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Exchange students

  1. Contact your home university in order to see if a bilateral agreement exists in your field and level of studies between the University of Burgundy and your home university. Your home university will also inform you about the application procedure you need to follow to be selected by your home university to come study at the University of Burgundy as an exchange student.

  2. Once selected by your home university, you must apply at the University of Burgundy as an exchange student.

    → Access to the online application form.

    Application period:
    - from Mid-February until 15th of May for the 1st semester applicants,
    - from Mid-September until 15th November for the 2nd semester applicants.

    No late applications will be accepted.

  3. After having sent your application via the online application form, you will receive an e-mail asking you to create your personal account.

  4. Once your personal account has been created, you will need to download all the requested documents directly:
    - CV,
    - cover letter,
    - passport photo,
    - scan of a piece of identification (example: Passport, ID card, driver's licence),
    - learning agreement signed by yourself and your home university. If your home institution does not provide you a learning agreement, please download and fulfill the University of Burgundy learning agreement with your choice of courses you would like to follow.
    Learning agreement for Erasmus students.
    Learning agreement for other exchange students.

  5. We will examine your application and if accepted, you will receive an admission letter from the University of Burgundy.

All applications must be submitted via the application form - we will not accept any file sent by e-mail or by mail.  

Students with citizenship from the European Union, European economic area or Swiss Confederation

  • You do not have to have a student visa or residence permit to study or live in France. Make sure you have valid ID or a valid passport.

Students from countries with a Campus France - Etudes en France (Studies in France) procedure

If you DO NOT not have citizenship from the European Union, European economic area or Swiss Confederation and if you live in one of the following countries:
Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, China, Columbia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Republic of Congo, Republic of Guinea (Guinea-Conakry), Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Vietnam.

  • In addition to the admission process above you must contact Campus France in your country of residence in order to indicate that you will be coming to the University of Burgundy with an exchange cooperation agreement, and then follow the instructions that they give you to obtain your student visa.

All other students

  • You should contact Cultural Services of the French Embassy in your country of residence in order to find out the conditions for obtaining a study visa (type D).
  • If you live in a different country to that of your nationality we advise you to contact the French embassy in your home country as well.

As an exchange student you can get a room in CROUS student centre residences. To do that, be sure to indicate your choice in the correct section on your application form and the International Office will book a room for you. Please also specify your planned arrival and departure dates.

If you'd like to look for housing elsewhere, try the Burgundy Housing Guide (in French only) or follow these links to sites offering :

In order to complete your learning agreement, have a look at the University of Burgundy study programmes and choose the courses which correspond to your field and your level of studies.

Most of the courses at the University of Burgundy are taught in French.

If you are interested in English taught courses you can Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. and/or your uB coordinator who will tell you if English courses are available in your field of study.

Language level required:

  • B2 in French or English depending on the courses language instruction.
  • We do not require official diploma to prove your language level but if you have one, you can add it to your application file.

Administrative registration usually takes place:

  • at the beginning of September for the 1st semester and the whole year students,
  • mid-January for the 2nd semester students.

Detailed information and required documents for administrative enrolment are published here:

  • in July for enrolment period in September,
  • in December for enrolment period in January.

Administrative registration for 2nd semester - year 2018/2019

1st step: Prepare all necessary documents for your registration:

  • this registration file: please download it, fill it in manually or electronically, print it and bring it with you on the day of your administrative enrollment;
  • one passport photo;
  • one copy of your piece of identification (example: Passport, ID card);
  • one copy of your 2018-2019 admission letter for an exchange programme from the University of Burgundy;
  • one copy of your student card or of your certificate of enrolment at your home university for the current academic year;
  • one copy of a French civil liability insurance certificate (obtained at a French bank or a French insurance operator before the enrolment session). Price: around 20 euros. If your European university provides you with a civil liability insurance, please present an insurance certificate or a detailed receipt of your registration fees including the reference to "liability insurance". If your US university covers such liability insurance costs, please mention this information during your registration. If you have any doubts about this, please ask the international relations office of your home university for information before registration at the University of Burgundy;
  • if you have already been enrolled at a French higher education institution in the past: please attach a copy of a former student card or certificate of registration;
  • ONLY students who DO NOT HAVE citizenship of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation : one copy of your passport with D-visa or long stay visa with the ''Etudiant'' (student) mention;
  • ONLY for students who are required to obtain a visa or a residence permit for their entry into French territory: proof of examination passed at the Anti-tuberculosis Control Center and Departmental Vaccination Center upon your arrival in France. To take the examination you must book an appointment by phone at
    How do I get to the Anti-tuberculosis center?
    Centre de Lutte Antituberculeuse et Centre Départemental de Vaccination – UPMI (Unité de prévention des Maladies Infectieuses apparait sur la signalétique) – CHU (Centre hospitalier universitaire) Dijon Bourgogne
    Boulevard Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
    Go in through the ''Urgences'' entrance, then follow ''Urgences adultes''.
    The Anti-tuberculosis center is located in the building on the left before emergencies (Urgences), on the 1st floor.

