Université de Bretagne Occidentale

UBO is a medium-sized university (around 20,000 students) founded in 1971, offering a wide range of programmes in all fields. It is a member of the Université Bretagne Loire (UBL), a regional coordination structure for higher education. The Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO) is located in Brest, in Brittany, on the north-western coast of France. It is a multicampus university, with the main site in Brest and satellite campuses in Quimper and Morlaix. Brest is an hour from Paris by air, or four hours by train. IUEM is a leading centre for Marine Science innovation though its research, teaching and environmental monitoring missions. Its strong multidisciplinary approach spans from research in Human and Social Sciences to the Sciences of the Universe and Life Sciences, putting IUEM at the top of its field nationally. IUEM is situated in the Brest Technopole (Technology Centre), where it unites over half of the French scientific community working in the Marine Sciences.

Classes are organized at the European Institute for Marine Studies (Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, IUEM, https://www-iuem.univ-brest.fr/). This campus is not located at Brest city, but in the neighboring town – Plouzané – located approximately 10 km from Brest.

Accommodation is possible within Cité International Nelson Mandela, in the newly revitalized Plateau des capucins area in Brest. The Cité offers high quality accommodations for 467,50 € per month. It is serviced by the tramway and cable car, and public transportation (http://www.bibus.fr/) to IUEM from the Cité take 25-30 mn (Tram to Fort Monbarey station and then Bus#13 to De Rochon ou Piccard). .

It is also possible to find accommodation within the private sector. Rental prices in Brest are 7.64€/m2 (compared to 25€/m2 in Paris).

Living Costs:

- The average budget for a student in Brest is 679€/month
- Annual public transport pass: from 200€/year
- Bus ticket to any destination in Finistère: 2€
- Annual sports card: 30€/year
- Meal at the university restaurant: 3.25€

  • Access to a free student medical center
  • Access to 13 libraries holding 437 000 volumes in their collections. Some libraries remain open until 10 pm. The La Pérouse Library, located next to IUEM, specializes on marine related documents (http://wwz.ifremer.fr/blp/).
  • Student associations offer an array of social and cultural experiences https://www.univ-brest.fr/menu/Vie+du+Campus/Associations-etudiantes/
  • International students associations are involved in welcoming Erasmus+ and international students 
  • An array of events are organized every year by both UBO and the city council to welcome international students, such as a boat tour, a welcome cocktail, the international students night…
  • Students have unlimited access to sports facilities and classes ranging from football to climbing (30€/year, plus an additional 20€ for outdoor nautical activities) - https://www.univ-brest.fr/suaps/
Language Opportunities:

Graduate students enrolled at UBO have access to:

It is also possible for UBO students to prepare and take official language certifications (TOEIC, DELF, etc.)


All UBO students benefit from the services offered by the International Mobility Center (CMI) specially with regards to administrative procedures towards visa delivery. They also have a reception/information desk at the Cité Internationale des Capucins.

It is also possible for UBO students to come pick up international students at the airport or railway station and drive them to their accommodation. see: https://mobilite-brest.ueb.eu/en

Courses at UBO use different modes of examination such as written exams, assignements, and oral examinations. Morevoer, courses may use continuous evaluations during the semester (quizzes, take homes, etc). Every year the Commision de la Formation et de la Vie Universitaire (CFVU, https://www.univ-brest.fr/deve/menu/CFVU/Presentation-de-la-CFVU) define the modes of evaluation for each course. The modes can differ from one course to the other and are valid for one year. Exams are graded on 20, 10 corresponds to a pass, 12 to sufficient, 14 to good, 16 to very good and 18 to excellent.

The general principles and rules regarding all exams at UBO are described here : https://www.univ-brest.fr/digitalAssets/54/54129_20150623_Guide_Examens_... (French).

Students can receive a failing grade, or can even be expelled and excluded from all public higher learning institutions for plagiarism (https://www.univ-brest.fr/digitalAssets/54/54137_Charte_Anti-Plagiat.pdf).