Dijon, the town that’s 1000 years young.
The capital of the Dukes of Burgundy is the birthplace of Burgundy School of Business, one of the Pass-world entrance exam member schools of Management. Totaling 160 000 inhabitants, the town is world-renowned for the quality of its vineyards, gourmet food and architectural heritage. However, Dijon also manages to attract over 30 000 students (many of whom come from abroad) due to the dynamic, top-level sporting and cultural opportunities it has to offer. Take our guided tour!
A town steeped in history where the Good Life rules supreme
Studying in Dijon is about diving headfirst into cultural, architectural and gastronomic heritage. The “Cité des ducs de Bourgogne” proudly displays its 100 bells and half-timber houses, which lend it a truly one-off style and charm. The capital of the Bourgogne-France-Comté region is also known and renowned for its gastronomic specialties (including mustard and gingerbread) and, most famously of all, its wine. These have earned the town double UNESCO World Heritage status.
Where nature and town life cross paths
Dijon enjoys the ideal geographical location, with the countryside and its vineyards handily situated close to the town and the Jura ski slopes less than 2 hours away by car or train. However, if you’re more tempted by an urban escapade, it will take you no longer to reach Paris, Lyon or Strasbourg by high-speed rail.
A manageably-sized town with the life of a big city!
The cultural, historic and tourist capital of Dijon has just as much to show for itself in terms of social, sporting and cultural activities as the largest cities. Affordably-priced accommodation can be found (the average price for a studio apartment was €390 in 2017-18, according to L’Etudiant), whilst getting around town is a piece of cake thanks to the tramway that goes directly to the center of the university campus and a significant bus network. On the leisure side of things, Dijon can be enjoyed just as much by night as in the daytime, with cafés, wine bars, restaurants, cinemas, bowling alleys, laser games and escape games among the many attractions on offer. Sports lovers will also find what they’re looking for, including an Olympic-size swimming pool, ice-skating rink, climbing walls, running tracks, and tennis and squash courts. Shopaholics won’t be disappointed either by the choice offered by the town’s commercial areas. All of which can be enjoyed with full peace of mind, Dijon being a very safe town in which to live.
The right place to be a student
The town of Dijon conducts an openly youth-centric policy, with 1 inhabitant of the Burgundy capital in 5 being a student.
Unrivalled cultural opportunities
Every student enrolled in a higher education institution in the Dijon area can apply for the Carte culture. Costing €5 and valid for a year, this card offers students a special rate of €5.50 for shows and €3.50 for arthouse cinema tickets. Over 25 organizations (theaters, opera venues and show venues) are partners of the scheme. Free entry to libraries and museums is also available.
Financial assistance aplenty
A number of student jobs in cafeterias and schools are available within the town, as well as scholarships ranging from €500 to €1000 in exchange for a few hours of voluntary work within social associations. In addition, scholarship students can take advantage of financial support for taking driving lessons.
A cutting edge working environment
A number of areas dedicated to innovation, biotechnology and business incubation are established close to the campus.
International students welcomed with arms wide open
Dijon is also a place where the world comes together, and is home to 3-4000 international students. Upon their arrival on Dijon, they receive free from the town authorities a “passeport jeunes étrangers”, which provides free entrance to certain sporting venues and the very top of the Tour Philippe Le Bon, from where they can enjoy an exceptional bird’s eye view of the entire town and surrounding areas.
In September and January, international students are invited by the town authorities to an evening dedicated especially to them. Effort to help students settle are continued by local associations such as ESN InsiDijon (a member of the European Erasmus Student Network), whose aim is to introduce them to Burgundy and French culture and nurture intercultural exchange by offering a number of activities.