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Welcome - Fall 2020

RESOURCES FOR FALL 2020

Welcome! This page is designed to provide you with information and resources on your studies this fall within the context of COVID-19. It is relevant to both degree-seeking and exchange students and will be updated regularly as the situation evolves. 

These extraordinary circumstances have allowed us to innovate to provide you with even greater support services to compliment your programme. 

On this page, we aim to keep you updated on major public health measures and how they affect your arrival and studies in France. We are committed to keeping you safe – while providing a top-notch education that helps you continue moving towards your career and life goals.  

WELCOME DAYS

The dates and formats for Audencia’s Welcome Days vary by programme type. Your programme coordinator will contact you soon with more information.

Grande Ecole, SciencesCom, Bachelor and BBA: August 27-28

Pre-MSc, MSc and MBA: September 7

You will find more information on your Programme Formats and Dates below.  

Health

We are working together as a community to keep everyone safe and healthy. We’ve put together some resources to help you stay informed. 

Here’s an inside look at what our staff and faculty are doing to keep everyone safe.

If you are joining us onsite in Nantes, classes may be blended (a mixture of in-person and online) if required by government health guidelines.

More information on your Programme formats and dates.  

  • Minimum distance of one metres
  • Cafeteria and break rooms rearranged to accommodate social distancing

We’ve made some adaptations to the format of our programmes to consider both learning and health. Please see the next section on programme formats and dates.

Audencia has developed a complete physical, mental and emotional health service called Well-being @Audencia. You will have support in your personal, academic and professional life.

We are partnering with SUMPPS (University Service of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion) to offer a full range of services with a multidisciplinary team of professionals: bilingual nurses, doctors (both general practitioners and specialists), psychologists and advisors. Health providers can also refer you to outside specialists as needed.

Both emergency consultations and appointments are available to you without advance payment. Just be sure to have your vital card (medical card) or social security certificate/card. Check the SUMPPS page for information on how to sign up and general costs.

As part of this service, you will be required to have one standard medical check-up per year. All services are confidential.

Call for services

Appointments with a doctor, nurse, psychologist or psychiatrist:

  • Tel: +33 (0) 2 40 37 10 50 or +33 (0) 2 40 37 10 69
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Medical emergency:

  • Tel: +33 (0) 2 40 50 30 30
  • English and other non-French languages: dial 112 

Psychological/emotional emergency:

  • Tel: +33 (0) 2 40 08 38 71 or +33 (0) 2 40 08 38 70

We also recommend online platforms such as SOS Médecins (French) or Doctolib (French) in case of emergency.

Location

110, Boulevard Michelet BP 32238 - 44322 Nantes Cedex 3

Easing restrictions responsibly 

France has been able to ease coronavirus-related restrictions gradually as outlined by the phased plan below. See official updates from the French government, as information can change from day to day. 

On June 14, France successfully transitioned to phase III of easing Coronavirus-related restrictions. Cafes, restaurants and schools are now open with social distancing measures in place. The entire French territory is now in the “green” zone – meaning free of infection hotspots. 

As of June 2, France was able to move to phase II of easing Coronavirus-related restrictions. Cafes and restaurants reopened in “green” zones, and there were no longer any “red” zones in the country. Border restrictions with neighbouring European countries were lifted.  

COVID-19 in France

France’s rate of infection is relatively low – much lower than countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Russia, the US and many countries in South America. Check current rates of infection by country on the World Health Organization website. 

Please keep in mind that raw numbers don’t mean much unless you take population into account. Note that you can select to view results by “total per 1 million population” for a more representative number.  

We hope you enjoy this light-hearted how-to on mask-wearing put together by the Nantes University Hospital team!

PROGRAMME FORMATS AND DATES

Audencia’s programme directors and professors have been working hard to set up their programmes and courses to fit your learning needs – while still respecting the most up-to-date health and safety regulations. These formats apply for both exchange and degree-seeking students.

Have a look at the plan we’ve put into place so you know what to expect when you start your programme. Please understand information may change based on the spread of the virus, the advice of public health experts or an order by our federal or regional governments.

