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UniversitÚ Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales (UT1)

103 reviews
4.01 / 5 based on 103 reviews
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Laura
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
2.5/5
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
French is a wonderful language, but the pronunciation can be quite difficult! Patience and practice are the key!
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Laura
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
I traveled a lot and train is quite expensive. Buy a reduction card! Telephone is much more expensive and I was talking less on the phone than at home!
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Travel, Telephone, Nightlife, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
It's very common to buy second-hand household items. I wish I had known this before!
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Laura
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
1.2/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The method of teaching was old-fashioned. The teacher comes with a ppt, students have to copy what is written on the board & after that they have to learn the lecture. Original ideas aren't appreciated or reading books outside the recommended ones.
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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
Try to talk to the teacher every time you don't understand sth & read only the lectures presented in class!
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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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Laura
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ 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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Laura
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
2.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Travel, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
none
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Laura
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÚ Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Finding accommodation on your own can be very difficult. On campus, your usually close to the university and it's very cheap.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The rooms are very small (9m▓), but cheap as well. Fortunately, my room was in a new building, so everything was new!
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