Université de Franche-Comté is a multidisciplinary university and welcomes international students in all fields. You will be learning alongside French students in regular classes. 

As an ISEP student, you can build your own program by choosing your courses from a variety of fields. Use the notes for course searching to help you find which courses are available.

Strong areas are history and culture (French, German,  Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian), literature, theater studies, art history and archaeology, French as a foreign language and musicology. Franche-Comté also encourages placement in the sciences. 

HOUSING

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. 

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 each room and a shared kitchen. 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 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 cover their first month of meals. The first meal stipend payment will include both the first and second months of benefits. 

SCHOLARSHIP

This program qualifies for the ISEP French and German Language Annette Kade Fund Scholarship. The scholarship awards $500 - $1,500 USD to students who are from a U.S. institution and studying French or German language in Austria, France, Germany, Reunion Island, or Switzerland. Learn more here!

Program Website

Course Description

Course in French

To locate regular university courses in French, click on "Les Formations"

  1. Click on one of the "Licence" from the offered list
  2. Click on the "Programme" tab
  3. Click the + to expand the course options

French as a Foreign Language

Students taking regular university courses at UFC are able to enroll in one French as a foreign language course which can be found in within this department

Courses in English

ISEP students wishing to take some courses in English can find available courses in the following departments: 

Licence Langues, Littératures et Civilisations Étrangères et Régionales – LLCER 

Recommended courses in English include :

• Thème et version (translation of literary texts) 

• Littérature des pays anglophones (text analysis, overview of American, British and Commonwealth literatures, 19th century literature, 

• Cultures et sociétés de pays anglophones (history of painting in anglophone countries) 

• Littérature américaine 20è siècle et adaptation filmique (US contemporary lit and film adaptation)

• American and British civilization (i.e. British history 19th-21st century)

Licence Langues Étrangères Appliquées - LEA 

Recommended courses in English include :

• Theme et version journalistiques  (translation of press articles) 

• Civilization classes (UK and US) 

• US and UK media

While it is not possible to take an entire course load in English, students are welcome to take a combination of courses in French and English. Even if taking courses in English, students must still demonstrate a B2 level of French to be eligible. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Gretchen McCarthy 703-504-9980 | gmccarthy@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer 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 English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • English Language and Literature: Recommended!

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature

  • History

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Even if taking courses in English, students must still demonstrate a B2 level of French to be eligible. 

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health

Undergraduate
(in French)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Biology

  • Business:

    Business Communications Business Management Economics Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer Applications Programming Informatics

  • Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Comparative Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Italian Language and Literature Latin Language and Literature Linguistics Portuguese Language and Literature Russian Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • International/Global Studies

  • Law/Criminal Justice Recommended!

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!

  • Mathematics

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Cartography/GIS Geography Political Science and Government Sociology Urban Studies

  • Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Acting Art History Directing and Theatrical Production Drama and Theatre Arts Film Studies Music Pedagogy Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Even if taking courses in English, students must still demonstrate a B2 level of French to be eligible. 

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health

Graduate
(in French)

Fields of Study

  • Business Recommended!

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • Law/Criminal Justice Recommended!

  • Social Sciences

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Even if taking courses in English, students must still demonstrate a B2 level of French to be eligible. 

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health

Other Academic Conditions

The Institute of Technology is closed to ISEP participants.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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