Academic Year and Calendar
Our academic year is made up of two semesters. One semester represents 30 ECTS.
- First/Fall semester: September - January
- Second/Spring semester: January - May
Our 2020-2021 academic year begins on September 1, 2020.
Don't miss our Pre-rentrée: From September 1st, 2020
* Exchange students and CIREFE students: Exchange students will have orientation activities planned by the International Office. Please contact them for the specific dates. CIREFE students should also contact the CIREFE offices for information on activities planned.
|Classes start on: September 28, 2020||End of Classes: December 12, 2020|
|Exams: From December 14 - December 19, 2020 (Mineure et UEO + contrôles continus)|
|From January 4 - January 9, 2021 (all other mid-terms)|
|Classes start on: January 18, 2021||End of classes: April 17, 2021|
|Exams: From April 19 - April 24, 2021 (Mineure et UEO + contrôles continus)|
|From May 3 - May 7, 2021 (all other exams)|
Exams Session 2 (semesters 1 and 2): June 10 - 22, 2021
|Fall: October 26 - October 31, 2020|
|Christmas: December 21, 2020 - January 2, 2021|
|Winter: March 1- March 6, 2021|
|Spring: April 26 - April 30, 2021|
Licence (Bachelor's Degree Program)
The Bachelor’s degree consists of six semesters, each consisting of credit modules (UE or "unités d'enseignement"). Each semester is equivalent to 30 ECTS Credits (European Credit Transfer System). Some modules are mandatory, while others are elective, allowing students to choose both an academic program and a professional orientation.
The information week takes place in September, including conferences and meetings with professors which allow students to better understand our academic system.
Organization of Courses
CM: Cours Magistral is a lecture given to a large number of students (generally in an auditorium)
TD/TP: Travaux Dirigés / Travaux pratiques are courses given to smaller groups of students in regular classrooms (around 45 students)
Please be aware that for numerous disciplines, a single course can include a CM and a TD, which may be taught by different teachers. If that is the case, you will need to attend both as they are complementary and mandatory. Examinations will cover what was material taught in both CM and TD.
Quick Guide to some key acronyms:
UFR: Faculty and Research Unit
EU: Teaching Unit
UEO - Open teaching units
UEL - Language Teaching Unit
Enseignements d'ouverture (UEO)
UEO can be roughly translated as Open Teaching Units. Taken by students in their 2nd and 3rd year of Licence (Bachelor's program), it offers the opportunity to construct a personalized educational path by offering students different types of elective courses.
Every semester, students must follow 48 hours of UEO classes. Each type of EUO proposed makes it possible to validate 24 hours. The description of each type of UEO is detailed in the Brochure (on the right of this page).
Courses for Exchange Students: specific procedure
The International Office has put together a course guide for exchange students. It presents the courses that exchange students can choose for free as well as the teaching schedule and procedures (ECTS per course, assessment and evaluation procedures, etc.).
Generally, exchange students can choose their courses in a maximum of two departments, plus the language support class in French as a Foreign Language at the CIREFE if desired (one semester is offered to exchange students). Priority is given to students for whom there is a specific agreement with the department. International students can have access to courses in a department for which there is no specific agreement only within the limit of the number of places available. For more information please contact the International Office or see our page for exchange students.
International students can have access to courses in a department for which there is no specific agreement only within the limit of the number of places available. For more information please contact the International Office.