When taking part in the Bachelor of Science in Management at ESCP Europe, you get involved in a great deal of team work. You are assigned groups, and throughout the time become a real team, in order to succeed in the work given. We are BIM is the collective project in which I am involved, with the only difference that this was the only class where us, students, could choose our members – contrarily to our core classes.
The aim of this project is to show the public who are the students of our Bachelor in Management (BSc) programme. This is made possible through an excellent social media, which is Instagram (@we_are_bim). We publish on a two/three-day basis pictures of bachelor students; these pictures involve overseas trips with their friends visiting countries, student ambassadors like me attending fairs in other countries, activities we do when going back in our home country, or more importantly what we do outside of school when we are in London.
Not only are we keeping up with social media, but we create events at school reuniting all students, whether they be only the Bachelors or also the Masters. This was the case when Eric, a member of our group and a passionate photographer, took pictures of many students to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Many students were delighted to come and pose in front of the lens for a few seconds! We were also glad to have members of staff play along.
We hope these pictures will make our fellow students proud of ESCP Europe, and who knows, maybe this photo call brought Valentines together…
If you don’t want to miss any of the ESCP student events and news, add us! @we_are_bim
Hi, my name is Louis, I am a 1st year BSc. student, at the London campus. This year, the collective project I am part of, aims at fundraising money for a not-for-profit called “iDE”. https://www.ideglobal.org
As part of our fundraising project, another group member and I participated in The Winter Series 10k at Regent’s Park, on December 11th. This race was organised by an association working to help Great Ormond Street Children Hospital.
The race took place on a sunny but cold Sunday morning. Maxime, the teammate whom with I ran, and I were actually not very motivated when we figured out how cold it was around 9am, the hour at which we picked up our race numbers and chips. We still took the start of the race. The race circuit consisted in three laps across Regent’s Park. It was very nice, especially with the beautiful weather. We also enjoyed the fact there were not too many runners, around 650. In the end, Maxime ran the 10k in about 50’, I finished the race in 42’.
Our objective is now to perform better at the next 10k, which will take place at Hyde Park, on January 29th. If you are interested in participating, here is the link for registration. http://www.royalparksraces.com/hyde-park.html.
By the way, if you have one minute, and find our project interesting, check out our fundraising page, and do not hesitate to give something.
I don’t know about the other students, but it happened that I woke up a couple weeks ago and inexplicably it was November.
I couldn’t figure out where my time went, but I started feeling something weird in the air.
November is a hard month for students. Finals are waving at you from the horizon, deadlines are popping up from everywhere and you probably are a little exhausted of taking care of yourself and your new apartment.
However, if you are organised enough and know how to manage your schedule to get some free time (which is an easy thing to do and only requires a little effort), you will find out that something magical is going on in London, and it’s all about Christmas.
Many people like to spend Christmas at home, with relatives and loved ones, in a cozy and familiar atmosphere. Some of them get homesick when thinking about it, but London doesn’t let you down when it comes to Christmas vibes.
If you have some free time, or are stressed or tired and need some distractions, there are some places and activities that will make you feel as happy as a little kid under the Christmas tree.
First of all, the Winter Wonderland. Open from mid-November, this giant Christmas village takes place in Hyde Park and it’s a feast of lights, colors, attractions and festive foods.
A particular mention needed: the Magic Ice Kingdom. It is probably the coldest building on the Earth, but the ice sculptures are stunning and they even have an ice slide no one should feel too old to slide on. Everything is little, but it’s worth a trip and to spend some money on hot chocolate and waffles.
Another good idea is to take a walk on Oxford Street or Regent Street, where the lights, the buses and the crowd create the atmosphere. Don’t miss the angelic lights on Regent Street, recently turned on.
If looking for something more off the beaten path and feel adventurous (brace yourself, this attraction requires you to step out of zone 2), the winter light trail at Kew Gardens is opening tomorrow (Nov 23rd)!
