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Catholic Institute of Toulouse - ICT
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Toulouse, "the pink city " !


Toulouse downtown is quite small and you can go easily all over town by foot or by bicycle. For further distances, the buses and subways are very convenient.

By Bicycle: www.velo.toulouse.fr

Numerous cycle tracks are being built in Toulouse downtown, it is a pleasant and practical transportation, provided that you watch out for cars, pedestrians and buses!

Vélô Toulouse  is a self-service bicycles system. It is open from 5:30am to 2:00am for hiring a bicycle and available 24/7 to give it back. Feel free and autonomous to use this service whenever you want, by taking out a subscription or using it for a day only.

By Subway, Bus or Streetcar: www.tisseo.fr

The students (under 35 years old) can ask for the “carte Pastel Tisséo” which is very useful when you travel around. In order to get it, you need to go to a Tisséo selling point (at the following stations: Capitole, Marengo SNCF, Jean-Jaurès), take your ID with you, your student card and a passport photo. You will need to fill in a form (as explained on the website).

With this “carte Pastel”, you will be able to buy tickets or take out a subscription at a reduced rate. For example, 10€ a month for unlimited transportation.

A ticket is valid for the subway, the bus and the streetcar. You must keep your ticket with you all along the travel because, in order to get out of the subway, you must present it again.

By Train: www.sncf.com / www.ter-sncf.com

La Société nationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF, the National Railway Company) is running the train network in France.

The TGV (high speed trains) allow you to travel long distance destinations (as Paris, Lyon, Marseille, etc) and the TER (fast regional trains) take care of the trips in the Midi-Pyrénées region.

The “gare Matabiau” is Toulouse train station. By subway, you must get off at Marengo SNCF station.

Whenever you take the train, do not forget to stamp your ticket before you get into the train. If you notice you forgot to do so, go directly see the ticket collector to explain to him/her the situation. Various discounts can be proposed to students: Carte 12-25 ans, le billet Découverte 12-25 ans, billet Prem’s, le Pass Inter Rail, le billet Euro Domino, le billet BIJ ou carte touristique Flexi

To go skiing in the Pyrénées, it is more convenient to take the train. Ask for information on « Skirail TER Midi-Pyrénées » :  http://www.skirail-ter.com/


Cafeteria de l'ICT

The ICT cafeteria is open to students for lunch from noon to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday.

A large selection of starters and main dishes for about 4.50€. Students need a card, available at the Main Office.


Illustration docteur

Foreign students have access to French National Health and Pensions Organization (la Sécurité Sociale) under the same conditions as the French students, namely:

-you have to be registered in a higher education institution

-you need to be under 28 years old

-you must submit a paper or a deed certifying the legality of your stay

Subscription to Sécurité Sociale must be done at the same time as registration for the University, for a 200-euro contribution (2010 fee). Students receiving a scholarship from the French government are exempted (Scholarships from the Ministry of Education).

Other students  exempted of the affiliation to the student regime of the Sécurité Sociale, if they are already assured for all the academic year in their country of origin,as follows:

-Students from the EEE (Espace Economique Européen, European Economic Area) and Switzerland holding of the Carte Européenne d’Assurance Maladie (European Card of Health Insurance)

-Students from Monaco and Québec holding of a conventional form

- Students from countries having bilateral conventions concerning the Sécurité Sociale with France (consult the list on www.securite-sociale.fr)

CPAM (Local Health insurance office) -  3 Léopold boulevard Escande -31 093 Toulouse Cedex 09

To undergo treatment:

In France, a medical appointment cost about 22 euros. You must pay and the doctor will give you a medical claim form that you send to the Sécurité Sociale to be reimbursed (70% will be covered).

In order to buy medicines at the pharmacy, you must show prescription given by a doctor.


Institut Universitaire de Langue et de Culture Française

31 rue de la Fonderie
BP 7012
31068 Toulouse cedex 7

Tél. : 05 61 36 81 30

Contact : IULCF (iulcf @ ict-toulouse.fr)