Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in France and choose from a selection of regular university courses taught in English at the University of Bordeaux and Sciences Po Bordeaux. 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.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
: Your program begins with a mandatory French intensive language program (ILP) to help develop your writing, grammar, and conversation skills. Additional French study is required during the year.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid/late August to late December
early January to early June
mid/late August to early June
You can live in a homestay with a French family or in an apartment, either on your own or shared with a landlord or other UC students, international students, or French students. If you opt to live in an apartment you can choose from a list of rentals pre-screened by the Study Center. More information on housing
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.
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.
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).
At the University of Bordeaux courses taught in English are available in political science, English and North American literature and civilization, economics, and selected areas in the sciences. All coursework is at the upper-division undergraduate level.
In addition to courses offered at the University of Bordeaux, there will also be a course offered in English at the UC Study Center on French Gastronomy. The course will provide students with an overview of how the food and wine culture became such a distinctive feature of life in France. (4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units)
You are required to take a French language course on this program.
Your program begins with a mandatory 2-week intensive language program that is also designed to 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.
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; usually five-six courses
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
If you are interested in conducting research or a special 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, geography, history, studio art, and art history. Arrangements are typically made after arrival.
Opportunities to do internships in English are very rare. If you are interested in doing an internship you need to discuss your options with the study center upon arrival however it may not be possible to find an internship in your area of study that is conducted in English.
Université Bordeaux Montaigne
Includes the departments of Archaeology, Arts, Art History, Geography, History, Communication, Languages and Civilizations, Classic Literature, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Urban StudiesDEFLE (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.
Collège des Sciences et Techniques
Includes the departments of Environmental Biology, Health Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering, Materials Science, and Natural SciencesCollège Sciences de la santè(
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 Polytechnic (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)
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.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
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.
- All pre-departure expenses (health clearance, passport, visa etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at the University of Bordeaux
- On-site Orientation
- Intensive language program instruction
- Room and board
- Books and other incidentals (laundry, telephone, etc.)
- Program excursions and cultural activities
- Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 5 quarters / 3 semesters.
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
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: