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Course Structure (Bachelor's degrees)

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 is in September, including conferences and meetings with professors which allow students to better understand the academic system and select courses.

The first year of the Bachelor's Degree program focuses on different modules:
Basic course units (UEF: Unités d’enseignements fondamentaux)
that cover the main discipline(s) of the program.

Methodology units (UEM: Unités d’enseignement méthodoglogiques),
designed to help students make the transition from secondary to higher
education. These include:

  • Disciplinary Methodology: a complement to fundamental disciplinary knowledge and competence designed to help students acquire basic academic skills (discipline-specific methodology and generic skills).
  • General Methodology: designed to help students reflect on their future courses of study and careers (through information on different professional fields and professional conferences during the second semester); introduction to the use of scientific and technical information (documentation); IT skills.

Modern Language units (UEL: Unités d’enseignements de langues). 
Speaking a modern language is essential. Students can choose to perfect their knowledge of a foreign language learnt in high school (intermediate and advanced language courses) or to start studying a new language. The goal of these courses is to master written and oral communication skills in foreign languages. At the student’s request, he/she can continue with another language on a voluntary basis.

Minors (UEF Bis), in a different subject area (for those students who chose to continue studying a language at intermediate or advanced level).  This four-hour course during the first semester aims to allow students to discover other subjects and to allow course changes at the end of the first semester.

Professionally-oriented modules (UEP: Unités d’enseignement pré-professionnel). 
During the second and third semester, students can follow courses linked to one of five career fields, and more specialized professional courses during the fourth, fifth, and sixth semesters.

During the first year, students have three opportunities to chose another degree course:

1- During the first two weeks of the Autumn semester (until September ..); 

2- Until the All Saints’ Day holiday break (Toussaint) (October... ), after an interview with a referee for the desired program;

3- At the end of the first semester, after 2 interviews.

The second and third year focus on different Modules:

Core units (UEF)
Modern Languages during the 2nd year (L2), elective during the 3rd year (L3) (languages or sports or C2i: IT and Internet Certificatation or validation of student involvement (VEE), see students intranet (ENT) in the transversal course section (V.L.E.)

Pre-vocational modules (UEP – Champs professionnels et parcours professionnel)