Article author and current MIM exchange student Jan Oudeman

As an exchange student, coming from the Rotterdam School of Management, IE Business School provided me with an additional exchange opportunity – the London Business School exchange. How lucky can one be?

Before we went to London though, we first hosted the LBS students here at IE which has recently been considered one of the best business schools in the world in terms of entrepreneurship. Our free time with our new friends was filled with an authentic Spanish flamenco show, fun times at the Real Madrid stadium and unforgettable moments within Madrid’s vibrant night live.

Then IE went to see LBS in London!

During the exchange at LBS we got the chance to network and swap ideas with fellow students from another world-class and top-ranked business school.

As part of the program we were able to attend interesting lectures on Global Macro-Economics and Private Equity, and listen to a guest speaker from the Financial Times.  Moreover, we visited several well-known companies and (financial) institutions, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The South Bank Centre, and Z/YEN. One of the most interesting company visits I have ever been to was the visit to the London Metal Exchange; traders in action, lots of adrenaline; in short: a fantastic spectacle!

Besides the valuable insights that we received from the speakers and the interesting company visits, we went to superb restaurants and enjoyed the typical London pubs. Looking back at the exchange program I can say that I really got to enjoy the best of London in terms of academic excellence, great speakers, and young professionals that we met. It was a truly unique and international experience that will last a lifetime.

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