These adjustments apply to the following programmes in their core or extended formats:

All classes are available in online and in-class formats, allowing you to choose to do part or all of the first term either online or in Nantes.

Choose what your first term will look like:

  • Option 1: do the entire term in Nantes (September 7 to December 17)
  • Option 2: do the first half of the term online (September 7 to October 23) and then come to Nantes for the second half of the term (November 2 to December 17)
  • Option 3: do the entire term online (September 7 to December 17) and then come to Nantes for the second term starting in early January


Pre-MSc: term one ends December 11 and term two starts January 18.

The choice of options is entirely up to you. The framework outlined above allows you to shape your programme format to your needs and comfort level. Your programme director will ask you to finalise your choice in mid-August.  

These adjustments apply to the Master in European and International Business Management

What your first term will look like:

  • September 7-25: optional language lessons in French and/or Spanish. Classes run 9:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. and cost €300 for each language. If interested look for an email from Deusto Business School in July about how to enrol.
  • September 28: begin your classes in Deusto, Spain! Classes will be in-person. Note that if the timing of getting your visa is difficult, you may arrive up to seven days late and still continue in your programme.

Travel to France and the UK are still as-planned for your programme. We will continue to monitor the health and safety regulations.

These adjustments apply to the Grande Ecole Master in Management.

What your first term will look like:

  • September 1: begin your classes in Nantes, France! Classes will be blended (a mixture of in-person and online) as required by government health guidelines. 
  • As soon as allowed by government guidelines: classes will shift from blended to completely in-person. We will implement 100% face-to-face learning as soon as the French government allows.

Note that if the timing of getting your visa is difficult, you may request late arrival permission for up to 14 days after the start of classes and still continue in your programme.

If you are an exchange student, you may have the possibility of taking 100% online courses. See the FAQ section below. 

These adjustments apply to the Grande Ecole MSc in Management-Engineering.

What your first term will look like:

  • September 1: begin your classes in Nantes, France! Classes will be blended (a mixture of in-person and online) as required by government health guidelines. 
  • As soon as allowed by government guidelines: classes will shift from blended to completely in-person. We will implement 100% face-to-face learning as soon as the French government allows.

Note that if the timing of getting your visa is difficult, you may request late arrival permission for up to 14 days after the start of classes and still continue in your programme.

These adjustments apply to the Full-Time MBA.

What your first term will look like:

  • September 7 to September 25: begin your core courses in business management while networking, teambuilding and getting to know your classmates. This online period allows for flexibility in visa finalisation and your travel to France.
  • Starting September 28: start attending your classes in-person in Nantes! Classes may be blended (a mixture of in-person and online) if required by government health guidelines.

If you need more time to arrive, you can continue online classes and join in-person as soon as you’re able.

We will implement 100% face-to-face learning as soon as the French government allows.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with your programme coordinator

These adjustments apply to the SciencesCom programme.

What your first term will look like:

  • September 1: begin your classes in Nantes, France! Classes will be blended (a mixture of in-person and online) as required by government health guidelines. 
  • As soon as allowed by government guidelines: classes will shift from blended to completely in-person. We will implement 100% face-to-face learning as soon as the French government allows.

Note that if the timing of getting your visa is difficult, you may request late arrival permission for up to 14 days after the start of classes and still continue in your programme.

If you are an exchange student, you may have the possibility of taking 100% online courses. See the FAQ section below. 

These adjustments apply to the third year Bachelor programme and the fourth year BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration) programme.

What your first term will look like:

  • September 3 for the Bachelor / September 7 for the BBA: begin your classes in Nantes, France! Classes will be blended (a mixture of in-person and online) as required by government health guidelines. 
  • As soon as allowed by government guidelines: classes will shift from blended to completely in-person. We will implement 100% face-to-face learning as soon as the French government allows.

Note that if the timing of getting your visa is difficult, you may request late arrival permission for up to 14 days after the start of classes and still continue in your programme.

If you are an exchange student on the BBA programme, you may have the possibility of taking 100% online courses. See the FAQ section below. 

