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Preparing for your stay


You will soon be joining us and we are very excited to welcome you.
In these challenging times and keeping with the tradition of welcoming international students, BSB has implemented several measures to offer all students the best possible work environment.

While COVID-19 poses unprecedented challenges to the way our school operates, the health, safety and wellbeing of our community remain our top priorities.

You will find on this page all the important information regarding the health and safety measures in place on our campuses. It will be updated regularly and it is relevant to both exchange and degree-seeking students. 

Please note that all dates are subject to change depending on health situation and government announcements.


Masks are required on campus. You will be given one at your arrival.

Hand sanitizer devices are provided all around campus.

Handwashing is required once every 2 hours at minimum.

Common areas, doors handles, stairs railings, desks and toilets are disinfected twice a day.


A safety distance of one meter must be maintained


Our classes will start at the scheduled intake dates below:

Bachelors Marketing & Business: September 9 and 10

Masters in Management: August 31 and September 1st

MBA Wine & Spirits Business: September 27

MSc Wine Management: September 16 and 17

All other MSc: September 28 and 30


We highly encourage all students to arrive as soon as they can.

Should you encounter any difficulties or should you not be able to join us: contact us at
+33(0) 380 725 975


There are many details to keep in mind before travelling to France and start your adventure with us at BSB.

To help you in this and enable you to travel light-heartedly , we listed hereafter a few things to keep in mind before leaving.

Students from the European Union:
You are not required to apply for a visa, your national identity card/ passport will serve this purpose.

Non-European students:
If you stay less than 3 months in France, depending on your country of residence, you might need a short-stay visa. Check out the France visa website, the Campus France website or with your nearest French consulate or embassy to get the information.
If you stay more than 3 months in France, you will need to obtain a long visa VLS-TS (visa long séjour valant titre de séjour) before your arrival. Check that your passport will be valid for the entire length of your stay in France and apply for your visa on Campus France website or at your nearest French consulate or embassy at least 3 months before your departure.

Your student visa will be equivalent in value to a French residence permit if your study project at BSB does not exceed 1 year. For a longer stay, you will need to renew your residence permit before the end of the first year of your studies. On the Dijon and Lyon campuses we will be able to help you check through your application file before submitting it at the local Prefecture where you study.

Specific cases: students who are under 18 upon their arrival at BSB, students with a type-C visa or non-European residents in an EU country will be helped at the beginning of the university year to obtain a student residence permit as soon as possible.

In France, registration to Social Security is free and mandatory for all students except for European students who have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that covers the whole duration of their studies in France. 
You can register online on the French Health insurance website.  

Registration may take several weeks so we strongly advise you to take out a private insurance for the 2-month period following your arrival while completing the French social security application.  Also, we do advise you to subscribe to a private insurance covering you for repatriation during your whole stay. 

Medical expenses are not entirely reimbursed by the social security’s health insurance. In order to access full reimbursement, we recommend that you take out a top-up health insurance, called mutuelle. 
Check with your insurance company:  you may be able to use your private home country insurance as your top-up insurance 

On our dedicated housing platform Studapart, you will easily find your accommodation: flatshare, studio, homestay… A password will be sent to you to create your account following your admission. Keep in mind that you can only finalize your booking once we have received your letter of acceptance.

If you have special requests, do not hesitate to contact the platform as soon as you are admitted at BSB so that we can help you as much as possible.

In France, it is compulsory to have a home insurance. Some residences offer to integrate this insurance in the cost of the rent. Otherwise, you can get it as soon as you arrive, either from a bank or an insurance company. Our team will guide you through this process during the Welcome Days.

One of your top priorities once in France, as a foreigner, will probably be to inform your loved ones of your arrival.  

To do so, check the international options offered by your operator and the compatibility of your phone with these options before you leave. 

You can also opt for a temporary prepaid card, to be used with your own, unlocked phone. You can easily find these SIM cards in tobacconists or Relay shops, which are common in train stations and airports. 

Finally, you can get set up with a  telephone and/or internet contract in advance, with or without a phone. Most French operators (RED, Sosh, B&You, La Poste Mobile…) offer non-committal offers. To do so, you are required to provide the following information :  

– Your contact details: surname, first name, email address 

– Proof of address: your housing contract or any other official document certifying that you have a postal address in France.  

– Your bank details (or RIB in France): you must have a French bank account already open before taking out a mobile phone or internet contract. 

Once you have received your letter of acceptance and that you’re sure you’ll be joining BSB, you can plan your trip.  

There are several ways to get to Dijon, depending on where you come from.  

Dijon has its own TGV train station. Timetables, tickets and information are available on OUISNCF website.   

If you travel by plane, the nearest airports are Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport(CDG),Paris Orly Airport(ORY), Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) and Geneva International Airport (GVA). You can reach Dijon from those airports by train . 

There is also an international bus station in Dijon. 

For further information and detailed routes, see our page TRAVEL TO DIJON 

Dijon is a city with a warm and temperate climate, with a relatively high level of rainfall. Plan to be able to get dressed in all circumstances: a warm coat for the winter, a raincoat, and light clothes for the summer. 
Do not forget to bring along power transformers depending on where you come from.  

Also: remember to scan all your important documents (passport, student visa, BSB acceptance letter, documents related to your insurance, birth certificate, etc) and to send them to yourself by email before leaving. 


That’s it, you’ve arrived in Dijon! You will soon be part of the great BSB family. The BSB International Relations teams welcome you on our campuses : these may be your very first days in France and we want you to feel comfortable in this new living and working environment.

The most beautiful life adventure awaits you!

Through workshops, we will give you all the necessary information for a good set-up in Dijon or Lyon : Discovery of the city; organization of your studies; discovery of French culture or administrative information as :

OFIL (French Office for Immigration and Integration) : Within the first three months of your stay in France, you must submit your application for student visa approval to the OIFL. Without its certificate of approval, you would find yourself in an irregular administrative situation. But our team will help you with this compulsory formality.

CVEC (Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus/Student and Campus Life Contribution) : Students admitted to a French institution of higher education for a degree programme are subject to a fee known as the CVEC. The amount of the CVEC is currently €91 per academic year and may be paid online. See the Campus France website for more information.

Melting Potes’ main mission is to welcome international students in order to help them feel at home as soon as they arrive on campus.

Need a buddy ? You can contact them before arrival and ask for someone to be your “Buddy”, who will welcome and help you find your way around. : ask for Christina Jack.

Dijon is a city on a human scale, very easy to live in and BSB is located in the city centre, close to the TGV station. Everything is within walking distance from BSB!

Dijon is served by a very complete public transport network.

Buses, tramways, self-service bicycles, car sharing: you will always find the transport that suits you best.

And if you are between 18 and 25 years old, you can benefit from the Pass 18-25 which allows you to travel unlimited for 30€ per month.

Dijon is a very affordable city, with lots of shops, coffees and restaurants
Here are a few examples of the approximate expenses you may incur during your time in Dijon at BSB :

Monthly rent for a 30 m2 ( about 322 sqft) studio downtown : €500
One month transportation Pass : €30
One month internet and phone subscription : €30
Basic lunchtime menu including a drink : €16
Basic fast-food menu : €7
The famous baguette : €0.95
Utilities per month (electricity, gas) : €15-30 each
Ticket to the movies : €7
Beer downtown : €4,5
Cappucino : €2.50

We’re here to answer all your questions.

Feel free to contact the International Relations Teams at