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I’m starting my Maters in Global Innovation (MGIM) program from NC State this Fall Semester.

It’s an intensive, interesting program where we get to study in two countries – USA and France.

  • Fall semester – IAE Graduate School at Aix-En-Provence, France
  • Spring semester -NC State University at Raleigh, North Carolina.

I  live in Aix-en-Provence, which is about 3 Hours South of Paris, France (by  TGV Train).

IAE Graduate School of Management is located about 20 minutes North of Aix in a town called Puyricard.

I can’t wait to share my experience from France. Everything is different here, right from  living, studying, culture, traditions, travel compared to USA. My program has students from countries all over the world. From countries such as The United States, Canada, South America, China, Taiwan, Europe, Lebanon, India. Yes, my program is truly “GLOBAL”.


aix-en-provence france


It’s been 10 days in AIX and I’m already in love with this place. The best part of this town are the narrow streets, old historic buildings, French Food and the French Culture.

I find Happy Schools as the best place to share my study abroad experience in France. Here, I’m planning to write about my experience through this MGIM program and I will be writing everything from

  • How  and Why I applied for MGIM program
  • My France visa process and experience.
  • How to find a house in Aix.
  • Getting a bus pass.
  • How to buy a mobile phone in France
  • Traveling around France.
  • The mistakes I made that you could avoid.
  • Booking cheap flight tickets to france
  • Saving money and about everything I learn from this program and my experience studying abroad.

This information might  be useful for a future MGIM’er or may be inspire someone to take up this program or just entertain a HSB reader.

This video was recorded and narrated by my roommate – Alexis.  She documented her Journey from USA to Aix-En-Provence, France.

Raghu Says

Madhura is my wife. She’s studying in France for the fall semester.

She will be publishing blog post, video and photos about her Study Abroad Experience in France and NC State University.

Several email subscribers knew that Madhu moved to France about 10 days back and I’m bombarded with questions like

  • Why France?
  • Why MGIM Program from NC State?
  • Why not study in USA?
  • Are you going to France?

Here’s the top question :  Why is she studying in France when she’s already living in USA?

I promise, Madhu and I will be sharing our experience here in the blog. You can find answers to these questions in the upcoming post.

Are you excited to  learn about her Study Abroad Experience in France in Happy Schools Style?


  1. sh on September 17, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    HI Raghu/ Madhu,
    Does this program provide an opportunity for applying for H1 b visa


    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      I’m trying to figure out some of the J1 visa rules associated in getting H1B.

      Students study in J1 visa when they come to NCSU campus. J1 has 2 years residency requirements. Plus, its’ not as convenient as F1.

      I will write more about this in next few weeks.

  2. Shelly on September 10, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    I would also like to share my experience as an industrial intern at CSIRO Energy Centre, New South Wales.

  3. Shelly on September 10, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    Very informative! Thank you.

  4. su on September 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    excited to hear opinions about her decision on considering the course upto France..

  5. Prashanth Mannar on September 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    “3 Hours South of France”?!

  6. Diwan Arif on September 3, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    The Vlog was very interesting and funny. Hope to see more vlogs of France 🙂

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 3, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      Yup. She has an unique way of documenting her journey 🙂

  7. Dilip on September 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    beginning of a new enlightner

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