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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: 13th of July, 2021.

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.

 

APPLICATIONS

 

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.

 

The application deadline for the academic year 2021-2022 is closed for the majority of candidates. Candidates who would like to apply to study at the University of Burgundy for the 2022-2023 academic year will find all information about the International office application procedures on this website, in November 2021.

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 2021/2022 academic year?


Applications 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 from 16th June to 16th September 2021.

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

  • a copy of your Parcoursup acceptance letter;
  • a copy of proof of identity (including nationality);
  • a copy of certificate of French language if you are not part of the exemption cases (more information about language requirements here below at Step 3: I obtain the required language test);
  • a photocopy of your secondary school leaver's certificate allowing you access to higher education. This must be officially translated into French.

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

 

Translating your documents
If you need to have your documents translated, you can do it in your country or in France (consult the Court of Cassation website where you will find the lists of translators on French territory).

 

Please read below the information about the 2021/2022 language requirements. This information may change: in November 2021 we will publish here language requirements for the academic year 2022/2023.

 

I apply for a French-taught programme

 

A level of C1 is required for study programmes in:

  • Law;
  • Administration (administration économique et sociale - AES);
  • Economics / Business / Management ;
  • Biological and environmental sciences (Sciences de la Vie, de la Terre et de l'Environnement - UFR SVTE) ;
  • Health sciences ;
  • Faculty of Literature and Philosophy (UFR Lettres et philosophie): all master-level programmes in Literature (letters) and linguistic sciences (Sciences du language master and FLE et aires linguistiques master);
  • a C1 level is also recommended for all social sciences and humanities.

A level of B2 is required for study programmes in:

  • Faculty of Literature and Philosophy (UFR Lettres et philosophie): all bachelor level programmes, as well as master-level programmes in Philosophy and Information and Communication Sciences;
  • all other study programmes at the University of Burgundy, including humanities and social sciences.

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 test.

Applicants outside of the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation wishing to enrol in licence 1 must submit the TCF DAP (except for those in the exemption cases listed below). Good to know: a TCF DAP session is usually organized at the University of Burgundy each February.

 

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:

  • nationals of countries where French is the only official language, as well as applicants residing in those countries if they have obtained a high school diploma delivered by that country;
  • for countries where French is not the only official language, applicants who have completed their secondary school level education at a French-speaking institution;
  • applicants from Mauritius who are in possession of a bilingual baccalaureate;
  • applicants who have obtained the Test d'Evaluation du Français (TEF), administered by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris (Chambre du Commerce et de l'Industrie de Paris) with at least 14/20 in the written expression section;
  • applicants who studied within the French bilingual department of one of these institutions listed by the French ministry or on the Le fil du biLingue website. Did you study in a bilingual French programme in an EU or EEA country and can't find your institution on the Le Fil du biLingue site? Email the Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. to see if this exemption category applies to you.

 

How to improve my French level?

Take a look at the Learning about French culture and improving your French level rubric here below where you will find useful advice on how to improve your language level before and after coming to France.

 

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:

  • citizens of countries where English is the only official language, as well as applicants residing in those countries if they have obtained a high school diploma delivered by that country;
  • for countries where English is not the only official language, applicants who have completed their secondary school level education at an English-speaking institution.

 

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

  • Business Studies and Intercultural Management.
  • If you already have an English Language certificate, please include it in your application, even if it's not required. If you do not have any official proof of your language level, you can demonstrate your English skills by providing evidence that you are able to express yourself in the language; for example, secondary school or university records, a language school certificate, evidence of courses taken in English, etc.

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.

 

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

 

ENROLMENT

 

Required documents for enrolment: 2021/2022 academic year

  • this enrolment file: filled and signed (you don’t know how to sign PDF documents? Find instruction on this website!);
  • one passport-size photo ;
  • full copy of birth certificate or extract of birth certificate or government-issued document provided by the consulate of your home country. This document must be translated into French or English;
  • one copy of your identity card or passport, and if applicable, one copy of your D-visa or long stay visa with the "Etudiant" (student) mention (if you do not have citizenship of a country within the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation);
  • one copy of a French civil liability insurance certificate (obtained at a French bank or a French insurance agency when you arrive in France). The cost is around 20 euros;
  • one copy of your admission letter from the University of Burgundy;
  • proof of payment of the Student and Campus Life Contribution fee (Contribution à la vie étudiante et de campus - CVEC) - cost is around 90 euros (more information here below in Step 2: I pay fees);
  • if enrolling in a Bachelor programme: the original and one copy of your secondary education diploma (Baccalauréat, A-Level, High School Diploma, Abitur, etc.) or certificate of achievement of your last successfully credited year of study with its official translation in French ;
  • if enrolling in a Master programme: the original and one copy of your most recently obtained higher education diploma (Bachelor degree, Master degree, etc.) with an official translation in French or English;
  • if you have already been enrolled in a French higher education institution in the past: please attach a copy of former student card or enrolment certificate;
  • if you receive a scholarship: please attach a copy of scholarship notification;
  • ONLY for students who have citizenship from one of the countries from THIS list:
    • vaccination record ;
    • a lung X-ray exam (translated in French if possible) less than 3 months old. You must undergo this exam before your arrival in France. This request is part of tuberculosis screening.

