KEDGE Business School
formerly Bordeaux Management School
Fall / Spring Semester Exchange Program
Bordeaux's is one of France's seven main wine regions and is comprised of an ethnically diverse population. The city is now officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage sites confirming it's rich cultural and architectural heritage. It boasts one of the most beautiful ensembles in France of 18th century architecture. From the snow-covered slopes in the Pyrenees to the pavement cafés in the Place Camille Jullian or the Place de la Victoire, the streets are always lively and have a warm and festive atmosphere.
The Bordeaux area has also traditionally been known for offering a warm welcome and for enjoying life. The city has become famous down the centuries through its wines, its cooking, and also through the great works of many who have been inspired by the region. Students are attracted to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean: Lacanau, the Arcachon Basin, Biscarosse and all the Landes coast where many surfing competitions are held.
KEDGE was ranked #33 in the Financial Times 2016 European Business Schools Ranking. KEDGE is officially accredited by the American association AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and AMBA (Association of MBAs).
In 2013 BEM joined EUROMED Management to create a hybrid business school, KEDGE Business School in beautiful Bordeaux. You may see this brand throughout the marketing materials. All exchange students will attend an orientation session prior to the start of the semester. Students will have the opportunity to gain information about their term abroad.
This program is an exchange program, offering many classes in English in additional to the local language. Students will take class with local French students as well as students from all over the world earning their full degree or studying abroad at KEDGE. This is an academically rigorous program and also requires students to adjust to a new educational model. Courses typically include only a final exam / project on which the entire course grade is based. To learn more about KEDGE as an exchange student, please view their 2017-2018 Exchange Student Fact Sheet.
View the KEDGE Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies to learn how KEDGE classes transfer to USD. NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only.
Courses are offered on a different academic schedule. Students may select up to two classes per class Cycle. Each Cycle is approximately 4 weeks in length. Students are required to choose Intermediate Level courses and must receive special approval to take an Advanced Level course. Courses are offered in both English and French.
Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alana Franklin.
Grades awarded during a semester at KEDGE will transfer back to USD and applied to the student's overall GPA. Please reference the FRANCE Grading Equivalencies to understand how grades are converted. The grading system at France varies greatly from the United States, as does the method in which grades are awarded. European grades model the Bell Curve model much more closely than the U.S. educational system.
Students can live in rented apartments on or off campus. Students will pay for their housing directly to the independent provider selected.
USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. Housing is not included in the fees assessed by USD and will be paid directly to the housing provider. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.
A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, students will need to register through CampusFrance online as well as apply for a French student visa. The study abroad advisor will review this process with all admitted students during the pre-departure orientation. The French student visa application is a lengthy process which requires that students be without their passports for quite some time. As such, students are highly discouraged from making any international travel plans within 90 days of the start date of their program.
The International Student Office (ISO) organizes an orientation session for new international students. During the 3 to 4 day orientation program, the ISO team provides general and academic information. The Melting Potes association also helps exchange students with adjusting to different administrative formalities (residence permit, opening a bank account, health insurance) and plans cultural events.