Practical Assistance to International Students

Moving abroad can be challenging. In addition to the logistics behind moving; finding housing and packing up your things; international students are also faced with finding insurance coverage, visa obligations, banking and healthcare. On top of this comes the challenge of constructing a social network in a foreign country where you may or may not speak the language.

The good news is that the TBS International Student Office ishere to help prospective and current international students with any queries they may have. We work continuously with partners and service providers to alleviate the administrative burden and stress for our students.

The TBS International Student Office provides practical assistance to international students who are joining our programs, both on a full-time basis and within the framework of university exchanges. We aim to make all our students’ time at TBS as pleasant as possible so they can make the most of their stay. 

Moving Abroad

TBS Education created an interactive, online platform to help you during the preparation of your arrival and during you time at TBS.

When you join TBS, you will have access to the student intranet, C@MPUS. You can use your personal login and password provided to you by TBS admission or mobility team. On this platform students can access the International Support rubric and surf through city-specific partnerships. The International Student Office provides information for Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona and Casablanca. Students will have access to partner contact information, student discounts and much more. The ISO team also provides details about administrative formalities and best practices about moving to a new country. Safety tips and downloadable pdf support documents are accessible via the C@MPUS – International Support student intranet.

Studying abroad can be both exciting and challenging and this support center will provide you with legalities and practicalities alike, including:

  • Student accommodation assistance
  • Visa & immigration guidance and paperwork
  • Health, doctors, and health insurance
  • Banking and student finance

Budgeting

Each of the TBS campuses has a unique offer. In addition to program and language of study, students are encouraged to budget themselves accordingly. Below is a comparative table about the cost of living in each of the TBS campus Cities!

Toulouse

Cost Of Living Toulouse 1

Paris

Cost Of Living Paris 1

Housing

Each TBS campus can assist you in finding student accommodation. The most useful tool is the C@MPUS intranet (learn more in the ‘Moving Abroad’ tab).

Below please find some important points to remember before reserving accommodation:

Begin Your Search Early

Toulouse, Barcelona, Paris and Casablanca are very popular student cities. Don’t wait to begin your housing search.

Reserve from the TBS Recommended Partners

Reserve accommodation from partners listed on the TBS student intranet. It is highly recommended that you choose one of the accommodation options recommended by TBS. Should you choose to find your own accommodation we can assist you with any problems that may arise; however, it may take more time. TBS keeps a good relationship with our listed partners.

Mention TBS Education when Booking

Mention “TBS Business School” when you reserve. Remember to mention TBS Education when contacting your choice of accommodation – we have partnerships with many which could mean discounted administrative fees for you.

Communicate in English even if the site is not in English

Some websites are only available in French or Spanish, but you can contact all listed residences/agencies in English (unless otherwise stated). Where we have given you a contact name, contact this person directly.

Fixed Reservation Dates

For students arriving in September, it is common for residencies to charge students for the month of August. Previous tenants will move in July and the residency doesn’t want to have a 1-month gap between tenants. Please note that this practice should never be more than 1-month.

You can try to negotiate the contract and check-in date, but rooms do fill up quickly. The residency is holding the room for you which is why you must pay the additional month. Please make sure you understand clearly the date of the beginning of your contract before you confirm your reservation that you don’t have any surprise costs when you arrive!

Define an Arrival Time

Some student residences and agencies may be closed on the weekends, so please arrange your arrival for a weekday in order to be able to access your residence as soon as you arrive. We recommend confirming with your residence the date and time of your arrival. You can even share your travel itinerary with them.

Warning about Sending Cash Payment

Do not send any payment to a private landlord who does not have an agreement with TBS without confirming their identity and seeing the apartment. Contact the International Student Office before you send any money in these circumstances!

Campus France

TBS Education is headquartered in France. We work very closely with Campus France, the public institution in charge of promoting French higher education abroad and welcoming foreign students and researchers to France. With branches world-wide, Campus France provides additional information about study in France as well as scholarships and other funding mechanisms available to students. Please reach out to your local campus France for more information.

Campus France is funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the French Ministry of Culture. No matter the campus of study, the resources and advice that Campus France provides for students is both helpful and reassuring. 

All future graduates of TBS Education are eligible to join the Campus France Alumni Network.

Students planning to study in Toulouse or Paris should familiarize themselves with the organization as it will become your main point of contact during the visa procedure.

Buddy System & Student Clubs

Each year, a group of TBS students is dedicated to welcome our international students and help them settle in Toulouse. The Welcome Teams organize an orientation weekend for all our international students and special events throughout the year.

Prior to arrival, students will receive an email from The Welcome Team inviting them to join their WhatsApp group. Additionally they will put students in contact with one of their members in the frame of their Buddy System. The Buddies are here to answer all student life questions, whether they’re questions on campus life or everyday life.

Students are also highly encouraged to follow The Welcome Team Bachelor or The Welcome Team Master on Instagram to keep up with their upcoming events and activities. For question about your integration, the Buddy system, and your student events during your time at TBS you can also email:

Additionally, TBS has over 30 student clubs. These clubs cover many activities – arts, sports, business or for charities – and plan various events throughout the year. To learn more about the TBS Students Clubs, please click here.

We like to encourage all students to connect to TBS social media. This will help you get to know the school a bit better before you arrive.

The International Student Office Discord group is a platform dedicated to help the TBS international community. You can also keep up to date about activities, new formalities and information shared with us from our partners by joining the group.

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Visa
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It is the student’s responsibility to enquire about the particular visa requirement according to his/her country of origin. Upon final registration and on receipt of payment, our office will issue an official letter of acceptance which will help you obtain a valid visa if needed.

We recommend all short programs students to contact their nearest French or Spanish Embassy or Campus France Office.

Toulouse and Barcelona a very popular student city. Finding short-stay housing (especially for summer time) could be quite tricky. Moreover, short programs participants might need a housing proof for their visa application.

Summer and Winter School participants can get a hospitality package from TBS. Click here to learn more about the hospitality package for Toulouse and Barcelona. Students will be staying in the city center, near the TBS Campus.

We highly recommend all Summer School participants to take an appropriate health insurance to cover them during their stay in Europe and for travel purposes.

It is best for short program participants to check with an insurance from their home country if it would be possible to get short-term coverage during their stay in France or Spain.

For European Union residents, please ask for a Euopean Health Insurance Card (EHIC) at least two weeks before leaving your country. The EHIC will extend the healthcare coverage you have in one Europe Union country to others ( including France and Spain).

Toulouse/Barcelona: TBS will arrange travel between TBS’s Toulouse and Barcelona campuses at the end of the Toulouse Summer School.  The cost of the journey is included in the Full 6-weeks Program.

Toulouse/Ljubljana: Participants choosing this option will travel by bus from Toulouse to Ljubljana on a Scenic Route. The journey will include stops in Nice, Monaco and Verona, and two nights shared hotel accommodation, giving the opportunity to students to discover the French Riviera and Northern Italy.  The Scenic Route is a compulsory part of the Joint Toulouse-Ljubljana Summer School and the cost is included in the Joint Program.

All courses are held at Toulouse Business School (Toulouse and Barcelona campuses) and the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Economics – in large, modern, well-equipped lecture rooms. All campuses are situated in safe, central areas and close to public transport options. Access to computer facilities, library and wireless internet is provided. Students are welcome to bring their own laptops.

Short Program participants who chose the TBS hospitality package will be housed near campus (walking distance to the TBS campus), in the city center of Toulouse or Barcelona.

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