      Once you arrive at the University of Burgundy, we will guide you to the University Health Centre where you will get a certificate for an appointment for a free medical consultation. You must show this certificate to the International office in order to be able to register at the University of Burgundy. The day of your medical consultation, the doctors will study the results of your lung X-ray exam and your vaccination record.

Translating your documents
If you need to have your documents translated, you can do it in your country or in France (consult the Court of Cassation website where you will find the lists of translators on French territory).

 

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). 

Approximately cost: 90 euros.

The payment will be possible online via card payment OR in cash at a French post office starting from the end of August 2021.

Find all information:

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 enrol.


University of Burgundy enrolment fee

Registration fees for 2021/2022 academic year:

  • basic national fees for Bachelor level: 170 euros;
  • basic national fees for Master level : 243 euros;
  • basic national fees for engineer's diploma : 601 euros;
  • basic national fees for students with a scholarship from the French government: 0 euros;
  • specific fees for certain English-taught programmes (added to basic national fees):

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

Good to know: for the 2021/2022 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.

 

Different phases of administrative enrolment: academic year 2021/2022.

  1. Starting from September 1st 2021 you must come at the International office at Maison de l’Université building (building number 21 on campus plan) to confirm your presence in France and to pick-up your welcome pack. International office’s opening hours for public: from Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students having citizenship from one of the countries from THIS list will be also directed to the University Health Centre to take a medical appointment.
  2. Send all necessary documents for registration listed here above (except vaccination record) by Email at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.. Your documents must be in PDF format (identity photo in JPEG) and sent in ONE SINGLE Email. Do not forget to compress your documents in order to diminish their weight. The final document must not exceed the size of 2 Mo.
  3. International office verifies your documents and informs you by Email that your registration file is complete.
  4. You pay the registration fees by bank transfer: all details on how to pay your fees will be sent to you by Email. If it is impossible for you to make the payment by bank transfer you can pay the fees by French bank cheque.
  5. Once your registration fees payed, the International office carries out your administrative enrolment and informs you by Email when you are officially enrolled in our University.
  6. You receive an invitation to come again at the International office at the Maison de l’Université building in order to obtain your student card.
  7. Students WITHOUT health insurance from one of the EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland must apply for French social security (more information here below in Social security – Health paragraph).


If your study programme is not on the Dijon Campus 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.

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.

 

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 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

 

Students with citizenship of a country within 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 card or a valid passport.

 

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

  • Contact Cultural Services of the French Embassy in your country of residence in order to find out the procedure for obtaining a study visa.
  • Keep in mind that for your visa request you will also need to submit :
    • your admission letter from the University of Burgundy. We do not issue any pre-enrolment documents so please use your admission letter because we cannot provide you with any other document;
    • a proof of housing so be sure you booked a housing before submitting your visa request;
    • a proof of financial resources.

The official website for French visas contain helpful details about validating and renewing your visa/residence permit.

Good to know: The Euraxess office within the International Office can provide answers to certain questions about extending your student residence permit once in France. There will be someone available to guide you as you prepare the necessary documents for requesting an extension before submitting them at the Prefecture. This service is routinely available from mid-June to mid-July, and affected students are sent an e-mail notification indicating the office's opening hours.

  • For all details about residence permit application visit the website of the Prefecture of your department of residence.

 

To study in France you must be sure you possess enough financial resources for living and to pay the University's tuition fees. To get a rough idea about life expenses in France you can check the Campus France website, rubric Preparing your budget.

To find out the difference between the cost of living in your country of origin and in France, you can consult the following comparison sites: Numbeo or Expatistan.

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.

Good to know: in the Student life paragraph here below you can find useful information on different types of help for students with social difficulties (food donation associations, state financial assistance for housing, etc.).

 

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. See also this explanatory video from Campus France.
  • Did you know that you are potentially eligible to obtain financial aid from the French state to finance part of your accommodation costs? Once you have settled into your accommodation in France, check the CAF (Family Allowance Fund) website for more information.

 

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.

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.

 

Student card

Once you enrol, you will receive your student card which you can use 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.

 

University of Burgundy student account and digital services

48 hours after your administrative enrolment, you must activate your University of Burgundy student account, which will enable you to access several features, such as:

  • uB student webmail, secured sharing of large files, event planning software;
  • administrative services, such as certificates of enrolment, exam calendar, transcripts and grades, course enrolment;
  • online courses;
  • informational resources;
  • obtaining for free Microsoft Office which will also allow you to use TEAMS, the platform from which you will follow some online courses in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. On TEAMS you can also join the conversation group of international students and easily be in touch with International office;
  • and more.

