Do I need to speak French to study at the School of Wine & Spirits Business?

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The MSc in Wine Management and the MSc in Wine Business are entirely taught in English so speaking French is not a prerequisite to admission. However, if you want to do your work placement in France or in a French company, you will have to be able to speak French. It is for this reason that we offer free French classes at all levels to international students.
The CIVS and MECIC are taught in French and you will have to prove that you are fluent to be considered for admission.
Do you offer French classes at the SWSB?

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We do. Speaking another language is an invaluable asset in the job market and that is why we offer free French classes - from beginner to advanced levels, three times a week - to international students.
Do I have to be a native English speaker to be admitted to the English-taught programmes?

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No, you do not but you will have to prove your fluency. You need to obtain at least one of the following scores as a requirement for admission to the MSc in Wine Business: 800 in the TOEIC, 88/575 in the TOEFL or a 6.5 average in the IELTS. The MSc in Wine Management has a slightly lower minimum requirement: 750 in the TOEIC, 80/550 in the TOEFL or a 6.0 average in the IELTS.
I am not a native English speaker but I lived and studied in a country where English is the official language. Do I need to take an English test?

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Probably not, but the final decision will be made by the admissions committee after your individual interview with the head of the programme.
I will only graduate in June (or July or August). Can I apply before then even if I don't technically have the required degree yet?

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Yes, you can. However, you will only receive final admission to the programme after we have proof that you have obtained your degree. Until then your admission will be conditional.
Are foreign students allowed to work in France during their studies?

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Yes, they are but there are certain conditions that have to be respected. Employment law allows international students with a valid visa to work 20 hours a week and no more. Bear in mind that it is very difficult to find a job in France if you do not speak French at least reasonably fluently. Please remember that any paid job you find should not interfere with your studies.
Does the French government give foreign students financial aid for accommodation?

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Yes, it does. For more information, please visit the relevant section of our general website
You ask applicants to send certified translations of their academic records and degrees. Are they a requirement for admission?

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Yes. We want to maintain high standards and so have to be certain that all applicants have the right qualifications. We accept certified copies of your marks / grades and your degrees in French or English.
I am not sure whether I should apply for the MSc in Wine Business or the MSc in Wine Management (or even the Mastère Spécialisé en Commerce International des Vins et Spiritueux since I speak French).  Is it possible to apply for both (or all three)?

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Yes, it is. If you apply for two (or even three) programmes, you only need to pay the 100-euro application fee once.
If I can apply for several programmes, do I need to pay several application fees?

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No, you do not. You only need to pay the 100-euro application fee once.
What is the difference between the MSc in Wine Business and the MSc in Wine Management?

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The MSc in Wine Business requires applicants to have a substantial background in business and the MSc in Wine Management accepts recent graduates with no or little experience. If you are not sure whether your profile is right for a particular wine-related programme, you can apply and interview for both without paying an additional application fee. The heads of the programmes will tell you which course suits you the best.
How long will I have to wait to know if I have been admitted?

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Once you have sent us your completed application form with all the required documents and paid your application fee, you will receive an interview date (and in the case of the MSc in Wine Business, an essay topic) within 10 days to two weeks, and learn of the admissions committee's decision within approximately three weeks.
Are there specific topics I should prepare for my interview?

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The selection interview is similar to a job interview: interviewers are interested in your personality and your reasons and motivations for joining the MSc you have chosen. They certainly do not expect you to have all the answers but you will have to show that you are interested in the world of wine and/or spirits.
I would like to talk to an alumnus of one of the programmes. Is that possible?

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Yes, it is. You can contact us with your request and we will put you in contact with an alumnus or alumni who will be able to answer your questions.
What will my programme's workload be?

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Each programme offers at least 450 contact hours, i.e. about 20 contact hours per working week but the workload varies greatly per programme. This does not include time spent on assignments and research. For more specific information, please contact the head of the programme you are interested in.
How many intakes are there a year?

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There is only one intake a year, in September for the MSc in Wine Business and the MSc in Wine Management and in October for the MECIC and in November for the CIVS.
What career services are available to me?

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We will accompany you in your search for work placement by offering you:
  • access to a large database of work-placement and job offers
  • one-on-one coaching in English with an external consultant to help you improve your CV / resume, cover letter and job interview
  • a workshop on your professional project
  • career and job fairs