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

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 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:

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).

Step 3: I obtain the required language test

 

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:

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 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:

 

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:

 

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

 

ENROLMENT

Step 1: I prepare all necessary documents for my enrolment.

 

Required documents for enrolment: 2021/2022 academic year

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).

Step 2: I pay fees

 

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:

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.

 

Step 3: I carry out my administrative enrolment at the University of Burgundy

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.

Step 4: 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.

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

Visas and residence permits

 

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

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.

Financial resources

 

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.).

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

Academic calendar

 

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 and digital services

 

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:

 

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.

Student life

 

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

In particular, you will find information on :

 

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. You can also get the city of Dijon's 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:

Contacts

 

General contacts at uB

Contacts within your faculty, school or institute

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:

 

Social security - Health

You have health insurance in one of the countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland

 

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: 

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

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).

 

You DO NOT have health insurance in one of the countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland

 

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:

 

Good to know

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

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

 

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. 

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.

 

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

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:

 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.

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 (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.

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: