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Université Paul Sabatier: Toulouse III (UPS)

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4.05 / 5 based on 46 reviews
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chantry_bee
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Physics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Paul Sabatier: Toulouse III
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my French
How much did you improve your French?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Learning to perfect French in Toulouse is a wonderful experience. The local Toulousain accent is the most distinctive in France and the way they pronouce the language is enchanting. I recommend Toulouse as a place to study and live unreservedly.
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chantry_bee
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Physics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Paul Sabatier: Toulouse III
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Socialising in France is prohibitively expensive. Buy alcohol at supermarkets and drink at home before hitting the town! Other expenditure is generally slightly cheaper in Toulouse compared to the UK
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Nightlife, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Food, Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Just approach French bureaucracy with caution!
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chantry_bee
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Physics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Paul Sabatier: Toulouse III
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Meteorology was a fantastic course which I would recommend to any Physics student. The French system is regurgitation. You pass exams by having a photographic memory, not by application of learning
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
More emphasis on applying learning is needed at French Universities
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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chantry_bee
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Physics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Paul Sabatier: Toulouse III
5.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known University accomodation and food is terrible in France before arriving in Toulouse.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Go! But remember French Universities are concrete hellholes and the visual hell of the campus should not detract from the beauty of Toulouse!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Go, to the University and to the fantastic city of Toulouse. The proximity to the Pyrenées and the mediterranian and the beauty of the river Garonne make quality of life in Toulouse second to none. The city is absolutely fantastic as well as beautiful.
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chantry_bee
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Physics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Paul Sabatier: Toulouse III
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Bar Basque, Bodega Bodega, Café des Artistes, Frog and Rosbif, Hoegaarden Café, Chez TonTon, Café St. Pierre.
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chantry_bee
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Physics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Paul Sabatier: Toulouse III
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
The Halls of Residence, although outrageoously cheap, were a terrible place to live with few amenities and little feeling of community.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The Halls are cheap, but not cheerful. I saved a lot of money living there and it is worth it if you have to budget but living in the centre of Toulouse is far more appealing...
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