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KEDGE Business School: Bordeaux & Marseille

Graduate 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 2020:

September - December

Including orientation days & examinations

For exact calendar, please refer to the Programme Annex document on the KEDGE website. The term dates for the Marseille and the Bordeaux campus and programs differ


Spring Semester 2021:

January - Late May

Including orientation days & examinations

For exact calendar, please refer to the Programme Annex document on the KEDGE website.  The term dates for the Marseille and the Bordeaux campus and programs differ

The Carlson School of Management has cancelled all exchange programs in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 due to COVID 19. Applications for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 will open in October 2020. The priority deadline to apply for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 is February 1st, 2021 at noon.  

Marseille campus
Bordeaux Campus
Marseille campus
Bordeaux Campus

Program Details

    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

    If you are accepted into the exchange program at KEDGE, you will have the opportunity to study at KEDGE campuses in either Marseille or Bordeaux. 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. On the Marseille campus, there are two separate campuses: Luminy and La Joliette. Luminy is in the Calanques National Park, surrounded by modern architecture in a natural environment. It is 20 minutes from the city centre by bus and only a few kilometres from Cassis, a Mediterranean fishing port with beaches, cliffs, and a harbor. The Joliette campus is located in the city centre in the la Joliette business district. 

    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.

    • The Carlson Global Institute strongly encourages students to live in the on-campus housing options as those are affiliated with and vetted by the partner institutions.
    • Students who decide to not live in the on-campus housing and chose to live off-campus are strongly encouraged to secure housing before arriving in France through the housing resources shared by KEDGE.
    • Students should check the host university website and fact sheet for specific accommodations information including on-campus and off-campus options, application process and deadline, and cost information.

    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 recommended 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 (especially 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
    • Currently enrolled in a Carlson Full-time MBA, Part-time, MBA or M.A-HRIR program
    • 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


    • 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 required by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute will not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs and are not visa experts.
    • 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.

    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 2021 and Spring 2022 is February 1, 2021 at noon. Applications will open during the Fall 2020 semester. 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.

    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)

Expenses are based on a 5 month semester. 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.​

The below cost table includes estimated expenses based on a full semester (approximately 15 weeks). Accepted students may contact the CGI office to receive a Study Abroad Cost Estimate (SACE) form reflecting partial semester costs.

Estimated Expenses 2020-2021
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account) UMN Per-credit (varies by credit load and UMN degree program)
Airfare (to and from program site) $1,300
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization) $220
Books and Materials $200
Accommodations & Meals $5,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $9,220 + tuition costs


Grade & Credit Conversion Chart
Academic term(s)
Semester Exchange
Partial Semester
Degree level
Full-time MBA
Masters HRIR
Part-time MBA