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The semester program at the Université de Bourgogne's Centre International d'Etudes Françaises (CIEF) in Dijon, France is a 15-week intensive French language program. It is possible for students to complete their language requirements or begin their French major or minor by completing 12+ semester credits during 15 weeks of study in France. Graduate students in French may also participate in this program as eight levels of French language instruction, ranging from beginning to advanced.

Students will have the option of participating in various local field trips, programming and intramural sports designed to offer a better understanding of French history and culture. These activities are offered at minimal additional cost to the students.

Direct enroll programs require a higher level of independence and the ability to navigate a foreign educational system without assistance designed to cater to the needs of education abroad students from the United States.  
The level of services provided varies widely between institutions, but interested students should be prepared for:
  • Minimal or no U.S.-based staff representing the host institution
  • Basic pre-departure orientation materials
  • International student orientation upon arrival


Once the prestigious city of the Dukes of Burgundy, Dijon is a modern regional capital of about 200,000 people today. Located between Lyon and Paris, France's two largest cities, it is also well situated for personal, recreational weekend trips to the south of France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland. Dijon is also a culinary capital reputed world-wide for its delicacies.

The CIEF is the French as a Second Language Department at the Université de Bourgogne. It enrolls students from all around the world. The Université de Bourgogne has about 25,000 students on campus during the academic calendar year. Its main Dijon campus occupies about 150 hectares of land and is situated on the periphery of Dijon, a 10-minute bus ride from downtown.


Students will have a private room with a desk, bed and sink in the International Hall of Residence.  Students can cook in the residence hall kitchenettes or purchase their meals at the subsidized campus cafeterias which are open throughout the week. Most rooms have private bathrooms, and there are also shared bathroom and kitchen facilities on each floor.


Education Abroad Coordinator

Louise Yahiaoui
Request an appointment here



Courses and Credit

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved. Student may either select courses from the pre-approved course list or seek course approval via the credit evaluation process (non-French courses, only); students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
PLEASE NOTE: Course approval, either via the pre-approved course list or completion of the credit evaluation process, does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students must consult their program provider regarding course availability and talk with their Ohio State academic advisor to ensure that approved course options are appropriate given their degree requirements. All students should have multiple back-up courses approved. Canceling participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy
Participants will earn up to 12 Ohio State semester French credits for the 15-week program and up to 24 semester credits for the academic year option. The credits are applied towards the courses succeeding the student's last Ohio State French course. Student-specific course equivalencies according to level will be determined by The Ohio State Department of French and Italian upon completion of the program.

Course instruction is presented in a typical French format and lasts 17 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and for three hours two afternoons per week. Students will be given a French language placement evaluation upon arrival to determine her or his overall comprehension level. Based on their evaluation results, students will then be placed into a class with others of the same level. Course content focuses on all areas of language proficiency: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The instructors use a communicative, content-based methodology.

Students who select the Fall semester please note: the CIEF course completes in late January after the start of Spring semester classes at OSU.

The Department of French and Italian does not require students to complete a credit evaluation form before program departure. Students should however be sure to meet with their academic advisor(s) to discuss their overall academic goals through participation in Education Abroad. Credit Evaluation will take place after a program has completed and transcripts have been received from the host institution. Students must retain all academic materials (work sheets, coursework etc.) from their program for possible assessment on their return to the US.
Post program credit approval for the Department of French will be assessed by Julie



In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have at least a 2.8 Cumulative GPA for undergraduate students; 3.0 Cumulative for graduate students, successfully completed French 1101 and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs. 

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. CIEF application: please contact Louise Yahiaoui for access to the CIEF application

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Program fees are payable directly to CIEF for your in country tuition and accommodation. The fee for GeoBlue international health insurance will be assessed by OSU. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019.

The program fee includes in country instruction, half board accommodation and international health insurance. It does not cover international airfare, visa expenses and personal spending money.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions

  • TBD


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/15/2021
03/22/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 03/15/2021
03/22/2021 TBA TBA
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 10/11/2021 TBA TBA

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