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University services

To make your time in France and at CIDEF a success, a number of support services are available within the university.


The French government has decided to implement a new tax called CVEC (90€) for all French and international students who pay tuition fees in France for the academic year. This tax is aimed at developing welfare services in the universities. The student must pay this tax individually, by credit card and directly with the French administration. We won’t deliver the student card until they show us the payment receipt for the tax.

University library

The university library holds numerous novels by French and non-native French writers, language textbooks and other French learning materials (test preparation manuals, grammar textbooks, etc.) as well as CDs or DVDs that can be borrowed.

The library is open:
  • Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Good deal! With your login and password you can also get free access to “Europress”, an online database of newspaper articles available for consultation.

Many other resources are also available online.

Housing services

Should you have any difficulty finding accommodation or simply need answers to your questions, the university Housing Services can help you. It is located in the bâtiment Jeanneteau building.

Further information: if you enrol on a one-year programme, and undergo the OFII medical check, you may ask for a housing allowance (called “APL”) from the CAF ? the national French office for family allowances.
Just fill in the online application form available on the CAF website. The Housing services can help you with this procedure.
> Contact Housing services

Health service

The university has a health service located in the Jeanneteau building.

Madame Béchet, a qualified nurse, is available 5 days a week:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00 am –12:30 pm / 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am –12:00 am
  • Friday: 9:00 am –12:30 pm / 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Also available is a confidential listening and assistance service.  > Contact us 
Further information: the disability service can help you with any necessary adjustments. >Contact us

Cultural department

The university cultural department offers numerous events throughout the year: exhibitions, concerts, plays, trips to discover the regional heritage.
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Reprographic services

Several photocopiers are available in the main library, the Bazin building lobby, or the photocopy department. You may also send prints commands from any university PC.

The photocopy department is open:
  • Monday to Thursday 8:00 am –12:30 pm / 1:30 pm –5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am –12:30 pm / 1:30 pm –5:00 pm
Further information: Add credits to your student card at the photocopying department (basement of the Jeanneteau building). Minimum reload is 2.50 € for 50 black and white copies or prints sent from a university computer.

Catering on campus

A cafeteria is located in the Palais universitaire at garden level. Opening hours: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Also available is the “Stand up Café”, a grab-and-go facility located in the entrance hall of the Bazin building (opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm) offering drinks, sandwiches, salads, pasta and some stationary items.

Drink vending machines can be found in the main lobby of the Bazin building and the Cidef student lounge (called “foyer”).