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Life at BSB

LIVING ENVIRONMENT

One of the best business schools in France, BSB is a human-sized school, known for its student support and unique teaching methods.

The BSB campuses are distinctly urban. Located in the city centres of Dijon and Lyon, both are accessible by public transport or on foot, and are close to all amenities. Shops, restaurants and bars, museums, parks, sports clubs, libraries… coming to BSB is more than a simple semester abroad. It is a unique experience of life in BSB, in France, in the heart of Burgundy, in Dijon and Lyon.

Located 1:30 and 2 hours respectively by train from Paris, the cities of Dijon and Lyon are among the most dynamic metropolitan areas in France, only a few hours from the major European capitals.

GEOGRAPHY AND CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT

An ancient ducal city and the historic capital of Burgundy Franche-Comté, Dijon attracts nearly 3.5 million visitors from all over the world each year to admire its hidden treasures. Half-timbered houses, glazed tiles, 17th century hotels… Dijon benefits from a unique heritage and unequalled cultural vitality.

GASTRONOMY AND WINE

Romanée Conti, Clos de Vougeot, Montrachet, Corton, Gevrey Chambertin …  the millenial vineyards and fine wines make Burgundy the most famous wine region in the world. They celebrate several centuries of culture with a passion for vines and wine.

At the gates of the historic city centre of Dijon and the beginning of the prestigious Route des Grands Crus, the International City of Gastronomy and Wine is the ideal starting place for discovering French gastronomy and the Burgundy vineyards: 

  • 2300m2 of permanent exhibitions dedicated to French fine dining and the importance of wine in the heritage
  • 4200m2 of restaurants and commercial spaces dedicated to gastronomy, wine and tableware
ECONOMIC CONTEXT

Through a combination of a dynamic economic environment, renowned higher education and cutting-edge research, Dijon is a region where innovative projects are implemented and developed. Multinationals such as Unilever and large companies such as SEB and Urgo rub shoulders with SMEs with know-how and innovative start-ups. A leading region in the agro-food sector, Dijon Metropole has many players involved in building companies. Added to which, Dijon’s economic reach extends to a strong presence of business clusters, hubs and other incubators.

DIJON STUDENT CITY

With nearly 36,000 students and some 15 higher education institutions established in the region, Dijon is a real university city. It is classified as second city in France for the quality of student life (L’étudiant 2019) and the foremost city for its number of Erasmus students: Dijon welcomes 3,500 international students every year.

DIJON IN A FEW FIGURES

35,500

STUDENTS

INCLUDING 3,500

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

1 UNIVERSITY

& 1 UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

400

COURSES

29 RESEARCH

LABORATORIES

+ 1,500 RESEARCHERS

10 “GRANDES ÉCOLES

1 QUALITY LIVING ENVIRONMENT

DAILY LIFE

TRANSPORTATION

Committed to environmental excellence, the city of Dijon prioritises renewable energy, pedestrian zones and green modes of transport: the presence of bike paths, a tram, a fleet of 102 hybrid buses and 5 free electrics shuttles in the historic center. So many initiatives that make Dijon a city where it’s good to live.

BUSINESSES AND SERVICES

The city centre of Dijon, which is fully pedestrianised, has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2018. A true open-air shopping centre, it is composed of nearly 1230 shops: Galeries Lafayette, FNAC, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Longchamp, la Maison Maille, la moutarderie Fallot : a true paradise for shoppers.

NIGHTLIFE

With its countless restaurants, cafes and breweries and 350 open air cafés, Dijon is a city of gastronomy. The nightlife in Dijon is also rich and varied, with numerous bars, clubs and concert halls, many in exceptional architectural settings: Monsieur Moutarde, la Peniche Cancale, the bar of the Hotel La Cloche, the Vertigo bar, la Vapeur.

CULTURE AND LEISURE

Between heritage and modernity, Dijon’s cultural heritage is very much alive. It has grown richer over time and has seen its Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most ancient and richest in France, housed in the former palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. Along the streets, there are more than 120 individual hotels built between the 15th and 18th century to discover. Richly decorated facades, monumental doorways, superb inner courtyards and roofs with glazed tiles demonstrate the prosperity of their sponsors as much as the talent of their architects.