And finally, you will need a good old ugly sweater hanging in the closet to remind you that Christmas is close. It’s easy to find them almost everywhere, but if you are feeling a little fancy and have time to deal with the overground service, get to Shoreditch or Dalston and look around in the vintage shops for the best piece of retro embarrassing clothing.
So whatever you are looking for, there are plenty of nice and accessible attractions which make London one of the best cities in the world to spend Christmas in, even with finals around the corner!
Taking a train from central London, you can reach Brighton within one hour roughly. This fashionable seaside resort in East Sussex, England always be considered as a perfect day-trip or weekend-trip destination. No matter being with friends or being alone, no matter being keen on man made landscapes or natural scenery, you can always find what you want here.
Brighton has also been called the UK’s “hippest city”, and “the happiest place to live in the UK”. And indeed, the weekend I spent there created maybe one of the happiest times of all my travel experiences.
There are some great tours that you can take in this surprising place:
The historic former seaside residence of King George IV, who went nuts with “Chinese culture”. With extremely exquisite and dramatic adornments and decorations, this place is absolutely worth a look. But on the other hand, as a Chinese person, I can say that some things here were too quirky to show real Chinese culture or beauty.
There is plenty for all visitors to do, from the huge amusement arcades and the carousel at the end of the pier to traditional fish and chips, also, a great place for photographs.
North Lane – shopping & cafes
An eclectic mix of fabulous shops and restaurants. The choices are wonderful and so it the ambiance and architecture. Independent shops here offer items that you will never find in London or other busy cities.
This beach has a unique appearance with round rocks all over the beach and nice little cafes and shops along the shore. Loved sitting in a seaside bar with a beer and just listening to the waves and sound of seagulls.
Seven Sisters Country Park – spectacular white cliff, ups and downs, sheep & swans
Miles and miles of breathtaking coastline cliff walks were worth taking for the more breathtaking view of this park. Living in London we usually only watch such places on the web but definitely such scenic beauty should be on must-see list for everyone. By the way, one of the main scenes of the movie “Atonement” was filmed here, as well as Jay Chou’s music video “What’s Going On.”
Why did you choose the Bachelor? A question I often asked and was asked in the past two months. For me, it was pretty easy to answer: I fell in love with the program. All of it. It was probably what people call unconditional love. And I’m not exaggerating the least bit.
After I’d been accepted in the Bachelor , it became my source of motivation. As I dragged myself to the finish line of high school with the final exams’ burden heavy on my shoulders. My light at the end of the tunnel was the Bachelor.
6 months after the acceptance letter, here I am in London having the time of my life.
Before starting school, or probably even before deciding to actually come to ESCP I had a hard time understanding the true meaning of the word “management”. For me it was a very vague concept, even with all the dictionary definitions and the Almighty Wikipedia. Now that I think of it, it was probably because I’ve never truly had to seriously manage a project. Being a 17-year-old who has never really lived on her own is probably another reason.
Still, when I entered the airport in Marrakesh to fly to London, something did change in me. I realised that at that moment I was in charge of everything. And let me tell you, that’s a pretty nice feeling.
What I’m enjoying the most currently is managing the collective project. Through it I’m contributing to the fight for gender equality and learning how to manage a team of culturally diverse people.
How? Why? I’m learning the how. But the why is probably thanks to the way the Bachelor was designed. We get to learn useful theory and apply it through projects. And the biggest one is the Annual Collective Project. The beauty of it is that we get to chose what it’s about, with whom we work and how much we want to achieve.
Now, I probably am a very different Ghita than the one who stepped in Marrakech’s airport 67 days ago.
Like a very wise friend of mine once said: College is culture shock. You mature. And you grow up. And the best of all that is that you realise it.
I now realise it.
But it doesn’t stop here. The journey has yet to begin 🙂
From restaurants, to hidden bars to art exhibitions and much more…Any better place to study than London? I don’t think so 😉
Hi! My name is Theresa Seitz and I am German. Before starting at ESCP I moved a lot between my hometown Frankfurt and London, but actually living in London made me admire the city to the fullest.
