French version at the end of the article
Depending on the country of the university you are allocated, you will be contacted by the person responsible for monitoring your exchange, known as the “Chargée de Zone”. They will be your point of contact during the preparation and duration of the exchange. They will support you with the application process, facilitate the transmission of information between the student and the partner university; and help validate your course choices.
Am I automatically accepted by my university of choice after allocations?
No, the allocation process is used to assign you a university for which your profile meets the admission conditions. You must then apply to your university. You are finally accepted once your acceptance letter has been received.
When can I buy my flights?
We recommend that you wait until you receive your acceptance letter before incurring any costs. If you want to purchase your tickets in advance, make sure that you purchase modifiable/cancellable tickets.
When should I choose my courses?
This depends on the organisation of your host university. For some, the courses are selected before leaving for the exchange, for others it takes place on site. You will be informed of the necessary steps by your host University and/or your "Chargée de Zone".
Which courses can I choose?
For the Option 1 (Expand), during your exchange you are required to complete:
- A programme of courses that is specific to each double degree.
For the Option 2 (Explore), during your exchange you are required to complete:
- At least 3 Business courses + 1 Social/Human Sciences course OR Law OR History OR Economics OR Communications.
- No credits can be transferred for language courses.
For the Option 3 (Work-study - RPI (2 years)), during your exchange you are required to complete:
- Business/Management courses, including, where possible, a Corporate Social Responsibility course or equivalent.
What is a Learning Agreement?
This is a study contract between you, Rennes SB and the host university: it allows you to validate your choice of courses at the start of your semester abroad with both the host university and Rennes SB. You must take the courses that are listed in the Learning Agreement.
N.B.: when the transcript is received from the host university, if the courses are different from those included in the Learning Agreement, the credits will not be transferred.
How many ECTS credits do I need to validate?
- Option 1 (Expand): 48 ECTS
- Option 2 (Explore): 20 ECTS
- Option 3 (Work-study - RPI (2 years): 24 ECTS
My exchange will be outside Europe. How do I know the equivalence of ECTS credits?
The equivalence of your credits will be communicated to you by your "Chargée de Zone" and/or your host university.
I have not been able to validate all the ECTS credits. Can I participate in catch-up sessions?
Some partner universities organise catch-up sessions. It is the responsibility of the student to find the relevant information about how to register.
What happens if I fail a course?
If your host university does not offer a catch-up course, you will have to resume classes in Rennes when you return from your exchange. The terms and conditions will be confirmed by Rennes SB after studying your results (transcript) for the exchange semester.
There is no general rule about being offered an on–campus accommodation or a flat-sharing opportunity. You must arrange your accommodation yourself by considering the information about accommodation in the Fact Sheets (they give details about accommodation options, if they have any, costs etc.). Rennes SB does not guarantee the conditions and/or the opportunity of being offered accommodation by the Partner University.
Moreover, each university offering this type of service, reserves the right to book accommodation according to the places available.
Make sure that you get an insurance contract for your accommodation abroad.
WHAT ABOUT GRANTS?
Am I entitled to a grant for my stay abroad?
Only for mobility within member States of the European Union. For mobility outside Europe, it requires inquiries directed to local authorities within your « home » region (City hall, departmental and regional councils), except Brittany.
Can I apply for the grant of the Brittany region?
No because the regional council does not allocate grants to Rennes School of Business’students anymore.
Can I apply for the CROUS grant (AMI)?
No because, the School is not a public school.
How can I apply for the Erasmus grant?
The International bursary coordinator sends an e-mail to all students potentially eligible for this grant. There is no step to take as long as you have not received the e-mail.
Am I eligible for the Erasmus grant when going to the UK?
No because of Brexit, the UK is no longer a member state of the European Union and no longer participates in the Erasmus programme.
Should I get vaccinated?
To find out about mandatory vaccines in the region where you will be visiting, you can consult this page: Travel information and vaccines - Institut Pasteur Medical Centre
Do I need to apply for a VISA?
For all visa applications, you must visit the website of the embassy of the country you are going to.
Where can I find advice about my exchange?
Do I have to take out insurance?
You must take out a personal and Universal Health Insurance contract (to be delivered by your “Mutuelle”), repatriation, civil responsibility. Most Partner Universities require a copy of your Health Insurance or a copy of the CEAM - Carte Européenne d’Assurance Maladie (EHIC – European Health Insurance Card) for E.U. countries.
When abroad, the French Social Security covers expenses up to the amount of what is paid back to students according to French rates.
→ For example: A visit to a doctor in France costs 25€ and is reimbursed up to 70% by the social security. The rest is covered by the student’s “mutuelle” health insurance. Students should consult their SMEBA or LMDE insurance to find out about the extra coverage and costs. Abroad, the cost of seeing a doctor may vary (40€ in Spain) but the student’s Social Security will only reimburse 70% of 23€. It is therefore essential to obtain an extension to the student “mutuelle” to cover the extra costs while abroad. A hospital visit may cost thousands of euros…
Some universities impose the local Health Insurance (cf Fact Sheet of the University for further information).
You must complete your Learning Agreement and have it signed by your exchange coordinator at your host university, your zone manager in Rennes SB and yourself. It must be returned within 15 days of arrival on site.
What else should I do?
You must also complete your arrival form as soon as possible.
Where can I find these two documents?
Both documents can be downloaded from our dedicated platform Drive Exchange Arrival abroad - Google Drive
At the end of your semester, you must collect your report card and send it to your Zone Manager as soon as possible. It will be used to repatriate your credits and validate your semester of study abroad.