SPORTS

Skate parks, sports fields, shooting ranges, swimming pools, an ice rink and the Grand Stadium home of the DFCO, the historic football club of the city: Dijon places special importance on sporting activities.    

BSB CAMPUSES

At BSB we value the working environment as much the academic experience. Our campuses are designed to offer our students and teachers all the comfort and flexibility of a coworking space.

DIJON CAMPUS

PARIS CAMPUS

AT BSB, YOU ARE NEVER ALONE

A DEDICATED WELCOME AND SUPPORT AREA, THE BSB HUB PROVIDES ALL STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

BSB : “BIENVENUE EN FRANCE” LABELED

In 2019 BSB was among the first 15 schools labeled Bienvenue en France (Welcome to France) by Campus France, one of the only management schools to receive this distinction.

The quality of the reception for international students is a fundamental issue in the internationalization and attractiveness of French higher education. The Bienvenue en France label is open to institutions who wish to evaluate their welcome services. It is granted for four years by Campus France and validated by an independent commission. This label is one of the axes of the higher education plan developed by France. It is granted by Campus France on the basis of a self-evaluation assessment, looking specifically at the needs of international students. The criteria assessed are the quality and accessibility of information, the reception facilities, the supply of information, housing, campus life and the quality of post-graduation follow-up.

With the Bienvenue en France scheme, international students are guaranteed services to the highest national standard.

THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFICE

To make your arrival as stress-free as possible, BSB staff accompany you in all the stages of your application and throughout your reception when you get here. A week of organised activities will allow you to discuss all the practical and administrative aspects of your stay in France, while getting to know French and other international students!

Here’s the programme that awaits you:

  • Help to find housing and to settle in
  • Help with your administrative steps (insurance, banks, social security)    
  • Visit the campus and explore the student associations 
  • Visit to the city and welcome by the mayor of Dijon at the Town Hall
  • Evening social integration event

And if you have any questions after this intense program of information, feel free to contact the team anytime.

THE DAP DEPARTMENT

The DAP (Developpement et Accompagnements Personnels) – Department of Personal Development and Support develops educational modules designed to reinforce your soft skills and offers educational and psychological support throughout the programme.

At BSB, we coach you through projects and give you the opportunity to express your personality:

  • Strengthening your student experience through participation in school projects
  • Expressing civic engagement through the ‘My Mission Lead For Change’ module
  • Practicing sports and artistic activities
  • Investing time in an association
A SUPPORT IN ANY SITUATION

Today, well-being has become something that cannot be ignored, whether during your studies, but also to project yourself serenely into the future and later on to manage your career and your life in general.

The DAP ensures awareness of the sensitive societal issues that each manager will be confronted with, either for himself or for his teams: nutrition, life balance, addictions, diseases, etc.

Its role is also to support students who are experiencing difficulties.

Thanks to The BSB Handicap Mission, each student with a disability will find the personalised support and assistance needed to follow his or her schooling in the best possible conditions.

Also psychological support, with professional psychologists or psychotherapists, is available to each student who feels the need for it.

THE CAREER BOOSTER

Professional coaching is an integral part of BSB’s student services. Coaches and professionals from the corporate world interact on a daily basis to help you identify your passions, talents and development paths.

THE ALUMNI NETWORK

Studying at BSB gives you access to a network of over16,000 alumni in France and around the world. With more than 40% of BSB graduates holding international positions, the strength of the BSB network supports your professional integration and is a guarantee of recognition in the world of work.

THE MELTING POTES ASSOCIATION

The main mission of Melting Potes is to welcome and support international students arriving at BSB in order to create a truly multicultural community. Every year, through the intermediary of Melting Potes Buddies, students in the association mobilise to offer new international students a warm welcome, start conversations, strengthen ties and promote open-mindedness.

WELCOME DAYS

At BSB, we make sure that international students settle in easily: help in the accommodation search thanks to our Studapart platform, pick up at the Dijon train station, support in the administrative procedures. During the Welcome Days the International Relations team is here to inform the students: administrative workshops, methodology, intercultural management, discovery of the city and the region.