Living in West-Hampstead, a little away from the typical turbulent and fast-paced London, has indeed its advantages, especially to us students. However it is nice to get out sometimes and explore the city life.
Finding places that are different to others is one of my little obsessions and I would like to share a few restaurants and other spots that I think are worth a visit or even multiple ones!
“NAC”, short for North-Audly-Cantine, is a small restaurant with a French touch in Mayfair. It is not the usual upscale Mayfair setting though and rather a place that combines great comfort food with a charming atmosphere at reasonable prices. Besides they have a bar downstairs, “Mr Chow”, with superb cocktails.
One of my favourite spots for Italian cuisine is “Chichetti” near Piccadilly Circus. I am usually not a fan of restaurants near tourist attractions but I can certainly say that this one is indeed not a tourist trap. Going there with a group of friends is fun because you share all the dishes. The plates are small and are brought to the table as soon as they are ready, so there is no order. Exceptional quality of ingredients and you can taste a bit of Italy (hope my Italian friends can agree on that).
Once I randomly found a small street parallel to the busy Regents Street with a few restaurants, including “Momo”. It’s a Moroccan restaurant and definitely one of a kind. At the entrance you have a terrace where you can sit outside next to palm trees and it feels like a cozy garden; inside you have cool Marrakech-style interiors. Only after visiting it for a few times I found out that they have a hidden club/bar downstairs. If you fancy lunch, dinner, just a cup of Moroccan mint tea or drinks late at night- Momo promises a unique experience any time of the day.
It would a crime not to mention Camden Market! It literally offers everything your heart desires and this is nearly all I need to say to it. Just make sure you go there hungry, so you have the chance to taste multiple foods from all around the globe.
Another memorable restaurant experience was “Bodega Negra” in Soho. From the outside it is very well hidden and it looks anything but a restaurant, however once you are inside you’ll be invited to descend the staircase at the back of the shop and you find yourself in a groovy-looking Mexican restaurant. I really liked it but make sure to do bookings in advance to avoid disappointment.
“Sketch” is practically on top of my list because you will not find anything close as cool anywhere else. It consists of two bars, one restaurant (which is all pink), and a club-like oval shaped room on the weekends. I love that place for its Afternoon Tea in the famous Pink Room and its extraordinary cocktails at night.
For any art lover, London is the place to be.
Last month I had the pleasure to see the Frieze exhibition, which happens only once a year and definitely worth getting tickets for. Last weekend I visited the Royal Academy of Art that is currently showing Abstract Expressionism including some of my favourites, Pollock and Rothko.
Every month there are new galleries and exhibitions to be discovered and we can indeed call ourselves lucky to live in such metropolitan city. The website “Time-Out” keeps you updated about the most recent galleries and artists that are in town at the moment.
I also had the pleasure to see Placido Domingo playing in Nambucco at the Royal Opera house, which was breathtaking. If you are keen on seeing events in the Royal Opera House you should keep your eyes open because tickets sell out quickly – but also sometimes students are able to get tickets at a far cheaper price close to the day of the event.
Back to the 5th of September 2016, the very first day as a BIM student, when I really made it to London.
It was a “fresh” start, an exciting start in the sparkling London, and a pure beginning at a high level Business School. It was such a dream coming true to find myself living in the vibrant UK capital and especially, to be a student of such a “Grande École”. The first mid-term was the time to meet new friends, from China to the States, all involved and motivated enough to belong to this top group! It took me the first six weeks of the year to know everyone, and to realize that all are ambitious, open-minded and helpful, no matter their cultural background.
A real business environment quickly evolved around us: meetings, conferences and firm presentations are occurring almost every day in ESCP’s halls and all of them present attractive opportunities, which make it quite difficult to not get an internship by the end of the year! I personally wasn’t expecting to get as many professional experiences as I have done so far.
