Study Abroad at Université de Franche Comté
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Official dates will be available soon!
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* We recommend all SUNY participants arrive together to travel as a group to Besancon from Paris. A confirmed date and suggested travel itinerary will be sent to participants after acceptance.
** Fall semester students may remain in the residence hall until Dec. 31. Academic year students do not need to vacate their rooms between semesters and may leave belongings behind if they travel between semesters.
*** Spring semester students may remain in the residence hall until May 31.
Estimated program budgets can be found above in the "Budget Sheets" box or by clicking the links below:
Discover your world in Besançon, France
- Immerse yourself in French culture and improve your language skills while living in a beautiful French city situated in a breathtaking natural setting near the Jura Mountains. The River Doubs flows around the city center making it almost an island.
- With a population of 250,000 Besançon is a very manageable city, so studying there will be good practice for your navigation skills before visiting larger cities in Europe.
- Unlike larger cities in France, there are few native speakers of English in Besançon, and the Bisontins are less likely to speak English to you than French people in larger cities. So, you’ll make lots of progress with your French by studying abroad in Besançon.
- While living in Besançon you’ll appreciate the city’s quality of life. Besançon was designated one of France’s first “green” cities which is reflected in the city’s cleanliness.
- Imagine yourself enjoying spectacular views from the Vauban citadel, exploring the city’s narrow streets, meeting your language partner at a café, or picnicking with your classmates by the river. You’ll definitely have plenty of things to do to form fond memories of your study abroad experience in Besançon.
- Besançon is served by the TGV (high speed train), so you’ll be able to travel easily to Paris, Provence and the Cote d’Azur, and other destinations in France and Europe. You’ll also have two excursions planned by the CLA staff as part of the program.
Your Host Institution and Classes
- Founded in 1423, the Université de Franche-Comté is one of France's oldest institutions of higher learning. Today it enrolls some 20,000 students, including more than 2,000 international students.
- You’ll be enrolled in French language classes at the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée (CLA) which is well known for the quality of its language instruction. Please note that you’ll need to competed four semesters of college French, or the equivalent, by the time you start this program.
- Shortly after your arrival, you’ll take a placement test to determine your language level and classes you’ll take. Based on your results, you’ll be enrolled in one of the following levels (B1-C1) and corresponding curriculum with details explained in the Brochure.
- If you place into the C1 level, you may have the opportunity to engage in an internship experience as part of your studies at the CLA. Please note that this is only available in the spring semester.
- During your first week in Besançon, you’ll have a week of meetings and orientation with the CLA staff before classes begin. Staff from the CLA will greet you at the station and escort you to the residence hall. There is generally a special meeting with SUNY students before the general orientation begins.
Your Home Away from Home
- You’ll be staying in a residence hall located in the “Cité Universitaire” which is about a 10 to 15 minute bus ride from the city center. The Cité Universitaire has more a of a campus feeling compared to where the academic buildings are located in the city center.
- Upon arrival you’ll need to purchase bedding for your room for about 30 euros. You’ll have a single room with your own bathroom. Wireless internet access may be available, but you should bring an ethernet cable just in case. Internet service will cost about 15 euros per month.
- There is no meal plan for this program which is typical of the European university experience. You’ll have a small refrigerator in your room and access to kitchen facilities. There are also low cost student restaurants in the Cité Universitaire and elsewhere. There is a supermarket nearby.
- To get around town you’ll need a bus pass which you can arrange for after your arrival. You’ll need to have a passport sized photo for this. The bus pass will cost you about 35 euros per month.
Your Time Outside the Classroom
- The CLA produces a monthly activity pamphlet listing local events and low cost activities, so you’ll be able to find cool and interesting things to do in Besançon.
- You’ll have the opportunity to participate in two excursions planned by the CLA staff. Excursion destinations vary from semester to semester.
- You’ll be able to get a language partner so that can get extra language practice and meet French students.
- You’ll have access to gym facilities at the Cité Universitaire to keep fit while you’re abroad.
Students will need a student visa to study in France and will need to register with Campus France as part of the visa process. Students staying for the academic year will need to obtain a Carte de Séjour once in France to validate their longer stay. More details about the visa application and processes will be sent to you after you've been accepted to the program. Students should be aware that they will need to demonstrate proof of financial support during their stay in France in order to obtain their visas. The amount is currently $820/month, but is subject to change.
Contact SUNY New Paltz Study Abroad Advisor Catherine Collado.
Schedule a student advising appointment with Catherine Collado.