Located in the Jura mountains, Besançon is a Gallo-Roman city of art and history and the birthplace of Victor Hugo. Having previously won the title of France's "greenest city," Besançon is a wonderful place to explore while attending the Université de Franche-Comté. 

Université de Franche-Comté is well known for its student services and international student body. Students live in a student residence or have the opportunity to live with a local host family for an additional fee. Students who would like to live in a homestay should specify their interest on the ISEP application.

The CLA at Université de Franche-Comté is one of the premier language learning institutions in France. Students can take courses from the CLA on a semester or full year basis and can earn up to 30 ECTS credit hours per semester. In addition to language learning, the CLA offers planned activities and cultural events for all students. At the CLA, ISEP students will work with other international students who have come to learn French. 

As access to this program is limited to 2 or 3 ISEP students per semester, it is recommend that students who have a B2 level in French consider Flexible Course Enrollment at Université de Franche-Comté and enroll in regular university classes alongside French students. 

HOUSING

Student Residence: The Résidence Colette is located on the Campus de La Bouloie, on the outskirts of Besançon, two miles away from the downtown area. The district of La Bouloie is very commuter-friendly, with frequent bus service. A 30 euros yearly sheet package (bed linens changed, washed and ironed every 3 weeks) is available upon request. 

Homestay: Students in the French Language and Culture Program also have the opportunity to live with a local host family for an additional fee. Students who would like to live in a homestay should specify their interest on the ISEP application, and inquire with the ISEP Student Advisor for France regarding the specific additional fees associated with the homestay option. Homestays are limited in availability and offered on a first come, first served basis. 

MEALS

Students receive a monthly meal stipend, which can be used to cook their own meals, and purchase meals in the university cafeteria. Cooking facilities in Résidence Colette include a fridge in the room and a shared kitchen.

Students are required to open a French bank account during orientation in order to receive their meal stipends. Please note that the first stipend payment can take up to four weeks to be disbursed. Students should be prepared with funds to  enough money to cover their first month of meals. The first meal stipend payment will include both the first and second months of benefits. All ISEP students will be expected to budget for their meals accordingly, and can ask their ISEP Student Services Coordinator for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad

Students staying with host families receive meals as included in their homestay fees. 

Program Website

Course Description

Students' course selections will depend on their language level. Students will take a set program focused on French language learning earn up to 30 ECTS credits per semester. 

Students with a high A2 in French at the time they submit their ISEP application are eligible to participate in this program but should be aware that courses are taught at the B1-C1 level, with an A2 as the pre-requisite for enrollment in B1-level coursework. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Jolene Bechtel 703-504-9993 | jbechtel@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Advisor and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in French)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students who would like to live in a homestay should specify their interest on the ISEP application.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health

Other Academic Conditions

Students with a high A2 in French at the time they submit their ISEP application are eligible to participate in this program but should be aware that courses are taught at the B1-C1 level, with an A2 as the pre-requisite for enrollment in B1-level coursework. 

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