KEDGE Business School: Bordeaux & Marseille

Undergraduate Global Immersion in France

Program Dates: 

The academic calendar at KEDGE will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.

Fall Semester 2015:

Septemeber 7 - Decemeber 18

Spring Semester 2016:

January 7 - May 13

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux Campus

Bordeaux Campus

Students at KEDGE

Students at KEDGE





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.


Bordeaux Campus:

  • Off-campus housing available to exchange students
  • Housing application link it sent to all accepted incoming exchange students
  • Exchange students are able to select from several housing options in Bordeaux and it is strongly recommendd to book accommodations before arrival
  • The student association "Melting Potes" often assist exchange students with obtaining accommodations

Marseille Campus:

  • On-campus and off-campus housing available to exchange students
  • Spaces in on-campus residences is very limited (espeically in the Fall semester) and is not guaranteed to all that apply
  • Many international students chose to live off-campus due to limited availability on-campus
  • The International office provides assistance in finding off-campus accommodation.


Academics and credits

  • Students on exchange programs take a full semester courseload at their host university (13-18 UMN credits/semester).
  • Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcript.
  • Business courses taught in English and French are available to exchange students.
  • KEDGE also offers French Language courses both semesters for exchange students. 
  • 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.
  • For information about specific courses available to exchange students please meet with an adviser.


  • No host country language skills required
  • UMN student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • Preference is given to Carlson School of Management students
  • Preferred 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

Visa and Passport

  • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
  • All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if requried by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute does not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs
  • The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well
  • Visa and passport requirements are always subject to change by the host country and students are expected to check with the consulate for up-to-date information

What is a Business Exchange Program?

  • Successful exchange students demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and services will be different from a US university
  • You are enrolled as an exchange student at a host university and take business courses in English
  • You take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
  • You attend the host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
  • A small group of Carlson students are selected to study at each partner university per semester and are fully immersed in another country, culture, and education system
  • You will work closely with both Carlson School advisers and advisers from the host university for support pre-departure and during your semester abroad

Application and Admissions

To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on 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 2016 and Spring 2017 is February 1, 2016. Applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will open on September 8th, 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.  Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.  

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Scholarships" for more information.

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 host country consulate.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2015-2016
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7,029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2,500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1,300
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)$200
Books and Materials$200
Room and/or Board$5,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses$2,500
Miscellaneous $500
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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