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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ STUDENTS

Ferrières delivers programmes in both languages, French and English. There are two tracks for Bachelor: one in English and one in French. MSc programme is entirely taught in English.

- 7 majors in Bachelor 3rd year
- 7 majors in MSc 2nd year

Yes, the school assists students in their search for work placements in first year, offering guidance and advice on how to gain access to the different opportunities on offer, notably jobs advertised by our business partners or industry network.

Ferrières School offers paid internships in hotels, restaurants and with partner institutions in France and abroad. During Bachelor year 2, students carry out their internship overseas.

Ferrières’ wish is to allow a large number of people to take advantage of its higher education approach and learning environment thanks to the Ferrières endowment Fund. It grants partial bursaries to deserving students. Obtaining a bursary is dependent on 3 criteria:

  • Application files sent the earliest are the ones that are prioritized
  • Consideration of application depends on the suitability for the course and the merit
  • Social assistance criteria such as parents’ outcome

The objective of an initial interview is threefold:

  • Understand the global personality traits of the applicant
  • Evaluate the applicant’s potential through his experience and his ambition
  • Measure the applicant’s professional or personal motivation

Yes, foreign students undertake their internships in France, similarly to French students.

For the Bachelor’s degree and the culinary certification programmes, professional background is not required. For MSc programs, the candidate should have previously undertaken an internship of minimum 6 months.

It is possible to get accepted for Bachelor with a technical or vocational certificate, provided the applicant satisfies specific selection criteria.

Yes. Preparatory courses are offered before the start of the MSc year. Additionally, before the academic year, Summer School classes are delivered to learners who do not have relevant studies, with the aim of initiating them to the hotel and gastronomy professions.

Due to the high number of demand on accomodation services, it is advisable that students themselves search for accomodation as residences are subject to availability and of third parties who arrange housing services.

Yes, the international exchange in 2nd year is highly recommended for students. It enriches their educational path and enhances their cultural awareness.

Yes, some student exchange programmes require a supplementary fee, in addition to the tuition fees.

Yes, it is preferable to hold a professional vocational certificate or CAP technical qualification.

FAQ PARENTS

The handbook of policies and regulations is handed to you before the start of the year (if you finance the studies of your child). You can consult it on line at any moment on “Schoolbox” in the section “School documents", accessible via the black button on the left side of the screen.

Schoolbox is the administrative portal of Ferrières School. You can find all personal information about the student’s academic status. Personal status should be updated regularly by the student (change of home address, phone, PO box, contact details of guardians...). There can only be one administrator per profile, this is why only one ID is generated, it is sent to the student along with the appropriate link.

The ID is the email entered by the student when he initially logs in to the portal (generally when registering to the chosen programme or when first making the request for joining the school). A temporary password is sent to the student whereby we invite him to create a new personalized one.

We advise our students to share this ID and password with their parents/guardians, and we recommend that parents who finance their child’s studies ask their child to communicate these codes to them.

You may consult the timetable on "Schoolbox" in the section "Schedule" accessible via the black button on the left side of the screen. Click on the link "Timetable of classes".

On « Schoolbox » in the section "Student Affairs" accessible via the black button on the left side of the screen, click on "My transcripts" then "My bulletins" to download the grade and credit bulletins issued at the end of each term.

Attendance of classes and of assessment sessions is mandatory. Any absence is considered unjustified unless a medical evidence is provided.
Certain cases of ‘force majeure’ will not be considered as “unjustified absence” provided the Director or the Director of the Programme are notified.

The diversification of profiles and the increase of number of requests for non-attendance pushes us to remind students of the necessity of attending courses.

It is important to note that our academic partners impose common procedures for managing students’ absences, credit earning and financing of studies. We understand the importance of family reunions and private occasions but repetitive unjustified absences should not conflict with the final outcome of the diploma and the pedagogical and disciplinary measures set out in the internal rules & regulations of our institution.

