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 “Coordinatrice d'échange/Exchange Coordinator”. 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 selection.
Am I automatically accepted by my host 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. Make sure to meet the deadline with a complete application in order to avoid any refusal. You are finally accepted once your acceptance letter has been received.
When will I start my application with my host university?
You need to wait for the instructions from your Rennes SB Exchange Coordinator or from your host university. The timescale varies from one university/country to the other.
How will I do my application?
It depends on each partner university. For some of them, the application has to be done by email and you will have to send your documents to both Exchange Coordinators (at Rennes SB and the host university). For the others, you will have to apply directly on an online platform or to drop off hard copies to your Exchange Coordinator. Please, try to keep your Exchange Coordinator at Rennes SB updated with the status of your online application.
When will I get my letter of acceptance?
You will get your letter of acceptance once you have finalized the application process. It will be sent by email by your host university or forwarded by your Rennes SB Exchange Coordinator.
When will I know the exact dates of my exchange?
At the latest, the exact dates of your exchange abroad will appear on the letter of acceptance.
You are expected to organise and pay for your own transportation to and from the partner university.
When can I buy my travel ticket?
We recommend that you wait until you receive your acceptance letter before making travel arrangements. If you want to purchase your tickets in advance, make sure that you purchase modifiable/cancellable tickets. It is always advisable to buy your travel ticket with the option of changing dates.
When should I arrive at my partner university?
You should make sure to arrive before the start of the orientation week (semaine d’intégration). This will allow you to settle into your accommodation and get your bearings before orientation starts. The partner university reserves the right to refuse a student who plans to arrive late or leave early.
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. Once you get your allocated university, we recommend you check how to get the visa. The more you anticipate the visa process, the easier it will be to get the documents prepared and the less stressful it will be for you. You are fully responsible for the visa process (appointment, fees, required documents…).
I am a non-European student. Do I need to apply for a student visa if I got allocated to a European university?
In this case, yes, it is compulsory for you to apply for a student visa in the country of your destination.
Do I have to take out insurance?
You must sign up for a personal and international Health Insurance contract (such as April, Chapka etc...) which covers repatriation, civil responsibility and medical expenses. There are multiple possibilities online, if you do not know which one to choose, you can check this insurance calculator.
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.
For some destinations, it will be compulsory to sign up for a specific local insurance provided by the host university.
In any case, you will have to cover the cost of this personal insurance.
What about accommodation?
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 via:
- the host university website (they give details about accommodation options, if they have any, costs etc.)
- the Fact Sheets
- Former student's tips
Rennes SB does not guarantee the conditions and/or the opportunity of being offered accommodation by the Partner University.
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?
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible because the regional council does not allocate grants to our 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 who are 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?
The UK is no longer a member state of the European Union since Brexit 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
Where can I find official advice about my exchange?
Before leaving, we advise you to register on ARIANE website so the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of your situation abroad If needed: Ariane - France-Diplomatie
I wish to contact former exchange students to get some advice about their experience abroad. how can i do so?
There is an updated list with all the former students by destination available here Former students by destination - Google Drive.
Do not hesitate to contact them in case you need some tips about the accommodation abroad, the courses in the host university, the transportation, the general experience abroad etc..
Our mobility tips
- Make digital records of your important documents /or photocopies (passport, letter of acceptance, travel ticket)
- Local emergency number (112 for Europe, 999 for the UK, 911 for USA)
- Check the expiring date and conditions of use of your credit card abroad
- Get some local currency before leaving
- Let someone know where you are traveling to
- Useful travel website: tourdumondiste.com
You must complete your Learning Agreement and have it signed by your Exchange Coordinator at your host university, your Exchange Coordinator 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 Study Abroad Documents.
At the end of your semester, you must collect your transcript and send it to your Exchange Coordinator as soon as possible. It will be used to repatriate your credits and validate your semester of study abroad.
I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO VALIDATE ALL THE ECTS CREDITS. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN RESIT SESSIONS?
Some partner universities organise resit sessions. It is the responsibility of the student to find the relevant information about how to register. No resit exams can be organised at Rennes SB for classes failed abroad.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL A COURSE DURING MY EXCHANGE?
If your host university does not offer a resit exam, you will have to take extra classes in Rennes when you return from your exchange. The terms, conditions, and costs will be confirmed by Rennes SB after studying your results (transcript) during the Examboard for the exchange semester.
I WANT TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE OF THE EXCHANGE ABROAD. HOW CAN I DO?
You are invited to share your thoughts about your exchange abroad, you probably have a lot to share! What do you like so much about your exchange? What do you wish you had known before you left? Take a moment to share your experience/feedback with us through your Exchange Report.