International exchanges: incoming students

L’Ecole Supérieure Internationale de Savignac is a higher education institution affiliated to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Dordogne (CCI Dordogne).

Since 1988, L’Ecole Supérieure Internationale de Savignac has been shaping the executives of the Hospitality and Catering, Tourism, Recreation, and Events industries.

Today, L’Ecole Supérieure Internationale de Savignac is among the European leaders in its field.

L’Ecole de Savignac has over 400 students enrolled on its 6 degree courses, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. With more than over 1,500 alumni, L’Ecole de Savignac continues to network with professionals located all around the world.

L’Ecole de Savignac is located in the Dordogne, historically known as the Périgord, and is just 90 minutes away from Bordeaux. “France may one day exist no more, but the Dordogne will live on just as dreams live on and nourish the souls of men”. This quotation from the American writer Henry Miller encapsulates this area, which 400 000 years ago, was one of the main refuges for people from Eastern Europe fleeing the Ice Age.

Bordered by the Lot to the East and the vineyards of the Gironde including Saint-Emilion to the West, the area is famous worldwide for its prehistoric past and its gastronomy.

Welcome day and start of the courses: 13th February 2017
End of semester: 12th May 2017


Before you go

Coming into the country

If you would like to come and study for one semester at Ecole de Savignac, and you do not have a European nationality, you will need a visa to enter the country.

For one study semester (4 to 5 months), you will need a temporary long stay visa for studies.

Temporary long stay visa for studies

This visa allows the holder to study in a public or private higher education institution for 3 to 6 months. You cannot renew it and you will not need a resident permit during your study period. The holder cannot stay in the country more than 6 months.

Once in France, the holder of the visa will not be able to modify it or have change of status. Moreover, working as an employee or being self-employed is subject to specific procedures that require a working authorization that you will need to have obtained before the visa.

If you come from the French Overseas Territories, the laws may be different from the ones applied in Metropolitan France. You will need to clearly specify your destination and all the details of his/her flight.

Find more information on the different kinds of visas here.

General information on submitting and processing visa requests

Regulations on entry to and staying in the French territory differ whether you hold a regular passport, a diplomatic passport or an official duty passport.

Your passport must be valid long enough to cover your stay in the Schengen Area.

Application or “visa” fees are payable on submitting your application; these application fees are not refunded if the visa is refused.

When the visa application is being processed, certain formalities such as the making of appointments or submission of the application may be entrusted to service providers. You should allow additional costs for this. Information is available from the relevant French consulate.

You will find all the answers to your questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

If you are a national of a European Union (EU) Member State other than France, of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of Switzerland, or a family member of a national of an EU Member State other than France, the EEA or Switzerland, specific provisions of EU law apply:

  • Nationals of EU Member States, the EEA or Switzerland are not subject to the entry and stay visa requirement, whatever the duration of their stay;
  • Members of the family of a national of Member States of the EU, EEA or Switzerland (spouse, children under 18 or dependent children, dependent parents) are subject to the same regulations governing the movement of persons as other foreigners of their nationality. Family members of a Union national who does not require a short-stay visa, or holding a residence permit for family members of Union citizens, do not require an entry and stay visa, whatever the duration of their stay.


You can contact Mrs Catherine Quervelle to have a list of available accommodation within the area:

All addresses are within a 10 km radius from the school, and are shared houses/apartments. These pieces of information will be sent to you once we have received and accepted your complete file.


We advise students to arrive on campus in between 9h and 18h, from Monday to Friday. The Savignac team will then be able to welcome you during this timetable and will give you all the necessary documents and information. They will also give you a guided tour of the campus.

If you think that you will be arriving outside this timetable, please contact in advance the International Projects Coordinator:

If you arrive at the Périgueux or Thiviers train station, you can give us your arrival time and we will come and pick you up at the station.


All incoming students must have taken out insurance. This liability insurance has to protect you, cover medical urgencies as well as your accommodation and civil liability.

Dress code

We advise you to bring warm clothes as winters may be really cold in the Dordogne area.

Once on campus, we ask you to use and respect the same rules of procedure as the Savignac students:

A professional outfit, in accordance with the standards of the hospitality industry, is required on campus from 9h till 18h.
- Men: business suit or blazer and tie
- Ladies: business suit: skirt, trousers or dress. Length of skirts and dresses: just above the knee.

T-shirts, jeans, shorts, Bermuda shorts, bathing suits, trainers, flip flops, espadrilles, … are not allowed to attend classes, oral presentations or « special days ». Wearing a headgear is forbidden, as well as the ostentatious wearing of piercings, and for men, earrings.

Proper but casual dress is accepted on campus from 18h onwards if there are no lectures and no guests.


Most mobile phones will work in France. However, please check with your service provider beforehand, if France is a covered area.  You will be able to find pre-paid mobile phones at the newsagents.


Students at Ecole de Savignac have their own gym, located on the second floor of the halls of residence. The opening timetable is managed by the Savignac MBA students, who also offer sports activities outside the campus all year long (tennis, football, volleyball, basketball, swimming…).  Within a 20-km radius, you will find several gyms, swimming pools, clubs and associations.


- Lunch (according to your programme):
12h00 / 12h30
12h30 / 13h00
13h00 / 13h30
- Dinner : 18h30 /19h45

Outside this timetable, the cafeteria is closed for maintenance. The catering provider is Sogeres.

Living in Savignac

Useful addresses and phone numbers:
(Embassies and consulates)

Canada Embassy (Quebec included):
35, avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris

Canada Consulate (Quebec included):
10, rue Jules de Resseguier
31000 Toulouse

Embassy of South Africa:
59, Quai d’Orsay
75343 Paris

Embassy of Senegal:
14, avenue Robert Schuman
75007 Paris

Consulate of Senegal:
22, avenue de la République
33200 Bordeaux

Emergency phone numbers:
Police: 17
Firefighters: 18
SAMU: 15

Area telephone code to reach France from a foreign country:

Information on ECTS credits

Spring semester:

CoursesECTS Credits
Cross Cultural Management3
Business Strategy4
Cultural Diversity in an international environment3
Marketing and Social Media4
Luxury Hospitality1
Gastronomy and French heritage5
Wine economics focused on Bordeaux wines1
Tourism development3
Professional skills2
French language for non-native speakers
(non compulsory)

Autumn semester:

CoursesECTS Credits
Cross Cultural Management2
Controlling and Budgeting5
Hospitality Business Finance4
HR Management3
Tourism Management1.5
Luxury Hospitality1.5
Professional Project2
English culture and communication3
Second language3
French language for non-native speakers
(non compulsory)