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Edith Yapo - France

Course: Exchange Program (Law)
Institution: Bond University
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

My studies in Australia facilitated my ability to obtain interviews with the most prestigious international law firms in Paris.

I worked for international law firms for 10 years and advised Australian and other foreign companies on French employment law in the context of complex cross-border transactions. My contributions were valued in particular due to my ability to understand and explain not only the differences in Australia and France’s legal systems, but also in their cultures.

My experience in Australia and my affinity for its language and legal system enabled me to excel professionally and were critical to my success.

Studying in Australia and then advising Australian and other Anglo-Saxon clients throughout my legal career has enriched both my legal career and my personal growth. Today, managing my own law firm, I continue to enjoy advising English-speaking and other international clients.

Moving to a foreign country without the support of one’s friends and family and where another language is spoken can be stressful. Nevertheless, I would counsel prospective French students not to hesitate for a second to study in Australia. The minor and temporary “inconveniences” are more than compensated for by the language and professional skills they will gain, the life-long friendships they will develop and the mind-broadening experiences they will gather.

I was lucky enough to be able to travel across the country and to witness first-hand its breath taking and picturesque landscapes. How different and exotic they were from continental France!

I should stress that I was born and raised in Paris, where animals are limited to mainly cats, dogs and pigeons. Although I was more than ready to see koalas and kangaroos, I was not aware that Australian wildlife was so diverse and not limited to the countryside.  As I was walking to my classes at Bond University, I would often see bats in trees!

I was awestruck by the country’s diverse natural beauty. Whether scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, hiking, petting the koalas or watching kangaroos, Australia offers something for every interest and hobby, and year-round at that!

Last, but certainly not least, I particularly enjoyed developing friendships with Australians and learning more about their culture.

Last updated: Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:34:46 AM

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