Coming to the University Savoie Mont Blanc

Welcome to France

For international students

The USMB has been awarded 2 stars in the "Welcome to France" label, thanks to its high quality welcome for international students.

In an exchange program

For international students

Exchange programs allow you to study at the USMB for one or two semesters in partnership with your home university.

Free Mover" candidate

For international students

You have the possibility to come to the USMB for the year with the same status as French students, without going through a partnership with an institution in your country.

Double degrees

For international students

Double degrees allow you to do part of your studies at the USMB, and the other part in your home institution. At the end of your course, you receive diplomas from both universities.

Training in English

For international and French students

The USMB offers degree programs entirely in English, and international semesters in English, especially for foreign students.

Learning French (ACCENTS)

For international students and outsiders

The center of academics ACCENTS offers French language training for international students and for people who want to learn French in addition to their main activity.

Summer schools

For international students

A summer school is an international university program offered, generally and as its name indicates, during the summer period.

Practical information: Preparing your arrival

For international students

Before coming to the USMB, prepare your stay by consulting our practical information.


For international students

Each year, the International Relations Department organizes integration events for incoming students.

2022-2023 Integration Events Program

Previous integration events

Un dîner d’adieu au restaurant La Frite Dorée. Bon retour aux étudiants internationaux !


La dernière sortie de l’année universitaire. Les étudiants ont profité des attractions du Parc Walibi !


A beautiful discovery of the cultural and natural heritage of Savoy with a cruise on the lake of Bourget followed by a visit of the abbey of Hautecombe and a hike to Bourdeau.

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This year the country of honor was the Netherlands.

For one weekend, Chambéry adopted the colors of the whole world. More than 80 students took part in this event rich in sharing and a sign of interculturality.

The international students presented their traditions through tastings, animations, dances and much more!

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The international students discovered Chamonix and the Aiguille du Midi, which stretches skyward at 3,842 meters.

On the program, extraordinary views of the French and Italian Alps and snowy landscapes under the sun! visual website (3)

For one evening, the international students had the chance to practice snowshoeing at nightfall under an almost full moon, to reach the belvedere of Orionde, from where they could admire the view of Lake Bourget and the Chambéry basin at night.

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After the effort, the comfort, with a traditional Savoyard dish from the Massif des Bauges: the Matouille. A cheese speciality, it has dethroned other typical dishes such as fondue in the hearts of students.


The integration weekend took place in Courchevel. The students discovered alpine skiing and snowshoeing.

An ideal stay to explore the region, get to know each other and start the semester well!

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A dinner to say goodbye to first semester international students!

All-you-can-eat raclette and fondue at Le Savoyard restaurant. The students exchanged gifts during a Secret Santa.


Share a convivial moment with a French family to discover their traditions during the Christmas meal!


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A guided tour in French and English of the castle of Avully in Brenthonne and the discovery of the village of Yvoire with its beautiful view of Lake Geneva!



An evening dedicated to newcomers!

Savoyard cocktail party, dances from Burkina Faso, dance party and fun games: THE evening not to be missed to celebrate the arrival of international students at the USMB.

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Welcome of new international students

The integration seminar took place in La Féclaz. Between French classes, unusual activities (Via Ferrata, paragliding...), visits and hikes, the students discovered the region and shared unforgettable moments!

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On Thursday, April 7, 2022, the Young Ambassadors (JA) Gala evening was held at the Manège in Chambéry, during which the awards of the Trophies Competition were presented.

For the occasion, Young Ambassadors, sponsors and partners came from all the branches of the association in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes (Chambéry, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Grenoble and Valence), to attend the award ceremony and celebrate this great adventure together.

We would like to congratulate all the young ambassadors for their beautiful projects and especially the winners of the contest:

  • Category Citizen Project : Paula ROSCHEL and Matheus Vinicius PIACENTINI, Brazilian students, for their project of cultural development of underprivileged Brazilian youth through art.
  • Category Promising Project: Anja DINIC, Serbian student for her project Case Study Community.
  • Category Attractiveness Project: Ismène KPEDJO, a student from Benin for her project Sharing red gold between the AURA region and the Atlantic Ocean in Benin.