SOCIAL SUPPORT

This is a team of 30 students who will give you a student’s perspective as well as advice on living in Nantes and studying at Audencia. Contact them for advice on housing, cultural activities and more!

  • Airport pick-up system (for those who request it) 
  • Ice-breaking activities, help desk, etc.
  • “Virtual” reception
  • Welcome emails and survival guide
  • Housing advice
  • Setting up a bank account
  • Creating TAN subscriptions
  • Requests for assistance from CAF
  • French + international student
  • Virtual and/or face-to-face

The format and timing of these events are to be determined based on timely recommendations regarding health and safety. This is a tentative list.

Face-to-face

  • Tours of Nantes
  • Oktoberfest
  • Asian food and culture event
  • Karaoke evenings
  • Skating evenings
  • Video game evenings
  • JO’DENCIA (sporting event)
  • Meet and Eat
  • Cultural trips and activities

Virtual

  • Introduction to IC Team, Nantes and Audencia
  • Tours of Nantes and the campuses
  • Visit to French homes
  • Monthly discussion with French students and/or Audencia alumni
  • Kahoot (cultural trivia games with themes of all kinds)
  • Sharing of photos, videos and other content through IC Team pages

Facebook

Email:  icbuddyaudencia@gmail.com

Instagram: @icteamaudencia

WeChat: 2020Audencia 新生 群

Audencia has a wide range of social and cultural opportunities. Learn more about student life at Audencia.

Housing

Audencia has a dedicated housing platform with our partner Studapart. You can access hundreds of exclusive offers: studios, flatshares and homestays. You’ll also benefit from personalised support throughout your stay! 

Learn how it works

Visit our housing platform

Studapart has modified its cancellation clauses so that if you book housing with a private owner, you will get a full refund* if one of the following applies:

  • If you could not get your visa (because the borders are closed or because of the decision of the embassy or consulate)
  • If global circumstances change unexpectedly and Audencia is not able to welcome you onsite, resulting in a cancelled registration
  • If the global situation changes so that Audencia is only able to provide an online offer for the fall 2020 term

Review the Studapart terms

*Please note that if you cancel your booking before the arrival date you entered on the Studapart platform, booking fees, your first month rent and the “Garantie Studapart” (if you bought it) fees will be refunded.

If you cancel your booking after the arrival date you entered, then you will only get a refund for the booking fees and the “Garantie Studapart” (if you bought it). 

If you book a place through a student residence, then Studapart rules are not applying because each residence has its own rules regarding cancellations. If you are considering a student residence, we advise you to discuss COVID-19 related cancellation policies with the chosen residence. 

Need advice before you get started? Join Studapart’s one-hour webinar!

  • Tour the platform
  • Learn about “la Garantie Studapart”
  • Get tips on finding a place and what to do next
  • Q&A session 

Register to the English language webinar

July 21 (watch the replay here) or August 18 at 2:00 p.m. (French time)

Register to the French language webinar

July 9 or August 14 at 6:00 p.m. (French time)

CROUS room applications were due June 12. Late applications are not being accepted. If you’ve already applied, here’s some COVID-19 related information you may find helpful. 

CROUS move-in date: September 1

  • It will be possible to quarantine in a CROUS residence from September 1, if needed
  • The residence staff will most likely continue to observe social distancing and stringent hygienic rules
  • Gathering places such as study rooms or halls may remain unavailable to students
  • The common kitchen cannot welcome more than two students at a time
  • Your room will be equipped with an electric stove and a fridge
  • You will have a bathroom in your room (shower and WC/toilet)
  • The office will welcome you one at a time and observe at least one-meter distance when speaking with you
  • There will be a psychologist/counsellor (English-speaking) onsite should you encounter any difficulties

VISA, INSURANCE AND MORE

Our page on student life has a section devoted to preparing for your stay. There, you’ll find complete information on visas, health insurance, residency permits and CVEC.

Below, you can find some timely information on how COVID-19 might affect the normal processes of preparing paperwork for your trip.

French consulates and embassies around the globe are accepting visa applications online via the France-Visas portal. Please note that as study is considered “essential travel,” country-specific travel restrictions do not apply (see Annex II of this official document from the Council of the European Union). 

