Factsheet UBS

Factsheet UBS

Institutional details


Université Bretagne Sud (UBS) 

Head of the Institution

Prof. Dr. Jean PEETERS

president @ univ-ubs.fr 

Erasmus Code


University Website


About UBS

University of South Brittany (Université Bretagne Sud) was founded in 1995. It is a multidisciplinary institution with two main campuses situated in Lorient and Vannes, Brittany, France. It offers academic programs from bachelor’s level to the doctorate in different areas: humanities, social sciences, engineering, computer science, biochemistry, mathematics, law, economics and business. It has developed recognized research skills in 4 major fields: materials, costal and marine studies, cyber and data sciences.
University of South Brittany places special emphasis on: student life and welfare, innovation (e.g. new master’s program in cyber defense; co-op programs at all levels; new technological platform on high-performance materials); top-edge research; industry partnerships and technology transfer; and international student mobility.

Key Figures

9700 students
6 faculties
40 student associations
In top ten French universities for employability after graduation
More than 100 academic programs from bachelor’s level to doctorate
14 research laboratories
Over 130 MoUs with foreign institutions worldwide
40% of international PhD students
3 technological platforms – Compositic, Effipôle, Prodiabio and a Cyber Security Center

Film in English

University of South Brittany

International Office

Vice-Rector of
International Relations


Mrs Christine CHAUVIN, Vice-Présidente des relations vp-ri @ univ-ubs.fr 


Head of the International Office

Mrs Sandra VESSIER, Directrice du Service des Affaires Internationales
Phone : +33 2 97 87 66 74
sandra.vessier @ univ-ubs.fr 


Laure Guyader - Phone : +33 2 97 87 66 70
Jade Briend - Phone : +33 2 97 87 66 72
Glykéria Karakoulaki - Phone : + 33 2 97 01 70 24
Myriam Pichon - Phone : + 33 2 97 08 50 62


sai @ univ-ubs.fr 

Academic informations

 Link to course catalogue



Academic year

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters, autumn and spring.
The academic calendar varies somewhat from one faculty to another.

Deadlines for application

Autumn term, whole year
For EU students: June 1st
For non-EU students: May 1st


Spring term

For EU students: November 1st
For non-EU students: October 1st

 Application checklist

 Application form available at http://www.univ-ubs.fr/fr/international/mobilite-etudiante/etudier-a-l-ubs.html 


List of documents to be sent with the application:

• A learning agreement duly signed by the candidate and the pedagogical coordinator of the home institution
• One recent ID photograph
• Copy of ID card
• Curriculum vitae
• Most recent transcript of academic records translated in French or at least in English
• Proof of French proficiency (B2, C1 for applying LLSHS and DSEG)
• European Health Insurance Card for EU students

 Language of instructionFrench

There is a choice of English classes which will be updated each year 

Credits and grading system

60 ECTS for one year of full-time study and 30 ECTS credits for one semester of full-time study

Grading system at UBS is out of 20, (0 being the lowest and 20 the highest)

Grade out of 20 

% of students 

Grade name



16 and above 

 1-2% of students

 Très bien



 1-5% of students


From very good to excellent 


 10-15% of students

Assez bien 

 From fair to very good


 60-70% of students


 From average to fair

 9,99 and below

 20% of students




French as a Foreign Language Courses (FPE)

French as a Foreign Language courses provided by the CLUBS   (Centre de Langues UBS)

Semester courses are intended for international students registered and attending courses at UBS. After a compulsory test, two groups will be defined: B1/B2 – B2/C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - Council of Europe) - Preparation for DELF/DALF examination:
Number of hours: 40h per semester
Credits: 2,5 ECTS per semester
Duration: 10 weeks per semester
Location: Lorient and Vannes
Cost: free of charge for students registered at UBS

Practical information


EU students do not need to apply for a visa


Non EU students will have to apply for a student visa:






The university does not provide accommodation but it gives information and support


Cost of living

 Approximate expenses per month





Public Transport 


Mobile phone plan 


Other expenses (outings, clothes, culture, stationary, personal care) 





Health insurance

All students are required to have health insurance
Non EU students will be affiliated to the French welfare system that applies to students. This registration is free of charge.

EU students must bring the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)


The International Office organizes each year in the first 2 weeks of September the Orientation Weeks to help all international students to settle in (assistance with accommodation, administrative and academic registration, and other everyday life practical information)

Students with disabilities / special needs

UBS can admit students and staff with disabilities / special needs upon individual request. Please contact the International Relations Office as soon as possible.     sai @ univ-ubs.fr

Practical guides in French, English and Spanish



UBS can admit students and staff with disabilities / special needs upon individual request. Please contact the International Relations Office as soon as possible.     sai @ univ-ubs.fr