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All of our articles are free and, for the moment, focused on settling in France. We hope to grow, with your support, in many other countries and help other people achieve their dream to live anywhere they want to!

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Interview with Jiangshan

Interview with Jiangshan from China 🇨🇳

If we only take into consideration the application process with ESSEC, it takes about three months. I started thinking about a master degree somewhere around the end of 2018. I got confirmation in May 2019. I came to France in September.

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Interview with David

Interview with David, 33, from the USA 🇺🇸

Always ask questions before paying high fees for services. If you’re a well-to-do foreigner who obviously has a good job, they’re gonna know that fees are higher elsewhere than here and they’re going to make a lot of money off of you.

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