Exchange students

Do you want to spend a semester or a year at the University of Burgundy on an exchange programme? We have over 300 international partners all over the world!

Last update: July, 17, 2020

Applications

 

  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 for them to select you to 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.


    → Fill out the online application form.

    Application period:
    - from mid-February to 15 May at the latest for first semester applicants;
    - from mid-September to 15 Novembre at the latest for second semester applicants.

  3. After having sent your application via the online application form, you will receive an e-mail asking you to create your personal account. Once your personal account has been created, you will need to download all the requested documents directly:

    - passport-size photo;
    - identity document (passport or ID card);
    - CV;
    - cover letter;
    - learning agreement signed by you and your home university.


    If your home institution does not provide you a learning agreement, please download and fill out the University of Burgundy's learning agreement with your desired courses listed.
    - Learning agreement for Erasmus+ students.
    - Learning agreement for other exchange students.

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

No late applications will be accepted.
All applications must be submitted online – we will not accept any file sent by e-mail or post.

Your stay in France


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


Students from countries with a Campus France - Etudes en France procedure

If you DO NOT have citizenship of a country within the European Union, European Economic Area, or Swiss Confederation and you live in one of the countries from THIS list: in addition to the admissions 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 under an exchange cooperation agreement, and then follow the instructions that they give you to obtain your student visa.


All other students

The official website for French visas as well as this informational video contain helpful details about validating and renewing your visa/residence permit.

Housing


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

If you decide not to pre-book a room in a CROUS student residence hall, you will have to search for other options.

Here are some 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.

Choosing courses and language requirements

 

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

Most 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-taught courses are available in your field of study.

 

Language level required for exchange students

Administrative enrolment

 

Administrative enrolment usually takes place:

Enrolling is a mandatory procedure that confirms your status as a student at the University and allows you to obtain your student card, access university resources, take courses, and pass exams.

Usually, detailed information and required documents for administrative enrolment are published here:


Administrative enrolment for 1st semester – year 2020/2021

 

Step 1: Prepare all necessary documents for your enrolment:

 


Step 2: Carry out your administrative enrolment

 

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 please contact the administrative office of your study programme and your exchange coordinator to find about the administrative and pedagogical registration there.


Step 3: Apply for 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.

Social security allows you to receive care in case of health problems and covers the majority of the cost (up to 70% on average), after which you must pay the remaining cost. To cover the expenses not covered by social security, we strongly advise you to obtain a complementary health insurance plan, called a 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 that are not covered by social security.

If you wish to enrol in a complementary health insurance plan, you can contact one of many organisations to find the offer that suits you best:


Step 4: Carry out your 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.) if necessary.

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:

Academic year calendar and courses


General structure of the academic year at the University of Burgundy:

Please note that this information is purely for informational purposes – each study programme operates according to their own schedule.

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.

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 university restaurants.

In order to use this feature you must activate your card.

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.

To learn more, take a look at the pages Mes services étudiants and Les bons spots.

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.

 

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 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.

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

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 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 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 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: