Université de Toulon
La Garde, near Toulon, France
Students need to have at least sophomore standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. You must speak French in at least the B2 level to study at Université de Toulon, although some of the courses are available in English.
Students are responsible for transportation costs to and from the host institution, incidentals (such as materials for class, books, etc.), health insurance ( €215, or $250) at the host institution, room, and any extra expenses. Tuition is paid to the home institution, and scholarships for tuition still apply. It is recommended that you have €400 per month living expenses (in addition to rent).
Most of UTV's 8600 students are commuters. However, lodging at the university is provided by CROUS, a separate entity from the university. Rent is paid directly to their office; you will be required to open a bank account in France to pay for your room. CROUS has several dormitories for about between €262 ($294) and €500 ($560) per month, and they contain a bed, storage space, a sink and mirror and bathrooms. Showers and kitchenettes are communal. You may also choose from studio apartments. Ususally most exchange students dorm in Le Coudon on a floor together.
The university does not offer pre-paid meal plans. Students are eigher to purchase meal tickets before meal time or to pay for their meal in cash while showing their student ID card. Cost of meals in the dining halls is about €5. You will receive a small discount by purchasing tickets in advance. There is also a commercial center close to campus with a variety of meal choices.
Classes: Université de Toulon has several different faculties that teach a variety of courses. An exchange student from Muskingum would be designated under the faculty Langues Etrangères Appliquées, or L.E.A. Under this designation a student would be placed in a French for Foreigners class as well as other classes that would fulfill either an General Education or a major or minor requirement for Muskingum. Fall classes run from late September to December with finals in January. Spring semester runs from February to late May with finals in June. Exchange students are generally exempt from taking finals in January and June.
About Toulon: UTV is located outside the city of Toulon, in a suburb called La Garde. The city of Toulon is easily accessible by public bus transport, and there are several shopping and dining areas within walking distance of the school. Located between the foothills of the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, this area of Provence enjoys about 300 sunny days a year, low humidity, and a temperature within 50-80° year-round. The winter brings rain and a heavy wind called le mistral. Toulon is in the extreme south of Provence, and several cities nearby are worth a visit. The food in the area has Italian and Middle Eastern influences, as well as its own distinctly French cuisine.