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Welcome Spring 2021

RESOURCES FOR SPRING 2021

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.

MSc & MBA in Supply Chain Management: 18 January (online)

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.

The well-being of our students is a part of our dedication to social responsibility. You can count on us to give you accurate information that is as up-to-date as possible.

All courses will continue online through February. Starting in February, as soon as the French government allows it, Audencia will be ready to welcome students on campus.  

Special efforts at Audencia

We are prepared for this approach and are following national regulations while keeping our students connected with guaranteed continuity of services, including:

  • Career Services
  • Internship services
  • All remote resources such as those of the Knowledge Hub
  • Health services such as nurses and psychologists (in French, English and Chinese)
  • Minimum distance of one metre
  • 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

In light of the global second wave, France has decided on a three-step approach to opening back up.

28 November (Saturday)

  • Everyone may leave their residence for up to 3 hours within 20 kilometres of their house for exercise
  • All shops can be open until 9:00 p.m., under strict sanitary protocol; this includes book shops, clothes shops, hairdressers, etc.
  • Services in places of worship are allowed with a limit of 30 people
  • The system of exemption certificates (attestations de déplacement) remains in place
  • Work from home measures are to remain unchanged

15 December (Tuesday)

  • Lockdown ends
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted
  • A curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. is in place across France
  • Curfew will not apply 24 December; however, large gatherings are discouraged

20 January (Wednesday)

  • Restaurants, cafés, gyms and sports halls reopen, but bars and nightclubs remain closed

4 February (Thursday)

  • Universities have in-person classes

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.

Choose what your first term in the Master in Management will look like:

  • Option 1: Do the entire first term in Nantes (starting 8 February)
  • Option 2: Start classes online on 8 February and come to Nantes at a later date anytime during the first term, or for the start of the second term
  • Option 3: Transfer to the fall intake and start your first term in September 2021; if you choose option 3, please contact us for a revised contract

The choice is entirely up to you, and you don’t have to decide immediately. The framework outlined above allows you to shape your programme format to your needs and comfort level.

Choose what your first term in the MSc in Management-Engineering will look like:

  • Option 1: Do the entire first term in Nantes (starting 8 February)
  • Option 2: Start classes online on 8 February and come to Nantes at a later date anytime during the first term, or for the start of the summer term
  • Option 3: Transfer to the fall intake and start your first term in September 2021; if you choose option 3, please contact us for a revised contract

The choice is entirely up to you, and you don’t have to decide immediately. The framework outlined above allows you to shape your programme format to your needs and comfort level.

These adjustments apply to the SciencesCom programme.

What your first term will look like:

 

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

 

 

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

What your first term will look like:

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

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

Choose what your first term in the MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management will look like:

  • Option 1: Do the entire first term in Nantes, starting classes online 18 January and joining on-campus classes starting 4 February
  • Option 2: Start classes online on 18 January and come to Nantes at a later date anytime during the first term
  • Option 3: Do the entire first term online (starting 18 January) and come to Nantes for the second semester in October 2021
  • Option 4: Transfer to the fall intake and start your first term in October 2021; if you choose option 4, please contact us for a revised contract

The choice is entirely up to you, and you don’t have to decide immediately. The framework outlined above allows you to shape your programme format to your needs and comfort level.

Spring 2021 classes are planned to start at the times outlined below, per programme.

Graduate business courses – Majors (Grande Ecole)

  • 4 January 2021: Start online with your electives
  • February 2021: We will welcome you to campus as soon as the French government allows; possibilities for study include in-person and online classes
  • May 2021: final exams will take place on campus in Nantes

 

Undergraduate business courses (Grande Ecole)

  • 5 February 2021: You may choose to study on campus in Nantes (some in-person classes and some online) or completely online from your home country

 

BBA

  • 18 January 2021: Start online
  • February 2021: You may choose to study on campus in Nantes (some in-person classes and some online) or completely online from your home country

 

Media & communications courses (SciencesCom)

  • 15 January 2021: Start online
  • February 2021: We will welcome you to campus as soon as the French government allows, for a mixture of in-person and online classes.

 

While we expect you to be able to return to 100% in-person classes, the most restrictive possibility is a mix of in-person and online classes, halving your class size for safety. To give you the best experience Audencia is:

  • Holding in-person classes in large classrooms to ensure social distancing
  • Equipping classrooms with advanced video devices to allow either in-person or online attendance for some classes

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 plateform 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 plateform

Due to the global crisis we are currently facing, Studapart updated their cancellation conditions if you book a place with a private owner.

You will get a full refund* if you find yourself in one of the situations below (supporting documents will be asked):

  • You could not get your visa because the borders are closed
  • You could not get your visa because of the decision of the French embassy or consulate in your country of residence

Review the Studapart terms by clicking here

*Please note that if you cancel your booking before the arrival date you entered on the Studapart platform : Studapart 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 mentioned on the platform, then you will only get a refund for the booking fees and for 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 some help with your housing search? Have any questions before or after arriving in your accomodation? The Studapart team is there for you! Contact them at booking@studapart.com

CROUS room applications were due 21 November. 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 dates: 1 January and 1 February

  • It will be possible to quarantine in a CROUS residence from 1 January, 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.