Bachelor year 2 offers an international exchange programme in semester 4. It is the perfect occasion for our students to experience the benefits of a multicultural immersion and to gain autonomy.
This student exchange can take different forms, with or without additional fee:

  • Academic option: Student spend their 4th semester at one of our host partner universities, currently Skema in China or Bornemouth in United Kingdom. Kindly note that the British government imposes an English proficiency level IELTS 6.0 and that Skema spots are limited to 15. If the student opts for optional courses, additional costs might be required, depending on the institution. Following this semester, students can carry out their internship either abroad or in France (3 to 4 months). An outline of the student exchange options is handed to the students each year in September along with the additional charges that might be incurred, depending on the chosen option. Testimonials from students who share their experience feedback are also available.
  • Linguistic option: Students who are not eligible for a programme in English can take intensive English courses at one of our partner schools (Bournemouth or Dublin) without additional fee. After this course, students are required to spend their internship abroad (4 o 5 months).
  • Professional option: It is a mandatory international internship (6 to 9 months) combined with a reflective project (professional dissertation)

The expenses deriving from the trip and the accommodation are born by the student.

No. We do not, however, oppose internships suggested by students or their families provided they are in accordance with the provisions of the internship agreement (in conformity with law n°2014-788 of 10 july 2014).

In year 1, learners benefit from a comprehensive training covering the preparation process prior to their first internship. It includes:
-Individual assessments skills
-Defining a career project (type of position and type of enterprise)
-Preparing a CV and a personal statement
-Getting ready for interviews

We fully support and accompany our students but we do not help them get « hired », given that the decision is up to the recruiter once the interview is conducted but we promise our students « realistic » opportunities in year 1. By « realistic» we mean that a first-year student might not secure a managerial position. He should prove himself beforehand and strengthen his managerial skills.
It is common that a Bachelor student undertakes an operational placement in a discipline other than his area of expertise in year 3 in order to expand his knowledge and his managerial credibility.

We do not recommend an internship abroad in the first year of Bachelor, unless the student has the requisite linguistic qualities and is accustomed to overseas experience.
However, for MSc students, students should choose their internships according to their area of expertise, for skillset and coherence purposes.
In Bachelor year 2, management-focused students should be bilingual in order to carry out an internship overseas, otherwise they will need to choose between the position itself and the language training.
in Bachelor year 3, the desire to take on a management position is legitimate. Students often get offered positions with levels of management inversely proportional to the scope of the enterprise. The student should prioritise the nature of the position itself: Is it better to be in a middle management position of an independent small-scale enterprise or lower in the hierarchy in a palace or a more prestigious hotel chain?

A year 1 student that rejects an internship offer made by the school can undertake himself the search and inform the school of the ongoing process and send his mails to the school for previous validation before the potential recruiter, in order to maintain and respect the standing of the school and preserve his professional image.

In year 2 and 3, students undertake their search for internship on their own, this is considered as a first step towards career job search and towards independence and self-confidence.
All placement opportunities advertised by our partners are published on the school portal. During the internship, Ferrières establishes contact with the student once and with the recruiter 3 times.

Each internship is assessed by an examiner according to a detailed chart shared with the student. Following each internship, the student is required to write a detailed report, graded and assessed.

PAP (Programme for Accelerated Professionnalisation) allows student to experience a professional immersion each week in a real-world environment within the Ferrières entities.

The timetable for PAP is shared with students one week before the PAP. In year 1, all students get to perform rotations in all departments: reception, gastronomy, hotel, regardless of their area of study in year 3.

In preparation to the realities of the profession, students should adapt to the working hours of the employees of these entities: PAP days can start sometimes at 7 :00 and finish at 00h00.
In year 2 and 3 of Bachelor, students can choose PAP assignments that correspond to their respective areas of interest, and have the flexibility to prioritise these missions over less-relevant ones.

PAP is an integral part of the ongoing grading procedure, it is designed to recognize hard work and dedication. The in-house part-time job opportunities are assigned according to availability of students and upon their request. Students willing to get occasional in-house work assignments should sign in to our list. They will have priority over others.

