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Population: 155,460

City Overview

You may have heard of Dijon because of the famous mustard, but it is also a city in eastern France in the Burgundy region.

The city is the historical home of the Duke of Burgundy and so is steeped in a rich history and is famous for its varied styles of classic architecture included some styles particular to Dijon. Despite being in a key location during World War Two Dijon was largely spared destruction so much of the city’s historical buildings remain intact, making it a prime example of a classic French city.

The Ducal Palace is one the most popular sites and remains one the few remaining examples of Capetian architecture in the region.

Famous for its art and architecture, the church of Notre Dame is also a popular place to visit. Local legend claims that one of the churches stone relief sculptures, an owl is a good luck charm. Visitors to the church touch the owl with their left hand and make a wish.

For a small city it houses around 30,000 students.

Education profile

Dijon is home to the main campus of the University of Burgundy. Based in the city centre it includes 10 faculties, 4 engineering schools, 3 institutes of technology offering undergraduate courses, and 2 professional institutes providing postgraduate programs.

The city also features the European campus of Sciences Po Paris, a public research and higher education institution which is thought to be one the world’s most respected and prestigious schools for social sciences. Their admission process is highly selective, but around 42% of their student population comes from overseas.

Also, in Dijon you can study at the École nationale des beaux-arts de Dijon, one of the most influential art schools in France and the Burgundy School of Business.

Immigration and visas

If you are looking to study for a postgraduate degree in Dijon and are an EU citizen you will be accepted onto a graduate program provided you fulfil the following:
  • Are studying in Dijon for more than three months.
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution.
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate program in France for its duration.
  • Have health insurance cover.
Non-EU students will need to apply for an extended-stay student visa, with residency permit (VLS-TS).

When a VLS-TS visa is issued, students will be given an official form that they must present to the French office of immigration and integration (OFII).

A VLS-TS holder must, upon arriving in France, send to the OFII by registered mail (return receipt requested):
  • The official form received from the consulate that issued the visa.
  • A copy of passport pages showing the visa holders identity and the stamp indicating entry into France (or into the Schengen area).
You can find out more about visas at Campus France - http://www.campusfrance.org

Life in Dijon

Life in Dijon is the same as many other cities in France and western Europe being very cosmopolitan and liberal. With a large student population Dijon has all the attractions you would expect from a student town, including many cafes, bars, restaurants and museums. You can also see live music at some of the popular music venues including Le zenith de Dijon, La Vapeur and l'Atheneum.

Dijon is a good base if you want to see other major cities in France with the capital Paris within 3 hours drive or 1 hour 50 by speed train. Lyon, the third largest town in France can be reached with a two hour train ride.

Working In Dijon

If you are a postgraduate student from inside the EU you are entitled work in Dijon provided the institution you are enrolled at provides access to the student social security scheme.

For other foreign students, since 2007 the student residence card has replaced the need to get temporary authorisation to work in France. Foreign students can also work up to 60% of the statutory annual work time, the equivalent of a maximum of 964 hours per year. 

Accommodation

Generally student accommodation in France is considered expensive, but Dijon is cheaper than many other places in the country especially considering it is a major town.

There are two main types of accommodation while studying:
  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
University accommodation is in very short supply, so most students end up living in private accommodation. The number of private student residences is on the increase, making it easier to find student accommodation in France.

CNOUS CROUS (the student social support service) and is usually reserved for government scholarship holders.

Campus France can help you with problems you might have with student housing in France, such as locating and reserving accommodation except for places in Paris.

Weather and Climate

Dijon has a moderate climate with cold winters and warm to hot summers.

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