 

You can activate your account on the University's website under the Espace numérique de travail (ENT) tab - Mon compte - Étudiant - Activer mon compte.

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.

 

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

In particular, you will find information on :

  • free access to the university health centre, where you can consult a general practitioner, a psychiatrist, a gynaecologist, nurses, a psychologist, a marriage counselor, and staff from the Diagnosis and Testing Centre for sexually transmitted infections (Centre Gratuit d'Information de Diagnostic et de Dépistage des infections sexuellement transmissibles);
  • free access to sporting activities;
  • disability services;
  • daycare for students with children;
  • student restaurants operated by the CROUS student centre.

 

To succeed in your studies and your professional insertion, you can access:

 

If you encounter social difficulties, you can benefit from food aid for students in need: Epicerie solidaire (Community Grocery) and Campus comestible (Edible Campus) and consult a social worker, among several CROUS Social Services. You may be eligible to receive financial aid from the French government through the CAF (Family Allowance Fund) to finance a portion of your rent or housing fees.

 

Dijon's cultural life is rich. The campus even has its own cultural center Atheneum and its radio station Radio Dijon Campus in which you can participate. Also take a look at the Mansart theatre's programme, managed by CROUS. The city of Dijon offers Passeport Jeunes étrangers (Foreign Youth Passports) that grant you free access to various cultural and sporting events as well as the Carte culture (Culture Card) which offers discounts on numerous cultural events happening in the greater Dijon area.

 

Divia, the public transport service in Dijon, offers a variety of subscription passes and means of transport. Companies for traveling around Burgundy, France, and internationally: Mobigo, Eurolines, FlixBus, BlablaBus, SNCF discount rail cards.

 

Also take a look at the:

 

General contacts at uB

  • International Office (Pôle International): Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.. Our staff is multilingual – we can converse with you in French and English, and potentially in other languages (German, Spanish, Romanian, Croatian...).
  • Office of Student Life (Pôle formation et vie universitaire): guidance, career advising, workshops on searching for jobs and internships, assistance for those with disabilities, and more: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..

Contacts within your faculty, school or institute

  • The professors in charge of your programme – if you don't know the name of the person in charge, you can find it in your programme's directory on the Formation page.
  • Your programme's administrative office or secretary.

The Contacts page, as well as the ENT directory, contains the contact information of anyone at uB whom you wish to contact. All agents of the University of Burgundy are also present on the TEAMS platform.

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

  • 15: emergency medical services (SAMU);
  • 17: emergency police number in cases of violence, theft, or burglary;
  • 18: Fire department in cases of fire, gas leaks, water damage, natural disasters, or traffic accidents;
  • 112: European emergency number, free and accessible anywhere throughout the European Union, in addition to national emergency numbers;
  • 114: general emergency number centralising text and fax emergency messages for all situation types (police, fire department, and paramedics). It is particularly suited to those who have difficulty hearing or speaking, as well as to those in situations where it's impossible to speak (for example, during a terrorist attack where you must stay hidden and silent).

 

Social security - Health

 

You must come in France with your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) valid throughout your stay abroad. This is a free card issued by your health insurance organization which allows you to benefit from the French public health care that you would need during a temporary stay abroad under the same conditions and at the same price as people insured in France. Find more information on the EHIC on the European Commission website.

When you receive health care in France, you must present your European Health Insurance Card (or provisional certificate).

If you are obliged to pay in advance for health care that is usually free of charge in France, you have two options for reimbursement: 

  • make a reimbursement request to your health insurance organization in your country over presentation of the documents obtained in France (normally you will not need to have these documents translated into the language of your country as the European health systems are linked and reimburse without difficulty) OR
  • contact the French health insurance system (Caisse primaire d'assurance maladie - CPAM)

If you wish to be reimbursed in France you must present the following documents to the CPAM:

  • documents proving health care you received,
  • a photocopy of your European Health Insurance Card (or photocopy of provisional certificate),  
  • your uB enrollment certificate (to be downloaded from your student digital account - ENT),  
  • your RIB (bank account details - the account can be in a foreign bank but it must be in your name),
  • a written declaration on honour stating that you remain financially dependent on your parents. 
    Are you officially financially independent from your parents or are you working in France or working online from France for a company abroad? In this case you must register with the French social security system in order to benefit from French health insurance. How do you register? Once your administrative registration at the University of Burgundy is complete, follow the necessary steps by registering on the Etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr website. We also recommend that you take out additional health insurance, called "mutuelle", which can cover the part of the cost of care that is not covered by basic health insurance.