We ensure that students are all treated in a fair way and benefit from an equal chance of performing general rotations in all divisions, however negative assessments during PAP might affect the frequency of proposals.

A double degree with UPEM or GEM or a joint diploma with Skema has two main interests:

- Benefit from the facilities (notably the digital library and physical library) and networks of the partner institutions
- Explore another subject area
- Bring a broader academic approach to students who have a desire to stir their careers towards other realms, in addition to the subjects suggested by Ferrières
- Double degree with UPEM in Bachelor 3 :

This partnership with the university Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée allows students to validate, jointly with their Ferrières Bachelor, a university-level degree* from a listed body.
The procedure is the following:


-Achieve a passing grade in all common subjects of both programmes. An examination board sits every term to provide judgement on your achievement level.
-Submit an internship report for Bachelor year 2 and dissertation for Bachelor year 3 in front of an examination board composed of university teachers.
-Obtain a TOEIC score superior to 550 (or equivalent)

These criteria will be explained in length to students at the start of the academic year.
Ferrières bears the expenses of handling the partnerships, jury sessions and joint academic procedures. However, it is stated in the French law** that students should pay a registration fee for each degree-level year, set and paid to the university.

*University-level degree CPS-RDC : « Sale of products and services : Head of Sales skills development
** National university fees are set out each year by ministerial decree

Double degree with GEM and joint degree with Skema:
In addition to the advantages cited above, these two partnerships allow students to benefit from the recognition of two of the best business schools in France
GEM and SKEMA programmes both require that students attend courses on different sites, an opportunity for greater mobility.

Ferrières sends communication material solely to the enrolled students, with the aim of ensuring seamless and simplified communication. Sending the same information to many contacts and therefore inducing different answers or feedbacks conflicts with our communication policies.

Some family structures involving many interlocutors could be counter-productive and delay the outcome of the communication.

We recommend that you obtain all necessary information from your child, ensuring that he transfers all emails or informs you of any letter he receives, be it academic or administrative. We recommend asking him/her for personal log-in codes for accessing the school portal where all necessary information is published.

Below is useful information about the Schoolbox:

-Administrative record of student
-Grades
-Schedule
-Classes
We will be happy to answer any query you might have on this address :
[email protected]
Or phone number:
01.81.16.77.77

‘School Regulations’ contract describes the procedure dealing with any misconducts or poor academic practice. Students receive notifications or emails when they deviate from accepted ethical behaviour. It is up to them to inform their family and bear the consequences.

The school institutes a disciplinary process that constitutes an indicator for students. It is a system called FAP (reliability, autonomy, professionalism) whereby with each misconduct the student loses their attributed points, gradually throughout the year. Multiple misconducts might lead to the expelling of student.

“Netiquette” is a code of conduct applied when using the web, the email or on discussion forums… Here are some regulations that should be followed:

    • Consult daily your inbox and answer promptly your emails
    • Every email should contain:
      • An object/subject corresponding to the content of the mail
      • A title (« Dear », « Sir », etc.) except when responding to an email
      • A message
      • A closing formula of a mail (« Sincerely yours », « Regards »…)
      • A signature even if the email signature is explicit
    • Avoid the frequent use of option “Reply to all”
    • Avoid the frequent use of “BCC” (blind carbon copy)
    • Avoid putting systematically on copy colleagues or « witnesses » to your emails
    • Avoid capitalising some sentences or words which signifies you are angry or yelling
    • Compress your enclosed documents or files
    • Use short sentences and correct spelling
    • Write one mail per topic. Avoid writing emails including multiple topics/objects
    • Don’t send confidential information (password, access code)
    • When replying, only cite the important parts of a previous mail
    • Avoid asking for a previously provided answer, it is a proof of your disorganisation
    • Validate the requests of acknowledgment of receipt, it is a mark of respect
    • Don’t click too rapidly on “send”. You might regret it…