France is prioritising student visas, but we recommend applying as soon as possible. Review this information here (also downloadable here) and contact your local Campus France office for further guidance.

Please see the programme formats section on this page to learn how your programme is handling late visas should you not be able to arrive on time.

Health insurance

Health insurance (medical insurance) is for illness and covers doctor visits, medicines, etc. If you are a European student, you should apply for a European Health Insurance Card in your home country. With the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you may claim for partial reimbursement of medical expenses.

In order to be fully reimbursed, you have to take out your own private health insurance to complement the EHIC. You can purchase a private health insurance in your home country together with the third-party liability insurance and repatriation insurance (mentioned below).

Here is general information on purchasing health insurance for non-EU students.

Third-party liability insurance and repatriation insurance

You should also purchase third-party liability insurance and repatriation insurance before arriving. 

ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS

Due to the hardships placed on applicants during the pandemic, we are still considering Fall 2020 applications to the following programmes

Applications for Spring and Fall 2021 are also now open for all programmes.

Apply now

We understand that due to unforeseen circumstances created by the pandemic, it may not be possible for all students to start in the fall as planned. You have several options, depending on your programme. 

You may attend the entire first term online for these programmes:

You will attend entirely online through October 2 for the following programme:

We welcome students in the following programmes to start studies in-person at Audencia in February if unable to attend in September. To defer your enrolment to February, please contact us so you can sign a revised contract. Tuition fees will remain the same.

Qualifying programmes

 

*Note: if you start the Master in Management in February, your first term of advanced management core courses will be taught in English. For the following two terms, you may choose majors taught in English or in French.

We plan to welcome everyone to campus for Fall 2020. France has done well controlling and reducing the spread of COVID-19 following our government’s multiphase plan

Please check the programme formats and dates section of this webpage to get insight into what your first term will look like. 

If the pandemic has changed your circumstances dramatically and you are not able to attend this year, you may transfer your admission to fall of 2021. To defer your enrolment by one year, please contact us so you can sign a revised contract. Tuition fees will remain the same. 

FAQS

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions by degree-seeking students. 

Will career services still be available?

You will have access to a broad range of career and alumni services, no matter where you are:

  • Individual career coaching sessions
  • Career fairs putting you in touch with 100+ companies for internships and jobs
  • Exclusive access to job-search platforms, including GoinGlobal, Jobteaser and more
  • Workshops to hone your professional and job-search skills, including CV writing, job interview preparation, salary negotiation, LinkedIn networking, etc.

English test centres are closed. What can I do?

We accept the online English test Duolingo. You may take the test completely online and submit it to us with your application. 

Please note that English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English.

I have taken or booked my English test (TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS), but there is a delay. What can I do?

We recommend you submit your application as soon as possible even without the English test. You can always add the test at a later stage.

Please note that English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English.

We also accept the online English test Duolingo.

Are my scholarships still valid if I defer admission to 2021?

Yes, if you are already registered or admitted to your programme and defer your enrolment to 2021, any Audencia scholarships and waivers detailed in your contract will remain unchanged; at the exception of the Audencia Foundation Scholarship and the InVivo Scholarship.

Will I have to quarantine upon arrival? Therefore should I plan on arriving two weeks before my programme starts?

If you are coming from a country in the red zone, 3rd case, and have not been able to get tested, you must undergo a voluntary 14-day quarantine upon arrival, meaning: stay at home as much as possible, avoid contact with others as much as possible, monitor your temperature and immediately report any symptoms to a doctor. It is advised to notify your accommodation in advance so that they can take appropriate measures, if necessary (disinfection, etc.). The aim of this voluntary 14-day quarantine is to protect everyone’s health. 

Review this information here from Campus France

For the onsite blended option, what % of classes will be online and what % will be in-class?

This may vary depending on the programme and health circumstances, but we aim for the following:

  • 50-100% of classes will be done in-class
  • 0-50% of the classes will be done online

As soon as safety regulations allow it, classes will be 100% face-to-face.

