The University of Deux-Bourgogne was founded in 1423 in Dole with faculties of theology, medicine and canon law before being moved to Besançon by Louis XIV in 1691. Closed in 1793 under the Convention, and then reopened in 1809 by Napoleon, it now has five campuses in Besançon, Belfort, Montbéliard, Vesoul and Lons-le-Saunier. In 2014, The governing boards of the University of Bourgogne and the University of Franche-Comté decided to create the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté as a "community of universities and establishments."
UFC offers 360 programs in all fields, from undergraduate degrees to Ph.Ds, along with engineering and technological studies. UFC consistently ranks as one of France’s top universities, ranking 16th out of France’s 76 universities overall. Bensançon ranks 5th in top student towns in France due to the variety of cultural activities, special events, and UPFR sports.
Campus de La BouloieBensançon, France Campus Website5,000 - 20,000 on Campus100,000 - 250,000 residents in BensançonLanguage(s) spoken on campus: French
The birthplace of Victor Hugo, Besançon is a medieval city of art and history. Having previously won the title of France's "greenest city" and being located in the Jura mountains, Besançon is a wonderful place to explore while attending the Université de Franche-Comté. Besançon's history dates back to Roman times. The Roman road still leads to the city, which is built on the Doubs River in the Jura mountain range, not far from Switzerland. The city is a center for clock and watchmaking. Besançon has a variety of cultural resources, including museums, theaters and concerts and offers an excellent location for students wishing to fully immerse themselves in French history and culture.
The UFC offers a variety of cultural activities throughout the year. This includes special events (student welcomes, researcher evenings, Festival of Sciences and more), meetups, entertainment and regular opportunities at its cultural spaces (gymnasium, Fabrikà Sciences, botanical gardens and more). Events are put on by the Science, Arts and Culture Office, the Student and Cultural Life Department and eight student associations, some in conjunction with the CROUS’s cultural department. Funding exists for student projects in art, music, theater, sport, dance, humanitarian actions and more. The university offers sports for students of all levels of expertise! There are over 35 sporting events and clubs annually.
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