France: Dijon Program

Academic Year or Spring Study Abroad Program

Study of French language and other liberal arts courses at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France.

One of the liveliest provincial capitals of France, Dijon is a city with a rich heritage. With a long history anchored in the European traditions through ancient and medieval times, present-day Dijon retains an important place in the cultural life of France and is known for its historic monuments, its museums, its ecological awareness, and its university. From its mustard and pain d'épice to its world-famous vineyards, Dijon, capital of Burgundy, also knows how to celebrate a rich gastronomical tradition. Students enroll directly in the Université de Bourgogne (University of Burgundy), where they will take courses alongside French students, or at the CIEF (Centre International d'Etudes Françaises), which hosts students from around the world. Students may enroll for either a full academic year or for the spring semester only. Train Transportation in and out of Dijon is excellent, and Paris is only 1.5 hours away by T.G.V. (high-speed train). The program includes the discovery of France's regional diversity with three to four excursions per semester.

Summer Study Abroad Program

Study of French language at the CIEF (Centre International d'Etudes Françaises)

Students spend four or eight weeks earning 4 or 8 credits in beginner through advanced-level French language.

Program dates

Various (see Academics below)

Information Session

Details forthcoming

Application Deadline

Summer and Fall 2019: February 28, 2019
Spring 2020: September 30, 2019

Deposit deadline

Summer and Fall Program: Match 11, 2019

How to apply Financial Aid/scholarships


Nadine Berenguier
Professor of French
Dijon Program Director

Ileana Chirila
Assistant Professor of French
Dijon Program Director

At the time of application, all students are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • At least 12 credits earned at UNH
    • Freshmen students not meeting the 12-credit requirement may be allowed to participate in the program. Approval is needed from both the Program Faculty Director. Contact the COLA Center for Study Abroad for guidance.
  • A declared major
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
    • Students who do not have a declared major or who have an established GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may still apply. Admission will be at the discretion of the program faculty director.
  • Good standing with the Student Conduct System
    • A student who is on probation, regardless of the underlying violation, must successfully petition through the Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC) for permission to participate. Students who have had a past violation will also be required to petition. Please contact your Dean’s Office for more guidance and the petition form, if needed.

Course Pre-requisites: For students planning to spend a semester or academic year in Dijon, should be French majors who have completed FREN 631-632 and FREN 651 and 652 (or equivalent) with a B- or better. The program is also open to French minors who have completed FREN 631-632 and either FREN 651 or 652 (or equivalent) with a B- or better. For exceptions to these requirements, consult with the faculty director. Non-majors need to speak with the program director to determine their eligibility for this program. The summer programs are open to students who have completed at least the equivalent of elementary French and to students without a background in French looking to begin the study of the language in an immersion situation. 

In the academic year, fall semester, and spring semester programs, students enroll directly in the Université de Bourgogne (University of Burgundy), where they will take courses alongside French students, or at the CIEF (Centre International d'Etudes Françaises). All courses are taught in French by regular University of Burgundy faculty.

In the summer program, students take 4 or 8 weeks of intensive French literature, culture and civilization courses at the CIEF (Centre International des Etudes Françaises) at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France.

All credits earned through the UNH Dijon Program are transfer credit. Students must earn at least a "C" to earn credit for the course at UNH and, though the individual courses and grades earned will be listed on the UNH transcript, the grades will not impact UNH GPA calculations.

Academic Year or Spring Semester Program

FREN 690

Open to students who have completed with a 2.5 GPA or better FREN 631-632 and FREN 651-652, or equivalent (for French majors). Students who are French minors must have completed FREN 631-632 and FREN 651 OR 652. Students should talk to the Program Faculty Director if they have questions about program language requirements.

Students enroll in FREN 690: Study Abroad in Dijon, a UNH course which holds space for the credits that will transfer back as part of the program. Program Faculty will consult with students during the pre-departure process to determine which track is most suitable: courses at the University of Burgundy or CIEF. 

CIEF is located on the campus of the Université de Bourgogne, and offers French language and culture courses to foreign students. We recommend CIEF to French minors and/or French majors who desire to work closely on improving their oral and written skills in French language. Students in the CIEF program have a large selection of electives besides the intense French language courses to choose from the disciplines of History, Literature, Philosophy, Economics, Politics, Art, etc. A complete list is available to students at the beginning of each semester on the CIEF website. Students typically transfer back 15 credits from the CIEF track.

