Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

FRANCE, The University of Bourgogne and the Centre International d'Etudes Francaises (CIEF), Dijon


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Program Location: Dijon, France
Duration: Spring, or Year
Program Dates:
Year: August 31– May 30
Spring: mid-January - early June
Fall: not available

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

The University of Bourgogne and the CIEF offer full-year or spring-semester programs. The University of Bourgogne is located in the southeastern section of Dijon, and is located less than two hours southeast of Paris by train. Dijon is the capital of the Burgundy province, world-renowned for its wines and picturesque countryside. It is also home to a well-preserved medieval town and the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

The Dijon program requires a higher level of independence. This program is geared toward students who are self-motivated, self-disciplined, and capable of guided independent study. Students must be prepared for less guidance, limited orientation and support services, and a higher level of bureaucracy than they are used to at their home institution. Depending upon your level of French, students can study combined language and culture at the CIEF/U.B. (Option 1), or take the entire program at the U.B. (Option 2). Students enrolling in option 1 should generally have completed three semesters of college-level French. Students taking Option 2 at the University of Bourgogne should place at a high intermediate level, and will enroll in a specially designed course to help them adapt to the French educational system. They also take a translation course, and enroll in one or more elective courses with French students. Elective courses are taught at the Humanities faculty at the U.B. Students attending the Dijon program for the full year may do the CIEF program (Option 1) in fall, but are required to progress to the U.B. program (Option 2) in spring.

Students attending the CIEF/U.B. (Option 1) program have the option to live in the international dorm or with a French family. Host family accommodations depend upon availability and are not guaranteed.  Students attending the U.B. (Option 2) live in campus housing with French students.

The University is divided into three Facultes (Colleges) and two 15-week semesters. The Fall semester begins in October and ends in January, while the Spring semester runs from mid-February to early June. After careful academic planning before departure, all students begin the Dijon program with a brief orientation. Full-year students will participate in a one-month intensive program at the CIEF before the academic year begins in October. Spring students participate in a brief orientation before classes begin. The orientation program may include language placement exams, local excursions, group activities with other visiting and local students.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive the equivalent of four Clark units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. Full-year students taking courses at the University of Bourgogne will enroll in Thème and Version courses for the entire academic year. Along with these courses, students can choose several other courses each semester; elective courses are taught at the Humanities Faculty.


Clark requires that prior to departure for your study abroad program, you must have been in residence at Clark for at least one year. You must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and good standing in the Clark community (not on academic or social probation at the time of application or thereafter). Before participating in study abroad, you must have declared a major, and as a rule, must have junior-class standing. In order to be considered, you must complete the full application by the appropriate deadline. Your application will be reviewed by that Study Abroad committee, and if approved, final admission by CIEF and The University of Bourgogne is required. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to the CIEF. You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill.You will be billed by the CIEF directly for your housing. Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program. Once Clark University has informed CIEF that a student has confirmed their place in the program, Clark is liable for the student's deposit and program fee. If a student then withdraws from the program, the student will be subject to CIEF’s refund policy.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Studying abroad always generates additional and unexpected expenses. There might be a whole array of expenses for studying in Dijon, including the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses are also your responsibility.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in which is not part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2015-16

  • Housing, breakfast and dinner (CIEF international dorm) - $2700
  • Housing only (U of Bourgogne program only) - $180 - $275 per month (depending on housing selection)
  • Personal Expenses - $3,000
  • Transportation - $1300 (round trip airfare based on an East Coast departure)
  • Liability Insurance - $100
  • Visa Fees - $200
  • Books and Supplies - $100

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.