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Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales (UT1)

103 reviews
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anonymous
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Be aware that in France, at least in public universities like this one, the teaching methods are based on students taking notes in class and then learning them by heart, only to regurgitate as much as they remember for exams... Over the course of my 3-year bachelor, I only bought a handful of books, and these weren't even required reading but only books that I bought on my own initiative. This means that it's exceedingly cheap to study here, but also that you (a) can't skip any classes (or you won't have anything to study for exams!) and (b) if you didn't understand things during class, you have no books to consult... On a more positive note, UT1 has a university library that was completely refurbished in 2002 or so, so it's pretty up to date and has a decently sized collection. Therefore, you can usually get by simply by borrowing books, saving you a lot of money. And if you do end up buying books, then you'll be happy to note that books in France are exceedingly cheap compared to just about any other Western society I can think of. This only goes for French books, though!
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My academic experiences
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Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Every class has a final exam that counts for 95 to 100% of your final grade, so make sure you're not having a bad day during exams, or your grades will suffer regardless of your efforts throughout the semester! Personally I also got fed up with having to learn everything by heart and not having any books to deepen my knowledge in (you're basically at the complete mercy of your teachers as regards what you learn etc. Hence the personal opinion of the teacher can have a big impact on what you end up knowing about a particular topic!) Also, since France can be pretty elitist, there is a huge "power distance" between professors and students. Hence, the only chance you have to ask individual questions to your teacher is directly after a lecture, and even then you shouldn't expect much help... Because of this, working in groups with friends becomes more important than ever.
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Université proposant des formations de grandes qualité mais peu ouverte sur la culture
anonymous
France, Graduate
Social Sciences
Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
4.0/5
Overall
Les cours, les enseignants et l'accompagnement des étudiants dans leurs projets professionnels sont de grande qualité. Toutefois le bien être des étudiants, les activités extra-unviersitaire et les évènements (culturels ou sportifs) y sont très limités
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Pros
Qualité des enseignements
Cons
Développer la vie étudiante et la diffusion d'évènements culturels
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Education francaise
Ambre
France, Graduate
Business Studies
Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
4.0/5
Overall
J’apprécie le choix des spécialisations disponibles mais après avoir été pendant 1 an en Suède, je pense que l'éducation française à beaucoup d'amélioration à faire pour pousser les étudiants à s'épanouir.
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Pros
spécialisation; expérience des professeurs
Cons
système de note
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Laura
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known more about French people and about their culture. It wasn't such a pleasant surprise to notice that they are very narrow-minded and not as welcoming as I had expected...
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
It is considered a good university in France.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
2
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Go for it if you want to learn French, live in a wonderful city (Toulouse is great!) and travel. French people aren't opened and welcoming at the beginning, you have to have the patience to know them better. Administration is a nightmare, at least for non-EU citizens!
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anonymous
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I shared an apartment with friends - it was an inexpensive and fun experience that I'd recommend to anyone! Toulouse is not overly difficult as house hunting goes, so you shouldn't have any major problems.
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Personal assessment
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Personal comments
French housing agencies require you to have someone guarantee for your apartment ("la caution"), and this should preferably be someone living in France, which can create problems for foreigners. We solved the problem by having our parents guarantee "la caution" to the Norwegian consulate, which then guaranteed for us at the housing agency. Very bureaucratic! When I first came to Toulouse though, I didn't have this problem as the housing was arranged through the university, meaning that they made an exception for us and accepted a statement from our parents in Norway.
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Master en Finance
Maxime
France, Graduate
Financial Management
Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
4.0/5
Overall
Toulouse est une ville cosmopolite et extrêmement accueillante. La possibilité d'y faire ses études est une réelle chance, les professeurs sont investis et les cours complets.
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Pros
Environnement - Qualité de la formation
Cons
Organisation
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