Except for nationals from EU member states, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland, travellers coming to France must present before boarding the following documents:

  • a travel certificate
  • a sworn statement that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms
  • if you are aged 11 or over, a negative PCR test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.

In all cases, the usual travel restrictions apply (visas, duration of stay, etc.).

All the aforementioned documents are available on the French Government's FAQ webpage by clicking here. You will also find on this page information for foreign nationals wishing to enter France or already in France, who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also invite you to check this other official webpage with information and guidance from the French Government regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19, on topics such as restrictions and requirements, schools, shops and venues, health advice and hotlines.

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. 

France is prioritising student visas, but we recommend applying as soon as possible. Review updated advice for students coming to France and contact your local Campus France office for further guidance.

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

Applications for Fall 2021 are 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. 

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

Qualifying programmes

 

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 in my country. 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 Fall 2021?

Yes, if you are already registered or admitted to your programme and defer your enrolment to Fall 2021, any scholarships detailed in your contract will remain unchanged.

Will I have to quarantine upon arrival?

Regardless of where you are coming from, we highly recommend taking a COVID-19 test (nasal swab or "PCR" test) within 72 hours of departure to facilitate your entry into France and to avoid having to quarantine. Currently, a seven-day quarantine is only required in the following two cases:

  1. If you are coming from one of the high-risk "red zone, case 1” countries*, were not able to get a COVID-19 test (nasal swab or "PCR" test) under 72 hours of departure, and test positive upon arrival, you must undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine.

    *Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, United states, Panama, South Africa, Algeria, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, South Africa, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Zimbabwe

  2. If you are coming from any other high-risk “red zone, case 3” country for which testing is not mandatory and you were not able to get tested, you will test upon arrival. If you test positive, you must undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine.

Quarantine means that you must 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 a quarantine is of course to protect everyone’s health.

Please note that this information is valid on 12 November. These requirements may change at any time as global health situations and government rulings evolve. 

What if I arrive late?

You may start classes online and then come to Nantes anytime during the first semester. Please contact us if you have any questions.  

Here are some commonly asked questions specific to exchange students. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, you can also check the “General” tab.

Spring 2021 classes are planned to start at the times outlined below, per programme.

Graduate business courses – Majors (Grande Ecole)

 

  • January 2021: Start online
  • February 2021: We will welcome you to campus as soon as the French government allows; possibilities for study include in-person and online classes
  • May 2021: final exams will take place on campus in Nantes

 

Undergraduate business courses (Grande Ecole)

 

  • February 2021: You may choose to study on campus in Nantes (some in-person classes and some online) or completely online from your home country

 

Media and communications courses (SciencesCom)

 

  • January 2021: Start online
  • February 2021: We will welcome you to campus as soon as the French government allows; possibilities for study include in-person and online classes

 

To give you the best experience Audencia is:

  • Holding in-person classes in large classrooms to ensure social distancing
  • Equipping classrooms with advanced video devices to allow either in-person or online attendance for some classes

Welcome Days will not be held on campus in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. We’ll send you further information on your virtual welcome closer to your start date!

I’d be interested in postponing my exchange to the 2021-2022 academic year.

Please ask the international office of your home institution whether a postponement is possible within your curriculum.

When will the programme start?

 

  • Grande Ecole and SciencesCom programmes: Every year both graduate and undergraduate courses start at the end of August
  • Other programmes: Contact us for the start date of other programmes

 

If I postpone, 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?

Regardless of where you are coming from, we highly recommend taking a COVID-19 test (nasal swab or "PCR" test) within 72 hours of departure to facilitate your entry into France and to avoid having to quarantine. Currently, a seven-day quarantine is only required in the following two cases:

  1. If you are coming from one of the high-risk "red zone, case 1” countries*, were not able to get a COVID-19 test (nasal swab or "PCR" test) under 72 hours of departure, and test positive upon arrival, you must undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine.

    *Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, United states, Panama, South Africa, Algeria, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, South Africa, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Zimbabwe

  2. If you are coming from any other high-risk “red zone, case 3” country for which testing is not mandatory and you were not able to get tested, you will test upon arrival. If you test positive, you must undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine.

Quarantine means that you must 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 a quarantine is of course to protect everyone’s health.

Please note that this information is valid on 12 November. These requirements may change at any time as global health situations and government rulings evolve. 

What if I arrive late?

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

Late arrival permission may be granted under certain conditions and depending on the programme. Please contact us if you have any questions or contact your Audencia exchange coordinator directly.

Contact us

We’re happy to answer your questions!

For degree students: international@audencia.com 

For exchange students: iro@audencia.com