The University of Franche-Comté, a multi-disciplinary offering and scientific excellence

The leading university centre between Paris and Lyon, within the PRES, the Centre of Research and Higher Education of Burgundy Franche-Comté.

In a few figures:

  • 6 UFRs and 6 institutes
  • 36 general and 27 professional degree courses
  • 26 masters, 66 specialities
  • 27 doctorates
  • 18 technological university diplomas
  • 4 DEUST
  • 17 training courses at the CFA-Sup Franche-Comté
  • 1200 researchers and teacher-researchers
  • 76% of the teacher-researchers classified as A and A+ **2011 AERES results
  • 27 research units recognised by the Ministry responsible for Research, of which 8 have been awarded quality labels by the research bodies CNRS, CEA, INSERM and INRA
  • 3 major disciplinary fields: Life sciences, Fundamental sciences and technologies, Humanities
  • 1 University engineering school (ISIFC, 'Institut Supérieur d’Ingénieurs de Franche-Comté'): one of the only schools in France which offers the double course in micro-techniques and medical engineering


'ENSMM', the Higher National School for Mechanics and Micro-techniques

A unique school, a clever mix of mechanics, mechatronics and micro-technologies.

In a few figures:

  • A major Higher National School for Engineers, with around 871 students (2nd 'ENSI' in terms of headcount)
  • 245 graduates every year
  • 160 teachers and teacher-researchers, responsible for teaching engineers, technicians and administrative personnel about the world of business
  • 500 research employees and employees, of which 180 doctoral candidates
  • 500 students each year in traineeships in businesses in France and abroad


A complete palette of training

The Industry Apprentice Training Centre: matches the demand from industry. For more than 35 years, the CFAI Franche-Comté, specialising in training for industrial trades, has been available to listen to young people and businesses.

In a few figures:

  • 6 training centres: Exincourt (25), Belfort (90), Vesoul (70), Besançon (25), Dole (39) and Gevingey (39)
  • 900 apprentices trained each year for diplomas validated by the National Education ministry
  • 1 apprenticeship offer meeting the expectations of businesses both in terms of the level of training and in terms of trades
  • More than 600 business partners to whom we propose candidates
  • The CFAI Franche-Comté belongs to a national network of 51 centres, all attached to the UIMM ('Union des Industries et Métiers de la Métallurgie')

ECM, School of Commerce and Management

The ECM offers alternating training schemes in partnership with the CNAM ('Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers'), for students with two years' post-secondary education. The ECM also trains employees, managers and directors who wish to develop their professional skills, by means of continuous training (qualifications).


IMEA, Institute of European Business Management

Specialist training courses: commerce and distribution, management secretarial services commercial, international, marketing/management. Each year, more than 300 students, apprentices and trainees come to educate themselves at IMEA.


Higher Institute of Fine Arts

ISBA is one of 56 graduate schools of art qualified to lead to state-recognized national degrees. ISBA welcomes every year more than 250 students in both art and visual communication.



Key figures

Economic area of 250,000 inhabitants

95 000 salaried jobs

30 000 students

A pool of 10 900 businesses and institutions

75 hectares of activity spaces immediately available for businesses

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claCentre for Applied Linguistics

A Centre of expertise recognised throughout the world

The Besançon Centre of Applied Linguistics was created in 1958. It was one of the first centres to have developed practical teaching in foreign languages, which is based on research into linguistics applied to teaching, tools and modern methods. Each year, the CAL, a part of the University of Franche-Comté, receives almost 4000 trainees from all over the world.

Missions :

  • Teaching of FFL and a dozen foreign languages
  • Training of teachers and trainers
  • University research and research & development
  • Assessments and assignments abroad, at the request of numerous educational and cultural institutions, embassies and French and foreign ministries, particularly the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Education.

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National Association for the Professional Training of Adults

afpaThe AFPA Franche-Comté is intended to both job-seekers and employees (Professionalisation Contract, Individual Training Leave, etc.) by proposing each year more than 60 qualifying professional training courses, which are free and remunerated. Each year, it receives between 350 and 400 trainees.

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