International Student Office
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 are here 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.
TBS Business School has 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 ISS service provides information for Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona and Casablanca. Students will have access to partner contact information, student discounts and much more. The ISS 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
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!
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 International Student Services before you send any money in these circumstances!
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.
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 ISS Facebook group is a platform dedicated to serve the TBS international community. It can also help now and keep up to date about activities, new formalities and information shared with us from our partners.
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