Study at the University of Burgundy as a Degree-Seeking Student

 

This page is primarily aimed at candidates who wish to study at the University of Burgundy outside of a short-term exchange programme and are of foreign nationality.

Last update: July 17, 2020.

The majority of study programmes at the University of Burgundy are taught in French, however we do offer some English-taught programmes, of which the majority are at Master's level. This website provides instructions on how to apply to all of our programmes, at all levels and for both English- and French-taught programmes. You may find that some documents are only available in French, this is because these particular documents are only relevant to those applying for French-taught programmes.

We have updated information about academic year 2020/2021 (content from step 8 onwards). Some indications are different than what was published before: we were obliged to put in place several changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We advise you to check-out from time to time our website in case of any new changes that may arrive due to the evolution of the pandemic at national and international level in the upcoming weeks.

Step 1: I choose my study programme

Have a look at the website Formation to find out about the range of French-taught study programmes that we offer. Please read the information sheets of every programme you are interested in carefully: you will find each programme's entry conditions, content, subjects etc. This information should help you to determine your eligibility for the study programme.

English-taught programmes are available at our English-taught programmes rubric.

Please note that if you are accepted to study at uB you will not be able to change your programme nor campus.

Step 2: I submit my application

 The application deadline for the academic year 2020-2021 is closed for the majority of candidates. Candidates who would like to apply to study at the University of Burgundy for the 2021-2022 academic year will find all information about the International office application procedures on this website, in November 2020. The way you will submit your application will depend of your personal situation: your citizenship, your country of residence and level of the study programme you are applying for.

Consult the list of international and French candidates who do not need to apply via the procedures which will be published here in November.

Who can still apply for 2020/2021 academic year?

Application are still open for the 1st year of Bachelor studies for:

To apply you must submit your demand at Parcoursup website during the extra application period open until 13th September 2020.

When you obtain the acceptance letter from the Parcoursup, you will then need to send us:

You should send us these documents by Email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. or by post:

Université de Bourgogne - Pôle International
Maison de l'Université - Esplanade Erasme - BP 27877
21078 DIJON cedex
France

Step 3: I obtain the required language test

Please read below the information about the 2020/2021 application period. This information may change: in November 2020 we will publish here language requirements for the academic year 2021/2022.

I apply for a French-taught programme

 
A level of C1 is required for study programmes in:


A level of B2 is required for study programmes in:

To prove your language level, you must provide us with a French language certificate. Only TCF, DELF or DALF certificates tout public are accepted. You only need to complete the mandatory parts of the French language test (TCF, DELF and DALF).

If you haven't taken the required French language test, all information about where and how to take the test can be found on the France Éducation International website.

Exemption cases


In certain cases, applicants are not required to take a French language test. If any of the following categories apply to you, you do not need to provide us with a French language certificate:

 

I apply for an English-taught programme


A B2 level is required for master programmes in:

Applicants in the following categories are exempt from English language tests:

No English language test is necessary for the following master programmes:

Good to know: if you do not have yet your language certificate you can still start your application procedure and add it later but remember that your application file must be complete (language certificate included) before the application official deadline.

Step 4: I find financial resources for my studies

To study in France you must be sure you possess enough financial resources for living and to pay the University's tuition fees (see Step 11: I prepare the enrolment fee amount). To get a rough idea about life expenses in France you can check the Campus France website, rubric Preparing your budget.

Students who are required to obtain a visa for their stay in France must provide to the French authority delivering visas a proof of their financial resources.

There is no specific financial aids you could apply for once you arrived in France so be aware you must have a reliable solution of financing your studies in France.

Depending of your situation and country of origin you may be eligible for scholarships:

Please note that the University of Burgundy does not offer any grants.

Step 5: I receive an answer to my application.

You will receive the answer to your application several weeks or months after the completion of your application file. The majority of students receive a response between April and June.

If your application will be accepted you must respect all the following steps in order to organize your arrival and enrolment at the University of Burgundy.

Step 6: I find my housing

Once you have received your admission notification at the University of Burgundy you must search for a housing solution. University of Burgundy cannot do it for you but we give you possible solutions:

Good to know: do you need a garant (guarantor) in order to obtain housing? On the website Visale, find out how you can obtain a guarantor at no cost to make it easier for you to access student housing.

Step 7: I get necessary documents to live in France


Students with citizenship of a country within the European Union, European Economic Area, or Swiss Confederation


Students with citizenship of a country OUTSIDE the European Union, European Economic Area, or Swiss Confederation

Step 8: I arrive in France respecting my programme's start date

The University of Burgundy won’t be offering online courses in 2020/2021 academic year. All students must come to France in order to enrol in onsite courses. Please be sure you arrive on the campus before your programme's start date.

We cannot give you a certificate of late enrolment. Please note that if you haven't enrolled within the one month following your programme's start date, your admission into the university will no longer be valid, and you will no longer be able to enrol at the University of Burgundy.

The following steps from 9 to 14 must integrally be done once you arrive in France except the Step 10: I prepare all necessary documents for my enrolment: you must obtain some of the enrolment documents BEFORE coming to France.


Step 9: I pay the Student and Campus Life Contribution fee

Before registering at the University of Burgundy, you must pay the Student and Campus Life contribution fee (Contribution à la vie étudiante et de campus - CVEC) of 92 euros, either online via card payment OR in cash at a French post office. Find all information at MesServices.etudiant.gouv.fr website and in this instruction in English. Students receiving French government grant are exempted of this payment.

