The University of Bordeaux

The University of Bordeaux is one of the European partner universities of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2, which provides support to the individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to apply for a study, research or teaching period.

Academic requirements

  • Undergraduate degree : the applicants have to accomplish at least 2 academic years before starting the mobility. Undergraduate applicants can apply only for an exchange mobility of one academic year (except of TG3).

  • Master’s degree : the applicants have to accomplish the Undergraduate degree before starting their mobility period. The students can apply for an exchange mobility (one semester or one academic year) or a degree seeking mobility (two academic years).

  • PhD, Post-Doctoral and Staff mobilities : The PhD, Post-Doctoral and Staff applicants can ask for a mobility period of a minimum of one month (staff applicants) / ten months (Post-Doctoral applicants) up to 3 years (PhD applicants). These applicants are advised before applying :

    • to contact the relevant research unit (laboratory) with an extended scheduled research, teaching and/or administrative activity plan, and a CV, in order to present the research project and to find a supervisor likely to collaborate in the future mobility activities.

    • when the applicant obtains a confirmation from the research unit (laboratory), he/she has to contact the International Office in order to establish the Support letter (mandatory document for the application).             

Language requirements 

Most of our Undergraduate, Master and Doctorate training programs are delivered in French. The Erasmus Mundus grantees are strongly advised to have a minimum knowledge of the French language (B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Each faculty and training program has their own language requirements.

Calendar for academic year

In general the academic year starts at the beginning of September and finishes by the end of June but the planning of each training program can vary (you can check the academic calendar on the respective  website of the faculty). It is strongly recommended to arrive in Bordeaux at least two weeks before the beginning of the courses (mid-August to follow the French language intensive courses).

Student facilities

French courses

The International Office of the University of Bordeaux (“la Direction des relations internationales”) actively sustains the learning and improving of French language. The French intensive courses two weeks in late August and the regular French courses (twice a week during the academic year) are organized for all Erasmus Mundus grantees. These courses are free of charge.


The International Office of the University of Bordeaux provides an assistance in seeking an accommodation in the student halls of residence for the Erasmus Mundus grantees. The selected grantees receive the necessary information at the same time as the Invitation letter.

Visa and formalities before to your arrival

The International Relations’ Office of the University of Bordeaux provides the assistance for grantees to obtain a visa before the arrival and their resident card at their arrival in Bordeaux.