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  • Locations: Bordeaux, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Language of Instruction: English, French
Language Prerequisite: No Fields of Study: Business, Finance, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management, Marketing
Housing Options: Independent Housing Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

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Kedge Business School


Program Snapshot

Western Washington University became partners with Bordeaux Management School (BEM) in 2005. In 2013, BEM merged with Euromed Management to become KEDGE Business School. KEDGE positions itself as a multi-specialist management school, drawing on expertise with high added value for all of its stakeholders, particularly students, alumni and partner companies.

KEDGE has three Centers of Excellence in Marketing, the Supply Chain and Corporate Social Responsibility with five areas of Expertise: Wine & Spirits, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Health Management, Finance Reconsidered and Creative Industries & Culture. Coordination between advanced academic and applied Research, Initial Training and Executive Education courses and partnerships with companies and organizations boost KEDGE's influence on managerial practices in these areas.
At KEDGE Business School-Bordeaux Campus, incoming students coming from partner institutions will take classes within the KEDGE Bachelor program or the Master in Management. The program they will be accepted in depends on their level during the Study abroad period.


“Each man calls barbarism what is not his own practice for indeed it seems we have no other test of truth and reason than the example and pattern of the opinions and customs of the country we live in.” – Michel de Montaigne, French essayist (1533 – 1592), Mayor of Bordeaux (1581 – 1585)

Bordeaux – Study in one of France's most historic cities, Bordeaux, which dates back to the 3rd century BC. Located in the southern part of France, it is one of the nation's richest cities due to wine exports. Bordeaux has an exceptional location between the Atlantic Ocean, Pyrenees, and Auvergne Mountains. The city is well-known for its magnificent Gothic cathedrals and 18th century mansions. In addition, St. Michel's Church and its bell towers are historical landmarks from the 15th century that are still intact today. Home to more than 200,000 residents, Bordeaux is proud of its ethnically diverse population and lively university community.

Marseille – Marseille is an exciting, multicultural port city with a history that dates back to the 600’s. With a population of over 852,000, it is the second largest city in France after Paris and the France’s largest city on the Mediterranean coast. It is also the sunniest city in France. Whether you are interested in hiking, eating, art, or history, Marseille has activities for you.

Academic Program and Courses

KEDGE Business School offers 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year business programs in English and in French. Students can study abroad for a single semester or an academic year. Most programs are offered either at the Bordeaux campus or the Marseille campus.
2nd Year Students Bordeaux Campus Marseille Campus
  Fall Spring Fall Spring
KEDGE Bachelor English or French English Only English Only English Only
International BBA N/A English or French
3rd Year Students Bordeaux Campus Marseille Campus
  Fall Spring Fall Spring
Masters in Management (intermediate) English or French N/A
International BBA N/A English or French
4th Year Students Bordeaux Campus Marseille Campus
  Fall Spring Fall Spring
Masters in Management (Intermediate) English or French N/A
Masters in Management (Advanced) English or French English or French
International BBA N/A English or French
KEDGE Bachelor - If you are an undergraduate exchange student in your 2nd year of Bachelor Degree, you can apply for this program.
The courses offered are fundamentals in Business and Management designed to develop your professional, operational and international skills and reach excellence in your future professional activity.

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters in which the students can select their courses.

The Fall Semester (Semester 3) is taught either in English or in French whereas the Spring Semester (Semester 4) is fully taught in English.
Each management course is worth 5 ECTS and represents 30 contact hours.
International BBA – If you are Undergraduate student in Bachelor Degree, you are eligible to take courses in the International BBA (IBBA) Program.
This program has a strong global scope. Applying for this program, you will get a punchy CV with an international and multicultural-oriented profile that matches with the fast-growing global market.

In addition to the International BBA courses, students may also be able to take courses from the KEDGE Bachelor program, and mix courses from both programs, according to their level.

French language courses are available at different levels during the Fall and the Spring semesters.
The semester is composed of 6 courses (30 contact hours per courses) that worth 5 ECTS credits each.
Masters in Management – The Program Grande Ecole ("Master in Management") is, of course, a Master level program, but it is also opened to undergraduate students in their 3rd and 4th year. This is the program most commonly taken by Western students.
The program is divided into 8 cycles of 4 weeks each, the first cycle starts in September and the last cycle ends early June. For each cycle, you have the possibility to choose either 0, 1 or 2 courses. One course represents 30 contact hours and is worth 5 ECTS. Fall semester ends in January, but students wanting to return early can complete the first three cycles and return by the end of December.  
Credits & the European Grading System

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is the system used throughout Europe for the assessment of academic achievement. The general application of this system is part of the Bologna process.

