Describe a typical student day at (Toulouse Business School Barcelona Campus)
A typical student day at Toulouse Business School Barcelona Campus starts at 8AM. Every class is 3 hours long and we have one 15-minute break after the first 1.5 hours. At TBS we could choose between the morning classes and the afternoon classes, which means that the school is usually until 2PM, depending on which courses you chose to have in your schedule. The classes involve a lot of team work and discussions between the students and the lecturer. In addition to that, every student gets a lot of feedback while discussing some certain things during the class discussion or group assignments.
How does EBS differ from TBS?
Firstly, the classes are not shorter than 2 hours (the classes that last for 2 hours are only the language ones). Most of the classes last for 3 hours and we have only one short 15-minute break after the first 1.5 hours. You cannot be late for the class, not even 3 minutes, otherwise you have to wait until the break. Being present at the lectures is very important. If you have missed for example 3 classes from the subject, there is a high possibility that you are not allowed to take the exam. At EBS we have the system that presence gives you 10% of the final grade, but here the percentages are up to 50%.
Secondly, you are not allowed to enter the school without your student card. Even if they know your face already (as the school is not big), you always have to carry the entrance card with you. If you have forgotten the card home or it is lost, you have to have your ID card with you and you have to buy new one.
Thirdly, there is no such thing as a ‘’lunch break’’. You either carry your lunch with you and heat it up using the microwave provided by school or you just buy some snacks from the supermarket.
What is the most important thing your time abroad has taught you and what is your favorite part of it?
When it comes to school, I have learned a lot how to be more productive when it comes to working in teams as we had to present every week at least 2 group assignments and I have learned a little bit more how to plan my time.
The time abroad is so amazing, you get to know so many people with such different backgrounds. I cannot point out certain things what the time abroad has taught me or what is my favorite part of it, all I can say is that if you have this opportunity to go and study somewhere abroad, TAKE IT! It is totally worth it and the experiences you get from abroad cannot be put into words.
What is your favorite memory so far?
My whole time studying abroad is memorable, I literally cannot pick one memory, that would be unfair. But if I really have to pick one memory it would be meeting the other ERASMUS students for the first time and now looking back to it. They are probably the most amazing people you will ever meet in your life. ERASMUS experience without other amazing exchange students would not be the same.
How is the system there?
You have different subjects to choose from and according to that they will make your timetable. Every week there is also AO/MA meeting with different topics: “Working in Spain” etc. There is also an organization TBS WAY with really cool people and it organizes different school events, outings and parties.
Flexibility at TBS:
I would say that TBS is quite strict when it comes to school rules. As I mentioned before, you have to be on time, the assignments have to be posted on time and if you miss the date, there is no way you can send your work later on.
I personally live alone in the center of Barcelona, but most of my friends share the room with some other students living in Barcelona. You can easily find webpages where to get the information from.
There are also several ERASMUS groups on Facebook depending on the exchange country.
Living costs vary a lot, depending on how much you are used to spend and what is your lifestyle. If you have not lived alone before you may spend a little bit more. All in all, I can say that it is not that expensive to live in Spain if you know from where to buy things, where to go out and where you can find affordable prices. You just have to do a lot of research, talk to the local people from your school to get the best offers. When it comes to going out and clubbing, then Spain is one of the most affordable places to do it, as the entrance for clubs is free until 2:30AM 🙂
Is there any Buddy system?
Yes, the buddy system here is pretty good. Before the exchange year we were in touch with our support person Laura. She is really friendly and if anybody from the exchange students happen to have any problems, you can always turn to her and together you will definitely find the solution.
Did you find enough courses to transfer to EBS?
Yes, the courses were pretty interesting. There were not a lot of them to choose from, but I managed to find very similar ones and they all can be transferred to EBS.