KEDGE Business School: Bordeaux

Undergraduate Global Immersion in France

Fall semester: mid September to mid December

Spring semester: early January to early June, depending on sequences selected*

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process. Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

*Spring semester students choose to attend a minimum of five out of the six possible sequences to meet academic requirements, so spring semester start and end date may vary.

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux Campus

Bordeaux Campus

Students at KEDGE

Students at KEDGE





This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or French) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Location details

Bordeaux is a lovely city near the Bay of Biscay along the shores of the Garonne river. While many know the name for the wine, Carlson students know that it is also an enchanting French city ripe with 18th century architecture, a cosmopolitan city life, and the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the global business environment. Bordeaux is one hour from Dune du Pyla, a beach situated at the entrance of the Bay of Arcachon which boasts the largest sand formation in Europe.

KEDGE Business School, founded in 1874, provides top quality instruction in the fields of business and management in a rich global context with 20% of all students coming from abroad. KEDGE has been ranked as one of the top business and management programs in France and endeavors to meet students’ needs by developing their skills and competencies to meet the challenges of business today and tomorrow. KEDGE's vocation has always been to transmit the technical capacities, human values, and skills of principled leadership to ensure future success. Global responsibility means more than simply creating shareholder value, and studying at KEDGE Business School in Bordeaux teaches firsthand the vital importance of cross-cultural fluency in international business.

Exchange students study at KEDGE Campus 1 & 2 located in Talence, a close suburb of Bordeaux. It will take students 20-35 minutes to go from downtown Bordeaux to the school via public transportation.

Exchange students arrange their housing, selecting from several housing options in Bordeaux. Locations range from "Domofrance" residences adjacent to campus in Talence or private residences in downtown Bordeaux commuting 30 minutes by public transportation. KEDGE will provide students with information on securing housing in Bordeaux and reserving housing early is encouraged in order to meet preferences.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for exchange students. Students maintain a full-time enrollment of 24 ECTS credits in fall or 30 ECTS credits in the spring to meet minimum requirements.

Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.

Carlson School students studying at KEDGE will be enrolled in the Master of Science in Management track. The semester is divided into 4–6 blocks worth 4 ECTS credits each. Each block is 3 weeks in length, with an exam at the end of each block. French language courses are offered in the same sequences and business courses can be taken in either English or French. A sample of subjects available include:

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Strategic Management
  • Operations Management
  • Information Systems
  • Human Resources
  • Management

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1100
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)$200
Books and Materials$200
Room and/or Board$6000
Essential Daily Living Expenses$2500
Miscellaneous $500
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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