The International University of Monaco, offering Bachelor programs in Business Administration and Communication as well as Master programs in diverse sectors has decided to launch an IUM Summer Session, with the possibility of doing a 2 week session to discover the Monaco business environment and/or a 2 week session covering premium services, the 4 weeks being worth 8 credits. This is a new experience in the beating heart of Monaco.

I have recently attended the first week of the Summer Session at the International University of Monaco. I have to say that the schedules are organized in a way that perfectly fits the season. We generally have classes during the morning and activities during the afternoon. The morning courses are interesting as a whole; for the moment we have studied, intercultural management, globalization, European and International law as well as communication for business. Our professors all have a doctoral degree and have interesting careers in business.  They often share their experience and also give some precious advice for us to succeed. Moreover, there is an incredible cultural diversity, not only among the students, but also among the professors. For instance, there are Russian, Italian, French, American, Canadian, Bulgarian and Swedish nationalities in our small yet comfortable classrooms.

One of the positive aspects about the Summer Session is that the organizers have taken into account that students do not necessarily want to stay in a room studying the whole day. We have regular trips and presentations of companies. The first day we had the opportunity of taking a small train to make a complete visit of Monaco. Some interesting facts were given to us. Did you know that the whole part called Fontvieille is built on water? We also welcomed Aymeric Pazzaglia, the responsible of the Monaco Welcome and Business Office (WMBO), who presented Monaco in a more economical prospect. For instance, he told us that setting up a business in the Principality is not that difficult, contrarily to the common phalluses. Moreover, the WMBO is a free service offered by the Principality. We also had the chance to visit Eze village, a small yet charming town, and its most famous perfumery, Fragonnard. We learnt about the different procedures to make quality perfumes and soaps and then had to answer a small questionnaire tackling some precise facts about Eze, and in order to do that, we had to ask local people for help. This was a nice way of getting to now the surroundings of Monaco. The visit I liked the most was in Monaco though, in a small Monegasque company called Albanu.  It is a jewellery and watch company, with the particularity of working with exotic materials such as horsehair, elephant hair, shark or Galuchat skin. What is original about the brand is that they have planned to expand on a global scale, and have ambitious forecasts.

The IUM Summer Session is a great opportunity for those who need a significant amount of credits within a short period of time. In addition to that, this session offers to be in a cosmopolitan environment with interesting courses and competent professors, all that in a very friendly atmosphere. This first week was highly enriching, and I can’t wait to discover the second session on premium services!

Sophia, current Summer School Student 2013