2nd step : Carry out your administrative registration

Administrative registration will take place starting from 7th January 2019 in office R24 of the Maison de l'Université building on the Dijon campus. Opening hours: from Monday to Thursday from 9AM to 12PM and from 2PM to 5PM and on Friday from 9AM to 12PM and from 1PM to 4PM. 

If your study programme is not on the Dijon Campus but in Nevers, Auxerre or Le Creusot please contact the administrative office of your study programme and your lecturer to find about the administrative and pedagogical registration there.

3rd step: Apply for student social security

Once your administrative registration has taken place, you must apply, no matter what your citizenship is, for Student Social Security online at the website which will be active starting from 1st September 2018.

  • Read this instructions carefully on how to subscribe for student social security.
  • Look at this video which summarizes the steps you must take.

Social security allows you to receive care in case of health problems and covers the majority of costs (up to 70% on average). The remaining part of the costs must be paid by you. To cover these expenses which are not covered by the social security you are strongly advised to subscribe for a complementary health insurance called ''mutuelle''. This insurance is not mandatory but can be very useful because it can cover one part or all (depending on the option you have chosen) of the costs which are not covered by the social security. If you want to receive a complementary health insurance, you can contact one of the many organizations to find the offer that suits you best: SMERRA, MGEN, LMDE...

4th step: Carry out your pedagogical registration

Once you have registered 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.

  • You will also receive a University of Burgundy Welcome Pack with brochures about the university, city and region which may help you during your initial time in France.

Once you have been registered you will get your student card and certificate of registration.

You can use your student card to eat at the student restaurants, borrow books from the University's libraries, and get discounts at the cinema as well as other cultural institutions or events.
You can also load your card with money in order to use it to pay at university restaurants.

In order to use this feature you must activate it.

Once registered you must activate your University of Burgundy student account allowing you to access to your student e-mail address, electronic version of your enrolment certificate, course materials and other important documents from your lecturers.

You must activate your account within the section Espace numérique de travail (ENT) – Mon compteEtudiantActiver mon compte.

A general scheme of the academic year at the University of Burgundy:

  • 1st semester: September - December
  • 1st exam period: January
  • 2nd semester: January - June
  • 2nd exam period: June

Those dates are given as an example – please be aware that every study programme has its own personalised calendar.

If your courses start before your administrative enrolment, you should still attend your courses. Not being officially registered does not prevent you from attending classes.

The International Office organizes international students welcome days every semester, usually in September and January.

These days are an opportunity to discover the University, student life and our facilities as well as the Town Hall and the historical centre of Dijon. You will have the chance to meet other international students and then celebrate at our welcome party.

The next welcome days will take place on 1st and 2nd February 2019. All recently arrived exchange students are invited to the event.

  • Here you can find the programme in full.
  • To take part: you do not have to sign up, just come along to the welcome days with both your uB student card (or your uB admission letter if you are yet to receive your student card) as well as your identity document.

Whilst you are waiting, you can have a look at the previous welcome days events:


Campus life

Useful information

  • Apply for state financial aid for housing at CAF.
  • City of Dijon card for young foreigners gives you free access to numerous cultural and sport activities in the city.
  • Culture card : gives you discounts for numerous cultural events.
  • Divia, public transport service in Dijon.
  • Transport companies for traveling in France and abroad: Transco, Eurolines, FlixBus, Ouibus, Isilines, Card SNCF...
  • Join France alumni - a social network of former, current and future international students in France.
  • Be sure to check out the E-ambassador blogs written by international students in France, who share their personal experience in France and discuss various topics: studies, housing, the French language, travelling, having fun, money, etc.
  • Ensemble en France (Together in France): the platform with interactive online tools to help those who have recently settled in France better understand its customs, habits, and traditions.

International office events
The International Office organises and informs about different international events on uB campus, in Burgundy, France or abroad.Feel free to like International Office Facebook page to stay up to date with our upcoming events!

Students' associations


The international students' society, ESN InsiDijon, offers to pair international students with a ''buddy''. This means a university student will be able to help you to discover French culture and life in Burgundy. They will offer you support when you need it, and will be there for you as a helpful guide during your stay in Dijon.

Once you have arrived in Dijon you can also become a member of ESN InsiDijon and participate in different activities:

  • organisation of events, administrative tasks, partner intuitions relations or
  • participation in events, projects and trips organised by active members.

You can also join the ESN InsiDijon Facebook group of international students who are in Dijon for the 2018/2019 academic year.


The University of Burgundy has more than 100 other student associations – you are able to join them and meet other students here at the University.

Some student associations are particularly oriented to the international students, and in some cases they can help you with different issues that may arise during your stay.

Here are some examples:



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