The University of Burgundy is an option for students with an advanced level of French. Students enroll in classes alongside native speakers and must be flexible as course scheduling, registration, and administrative organization are not what students are used to at US universities! With the exception of courses in Greek, Latin, Russian, Arabic and Polish, there are almost no beginning or introductory courses at French universities.  The cours de 1ère année roughly correspond to junior-level courses here and presuppose a previous acquaintance with the subject matter and the "tools" of that discipline.  Most courses are large lecture courses (cours magistraux, up to 600 students) with for the most part parallel travaux dirigés (or TD, smaller discussion sessions of 30-40). French university courses meet 1-2 hours a week and focus on in-depth study of a few works, concepts, or authors, etc. (vs. our preoccupation with breadth). Students can earn between 12 and 18 credits through the University of Burgundy, depending on course plans.

Fall 2019

At University of Burgundy (exact dates TBD) At CIEF
Early September Latest arrival date                      Mid September Arrival in Dijon
Mid September UB classes begin September 23 CIEF classes begin, students take placement test
Early November  Fall Break (Toussaint)  November 1-11 Spring Break
Mid December UB last day of classes January 20, 2020 CIEF classes end
Early to Mid January  UB Final Exams January 21, 2020  Earliest departure date
Mid January Earliest departure date    

Summer Programs

Over the summer, students have multiple options depending on their French language background and desired time to go abroad. Students take one (4 credits, 4 weeks) or two (8 credits, 8 weeks) French language courses over the summer. Students must have completed at least FREN 401 and 402 to be eligible for a summer program option. 

Students will earn the equivalency for either one (4-credit option) or two (8-credit option) of the following French courses at UNH: FREN 503, 504, 631, or 632. Students who have completed through FREN 632 will earn additional 600-level French credit towards a UNH French major or minor. Contact the faculty director with any questions.

Dates for students who only wish to take ONE course:

June 2 - June 29, 2019 -or-
June 30 - July 27, 2019 -or-
July 28 - August 24, 2019

Dates for students who wish to take TWO courses:
June 2 - July 27, 2019 -or-
June 30 - August 24, 2019

Dijon lies in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. The city is an ancient provincial capital which famously served as the power center for the mighy Dukes of Burgundy during the middle ages and renaissance. Much of the city's renowed architecture, like the Palais des Ducs and Church of Notre Dame, date from this time. Dijon's charming historic center is one of the best preserved in France and is zigzagged by pedestrian-only streets and home to many attractive boutiques, restaurants, and bars. The wine-growing hills of Burgundy stretch out just beyond the edge of the city and one cannot walk the streets of Dijon without being reminded of the proud wine and food traditions tied to this region. The city is well connected by public transportation and very manageable for students (150,000 Pop.). Paris is a short train ride away and many other parts of France are easily reached through the nation's reliable train network.

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Summer 2019 Cost and Payment Information

Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Cost and Payment Information 

UNH tuition and the special course fee cover registration at the University of Burgundy, mandatory health insurance, CIEF courses, excursions and private room in French host families. Students are responsible for the payment of their food, and travel costs. Other routine expenses include books and supplies, and miscellaneous living costs. The cost of additional travel in Europe, souvenirs, etc. should be considered when planning one’s budget.

Housing and Meals

Housing is included in the program fees. Students are normally housed with local families to maximize exposure to the French language. Exceptions to allow students to live in the international student dorm are only made on a case-by-case basis. Host families live througout Dijon - some in the historic city center, some in more residential areas surrounding the immediate center - but all are within easy commuting distance to classes. Students will have a private room and typically a shared bathroom. Students enrolled at the University of Burgundy are housed with host families who provide one dinner a week and access to the kitchen for personal meal preparation. Students enrolled at CIEF are housed with host families who provide daily breakfasts and dinners. Other meals are at the student’s expense in one of the university restaurants (restaurants universitaires) or any of the inexpensive cafes around town.

Other Inclusions

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from France
  • Meals
  • Local phone (required)
  • Visa (semester only. approx. $180)
  • Personal travel and spending money

Payment Deadline and Refund Policy

For the semester program, students must submit a non-refundable  program deposit after acceptance ($200 for summer, and $400 for semester).

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