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Univ. of Bordeaux

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study abroad in France at the University of Bordeaux. You can choose regular university courses in four Bordeaux universities, Sciences Po Bordeaux, and the Institut National Polytechnic. A wide variety of disciplines and courses are available. Most departments are in Talence, a large and green campus about 30 minutes by tram from the center of the city.
Located in the southwest of France, the city of Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage site, full of art, culture, and history with elegant 18th-century architecture and beautiful surroundings. Situated on the banks of the Garonne River in the largest wine region in the world, Bordeaux was voted best European destination in 2015.  The city offers easy access to great beaches, nearby mountains, and Spain is only 2 hours away. Bordeaux is an ethnically diverse city and features a lively student culture and nightlife.
If you have 4-5 quarters or 3 semesters of university-level French and you would like to take courses taught in French at the University of Bordeaux, you have the option to enroll in the summer Pre-Intensive Language Program (pre-ILP), Paris that takes place prior to the fall semester. 

Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction

English; French

Language Study

: Your program begins with a mandatory French intensive language program (ILP) to help develop your writing, grammar, and conversation skills and prepare you for taking French university courses. Additional French language courses may be required during the year. 


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
​mid/late August to late December

Pre-ILP + Fall :  
​mid-June to ​late December

Pre-ILP + Year :  
mid-June to early June

Spring :  
​early January to early June

Year :  
​mid/late August to early June




​You can sign up for the fall semester program and decide after you arrive to stay for the year.


​You can live in a homestay with a French family or in an apartment, either on your own or shared with a landlord. Housing is arranged by the UC Study Center and families and rentals are pre-screened. More information on housing

Extracurricular Activities

Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on UCEAP is an excellent way to meet people, improve your language skills, and integrate more fully into the community. The city of Bordeaux is alive with cultural opportunities including opera, museums, music, theater, dance, and more.
If you are interested in participating in volunteer work in Bordeaux contact France Benevolat. This is a very active association that centralizes most of the requests for volunteer opportunities in the city and they would be happy to welcome UCEAP students to participate in their events.
The university itself is host to many events and extracurricular activities that make international students feel welcome, whether it’s socials with French students, sports teams, dance programs, the university choir, or the orchestra. You may also contact the Department of Sports and Physical Activities if you want to participate in a sports team or club. Various student associations on campus are also open to international students.
Visit the following student life websites at each campus for more information on campus-specific events:
Université Bordeaux
Université Bordeaux Montaigne
Institut National Polytechnic
Bordeaux Sciences Agro
Sciences Po Bordeaux​

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local UCEAP staff in Bordeaux help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).

Course Opportunities

Courses in French

If you plan on taking courses taught in French at the University of Bordeaux, you must complete two-years of university-level French prior to departure (or 4-5 quarters/3 semesters plus the summer Pre-ILP in Paris​). Some students in the past who have less than 2 years of French have been able to take a course or two in French but this depends on the type of course and on your proficiency. Your language level will be evaluated by the Study Center during the ILP you participate in at the start of your program.

This program offers regular university courses in most UC academic majors. Most coursework is at the upper-division undergraduate level. On-site language study plus immersion in daily life in France accelerates your language acquisition and makes taking courses taught in French both feasible and rewarding.
For science majors, Bordeaux offers a unique opportunity to take courses abroad in the fields of biology, environmental studies, mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering.
The University also offers many courses in the humanities and social sciences with particular strengths in economics, political science, French literature, psychology, anthropology, art history, history, and sociology. 
Art majors will find a wide variety of courses that offer both theory and practical application opportunities.

Courses in English

If you have not taken two years of university-level French prior to departure, you can take courses taught in English at the University of Bordeaux. Please note the choice of courses taught in English is more limited than the choice of courses taught in French. 

Courses in English are available in political science, English and North American literature and civilization, economics, and selected areas in the sciences.

