年开始到现在已经举办了13届,在欧洲有超过3000多个博物馆参加活动,仅在法国就有1800多个博物馆免费向公众敞开大门。本次欧洲博物馆之夜文化活动,继续通过简单,互动,新媒体等方式,吸引更多参观者,特别是那些平日没有机会进入参观博物馆的青年人,博物馆在5月20、21号的晚上7点到凌晨1点免费开放。从巴黎的卢浮宫(Le Musée du Louvre)、东京宫(le Palais de Tokyo)、凡尔赛宫(Le château de Versailles)到莫斯科的国家历史博物馆(Musée historique d’État)在此期间也是免费开放的。要知道在法国,大部分博物馆对26岁以下青年免费开放,并且在每个月的第一个星期天,一些博物馆也是免费开放的。

欧洲博物馆之夜的官方网站 开放了详细的活动指南和地图

在网站上还可以了解不同时期作品背后的故事“UNE ŒUVRE, UNE HISTOIRE”十分有趣,




这幅画是Gaston Vuillier最出名的作品之一,描绘了一种特殊的治疗手段,由一位来自乡下的名为Chazal的铁匠用锤子对病人进行打击治疗肠胃病。这位铁匠神秘兮兮地邀请了作者观看了这次仪式:随着一声可怕的咆哮震耳欲聋,Chazal上下摆动手臂,暴力地进行敲打,小孩的身体瑟瑟发抖,眼睛吓得睁大,豆大的泪珠划过他母亲的脸颊。。。一阵暴风在我们的头上出现又消失。。。Chazal发出第三声更可怕的咆哮。这一次落下的锤子顿时停在了病人腹部上,然后轻轻地擦过表面。当这可怕的一切静止时,覆着煤渣的火焰也随之熄灭。


LE MAGE BALTHAZAR : NOIR OU BLANC ?东方博士中的Balthazar:是黑皮肤还是白皮肤?

来自意大利文艺复兴作品《三博士来朝》(对于东方博士的数目有一些人存有质疑,但是可以确定的是有三个人送了礼物:黄金,乳香,没药)给我们揭开事实的真相:在画的左边可以看到Balthazar的脸明显是后来才重新涂画的,其实在中世纪的欧洲,东方博士是有所区别。直到1430年他们才被认为是分别代表着欧洲,亚洲还有非洲,所以Balthazar有着黑人的外貌特征。但是在意大利,则是等到15世纪末才约定俗成,当时Biago d’Antonia作为支持传统代表的一方,把Balthazar凃绘成白色,也正由于这次修复,我们才能找到东方博士原本的面目。





法国中国电影节(FCCF:Festival du Cinéma Chinois en France )是中国文 化部、中国国家新闻出版广电总局电 影局于 2011 年创建的活动,与之相呼 应的是法国国家电影联盟(Unifrance) 每年在中国若干城市举办的法国电影 展映 Panorama du cinéma français。法国中国电影节直接响应了 2010 年 4 月 29 日法国总统访华之际签署的《中法电影合拍协议》,承办单位为巴黎中国文化中心。

电影节的使命是促进中法两国 专业机构和专业人士的对话,通过举办座谈会增进电影人之间的交流。戛纳电影节期间举办的中欧电影人座谈会旨在加强中法两国电影电视领域的合作,通过电影领域加强中国文化交流。

第七届法国中国电影节将在 5 月 15 日至 6 月 27 日举行。5 月 15 日于巴黎开幕,随后将在其他城市先后举办开幕式和放映活动:

  • 斯特拉斯堡(Strasbourg) 2017 年 5 月 24 日—6 月 20 日 Cinéma l’Odyssée
  • 马赛(Marseille) 2017 年 6 月 7 日—6 月 11 日 Cinéma Le Prado
  • 戛纳(Cannes) 2017 年 6 月 6 日—6 月 17 日 Cinéma Les Arcades
  • 里昂(Lyon) 2017 年 6 月 9 日—6 月 11 日 Pathé Bellecour & 2017 年 5 月 15 日、5 月 23 日、6 月 15 日 Cinéma Les Alizés Bron
  • 布雷斯特(Brest) 2017 年 6 月 14 日—6 月 27 日 Cinéma Les Studios
  • 留尼旺(La Réunion) 2017 年 5 月 19 日—6 月 6 日 Le Plaza à St-Denis/Ciné Palmes à Ste-Marie/ Ritz à St-Denis/Rex à St-Pierre




导演Anne Fontaine:自首届法国中国电影节举办以来,一直担任 电影节大使,代表作有《时尚先锋香奈儿》豆瓣评分7.1 等。

导演、制片人Claude Lelouch:首次担任电影节大使,代表作有《一个男人和一个女人》豆瓣评分8.4和《新悲惨世界》豆瓣评分8.1等。

演员Juliette Binoche:是国际知名法国女演员,演绎过许多电影作品、其题材大胆,是获奖无数的女演员之一。代表作有《红白蓝三部曲》豆瓣评分8.4以上,还有和伏地魔大叔合作过《英国病人》豆瓣评分8.4。




1937 年抗日战争前夕,上海滩帮派大佬及商人陆先生为与其结 拜兄弟张先生合开银行,受日军压迫,遭到暗杀威胁。妹夫舍命救了他,然而他全家都被赶尽杀 绝。后来,陆先生答应原先的情人小六代替影星吴小姐演电影女主角。由于小六的不忠,王老板要求她和陆先生离开上海。陆先生在重庆时派人暗杀了汉奸张先生。历经背叛、谋杀等波折后, 1945 年日本投降时,在菲律宾的战犯集中营内,陆先生、小六及其幸免于屠杀的侄子们决定复仇。豆瓣评分7.7


本片根据真实事件改编,以 2011 年发生的真实事件为创作基础, 是 2016 年中国的票房黑马之一。豆瓣评分8.0





故事发生在重庆。三个好友在一个废弃的防空洞里合伙经营一家火锅店。由于经营不善,濒临倒闭。为了转让店面,荷包不充裕的三人决定自行扩建,结果没想到挖到了隔壁银行的金库。根本无意顺手牵羊的他们在为不知如何填上洞口而苦恼时,发现昔日的同窗好友于小慧是这家银行的职员。于小慧给三人出主意, 能帮他们在瞒天过海的同时大捞 一笔。在行动当天,一帮劫匪闯入银行,将所有职员劫持为人质, 于小慧也在其中。豆瓣评分7.2



八十年代山西省的一个偏远山村里,哑巴红霞的丈夫因误踩了韩冲设置的炸药不 治身亡,韩冲不得不照料红霞母女三人直到红霞获得赔偿金为止。有着曲折身世之谜的红霞想与韩冲开始新的生活,然而两人的关系却遇到了阻碍。豆瓣评分7.6






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