University of Dole

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The University of Dole was founded in 1422 by Philip the Good of Burgundy in Dole, France, and was a leading university in western Europe, historically notable for its teaching of canon and civil law. It operated as a student run university on the Bologna model.

In 1613 the college of teachers at the University sent a formal deputy to the archdukes in Brussels, seeking to convert the University to a Magisteruniversität such as at Louvain and Douai. The archdukes issued edicts (1616-1618) with that intent, but the students would not have it, overtly repudiated the edicts, and boycotted the university.[1] It is probable that the edicts were never enforced.

In 1678 when Louis XIV conquered the region; he shifted the university from Dole to Besançon where its successor is now known as the University of Franche-Comté.

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  1. ^ Feingold, Mordechai (ed.) (2003) History of Universities Vol. XVIII/2, Oxford University Press, Oxford, p.41-42;


  • Beaune and D'Arbaumont, (1870) Les Universités de Franche-Comté: Gray, Dole, Besançon J. Marchand, Dijon HathiTrust
  • Theurot, J. (1992) "L'Université de Dole de sa fondation à son transfer à Besançon" in M. Gresset and F. Lassus (eds) Institutions et vie universitaire dans l'Europe d'hier et d'anjour d'hui. Actes du Colloque de /'Association interuniversitaire de l'Est Paris, pp. 25-44