Coming to theUniversité 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.

Exchange program

For international students

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

Free Mover

For international students

You can come to the USMB for the year with the same status as French students, without having to enter into a partnership with an institution in your own country.

Double diplomas

For international students

Double degrees allow you to study part of your degree at the USMB, and the other part at your home university. At the end of your course, you receive diplomas from both universities.

English courses

For international and French students

The USMB offers degree courses entirely in English, and international semesters in English specifically designed for foreign students.

Learning French (ACCENTS)

For international students and outsiders

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

Summer schools

For international students

A summer school is an international university program usually offered during the summer months.

Practical information: Preparing your arrival

For international students

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


For international students

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

Program of integration events for 2023-2024

Previous integration events

Avec l’arrivée des beaux jours en Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 80 étudiants internationaux de l’Université Savoie Mont Blanc ont pu profiter du soleil au parc d’attraction Walibi Rhône-Alpes.☀️

Ce moment 100% fun a permi aux étudiants de passer un moment de rires, d’adrénaline, et de partage, tous ensemble ! Un bon moyen de décompresser après les partiels et de fêter la fin du semestre pour la plupart.🥹

Merci à eux pour leur bonne humeur et leur sourire, toujours un plaisir de passer des moments avec nos étudiants !

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Cette journée a été l’occasion pour un grand nombre de nos étudiants internationaux de s’initier à la pratique du ski alpin dans une station des Alpes françaises : Les Saisies.⛷️

Accompagné d’une équipe d’enseignants du Service des Sports de l’Université, tous les niveaux ont pu s’exercer, dans toutes les conditions : dans le brouillard, comme sous la neige, et enfin sous le soleil ! ⛅️

Merci aux 60 étudiants présents pour leur détermination, leur patience, et leur sourire. 🤩

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Once again this year, international students at theUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc have mobilized to make this 26th edition a success! 🤩

🇨🇮 Côte d'Ivoire was the country in the spotlight for this first at the Chambéry Savoie Stadium. ☀️ The sun accompanied us throughout this lively weekend with songs, dances, and even a rugby match! 🏉

See you next year for a 27th edition in the colours of Italy! 🇮🇹

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Some of our international students were able to discover one of the most famous winter resorts in the French Alps last Saturday! 🌨️

Located at the foot of Mont Blanc, the village of Chamonix has plenty of charm in winter with its ancient buildings. After some free time in the picturesque village center, our students discovered the Mer de Glace glacier after a breathtaking ascent on the Montenvers train.🚂

🤩 Thanks to the 60 participants for their smiles and good humour!

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👩‍👩‍👦‍👦 The month of January is synonymous with new arrivals at the International Relations Department's reception desk!

This year, for the first time, a day of team challenges took place at the La Féclaz ski resort near Chambéry. ⛰️ The prize? A chance to win some of the region's finest cheeses and chocolates, and a guaranteed place in the local community!

Students from the three campuses competed in a variety of events organized by the USMB Sports Department to get to know each other better, with lots of fun and laughter!

After this day, we can assure you that good humor will be the order of the day during this semester at USMB.🤩

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The approach of the Christmas vacations and the end of the 1st semester also heralds the end of the USMB experience for some students. 😭

🎉 To honor them and celebrate the end of these few months in France, the international students enjoyed an afternoon at the Chambéry ice rink, followed by a friendly drink in a local bar.

This was an opportunity for the Welcome Center team to talk to them about their experience, their future aspirations and their memories of the USMB.

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As it does every year,Université Savoie Mont Blanc has teamed up with the City of Chambéry to offer students staying in Savoie for the Christmas vacations the chance to join a Chambéry family for a meal. 🍽️

This year, students have the opportunity to join a family 🎅🏻 for dinner on December 24, January 25 at noon, or on December 31 at night.

🎄 An opportunity for them to spend a wonderful holiday with welcoming families and discover French traditions!

To ensure that this operation runs smoothly, an evening meeting between international students and host families takes place in the Salle d'Honneur at the Hôtel de Ville in December: a great opportunity for sharing and exchanging ideas.✨visuals website

Saturday November 18 was a great day out in Haute-Savoie for some of our international students. After a guided tour of the authentic Château d'Avully, the students discovered the village of Yvoire, on the shores of Lake Geneva.🇨🇭
Thanks to the 60 students present for their smiles and good humour! 🤩
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An evening dedicated to international audiences was held this year at Le Manège in Chambéry. The program for students and partners included Savoy folk dancing, a cocktail reception with a wealth of specialities, an entertainment village, games and dancing.

The Welcome Party is THE not-to-be-missed evening to celebrate the start of the new year at USMB!

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Welcome toUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc !

This year's seminar took place in Courchevel, and between rafting, accrobranche, hiking and spa, the international students were able to discover the region, challenge themselves and get to know each other!

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➡️ Testimonial :

Here's a testimonial from Igor, an international student atUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc !


➡️ Goodbye dinner - 27/04/2023 :

A farewell dinner at La Frite Dorée restaurant. Welcome back international students!18






➡️ Discover Parc Walibi - 22/04/2023 :

The last outing of the academic year. The students enjoyed the attractions at Parc Walibi!





