University of Bourgogne (Dijon)


    University of Bourgogne (Dijon), France
    French Language & Culture: 20 – 22 hrs / wk
    4 Weeks: $1995 / Semester: $3395 USD
    Open to all Worldwide


    • Low cost Tuition & Housing
    • Pre-departure resources (info)/li>
    • Student services support staff
    • Cultural activities / field trips
    • Discount airfare booking
    • Easy check-in process
    • Earn academic credit
    • Transcript (certificate)

    The Program

    The University of Bourgogne in Dijon is a well respected university. Every year, more than 2000 students from around the world come to Dijon to attend. Semester programs, and summer terms are offered. Started in 1985, the program for foreign students has since attracted over 26,000 students.

    The Location

    The University of Bourgogne is located in Dijon, the capital of the famous Burgundy region. Burgundy is well known worldwide for its 40 million bottles of wine produced every year, as well as its medieval history. Dijon sits at the tip of the Cote d’Or wine region, and boasts a colorful collection of churches, abbeys, museums, and lively sidewalk cafes. In June, Dijon’s Ete Musical invites many of the worlds best symphonies. And yes, Dijon is the home of the infamous “Grey Poupon” mustard.


    French Language: all levels – elementary through advanced, 4 levels. Courses offered year-around by the “Semester, or by the Summer “Terms”. Also, there is a “preparatory” course prior to the Fall Semester for improvement of French ability before the Semester begins. Courses are 20 hours per week during the semester, and up to 22 hrs. per week during the summer, M-F. All students take a placement test to determine level. (see listing)

    Cultural Courses include: French Literature, Philosophy, Theatre, History, History of Art, Music, Economy of France, French Cooking, Modern French Society. Students must be “intermediate” level (Niveau 2) before enrolling in the cultural courses. All courses taught in French.

    Beginner Level: Designed for students who wish to acquire a good command of simple syntax and basic vocabulary in one or two semesters. Two courses are offered: one for complete beginners (Debutante 1), the other for students having already acquired elementary notions of the language(Debutante 2). Students at this level may also attend optional courses, but workshops in French Culture, adapted to their level, are available.

    French 101, 102 (Elementary French I & II). Courses focus on acquiring solid basics of French language. Emphasis is on listening and speaking, with writing comprehension included as well. Mastering daily situations such as shopping, using public transportation, meeting people are all included in these courses.

    Lower Intermediate: This level enables students to master complex syntax and everyday vocabulary. Emphasis is oral practice. Students may attend optional courses in French culture adapted to their level.

    French 201, 202 (Lower and Upper Elementary)

    Upper Intermediate: Designed for students who have adequate command of written and oral French. Emphasis on improving communication skills.

    Advanced: Focuses on complex structures of written and oral French. Current events are used as basic course materials.

    French 301, 401 (Advanced and Superior Level)

    Higher: Teaching at this level takes place during the 2nd semester only. This course is designed for students who wish to specialize in the French Language, and is based on complex texts dealing with human sciences, literature, etc. Course aims to develop the expression of abstract ideas in a foreign language. In addition to language classes, optional courses in French Culture, students are required to attend two tutorials at the Faculte des Lettres with French Students.

    NOTE: All courses are university level and taught by qualified faculty. Upon completing the term, CSA students receive a transcript from the University. Course description details can be obtained from the instructor upon starting the class

    Examinations: Examinations for Beginners and Lower Intermediate give students access to a higher level. Upper Intermediate, Advanced and Higher prepare students for the “Certificat Pratique de Langue Francaise” (1st Grade), the Diplome d’Etudes Francaises (2nd Grade), and the Diplome Superieur d’Etudes Francaises (3rd Grade).

    BEGINNER: 1 & 2

    This course is designed to provide a basic foundation in French vocabulary, grammar, phonetics, reading, conversation and laboratory work. Absolute beginners and elementary level students are suitable for this course. In addition to the Language and Phonetic components, various topics of the French culture are also included.