Special congratulations to our Burkinabe student from Polytech Chambéry, Ragnagnéwedé David KOLOGO, who won the innovation project trophy with his Solar Electrifying Vehicle (SEV) project.

International students of the USMB discover Savoyard crafts

Aix-les-Bians 2022

On Saturday, April 2, 2022, about sixty students accompanied by the USMB's international relations department took a cruise to visit Chanaz and Hautecombe Abbey.

After boarding at the large port of Aix-les-Bains, the students had the opportunity to sail on the largest natural lake of glacial origin entirely located in France, the Lac du Bourget. The weather conditions were not optimal, but that's why the snow-covered mountains enhanced the landscape.

The cruise continued on the Savières canal to arrive in Chanaz. In the village of Chanaz, the students discovered the process of making walnut oil as in the 19th century in the small mill.

They then used their free time to meet with village businesses such as the barge housing a beehive where they learned more about honey or a typical French flea market. Some also went to see the village church or explore the forest around the mill.

After lunch, the boat sailed back to the former princely necropolis of the House of Savoy, Hautecombe Abbey, where the students visited the abbey church to end the day which delighted many.

Local French crafts are a very interesting facet of our culture that it is important to make known. Small villages are an integral part of many French people's lives, so we feel it is important to offer this type of excursion to international students.

Aix-les-Bians 2022

USMB international students at the highest summit of the Alps

Chamonix 2022

On Saturday, February 19, 2022, the USMB's International Relations Department organized a day at the Aiguille du Midi (Chamonix Mont-Blanc) for the university's international students.

The 60 students and the 3 chaperones (Nina Soufi, Séverine Quilliet and Amandine Bouchet) admired the beauty of the snow-covered Alpine landscapes (including Mont Blanc) at an altitude of 3,842 meters!

We were very lucky to be able to climb the Aiguille du Midi by cable car with a visit of the museum spaces, the panorama and the step into the void. Indeed, all the week before the event, the highest cable car of France was closed because of bad weather, Saturday was the first day when the Aiguille du Midi could open.

The landscapes were breathtaking. The students loved it, it was really worth braving the cold (-14°C, felt -20°C) to see it. Since the altitude can weigh on the head, the students were free to come back down whenever they wanted to visit the town of Chamonix.

Chamonix and Mont Blanc are iconic places around the world, however, it is sometimes difficult to get to them without a car and the cost of activities can be high. Through us, students have the opportunity to see these places easily. Apart from that, the Alps have a lot to offer and so this outing achieves our goal of introducing them to the different facets of the Savoyard territory.

Chamonix 2022


The International Relations Department organized an integration seminar from August 25 to 31, 2021, for new international students at the USMB.

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Useful information to help you integrate

Join the Facebook group " International Students - Université Savoie Mont Blanc " to be informed of activities offered in the area.


Join the Alter-Culturality program to be sponsored by a French-speaking student atUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc.


This is a welcome program for international students set up by the International Relations Department and run by students from the University with the aim of facilitating the process and integration atUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc. Especially in this difficult period, this program is there to help you. Your "USMB Angel" will be able to give you good addresses, tips and good plans when you arrive.

How does it work?

A student fromUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc called "USMB Angel" will be able to sponsor two or three international "Protégé" students who arrive atUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc.

TheUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc encourages and supports student associations. You will certainly find what you are looking for among the associations, sports, cultural, artistic, etc. Do not hesitate to participate to meet French students!

Directory of associations

Play sports! Throughout the year, the Sports Department offers more than 60 sports activities: skiing, swimming, dancing, athletics, water sports, excursions, climbing...

Sports Service

Virtual visit of our 3 campuses

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