Taking part in the Double Degree programme was a critical part of shaping me into the person I am todayBeing able to interact and work with likeminded people for all over the world can significantly improve your network and the conversations you have can help shape you into a globally connected and internationally focused person.

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Manuel - Grenoble School of Management, France

MSc International Management (Double Degree)

Graduated: 2014

Current job: Manager (Forensic & Integrity Services), EY, Germany

Exchange University: MSc Management, Grenoble Ecole De Management 

"Straight after graduation in 2014, I joined EY in Munich. Since then, I have been promoted from a Senior Consultant to a Manager role within the Forensics and Investigations team. We proactively and reactively fight business fraud, help organisations in setting up compliance systems and promote integrity and ethics in all our solutions.

I chose to do the Double Degree programme because it presented a unique challenge and opportunity which I couldn’t pass up. It was the perfect way to expand my network, spend more time in another country and learn about new subjects, whilst gaining an additional degree. My classmate also chose the same double degree programme so this was a great chance to experience a new location with a friend.

The selection process for the Double Degree was great fun but also challenging. I had to take quite some time to formulate a unique answer for the application as to why Exeter should choose me to go on a Double Degree programme. This was a great exercise and helped me in developing a sales pitch for my strengths and experiences which has come in handy for interviews.

For my Double Degree, I picked the Grenoble Ecole de Management due to its excellent reputation and because it provides courses that perfectly aligned with my interests and previous studies. The programme I chose was very diverse and allowed me to study a range of topics including strategy and management in the Pharam/Biotech industries, case studies in innovation, social marketing, leadership and responsible management and corporate governance. I am a passionate hiker and skier, so the location of Grenoble, in the middle of the French Alps, offered me plenty of opportunities to pursue my passions outside of my studies. The city of Grenoble itself is beautiful and has a very high standard of living.

Adjusting to a year abroad was a lot easier than I expected it would be. The University offers great support for international students which helped us settle in very quickly. We also had French language courses from day one, which allowed us to quickly learn the most important words and phrases we would need to navigate the French environment and cities successfully.

Taking part in the Double Degree programme was a critical part of shaping me into the person I am today. Being exposed to such a broad spectrum of international students, the conversations I had with my professors and the courses I took led me to pursue a career in consulting. When I was applying for jobs in 2014, I particularly remember employers being impressed with me having two Masters degrees, from two excellent universities, and achieving this in just two years!

I would absolutely recommend the Double Degree programme to potential students, not just for the additional degree and learnings you gain, but for growing you professional network. Being able to interact and work with likeminded people for all over the world can significantly improve your network and the conversations you have, can help shape you into a globally connected and internationally focused person."