Summer School Testimonies

GARRETT AINSWORTH - from United States

GARRETT AINSWORTH - from United States

Joint Summer School - Toulouse

Where do you come from?
I am from the United States and I attend the University of Cincinnati.

What studies are you doing?
I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing and Analytics.

Which program did you choose?
I enrolled in the 6-week TBS-Ljubljana Joint Summer School program.


Why did you choose the TBS Summer School over other schools?
I chose TBS because of the location in France and that the school was one of the only European summer schools where I could take 12 credit hours of business courses. How did your integration into TBS/Toulouse and Ljubljana go? What did you feel at the end of the Summer School compared to your first day?
My integration into TBS and Toulouse was surprisingly easy. I met so many great friends from many different countries and we all explored the French and Slovenian cultures together. It was a completely new world for all of us and we welcomed the challenge!

How did the Summer School Team help you?
The Summer School Team at TBS was amazing. They were so friendly and welcoming and they do such a great job making the program feel like a family. I wish the program lasted the entire summer! In Ljubljana the staff was also very nice. It was quite a bit larger and less of a family feel but they were nice and had great programs!

Were there any social/cultural events that you particularly enjoyed?
I loved having the first night in Toulouse where all the students came together. I met so many of my friends at this event and it was great for establishing the sense of community from the beginning.

What did you appreciate about the Summer School: the people, the town, the School etc.?
I have a great appreciation for French culture now. I love the food and the more relaxed way of life as compared to the US. I love Toulouse and the South France. It is such a great area to live and enjoy yourself. I really appreciated Naomi’s attention to detail and passion for the program and her job. She really made the program great! I also loved working with Marie-Caroline. She was so friendly and always fun to chat with! Basically the entire staff was amazing and made the program a ton of fun! Thanks so much to all of you!

Can you give us a small anecdote concerning your time at TBS?
I went to Barcelona for a weekend with my friend from India. Neither of us had ever been to Spain and between the two of us we only had two years of High School Spanish. We spent the weekend at the bars and beaches. We had an amazing time and had so many crazy stories. I guess my Spanish language studies paid off because I met a beautiful Spanish girl and introduced her to my friend Sahil. He still owes me one…

What advice would you give to a future TBS Summer School participant?
I would tell the future students to take advantage of your time in another culture. Everything is different and you should explore it while you can. I would also tell them to get out of their comfort zone with the people they hang out with in the program. They should hang out with a diverse group of people from the many different countries. It’s a unique experience that you won’t have every day. I hung out with an Indian, two Moroccans, a French girl and a group of Colombians and I had the time of my life.

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MILA RACE - from Brock University in Ontario, Canada

MILA RACE - from Brock University in Ontario, Canada

Joint Summer School - Toulouse/Barcelona

What studies are you doing?
I’m currently doing a BBA International Dual Degree Co-op program.

Why did you choose the TBS Summer School over other schools?
It was the longest partnership with my school, allowing me to study abroad for six weeks. It provided me with an opportunity to see two amazing countries and many beautiful cities. TBS also had amazing included and optional activities to participate in throughout the exchange.


How did your integration into TBS/Toulouse and Barcelona if relevant go? What did you feel at the end of the Summer School compared to your first day?
My integration went smoothly and I felt at home especially in Toulouse! By the end of the trip I felt independent and successful in my ability to study abroad alone. The staff had an incredible impact in helping me along my journey and creating a comfortable and safe environment for six weeks.

How did the Summer School Team help you?
They helped me every step of the way. Prior to my departure for France, the staff in Toulouse was in constant contact with me, always answering several emails with long-lists of questions in a short amount of time. In Barcelona, I sprained my ankle and the staff were accommodating and very helpful through the entire process. I was very fortunate to have such great experiences with the staff.

Were there any social/cultural events that you particularly enjoyed?
I loved every single activity we did! The day trips to Sitges (Spain) and Carcassonne and Bordeaux (France) were absolutely incredible. The Segway tour, boat ride, walking trips and Port Aventura were all so exciting! I even conquered my fear of heights and roller coasters in Spain! Now, that is a memory to last a lifetime.

What did you appreciate about the Summer School?
I loved the beach and the limitless things to do in Spain. I also fell in love with the city of Toulouse. It is such a vibrant and incredible town, with amazing locals and natural beauty built right into the city.

Can you give us a small anecdote concerning your time at TBS?
Until you party on the steps of the river in Toulouse, you have not truly experienced life.

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BRYAN RAMIREZ GALINDO - from Colombia, Universidad de Los Andes

BRYAN RAMIREZ GALINDO - from Colombia, Universidad de Los Andes

Joint Summer School - Toulouse/Barcelona

What studies are you doing?
I’m currently studying Management/Business Administration.

Why did you choose the TBS Summer School over other schools?
Because of the academic benefits it gave me, and the cities where the courses were going to take place.


How did your integration into TBS/Toulouse and Barcelona go?
Wonderful, people from TBS were very welcoming and receptive, and were always paying attention to any detail or need we had.

How did the Summer School Team help you?
It opened my eyes to new cultures and ways of doing things. It also allowed me to say “I literally have at least one friend in every continent”.

Were there any social/cultural events that you particularly enjoyed?
The visit to Bordeaux, wine tasting and international evenings were amazing.

What did you appreciate about the Summer School: the people, the town, the School etc.?
All of it, I can say it was the most amazing experience of my life. I got to learn with the classes, I got to travel around Europe, I made new awesome friends from all around the world, and I came back to my home country filled with new ideas to implement as a business project.

Can you give us a small anecdote concerning your time at TBS?
Making your tutors going out with you to social events, share with them the most awesome experiences from your trip was the best. There were many events where some tutors accompanied us to, and sharing with them as equals, getting to talk and share experiences from where you come from, why are you there, and what are your plans to the future was the best.

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ZAINA BOUMAZGUIDA - from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

ZAINA BOUMAZGUIDA - from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

Single Summer School - Toulouse

What studies are you doing?
Finance and International Business

Why did you choose the TBS Summer School over other schools?
Firstly, the tuition fees are affordable. Secondly, I’ve always wanted to study in France because of the diversity of its education system, especially in TBS. The diversity of the courses, the people, and the staff, made me feel comfortable and broke all the stereotypes about the French cultural way of being and behaving. I LOVED IT !

How did the Summer School Team help you?
The team was beyond helpful and reachable. I couldn’t thank them enough for their time and positive energy for helping us and gathering us all together. What did you appreciate about the Summer School: the people, the town, the School etc.? ALL OF IT !


Can you give us a small anecdote concerning your time at TBS?
Fasting in Toulouse wasn’t that hard after all, it made me loose weight !

What advice would you give to a future TBS Summer School participant?
DO IT! It’s a “D’une pierre deux coups” (“Two birds with one stone") program! You not only get an academic experience (and credits ), but you get to know new people coming from all over the World, discover new horizons, new cultures, and make INTERNATIONAL friends, isn’t it exciting ?!