Farewell Party… not a goodbye but farewell!

A celebratory event to mark the end of academic expatriation for Excelia’s international students.


France is the leading non-English-speaking host country for foreign students and the fourth most popular host country for student mobility. Every year, France welcomes more than 300,000 international students to its Grandes Ecoles (major Business Schools) and universities. Its popularity is due, among other things, to the excellence of its higher education and research, which is widely recognised throughout the world, and evidenced by the many Grandes Ecoles and universities that feature in the most prestigious international rankings: Financial Times, QS, MOCI, The Economistrankings that honour Excelia every year!



Expatriation is undoubtedly an asset for students: perfecting one or more languages, experiencing another culture, developing a global outlook, learning to adapt, etc. An international outlook is an important element for Excelia, as evidenced by the large number of foreign students on its campuses, the many international Faculty members, and the wide range of internships and university exchanges abroad. International students can immerse themselves in French culture while continuing to acquire an internationally oriented education.

With more than 25% of our 5,000 students being international, representing some 80 nationalities, Excelia is a truly cosmopolitan school. International students enjoy a multicultural environment and benefit from a specially adapted welcome to help them settle into the school, and to discover La Rochelle and its campus.



Our international students enjoy a variety of experiences: upon arrival, the Welcome Days mark the beginning of the adventure and when they finish, the Farewell Party signals the end of the adventure.

A few weeks ago, to celebrate the end of academic expatriation for Excelia’s international students, the International Office organised ‘The Urban Activity Day’!

The international students took over Les Cabanes Urbaines in La Rochelle, a third place that brings together coworking, a health and wellbeing zone, a restaurant, a participative vegetable garden and, not forgetting its origins, climbing walls!

On the agenda for the day: our students, divided into teams, competed in four events: yoga, slacklining, climbing, and an orienteering race with a series of riddles.

To conclude this day of games and shared experiences, a prize-giving ceremony was organised over a buffet of sweet delights.

This was just a fond farewell for our international students, as we know that once you have experienced France, you will always want to come back!


Farewell Party Excelia
Farewell Party Excelia
Farewell Party Excelia
Farewell Party Excelia
Farewell Party Excelia