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University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

Univ. of Bordeaux – Coursework in French

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study abroad in France at the University of Bordeaux. You will choose regular university courses in four Bordeaux universities, the Institut d’Etude Politiques, and the Institut 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, Bordeaux is a city full of art, culture, and history with extraordinary 18th-century architecture and beautiful surroundings. Situated on the banks of the Garonne River in the largest wine region in the world, Bordeaux offers easy access to great beaches and the nearby mountains. Bordeaux is an ethnically diverse city and features a lively student culture and nightlife.
If you have 4 quarters or 3 semesters of university-level French you can qualify for the Bordeaux fall or year programs by enrolling in the summer Pre-Intensive Language Program (pre-ILP), Paris.
For a glimpse into the daily life of a UCEAP Bordeaux student, check out the blog of a current participant:
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



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

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

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

Spring :  
​early or mid-January to late June

Year :  
​late August to late 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 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 UC Study Center.

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:
Bordeaux II

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

This program offers regular university courses in most UC academic majors. 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.
In addition to courses offered at the University of Bordeaux, there will 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 UC quarter units/3 semester units)
Your program begins with a 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: 3-13 UC quarter units (2-8.6 semester units)
Fall ILP: 4 UC quarter units (3 semester units)
Spring ILP: 3 UC quarter units (2 semester units) 
Semester: 18-24 UC quarter units (12-16 semester units)

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, 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, established in 1441 by Archbishop Pey Berland. Four colleges make up the University of Bordeaux and as a UCEAP student you will have access to courses at all four campuses as well as the Bordeaux Science Agro (ENITAB) and the Bordeaux Polytechnic Institute (IPB).
UCEAP students may also take courses at both the DEFLE (Département d'Etudes de Français Langue Etrangère), Bordeaux’s French language institute and the IEP (Institut d'Etudes Politiques), a political science-based institute.
  • Includes the departments of mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, and sciences of earth and sea
  •  Engaging courses in areas such as Composite Materials & Maintenance, Genetic Expression, Ecophysiology, and Microorganism Genomics
  • Bordeaux II houses the subjects of health and paramedical studies, law, economics, management, humanities, and science of technology
  • Challenging yet incredibly enriching courses such as Artificial Intelligence, British Civilization, and French Business
  • Encompasses the subjects of French, philosophy, history, geography and planning, languages, information and communication sciences, arts, history of art, and archaeology
  • Engaging courses in many areas such as Screenwriting, French Territory, Communism in Europe, and the Meaning of Learning
  • Organized into two separate faculties, one for Law and Political Science and one for Economics, Management, and AES (Economic and Social Administration)
  • Intellectually stimulating courses in subjects such as International Economic Institutions, European Union Law, and Contemporary Political Problems
  • 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
  • Also called Sciences Po Bordeaux, IEP is attached to the Montesquieu University
  • Teaches courses in a wide range of areas, such as Political Science, International Relations, Political Sociology, History, Geography, Contemporary Issues and Economics

Bordeaux Science Agro (ENITAB)

  • A specialized school at the University of Bordeaux that concentrates on the agricultural field, encompassing food, animals, and management
  • Particularly interesting for Environmental Studies students, it not only discusses the science behind agriculture and the cultivation of the environment, but also the business side of the field, preparing students for jobs in wineries, food production, and farming

The Bordeaux Polytechnic Institute (IPB)

  • 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)
  • Prepares engineering students for the business aspect of their prospective careers, lessons in language, management, project management, and human resources

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
  • For links to organizations with current offerings visit the University of Bordeaux website 
Please note- Current internship offerings may vary, you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.


Setting Up Your Internship

Additional Information

  • In order to obtain a signed internship contract with the University of Bordeaux, the field/subject of the internship must be in relation to your major.

Student Experiences

  • Be among the first to tell us about your internship abroad in Bordeaux
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 *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Pre-ILP + Fall263523.3TBDTBD
Pre-ILP + Year495335.3TBDTBD
* 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 2013-14. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2013-14 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program.  Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. 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 (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution
  • Accident and medical insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Intensive language program
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions and activities
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • 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. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details  regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.


Class Level:

Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:

- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 4 quarters / 3 semesters with a minimum language GPA of 2.85.
* The program requires a minimum of 2 years University-level French or 4 quarters/3 semesters of French and enrollment in the summer Pre-ILP.


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

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 EAP website for program-specific deadlines:

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