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UNIVERSITY MICHEL de MONTAIGNE | BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Program Term: Fall, Spring
Bordeaux is considered a very relaxed place - no one will bother you about your political beliefs, religion, or sexual orientation. The cultural, artistic, and music scenes are very vibrant: the city was ruled by the English for a long time, which is why Bordeaux seems to have an "English flair."
Bordeaux is often referred to as "Little Paris" and the rivalry between the "Bordelais" (people from Bordeaux) and "Parisiens" is a hot subject.
Bordeaux is a flat city, built on the banks of the Garonne River. It is also the largest French city by area, and geographically one of the largest in Europe.
The city center is located west and south of the Garonne. To the east are a few hills - the only ones in the vicinity. These hills mark the beginning of an industrial zone and suburbs. Because it is a flat city, bicycles make excellent modes of transportation, especially as the city has more than 580 km of bicycle lanes. Bordeaux is among the most economically dynamic cities in France.
The university also has a special Département d’Etudes de Français Langue Étrangère (DEFLE), where students can take a full course load of French as a foreign language at all levels.
If you have a high enough level of French, you can take regular classes taught in French. Options for those classes can be found here.
ACADEMIC CALENDARDue to the scheduling of Bordeaux's semester, it's better for students to go abroad for the Spring Semester or for the Academic Year.
- The Spring Semester goes from the end of January through the beginning of May.
- The Academic Year goes from the beginning of September through the beginning of May.
- This program is open to students of all class standings and all majors, who have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Some French language skills are required. Most classes require knowledge of French, and there is the option to take French language classes.
- Additionally, students must have taken classes at Kent State University for at least one semester before applying, i.e. students must have a Kent State GPA.
- Bordeaux has a once a year deadline, so you must apply by March 1 in order to be eligible to go the Fall or Spring semester of the following year.
Students register for housing with CROUS-Bordeaux and students are responsible for purchasing meals. CROUS does have cafeterias and restaurants near university housing.
COSTS & TUITION
Students pay Kent State University tuition (Resident or Non-Resident) for 12 credit hours. Housing and living costs will vary depending on the options students choose. Total estimated costs can be found in the Budget Sheet at the top of this page.
FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
Financial aid and scholarships are applicable toward this program!
View a complete listing of available scholarships.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR:Rachael Mundie
Education Abroad Advisor | Office of Global Education
firstname.lastname@example.org | 330-672-7981
If you are interested in participating in this program, you must also contact Professor Maryann DeJulio (email@example.com) concerning the nomination process and to plan your courses for your time abroad.