    • Learn the very basic level of French: introductions, asking questions, express opinions, etc.
    • Learn listening comprehension of simple sentences, expressions, short texts, and dialogues.
    • Learn written and spoken French in common situations of daily life.
    • Learn elementary and brief writing and spoken descriptions of past and current events.
    • Learn about French culture and society (past – present) and improve listening comprehension.

    Phonetics Lab: Objectives

    • Learn French Phonetic system (progression), discrimination of prosodic traits, graphic symmetry.
    • Learn transcribing (review lessons covered in class), repeat phrases, create utterances, read.
    • Evaluate in class (test): repetition, creating, comprehension, discrimination, and reading.

    Grading: In class written tests, listening and oral tests also.

    Teaching Approach: Grammatical emphasis, as well as development of the key competencies.

    Materials: Class handouts, various visual, audio and written materials.
    Sample textbook may be used: Festival 1 – Cahier d’ exercices (workbook & CD).


    This course is designed for students who have has previous French lessons, about 240 hours, and who seek to enhance their French Language abilities. This course helps prepare students for the “Certificate de langue Francaise”. Students learn to understand and better communicate in writing and speaking French in common situations of daily life.


    • Learn simple sentences, common expressions, dialogues, and short texts on familiar subjects.
    • Learn enhanced techniques of written and spoken French in situations of daily life.
    • Learn better writing and spoken descriptions of common subjects and various areas of interest.
    • Learn critical reading skills through “French Literature texts”.
    • Learn additional aspects of French Culture, and improve listening skills.

    Phonetics Lab: Continued working on phonemes (Ax / Ra Progression), and class activities.

    Grading: In class tests: written, oral, and listening. Final exam very important.

    Materials: Class handouts, and various visual, audio, and written materials.
    Sample textbook may be used: Le Nouveau Taxi 3 / Le Nouvel Edito B1, and accompanying CD
    Also, books from the series Le FLE par les textes (Belin) may be used.


    This course is for Advanced level students who have had more than 300 hours of French lessons, and seek to further enhance their French Language abilities. This course helps students perfect their speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. Students improve their abilities to make themselves understood in every day life situations, as well as more complicated contexts.


    • Learn enhanced writing and listening skills regarding complicated sentences and expressions.
    • Learn enhanced communication skills regarding daily life (writing, speaking, reading).
    • Learn enhanced skills in dealing with familiar subjects and personal experiences.
    • Learn enhanced “critical reading” skills thru French Literature texts.
    • Learn more about French Culture and Society.

    Phonetics Lab: Continued progression, class activities, and evaluation.

    Grading: In class tests, written, oral,and listening. Final exam very important.

    Materials: Class handouts, and various visual, audio, and written materials.
    Sample textbooks may include: Le Nouvel Edito B1 / B2, with accompanying CD.
    Also, Le FLE par les textes (Belin) series.

    Academic Credit

    Students earn 12-15 semester credits for each semester. 4 hours of class per day, 20 hours per week. 3-4 credits per month are earned for the Summer sessions.

    Financial Aid

    Yes, you can use your financial aid on this program. Please have your Financial Aid office email us a “Consortium Agreement” to complete and sign. CSA does not offer any scholarships or financial aid, we can only assist you in using your home school’s financial aid on this program.

    The earlier the better, since it takes time to process. Overall, CSA does not offer any financial aid, we can only assist you in obtaining and using your aid from your home school on these programs.


    Students may participate with French students in university club activities: drama, choral, orchestra, photography, film, etc. May join numerous sports activities. Invitations from local French families.

    Excursions: Several excursions are arranged by the school: (Burgundy, Paris, Versailles, Provence, etc.) (Cost extra: $10 – $300 depending on destination)


    Campus residence (dorm), single rooms only. Meals taken at campus cafeteria and deli. During summer, only deli on campus, and can cook in residence. Campus cafeteria meals cost approximately $250 USD per month – pay there.

    Host family housing also available nearby campus. Meals (2 daily) included.

    Housing costs approximately:

    Approximately will cost:
    4 weeks: $650 USD (no meals)
    6 weeks: $850 USD (no meals)
    8 weeks: $1050 USD (no meals)

    Approximately: $1900 USD

    HOST FAMILY (off campus – nearby)
    * 2 Meals included
    Approximately: $35 USD per day

    NOTE: Housing can be paid there upon check-in, or added to the balance and paid prior arrival (USD).
    Credit card may be accepted.

    NOTE: Can arrange own housing if you prefer.

    Dates and Fees


    * French Language: 20 hrs per week
    * All levels accepted, beginner thru advanced
    * Placement test on start date.

    4 weeks June (early) – June (late)
    2020 Dates: June 1st – 26th
    2021 Dates: May 31st – June 25th
    $1995 USD
    4 weeks July (early) – July (late)
    2019 Dates: July 1st – 26th
    2020 Dates: July 6th – 31st
    2021 Dates: July 5th – 30th
    $1995 USD
    4 weeks August (early) – August (late)
    2019 Dates: July 29th – August 23rd
    2020 Dates: July 27th – August 21st
    2021 Dates: July 26th – August 20th
    $1995 USD
    4 weeks September (early) – September (late)
    2019 Dates: Aug 26th – Sept 20th
    2020 Dates: August 31st – September 25th
    2021 Dates: August 30th – September 24th
    $1995 USD
    6 weeks 2020 Dates: June 1st – July 10th
    2021 Dates: May 31st – July 9th
    $2495 USD
    6 weeks 2019 Dates: July 1st – August 9th
    2020 Dates: July 6th – August 7th
    2021 Dates: July 5th – August 6th
    $2495 USD
    6 weeks 2019 Dates: July 29th – September 6th
    2020 Dates: August 3rd – September 11th
    2021 Dates: August 2nd – September 10th
    $2495 USD
    8 weeks 2020 Dates: June 1st – August 21st
    2021 Dates: May 31st – August 20th
    $2995 USD
    8 weeks 2019 Dates: July 1st – August 23rd
    2020 Dates: July 6th – August 28th.
    2021 Dates: July 5th – August 27th
    $2995 USD
    8 weeks 2019 Dates: July 29th – September 20th
    2020 Dates: August 3rd – September 25th
    2021 Dates: August 2nd – September 24th
    $2995 USD

    Note: Can combine sessions to stay longer.


    September (mid) – January (mid)
    2019 Dates: September 23rd, 2019 – January 17th, 2020
    2020 Dates: September 21st, 2020 – January 16th, 2021
    2021 Dates: September 20th, 2021 – January 14th, 2022
    $3395 USD


    January (late) – May (late)
    2020 Dates: January 27th – May 22nd, 2020
    2021 Dates: January 25th – May 21st
    $3395 USD


    September (mid) – May (late)
    2019 Dates: September 23rd, 2019 – May 22nd, 2020
    2020 Dates: September 21st , 2020 – May 21st, 2021
    2021 Dates: September 20th, 2021 – May 20th, 2022
    $6495 USD


    Programs are open to all adults. High school students, college students, teachers, working adults, professionals, and retired persons are all encouraged to apply. All beginners (debutants) must enroll in the “Niveau 1” (elementary course). All students will be given a placement test upon arrival to determine French ability. Minimum age is 18. For summer terms, 17 yrs old permitted with parent consent letter.

    Passport and visa required for programs longer than three months. “Letter of enrollment” will be provided by CSA…which is needed to obtain a Visa. After arrival into Dijon, students will also be required to obtain a “residence permit”. Students should bring 4-6 extra passport size photos for the residency permit. Campus Director will inform students where to go in Dijon to obtain the permit…(part of orientation).


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