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Language and cultural preparation

Improve your language level before you leave, and be prepared for culture shock.

 For a successful international experience, you can:

  • improve your language level. Expand your knowledge of the language of instruction at the partner university or the working language at your internship organisation. If your host country's language is different than the language you will be working or studying in, it's also a good idea to learn the basics of that language;
  • get acquainted with the host country's culture and familiarise yourself with the environment in which you will live.

 

There are several resources available for improving your language level while also learning more about the culture of your host country.


The University of Burgundy's Language centre offers public courses in multiple languages of different levels, CLES, TOEFL, and TOEIC certificates, and self-education programs specifically designed for language learning, as well as a chance to interact with native speakers who can introduce you to their own country's culture.


Students of the English-taught Intercultural Management master's programme offer workshops for learning more about other cultures. These workshops are conducted in English, so they are also a great opportunity to improve your English skills.

Discussion topics include:

  • sensitivity to cultural differences;
  • cultural differences in a working environment;
  • how to overcome culture shock while abroad;
  • different concepts in other cultures: values, humour, stereotypes, table etiquette, food, etc.
  • group discussions about cultural experiences;
  • ...

Workshop structure

  • Option of participating in workshops the first or second semester of the academic year.
  • Weekly hour-long meetings generally occurring during the midday break on the Dijon campus.
  • Free and open to all uB students.
  • Registration via an online form sent by e-mail to your etu.u-bourgogne.fr inbox. You can also check the University's calendar to find out about upcoming registration periods: this information is usually published in September for workshops beginning in October (first semester) and in January for workshops beginning in February (second semester).
  • Students registered for the workshops will receive a statement from the Faculty of Languages and Communication confirming their participation.

More information

  • Watch the video Culture Shock Workshops directed by uB students.
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The unités d'enseignements (UE) transversales (transversal course units) give you the option to enhance your skills and gain new experiences in addition to obtaining extra ECTS credits.

Two of these units are particularly useful if you wish to improve your level in a foreign language and/or learn more about other cultures:

  • course unit Interculturalité which allows students to take foreign language courses for free at the Language Center, and to gain experience as a tutor of their native language in an international context;
  • course unit Engagement étudiant (Student engagement) with its Welcoming international students module: you will help the association ESN InsiDijon to welcome international students to France and to promote international mobility.


There are a number of websites which offer language tandems: someone who can help you to learn or improve a foreign language in exchange for you helping them to learn your own native language. These conversations can take place online or face to face.

Examples of tandem language websites:


Find a buddy with the student society ESN InsiDijon! You can talk and improve your foreign language with an international student who is currently registered at uB and also discover their culture before you go abroad!

Find out more:

PRI-petit-logo-erasmus  Erasmus+ Programme is co-financed by the European Union. 


Take a look at the International office's Facebook page to find publications of the summer and winter schools that we regularly receive from our partner universities. We also publish offers from other establishments from all across the world.

These schools offer foreign language courses or courses in different study areas either in English or in the language of the host country. These schools often take place during several weeks of the winter or summer holidays. The courses also give you the opportunity to discover the country in a multicultural context with other foreign students, by offering trips and excursions.

The costs of the schools are paid by the student.

You can also take a look at the testimonies of uB students who went abroad, as well as international students who came to uB.


Other ways to improve your language skills


If you are going on exchange or to do an internship through the Erasmus+ programme, you will receive an email inviting you to take an online language test allowing you to find out your language level and giving you access to free and unlimited online courses. You will then be able to sit a test after your time abroad to measure your progress.

These tests are obligatory for everyone who completes Erasmus+, but the results won't stop you from going abroad or from receiving your Erasmus+ grant. You won't be penalised if you get a bad result! The aim of the test is to help you evaluate your language level and give you the opportunity to progress with the help of online courses. 

PRI-petit-logo-erasmus  Erasmus+ Programme is co-financed by the European Union. 


Free online resources are available to improve your language level. Browse our list of useful sites for learning German, English, and Spanish, and don't hesitate to search the Internet for similar programs for other languages.These resources are equally useful for practice if you're pursuing a language certificate (TOEIC, TOEFL, CLES, TestDAF, ZD, ZDfB, DEFE, ELYTE...).

 

  • Think about reading in foreign languages, even if you don't understand everything. The aim is to successfully understand the text as a whole and to improve little by little. There are many editors who publish simplified works with simple phrases and a more limited vocabulary so that you can start.
  • Download radio applications on your phone and listen to programmes and songs on foreign radio channels.
  • When you watch TV and online content, try doing so in a foreign language.


Try and find varied methods and don't become discouraged!

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