If I could describe the classes in two words, it would be instructive and entertaining. It may seem contradictory, but some professors can make lessons interesting and full of energy even with the hardest topics, such as finance. Four weeks flew by and I could see the exams approaching. All of the teachers are highly productive and accessible, making exam preparation as efficient as possible. The programme is indeed a demanding one, but working regularly on the class material and keeping up with the classes is not that difficult.
The best part is to enjoy holidays, right after the exams, while writing you this brief summary of the beginning of a wonderful experience. It was the first mid-term for me as a Bachelor student, and indeed just the start – my “fresh” start.
Almost everyone dreams of living in a metropolitan city and my dream has not been any different. Being born and raised in a small town like Kosovo, I have often found myself daydreaming about living in a city where the opportunities are endless, the culture is diverse, and the nightlife is vibrant. I am lucky enough to have had the chance to experience my dream and actually live in one of the centres of civilisation – London. Having spent my whole life living comfortably in a small town, adapting to a big city has sometimes been daunting. However, being a person who likes change and is very ambitious, moving to London has been the best thing that could have happened to me.
I will not deny the fact that London is expensive, busy, and cloudy, yet it has everything that I need, and only now I know why Londoners love London so much.
During my stay here, I have already had the chance to meet so many wonderful and inspiring individuals who have helped me in my self-definition process. I have also made a lot of new friends who are playing a huge part in ensuring that I have the best year of my life.
One of the things that I value most here is the fact that I had the chance to reinvent myself. London has been an eye opener for me, I have challenged my beliefs and perspectives so many times just in the past two months of living here. This has happened mainly because I have had to observe things from the outside. This process has made me question my original beliefs, and values which were influenced by my upbringing.
The next big advantage of living in London is that there is never a shortage of new places to explore. There is always something happening, and something new to see and do, so there is never any reason to be bored when you live here.
I am super excited to live in London, and I look forward to what this city has to offer me next!
The 1st of September we had our first school day and now we already passed our first mid terms exams. I left my tiny little home country, called Luxembourg, more or less two months ago in order to join the Bachelor program of ESCP and I think it is time for a summary.
At the beginning the overwhelming internationality of the Bachelor students can be confusing. You might not remember all the names of the people and where they come from but trust me after one or two weeks you will be fine and feel at your ease with everybody. What really impressed me from the first moment on was this truly international environment offered by ESCP Europe. It is just amazing what a multicultural group of students we are. Everyone speaks several languages and each of us has experienced different cultural backgrounds. It makes it really amazing to exchange opinions and share experiences with the people.
It didn’t take a long time to get to know each other and quickly our Bachelor group got to know the different pubs of West Hampstead. The after school meetings at the ‘Black Lion’, where we share good moments (and some beers), started to become a habit. The awesome home parties, which take place during the weekends, are another great opportunity to get to know everybody from the program.
London’s nightlife scene offers great spots for every taste; from Techno to Hip-Hop there is really something for everybody. The clubs in here might be expensive in general but they are worth it. You will be able to listen to some of the world greatest DJs here in London, making every night out in London a new unique experience.
So that’s what my first impression of ESCP Europe London looked liked. And I am already looking forward to the many exciting adventures waiting for us in London.
By Estevan Vilar, BSc in Management – Class of 2018
I have been living in Madrid since the end of August. After experiencing some hot days (42-43°C), it is now cooling a little bit. Compared to the previous year in London, Madrid is ridiculously cheap ! Enjoying some “Claras” (beers with lemonade) or “Cañas” (small beers) and tapas on “terrazas” for a couple of euros (5-10€) is particularly pleasant.
Moreover, Madrid’s nightlife is calling every single night of the week. From beer-pong tournaments to Bachata/Salsa dancing sessions, you will never run out of plans.
Finally, concerning the school (yes we also need to work a little bit at ESCP Europe), the campus is smaller than in London but still comfortable. There is a great possibility of interactions with students from different programs and the food is really tasty! Moreover, the atmosphere is easygoing and teachers are really kind and helpful.
I already fell in love in Madrid and I am definitely looking forward to spending the rest of my academic year here.