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Old 04-16-2017, 10:31 AM   #101
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

Yah, I'm sure you're right, but my background and credit hours are mostly in business/finance and I'm trying to get accepted into year 3 of a similar program here in France. I'd probably have to start from year 1 in a new field and don't really want to do that.

Right now I'm in the process of sending off a couple applications and will hear back in May/June. My letters of motivation in French are probably hilaribad, but English competency seems to be highly valued here which can only help my cause.
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:06 PM   #102
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So one of the programs I'm applying for is a French program called Banking, Finance, and Risk Control and I have to take an admissions test comprising culture, English proficiency, and statistics/logic. I haven't studied any math at all for over a decade and it looks like there a bunch of questions that are either the type "train A leaves going 100km/h and train B leaves going 120km/h..." or "there are 14 teams in a soccer league, if they all play each other twice, how many total matches will be played".

So it doesn't look like the math is too intensive and I could slowly figure out those types of problems with enough time, but is there a decent resource on the internet to brush on basic formulas or faster ways to tackle those problems so I don't waste time?
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Old 06-21-2017, 04:00 PM   #103
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

Well it looks like I'm actually doing this. 33 years old, I started studying at my hometown university in Omaha, Nebraska, but only completed 4 semesters and quit in 2004 to play online poker. I've traveled a lot and continued to play poker and am now living in France. I love Europe and want to stay here for good, so for now the student visa option seems easiest.

I was a bit surprised to be accepted into this program, which would have only 1 year to go for a degree. It's also one of the best rated finance/banking programs for a French public uni (probably not that impressive in the grand scheme). I wonder how much of that is the teachers liking the idea of an older American to change up the demos b/c I only completed a couple basic business courses and don't really have the credits or knowledge to be in a program like this.

I'm not quite fluent in French and it looks like there are about 32 hours of classroom hours per week in a few subjects that I don't even know the correct translations of! Luckily about 20% of the program is English language/culture, so it will be nice to have a bit of a break and some free solid grades.

Seems like it will be a ton of work and I will probably regret this 2-3 weeks in, but should be an interesting experience nonetheless and hopefully my love of Euro/French life will be enough of a motivation to carry me through.
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:30 PM   #104
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No one's too old to go back to college. My aunt was 50 when she decided to go back.
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Old 06-30-2017, 10:23 PM   #105
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I was a bit surprised to be accepted into this program, which would have only 1 year to go for a degree. It's also one of the best rated finance/banking programs for a French public uni (probably not that impressive in the grand scheme). I wonder how much of that is the teachers liking the idea of an older American to change up the demos b/c I only completed a couple basic business courses and don't really have the credits or knowledge to be in a program like this.

Well age discrimination in the US at a public university is illegal, so wouldn't surprise me if the law is similar in France.
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Old 07-02-2017, 12:53 AM   #106
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Well age discrimination in the US at a public university is illegal, so wouldn't surprise me if the law is similar in France.
I meant more that my file seems quite weak. France is a bit different in that you can receive the equivalent of a bachelor's after 3 years, but they don't really do electives so it's 3 years packed with courses related to your major. I only completed 2 years of college in the USA, and most of that was electives. So to be accepted in the 3rd year of a finance program in France was surprising. I've taken probably 1/8th of the coursework the average student in this class will have completed. On top of that, it was ~12 years ago and I remember basically none of it.

I'm trying to use the 2.5 months until we get started to catch up a little bit, but it would be a difficult task even in English, much less in a 2nd language I'm not quite fluent in.

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Old 07-03-2017, 02:11 PM   #107
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No one's too old to go back to college. My aunt was 50 when she decided to go back.
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I have a lot of students who are 50+. I just hooded a PhD who is 72.
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:24 PM   #108
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I'm 32 and just got accepted to a postgrad program. Mature students are not a new thing.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:39 PM   #109
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go for it, you are not by any means old, and you will be surprised by how many students your age you will find. best of luck!
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:36 PM   #110
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I'm 32 and just got accepted to a postgrad program. Mature students are not a new thing.
Yup. The average age of a graduate student is 33. You're a virtual young'un!
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