➡️ Hiking and cruising in Bourdeau - 18/03/2023 :

A great way to discover Savoie's cultural and natural heritage, with a cruise on Lac du Bourget followed by a visit to Hautecombe Abbey and a hike to Bourdeau.

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➡️ Tour du Monde au Manège 2023:

This year's featured country was the Netherlands.

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

International students showcased their traditions through tastings, entertainment, dancing and much more!

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➡️ Aiguille du Midi to Chamonix - 11/02/2023 :

The international students discovered Chamonix and the Aiguille du Midi, which stretches skywards at 3,842 m altitude.

The program includes extraordinary views of the French and Italian Alps and snow-covered landscapes under the sun! visual website (3)

➡️ Snowshoe outing and traditional Savoyard dinner:

For one evening, the international students had the chance to enjoy snowshoeing at dusk under an almost-full moon, to reach the Orionde lookout, from where they could admire the view of Lac du Bourget and the Chambéry basin by 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 overtaken other typical dishes such as fondue in the hearts of students.


➡️ Integration weekend - 21,22/02/2023 :

The integration weekend took place in Courchevel. Students discovered downhill skiing and snowshoeing.

It's the perfect way to explore the region, get to know each other and get the semester off to a great start!

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➡️ Goodbye dinner - 12/16/2022 :

A dinner to say goodbye to first-semester international students!

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


➡️ Shared Christmas 2022:

Share a convivial moment with a French family and discover their traditions at Christmas dinner!


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➡️ Château d'Avully and Yvoire visit - 26/11/2022 :

A guided tour in French and English of the Château d'Avully in Brenthonne and a visit to the village of Yvoire with its beautiful view of Lake Geneva!


➡️ Welcome party - 10/14/2022 :

An evening dedicated to new arrivals!

A Savoyard cocktail reception, dances from Burkina Faso, dancing and fun games: the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of international students at the USMB.

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➡️ Integration seminar for international students - end of August 2022:

Welcoming new international students

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

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➡️ Young Ambassadors Gala Evening - 07/04/2022 :

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

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

We would like to congratulate all the young ambassadors for their fine projects, and especially the winners of the competition:

  • Citizen Project category: Paula ROSCHEL and Matheus Vinicius PIACENTINI, Brazilian students, for their project to promote the cultural development of underprivileged young Brazilians through art.
  • Promising Project category: Anja DINIC, a student from Serbia, for her Case Study Community project.
  • Attractiveness Project category: 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 wins the innovation project trophy for his Solar Electrifying Vehicule (SEV) project.


➡️ Lac du Bourget outing - 02/04/2022 :

Around sixty students accompanied by the USMB international relations welcome center took a cruise to visit Chanaz and Hautecombe Abbey. 🏰

After boarding at the major port of Aix-les-Bains, the students had the opportunity to sail on the largest natural lake of glacial origin entirely located in France, Lac du Bourget. The weather conditions weren't ideal, but that's how the snow-capped mountains enhanced the landscape.

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

They then used their free time to visit village shops, such as the barge housing a beehive, where they learned more about honey, or a typical French brocante. Some also went to see the village church or explore the forest around the mill.

After lunch, the boat resumed its journey to the former princely necropolis of the House of Savoy, Hautecombe Abbey, where the students visited the abbey church to round off a day that delighted many.

Local French handicrafts are a very interesting facet of our culture that it's important to promote. Small villages are an integral part of many French people's lives, so we think it's a good idea to offer this kind of excursion to international students.


➡️ Chamonix outing - 19/02/2022 :

On Saturday, February 19, 2022, USMB's international relations department organized a day trip to the Aiguille du Midi (Chamonix Mont-Blanc) for the university's international students. ⛰️

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

We were extremely lucky to be able to climb the Aiguille du Midi by cable car, with a visit to the museum areas, the panorama and the step into the void. Indeed, in the week leading up to the event, France's highest cable car was closed due to bad weather, so Saturday was the first day the Aiguille du Midi could open.

The scenery was breathtaking. The students loved it, and it was well worth braving the cold (-14°C, felt -20°C) to see it. As the altitude can take its toll, the students were free to descend whenever they wished to visit the town of Chamonix.

Chamonix and Mont-Blanc are iconic places around the world, but they can be difficult to get to without a car, and the cost of activities can be high. Through us, students have the opportunity to see these places with ease.


➡️ Integration weekend at La Féclaz - January 29 and 30, 2022.


➡️ Welcome party - 21/10/2021 :

The USMB and the city of Chambéry organized a welcome party for international students 🎉


➡️ Integration week in Savoie - August 25-31, 202.

Useful information to help you integrate

Join the Facebook group " Etudiants internationaux - Université Savoie Mont Blanc " to keep up to date with local activities.


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


It's 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 these difficult times, this program is there to help you. Your "USMB Angel" will be able to provide you with useful addresses, tips and advice when you arrive.

How does it work?

AUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc student called "USMB Angel" will be able to sponsor two or three "Protégés" international students arriving atUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc.

Université Savoie Mont Blanc encourages and supports student associations. You're sure to find what you're looking for among our wide range of sports, cultural and artistic associations. Don't hesitate to get involved and meet French students!

Directory of associations

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

Sports Department

Virtual tour of our 3 campuses

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