Study trips: a source of professional and cultural enrichment

The study trip which takes place in the M2 year is a highly prominent point in the HEC Paris university curriculum. A journey of both professional and personal discovery, it has a crucial role for the future careers of the graduates.

The study trips organised during the specialization year of the MiM - Grande École program promote networking opportunities through the sharing of experiences between students and professionals from large multinational corporations. The destinations of these trips, chosen in line with the specializations, allow the discovery of the real world of business in an international context and provide a source of professional inspiration. Thereby the students studying the Finance specialization go to meet the financial institutions of London. They take part in conferences and team-building exercises with the participation of businesses such as Deutsche Bank, Crédit Suisse, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Morgan Stanley. The students who study an Entrepreneurship specialization go to the mythical Silicon Valley, whereas the Management de Grands Projets specialization explores the monumental infrastructures and real estate projects of Dubai and Doha.

Our trip to London represents an opportunity to meet and learn from experienced alumni working in this sector. These meetings are crucial and enable us to create our own professional network of contacts before having even entered the job market”, Augustin Perrin, specializing in Finance 2016.

The students actively participate in the planning of their trips. A project team is put together far in advance of the trip in order to establish a schedule and make enquiries with businesses. This constitutes a true project management experience, which requires a rigorous methodology with roles delegated to each team member.

The visits that take place during the study trips encourage networking and bring students face to face with the professional knowledge of alumni from the program. For Augustin Perrin, Finance specialization student, “our trip to London represents an opportunity to meet and learn from experienced alumni working in this sector.These meetings with alumni are crucial and enable us to create our own network of professional contacts before having even entered the job market”.

Franck Marcel Nesser, who attended the same trip, also appreciated the wealth of meetings that were made possible: “The diversity of areas in which participating businesses were involved enabled us to acquaint ourselves not only with individuals operating in the sector that we are most interested in, but also with other professionals working in very different sectors in order to widen our horizons“.

Study trips all over the world

  • Londres: Strategic Management, International Finance et Digital specialization (Track Digital Entrepreneurship)
  • New York, Boston: Digital specialization (Track Digital Transformation)
  • Shanghai: Médias, Art et Création specialization
  • Cuba: Sustainability and Social Innovation specialization
  • Luxembourg: Managerial and Financial Economics specialization and Stratégie Juridique et Fiscale Internationale
  • San Francisco: Projet, Innovation, Conception specialization
  • Dubaï et Doha: Management de Grands Projets specialization