What if I arrive late?

We understand there may be some delays. Please see the programme formats and dates section to check late arrival dates specific to your programme. 

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 for entry into France?

As of 24th July, passengers from the following 16 high-risk countries will need to take a COVID-19 test (nasal swab test): Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, India, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Madagascar, Panama, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Passengers from Bahrain, Panama, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are obliged to take the test 72h before departure and provide a negative test result before boarding a plane to France.

For all other countries on the list, when there is no screening strategy and access to tests is difficult before departure, the test is mandatory upon arrival, directly at the French destination airport. Passengers are contacted as soon as their result is available. In the case of a positive result, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory.

Find this information on the official Facebook page of the French Ministry of Health. 

Also review the information here from Campus France. 

These requirements may change at any time as global health situations and government rulings evolve. 

Here are some commonly asked questions specific to exchange students.

Will my exchange be cancelled?

As of today, classes are still planned to start in September at the Audencia campus. In addition to face-to-face classes, we also offer a 100% online option as a back-up option for students who will be unable to come to France. This 100% online course catalogue is customised for all our students (French and international). All the courses are taught in English, and each course encompasses 3 ECTS.

Can I choose the onsite option now and switch to the 100% online option in July/August if my home university decides to cancel outgoing motilities?

You can select the onsite option for now if this is your preferred option. And in case your home university decides to cancel outgoing motilities in July/beginning of August, you will be allowed to switch to the online option- discover the Audencia 100% online courses.

Note that the later you switch to 100% online courses, the fewer courses will be available, as some may already be full.

Also keep in mind that if you switch to the online option, you will have to select new courses because the 100% online courses will be different from our regular in-person course catalogue.

If you do end up needing to switch from in-person to 100% online, please let your Audencia coordinator know as soon as possible. This way, we can do our best to find available courses that suit your needs and interests.

I’d be interested in postponing my exchange to the second/spring term. When will the programme start?

Grande Ecole

  • Graduate courses – January 4, 2021 start
  • Undergraduate courses – February 8, 2021 start

 

SciencesCom

  • January 15, 2021 start

 

BBA

  • January 18, 2021 start

 

Contact us for the start date of other programmes.

If I postpone to spring, will the courses I’ve chosen be available?

Please check our course catalogue as some courses are available in both terms and others are only available in fall or in spring.

Will I have to quarantine upon arrival? Therefore should I plan on arriving two weeks before my programme starts?

If you are coming from a country in the red zone, 3rd case, and have not been able to get tested, you must undergo a voluntary 14-day quarantine upon arrival, meaning: stay at home as much as possible, avoid contact with others as much as possible, monitor your temperature and immediately report any symptoms to a doctor. It is advised to notify your accommodation in advance so that they can take appropriate measures, if necessary (disinfection, etc.). The aim of this voluntary 14-day quarantine is to protect everyone’s health. 

Review this information here from Campus France

For the onsite blended option, what % of classes will be online and what % will be in-class?

This may vary depending on the programme and health circumstances, but we aim for the following:

  • 50-100% of classes will be done in-class
  • 0-50% of the classes will be done online

As soon as safety regulations allow it, classes will be 100% face-to-face.

What if I arrive late?

We understand there may be some delays. Please see the programme formats and dates section to check late arrival dates specific to your programme. 

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 for entry into France?

As of 24th July, passengers from the following 16 high-risk countries will need to take a COVID-19 test (nasal swab test): Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, India, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Madagascar, Panama, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Passengers from Bahrain, Panama, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are obliged to take the test 72h before departure and provide a negative test result before boarding a plane to France.

For all other countries on the list, when there is no screening strategy and access to tests is difficult before departure, the test is mandatory upon arrival, directly at the French destination airport. Passengers are contacted as soon as their result is available. In the case of a positive result, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory.

Find this information on the official Facebook page of the French Ministry of Health. 

Also review the information here from Campus France. 

These requirements may change at any time as global health situations and government rulings evolve. 

Contact us

We’re happy to answer your questions!

For degree students: international@audencia.com 

For exchange students: iro@audencia.com