Bordeaux is a lovely city near the Bay of Biscay along the shores of the Garonne river. While many know the name for the wine, Carlson students know that it is also an enchanting French city ripe with 18th century architecture, a cosmopolitan city life, and the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the global business environment. Bordeaux is one hour from Dune du Pyla, a beach situated at the entrance of the Bay of Arcachon which boasts the largest sand formation in Europe.
BEM Management School (BEM), founded in 1874, provides top quality instruction in the fields of business and management in a rich global context with 20% of all students coming from abroad. BEM has been ranked as one of the top business and management programs in France and endeavors to meet students’ needs by developing their skills and competencies to meet the challenges of business today and tomorrow. BEM’s vocation has always been to transmit the technical capacities, human values, and skills of principled leadership to ensure future success. Global responsibility means more than simply creating shareholder value, and studying at BEM Bordeaux teaches firsthand the vital importance of cross-cultural fluency in international business.
Exchange students study at BEM Campus 1 & 2 located in Talence, a close suburb of Bordeaux. It will take students 20-35 minutes to go from downtown Bordeaux to the school via public transportation.
Fall semester: September to December
Spring semester: January to June, depending on sequences selected*
When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.
*Spring semester students choose to attend a minimum of five out of the six possible sequences to meet academic requirements, so spring semester start and end date may vary.
Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester at BEM. Students maintain a full-time enrollment of 24 ECTS credits in fall or 30 ECTS credits in the spring to meet minimum requirements.
Carlson School students studying at BEM will be enrolled in the Master of Science in Management track. The semester is divided into 4–6 blocks worth 4 ECTS credits each. Each block is 3 weeks in length, with an exam at the end of each block. French language courses are offered in the same sequences and business courses can be taken in either English or French. A sample of subjects available include:
For more information, visit BEM Management School.
These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.
|Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*)||$2,500|
|Transportation (to and from program site)||$1,100|
|Documentation** (passport, visa, immunization)||$573|
|Books and Materials||$200|
|Room and/or Board||$6,000|
|Essential Daily Living Expenses||$1,700|
*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.
**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.
To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:
The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.
Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies.
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