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French students broaden their horizons at Newham 18/05/2012 Lecturers believe that a stay at Newham College could change the lives of a group of French exchange students.

Fifteen students from Paris, aged between 19 and 22-years-old, have begun four weeks of study and work placement at the East Ham Campus.
Marie with French students outside East Ham Campus

They will continue their French business administration studies at the College but will also gain valuable experience working in its offices.

Teacher Marie Ben Dahan, from Rene Cassin high school, Paris, is travelling with them.

She is personally committed to the visit and believes it could change for the better their view of themselves and Europe.

She said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity because it’s hard to find work and study placements in English-speaking countries.

“I lived in Glasgow for a year after I did my A Levels. It changed my life and I discovered that I wanted to be a teacher.

“Travelling gives you a feeling of freedom and you feel more European. When you travel you meet different people and your horizons are broadened.”

The students are staying in a Stratford hotel and lecturers want them to go on trips to Westfield, the Olympic Park, as well as Westminster and Oxford.

The exchange came out of a relationship built up by the two colleges. East Ham Campus’ deputy director, Steve Smith wants to add to his students’ further education experience by arranging a return visit to Paris later this year.

This exchange is part of European Union supported project that aims to harmonise member nations’ teaching curriculums.

The College also supports schemes that use work placements in foreign countries to develop students’ inter-cultural communication skills.

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