60 ECTS credits represent the workload of a year of study (30 credits per semester). Credits are awarded when the courses and all required examinations have been successfully completed. ECTS credits convert to quarter credits using the following formula: ECTS x .75 = Quarter Credits.


Students studying at KEDGE generally live in an apartment in town. KEDGE maintains a website to assist students in finding housing. Students should budget 400-750 euros per month.
Please note that students will be required to purchase Housing Insurance

Program Cost

Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees.  For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.

Cost Estimates

Please note that France uses the Euro as it is the common currency of the European Union.
  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): USD ~$2,750 per quarter
  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): USD ~$3,940
  • Housing: 400 – 750 euro/month
  • Meals: 300 euro/month
  • Books & Supplies: KEDGE Business School does not use textbooks. You can find most of your textbooks online through Cyberlibris.  
  • Insurance: USD ~$250 – $750
  • Visa: USD ~500 (including cost of travel to San Francisco)
  • Personal Expenses: USD ~$3000 per semester
  • Airfare: $800 - $1,300

How to Apply

Step 1: Interview and Nomination

You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to KEDGE Business School. Here is the nomination process:
  1. Create one EdAbroad application  
    • Complete the following four items in the Pre-Decision Section:
    • Sign the Read & Sign forms
    • Pay the application fee
    • Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
    • Submit a completed Recommendation.
There are two other items in the Pre-Decision Section, but students can complete them either before or after the interview. 
  1. Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.
Deadline for Submitting Nomination material  
  • Fall Semester: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
  • Spring Semester: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  1. Once the student has come in for an interview, the status in their EdAbroad application will be changed to "Interviewed".
Step 2: Accept the Nomination

The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed. Note that different host sites have different nomination and application deadlines. The timeline of the host site’s application process strongly influences the order in which the EdAbroad office processes student applications.  
The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
In order to accept the nomination, students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.

Once nominated students have submitted their signed and initialed nomination letter, their EdAbroad Application status will be updated to "Accepted". When a student's application status is changed from "Interviewed" to "Accepted", the remainder of the EdAbroad application material will become available for review and completion.
Step 3: The EdAbroad office submits your nomination to KEDGE

The EdAbroad office must formally nominate you to KEDGE. When submitting your nomination, the EdAbroad office will need to know the following information:
  • Nationality
  • Date of Birth
  • Academic Level (while abroad)
  • Campus
  • Program
The deadlines for submitting your nominations are:
  • Fall/Academic Year: April 15
  • Spring Semester: September 15
Step 4: Submit your KEDGE Application
Once nominated, students will automatically receive an email with instructions on how to access the application form and the link to our online application:  
Students can prepare ahead of time the documents they will have to upload on the online application. They will need to upload the following:  
  • Copy of passport
  • Official university transcripts
  • Students wanting to take courses taught in French (non-native French speakers only): document (or letter from the home institution) stating that the student has a minimum a B2 level according to the European Common Framework of Reference.
Application deadlines
  • Fall/Academic Year: May 15
  • Spring Semester: October 15
Step 5: Acceptance Letter and Applying for your Visa
Students should be aware that the Visa application process is lengthy and complicated. Students are advised to educate themselves thoroughly. In short, students will need to do the following:
  1. Start the application process by applying through Campus France. Students will need their Acceptance Letter from KEDGE in order to complete their Campus France applications.
  2. Request a student visa at your assigned French consulate
  3. You must schedule an in-person appointment at your assigned Visa Processing Center
    1. Note that during peak activity times, especially in the summer, available appointment slots fill up very quickly
    2. You will want to make your appointment for at least 2-3 weeks prior to your anticipated departure date to allow time for the French Consulate to process your visa request
Additional Information
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Program Ratings:
Academic Experience:
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Housing Experience:
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Cultural Immersion:
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Program Administration:
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Overall Experience:
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This program is currently not accepting applications.