There will be a course offered in English at the UC Study Center on French Gastronomy. The course will provide you with an overview of how the food and wine culture became such a distinctive feature of life in France (5.0 quarter/3.3 semester UC units). 
If you have less than two years of university-level French, you will be required to enroll in a French language course. 
Your program begins with a mandatory 2-week intensive language program designed to advance your French language skills and acquaint you with French academic culture. 
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


​You will take a full-time course of study while abroad.
Summer Pre-ILP: 13 quarter units/8.6 semester UC units required; three courses
Fall ILP: 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units required; one course
Spring ILP: 3 quarter/2 semester UC units required; one course
Term: 22.5 quarter/15 semester units required per semester; usually five-six courses

Research and Independent Study

If you are interested in conducting research or an independent study, you will need to contact professors in the field you desire to work in. Past UCEAP students have engaged in special studies in a wide variety of subject areas including biology, literature, geography, history, studio art, and art history. Arrangements are typically made after arrival.

University of Bordeaux
University of Bordeaux 
The University of Bordeaux is the largest higher-education institution in southwestern France. As a UCEAP student you will have access to courses at the Université de Bordeaux, the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Sciences Po Bordeaux, as well as the Bordeaux Sciences Agro (ENITAB) and the Institut National Polytechnic (INP). You may also take courses in French culture and civilization at the DEFLE (Département d'Etudes de Français Langue Etrangère), Bordeaux’s French language institute.
Université Bordeaux Montaigne
Includes the departments of Archaeology, Arts, Art History, Geography, History, Communication, Languages and Civilizations, Classic Literature, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Urban Studies
DEFLE (Département d'Etudes de Français Langue Etrangère)
Offers classes in all levels of French, as well as French literature and civilization courses designed for foreign students
Intensive language learning and in-depth courses help students learn and perfect their French quickly
Université Bordeaux
Collège des Sciences et Techniques
Includes the departments of Environmental Biology, Health Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering, Materials Science, and Natural Sciences
Collège Sciences de la santè (Biology Department)

Collège Sciences de l’Homme
Includes the departments of Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Education Sciences, and Applied Mathematics and Social Sciences
Collège Droit, Sciences Politiques, Economie, Gestation
Includes the departments of Law, Business and Economics, AES- Economic and Social Administration
Sciences Po Bordeaux
This Political Science Institute teaches courses in a wide range of areas, such as Political Science, International Relations, Political Sociology, History, Geography, Contemporary Issues and Economics
Institut National Polytechnique (INP)
Four schools of engineering and sciences at Bordeaux: Cognitive Engineering (ENSC), Chemical, Physical, and Biological engineering (ENSCPB), Computer, Electronic, Mathematical, Mechanical, and Telecommunication Engineering (ENSEIRB-MATMECA), and Biomolecular Technological engineering (ENSTBB) 
Bordeaux Sciences Agro (ENITAB)
A specialized school at the University of Bordeaux that concentrates on the agricultural field, encompassing food, animals, and management

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


  • Service work with Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Business Administration experience with local French businesses
  • Governmental work with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
  • Research Internship in a lab 
Please note- Current internship offerings may vary, you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.


Setting Up Your Internship

  • You will need to do your own research to locate and secure an internship in Bordeaux.
  • The “Chercher un stage” can assist you with your internship search.
  • All internships are secured once you are on-site.
  • Bordeaux Study Center staff is available to help set up your internship.

Additional Information

  • Although there is no language requirement to participate on this program, a good command of French will generally be required to carry out an internship.​
  • In order to obtain a signed internship contract, the field/subject of the internship must be in relation to your major.

Student Experiences

"During my internship I worked closely with the professor to ensure that my experimentation process would be sound and successful, such an experience was extremely beneficial to my development not only as an engineer but as a critical thinker. I encountered some obstacles when composing my final report, primarily in that I had never written a technical paper in French. Yet whenever the task felt too daunting, I reminded myself that my professor mentioned that such was the essence of learning."
Philippe Videau, UCLA, Research Internship in a Biomedical Lab 

Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (passport, student visa, health clearance, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at the University of Bordeaux
  • On-site orientation
  • Intensive language program instruction
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions and activities
  • Books and other incidental expenses (e.g. laundry, cell phone, etc.)
  • Local transportation
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details on eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:

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