Charlotte Watson is studying French and German at Bangor University and is currently nearing the end of her placement in Toulouse, France, before moving onto Passau in Germany next semester. She is an Erasmus student at Université Toulouse II-Le Mirail, and chose Toulouse because she’d always wanted to see the South of France for herself, having heard such wonderful things about the weather, food and general way of life there. Here she passes on her top tips and advice for other students thinking of living there during their degree.
Hayley French is studying Spanish, French and Italian triple major at Bangor University in Wales. She took the opportunity to spend a semester in each of the countries and is just coming to the end of her second placement in Toulouse. She chose Toulouse as she is a big fan of the weather in the south of France and is especially interested in the southern culture. Here she passes on her Top Ten Tips for your placement in Toulouse...
Toulouse, France - bureaucratic, strikes, more strikes, CAF
Toulouse is a good party city, though French students are not that friendly towards international students. The Université de Toulouse II is rubbish. I had bureaucratic nightmares every day - bank, CAF, housing, university, utilities, having to provide documents that didn't exist in order to achieve the most basic of activities. There was a notable reluctance of anyone in authority to try and help, really. I travelled around the region to places like Carcassonne and Albi, but travel outside was really expensive and it would have been cheaper to fly from England rather than get a train from Toulouse to other parts of France! If you have the option, don't go to France in the second semester; they always go on strike. In fact, I’d suggest that you avoid France altogether and go somewhere else French-speaking.