Good to know: someone else can pay this fee in your name: more information at Student Centre CROUS instructions.

Do not forget to give your proof of payment of the Student and campus life contribution fee to the International office when you register.

Step 10: I prepare all necessary documents for my enrolment

Required documents for enrolment: 2020/2021 academic year:

Step 11: I prepare the enrolment fee amount


Registration fees for 2020/2021 academic year:

You will be able to make the payment either by bank transfer or by French bank check.

For the 2020/2021 academic year, the University of Burgundy will not charge separate fees for students coming from countries outside of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Switzerland.

Step 12: I carry out my administrative enrolment at the University of Burgundy

Different phases of administrative enrolment

If your study programme is not on the Dijon Campus but in Nevers, Auxerre, Chalon-sur-Saône or Le Creusot or if you are enrolling in IUT Dijon please contact the administrative office of your study programme to find about the administrative and pedagogical registration there.

Step 13: I apply for social security


French social security

Once your administrative enrolment has taken place, you must apply for social security online through the etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr website. To do that please come at CROUS student centre Welcome desk (building number 34 on campus plan) where a University of Burgundy student will help you register online. Welcome desk opening hours: from 1st September until 30th September 2020 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Complementary health insurance (mutuelle)

Step 14: I carry out my pedagogical enrolment

Once you have enrolled within the International office, you must contact the scolarité (administrative office for your study programme) in order to find out about your pedagogical enrolment; for example, to choose subjects, etc.

Reminder: if your courses start before your administrative enrolment, don't worry: you can (and should!) still go to class. The fact that you haven't yet been enrolled administratively does not prevent you from attending class.

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

 

Student card


Once your administrative enrolment completed, the International office will send you an invitation to come at the Maison de l’Université building in order to obtain your student card.

You can use your student card to eat at the student restaurants, borrow books at the University's libraries, and get discounts at the cinema as well as other cultural institutions or events (theatre, museums, athletic events, etc.).

You can also load your card with money so that you can use it to pay at student restaurants.

University of Burgundy student account and digital services


48 hours after you receive a confirmation from the International office that your administrative enrolment is complete you will be able to activate your University of Burgundy student account, which will enable you to access several features, such as:

You can activate your account on the University's website under the Espace numérique de travail (ENT) tab.

Your account will also grant you access to the many Wi-Fi hotspots around campus, as well as to computers in the self-service labs.

Contacts


General contacts at uB


Contacts within your faculty, school or institute

The Contact page, as well as the ENT directory, contains the contact information of anyone at uB whom you wish to contact.

In case of emergency, you must contact national services outside the University by dialling the following numbers according to your situation:

Student life


You can find plenty of useful information about student life on the uB-link student portal.

Also take a look at the City of Dijon information sheet which can be useful to you.

Also take a look at Campus France website where you will find numerous information useful to your stay in France.


SETTLING IN

 

Student organisations


There are more than 140 student organisations at the University of Burgundy, across all campuses. They are great opportunities for meeting people and making friends, and many of them were created specifically for students of different origins to help you get settled into university life.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) InsiDijon

PRI-petit-logo-erasmus The Erasmus+ programme is jointly funded by the European Union.


Other international student organisations

All athletic, cultural, and academic organisations are listed in the Associations directory.

Events at the University and around the region


All year long, there are a wide variety of events happening at the University, in Dijon, and around the Burgundy region: cultural, sporting events, scientific events, etc. Many events, especially those at the University, are free and open to all. It's a great way to meet other people and learn more about the environment around you.

To find out what's coming up, take a look at the various event schedules:


Events of particular interest to international students

The International office organises and provides information about different international events on uB's campus, in Burgundy, in France, and abroad. Feel free to like the International office's Facebook page to stay up to date with all our upcoming events!

Alumni network


Keeping up with what uB alumni are doing can be very useful.

 


CULTURAL ADAPTATION


Since you will be spending several months or years in France, there are many resources available to you that can help speed up the adaptation period and avoid culture shock.

Culture shock and student mobility workshops


These workshops, conducted mainly in English by students in the Intercultural Management programme, allow uB students to learn more about different cultures and meet new people.

Discussion topics include:


Workshop structure:


More information:

Transversal course unit Interculturalité


This unité d'enseignement transversale (UE), or transversal course unit, is a supplementary one-semester course that makes it possible to learn or perfect your skills in a foreign language (French for example) and to gain professional experience while working, according to your availability, as a tutor at the University's Language Centre.

Additionally, it's a great opportunity to meet other students, both French and international.

The course unit is worth 5 additional ECTS credits, and can be added on to your primary curriculum in the majority of cases.

Learning about French culture and improving your French level


Ensemble en France
(Together in France) is an online platform with interactive tools to help those who have recently settled in France better understand its customs, habits, and traditions.

Mon French Kit (My French Kit), an educational smartphone app, is also a great resource to help you through the integration process.

Before and during your time at the University of Burgundy, there are several options available to you for learning or improving your French level.

French and international student testimonies


Reading other international students' experiences and reactions, as well as those written by French students who went abroad, can help you better understand cultural differences and familiarise yourself with the country in which you will be studying.

Take a look at the many pages online featuring student testimonies: