Besançon, “La Maison natale de Victor Hugo“, or the birthplace of the writer Victor Hugo, is cradled in a loop of the River Doubs to form a naturally strategic position. Occupied since Roman times, Besançon has recently been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. The historic center dates from the Renaissance, whilst the city walls link Fort Griffon (1595), and the 27 acre Citadel of Besançon (1668-1711) to form one of the Fortifications of Vauban, built to protect France from invasion. InterNations, the social platform for expatriates living in Besançon or elsewhere, is a global network of registered members with professional standing in multinational companies and similar organizations who share a desire to socialize and network with fellow expats living in cities throughout the world. Expats living in Besançon are welcome to join InterNations in order to communicate with fellow expatriates and organize activities and social events in Besançon and the Franche-Comté region.
Moving to Besançon from your home city takes planning and can be a stressful experience. The friendly expat members of the InterNations network have been through the same process, some having gone through several relocations as part of their work, and if advice is needed the online forums and discussion groups on the InterNations website may answer your questions. As an expatriate moving to Besançon, you can use the platform to find expats in northern France who can give more specific information. And for more general queries, the InterNations‘ Expat Magazine has many articles covering a wide range of topics, providing the information you need. Networking on the InterNations website to find fellow expats in the local area is recommended even before you begin the relocation process to give advice before your arrival in Besançon and during the settling in period. It helps to have contacts in a new country already set up before you arrive!
The expat community in Besançon will mostly be composed of high-flying individuals working in the microtechnology industries, which include telecommunications and biotechnology. Besançon is the center of these technologies in France and attracts a cosmopolitan mix of both French and foreign workers in this field. The Université de Franche-Comté is based in Besançon, with a leading linguistics department, so the expatriate community will be truly international! Socializing in Besançon with like-minded individuals and their families is not hard and the city has much to offer. There are many museums and the fortifications are worth exploring. Sports fans can watch football, handball and basketball teams in the city, and being at the foot of the Jura mountains, Besançon has many walking trails to enjoy.