Good to know: in the case of hospitalisation, in general you will not be obliged to advance the costs because your European Health Insurance Card is sufficient (except in specific establishments not covered by the French health insurance system in cities like Paris).

 

 

French social security (Health Insurance)

Once your administrative enrolment has taken place, you must apply for social security online through the etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr website in order to be covered in case of health problems (illness, hospitalization, etc.).

 

Complementary health insurance (mutuelle)

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:

 

As a student at the University of Burgundy, you have free access to the University Health Centre, where you can consult a general practitioner, a psychiatrist, a gynaecologist, nurses, a psychologist, a marriage counselor, and staff from the Diagnosis and Testing Centre for sexually transmitted infections.

 

SETTLING IN

 

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

 

International Student Welcome Days are hosted by the International Office, City of Dijon and the ESN InsiDijon student association at the beginning of every semester. This event is a great opportunity to get acquainted with both the campus environment and the city of Dijon, and to meet other students, both French and international. 

  • The next Welcome Days event will take place on 15th and 16th October 2021. Detailed programme will be published here in September 2021.
  • In the meantime, check out photos from the January 2020 and September 2019 Welcome Days as well as YouTube videos of the events.

Erasmus Days generally take place in October.

CROUS events Invitez le monde à votre table (Invite the World to Your Table) and Apprends-moi ton pays (Teach me your country).

Campus Days: all uB students are invited to join in various fun activities at the beginning of each year in September.

 

  • Your faculty, school or institute may also host events for its students, sometimes specifically for 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!

 

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

The international students' association, ESN InsiDijon, offers to pair international students with a "buddy". This means that you will be paired with a University of Burgundy student who will be able to help you 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.

Sign up here to get in contact with your buddy!

Once you arrive in Dijon, you can also become a member of the association and participate in different activities by:

  • being actively involved in the association: organising events for students, administration, creating and managing local, regional, and international partnerships OR
  • simply participating in the association's events and projects aimed at both French and international students, such as language cafés, excursions, cultural outings, international parties, apéritifs, and more!

 You can also join the Facebook group for international students who will be in Dijon for the 2021/2022 academic year.
Do you want to get in contact with students who are already enrolled at the University of Burgundy? Join the 2020/2021 students in Dijon Facebook group.

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.

 

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

  • University of Burgundy Linkedin page.
  • France Alumni: network of international students in France.
  • Your faculty, school or institute may also have an association of alumni of your study programme, which could be of use to you (career advice, events, mentoring, etc.). Master ICM, IAE Dijon and Alumni d'ISAT are some of the examples of alumni networks. You can check your faculty's website to find out if there is an alumni network for your study programme.

 

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.

 

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:

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

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 but in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the workshops take place exclusively online via Teams or Zoom;
  • 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 schedule 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 (UFR Langues et communication) confirming their participation.

More information

  • Contact: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..
  • Watch the Culture Shock Workshops video directed by uB students.

 

This unité d'enseignement transversale (UET), 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.

 

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.

  • The International Centre for French Studies (CIEF) in Dijon offers intensive French courses all year long. You can choose which arrangement best fits your needs: the Centre offers year-long, semester-long, and month-long courses, as well as a summer course. The CIEF programme is particularly tailored to students who wish to improve their French level before enrolling at the University of Burgundy and/or must pass a mandatory language test to study at university. Good to know: the CIEF also offers TCF, DELF, and DALF certification.
  • The Language Centre at the University of Burgundy offers evening courses. This arrangement, consisting of approximately 2 hours of class per week, is tailored to students already enrolled at the University. Remember that you can also apply for the Interculturalité course unit, which grants you free access to semester-long French courses.
  • Are you a refugee, asylum seeker, or under subsidiary protection? The University of Burgundy offers a special programme designed for migrant students to help you improve your French level before beginning a degree programme.
  • Remember that there are free online resources that can help you practice outside of a course! For example, on the France Éducation International website under the DELF-DALF and TCF tabs, you will find examples of French practice tests.
  • Participate in conversation groups organised by different associations. Practice French over drinks in a Dijon bar. Some examples of associations:
  • 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 and can also be an opportunity to learn more about other cultures. Examples of tandem language websites: The Mixxer, My language exchange, Polyglot club, Tandem linguistique, PenPal World, Inter Pals.
  • Think about reading in French, 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 French radio channels. When you watch TV and online content, try doing so in French.

 

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:

  • Blogs E-ambassadeurs (E-Ambassador Blogs) written by international students in France who share their experiences and touch on multiple topics as told from their own perspective: studying, housing, the French language, traveling, entertainment, finances;
  • testimonies of international students who came to study or intern at the University of Burgundy;
  • uB student testimonies (French and international) who went abroad on an exchange programme or as an intern: interviews and photo slideshows with comments;
  • Agitateurs de mobilité: experiences of young people who went abroad outside of France, as well as those who came to Burgundy via the regional international mobility programme.

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