Located in the southwestern city of Nantes, exchange students at Audencia Business School offers an extensive catalog of courses taught in English and French, which means students will be able to take advantage of their outstanding educational quality and experienced professors while experiencing life in the port city.
All SDSU students must enroll in at least 24 ECTS (European credits) to be considered full-time while studying abroad. Typically, a maximum of 30 ECTS (15 units) may be taken. 2 ECTS are equivalent to 1 SDSU semester unit.
Refer to the List of Available Courses on the Audencia website for a comprehensive course list for the two programs below. Note that the list may be subject to change.
Audencia Grand Ecole Major/Specialization Courses (Fowler College of Business students only)
Fowler College of Business students select one track and enroll in ALL relevant courses within that track: Marketing, Cultural Institutions and Consulting
Students may also take Communication and Media courses at Audencia SciencesCom
Students may also take a French language class, which is recommended. French as a Foreign Language is a class available to International Students and is worth 3 ECTS (1.5 SDSU semester units).
While no French is required for students who plan on following the English track coursework, at least one semester of French is strongly recommended before departure to help you acclimate into life in France.
French language courses are offered to exchange students, but the focus at this campus is not on Language & Culture classes, but rather following courses in the well-prepared academic tracks. Students typically must have completed French 301 to take courses taught in French.
The general dates for the program are:
Fall semester: End of September – end of December
Spring semester: Early January – end of May
Academic year: End of September- end of May
Housing and Meals
On-campus housing is not available to students, however, Audencia provides a website for students to use as a resource once they have been nominated by SDSU. Another resource is the Audencia housing blog, which offers useful information about housing.
Insurance Requirement All SDSU students are required by the Chancellor's office to be enrolled in the CSU Foreign Traveler Insurance Program (CSU FTIP) for their program abroad. The insurance charge which will appear on the student's account services billing. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure. For more information on costs, refer to the website.
Students under the age of 28 are also required to register with French national health insurance or social security in order to see a doctor or obtain medication while in France. The cost for the French national health insurance is approximately 217 euros for the university year.
Passport and Visa
You must have a valid passport to participate on an exchange program. Your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least 6 months past the program end date to be eligible to receive a student visa.
Exchange students are required to obtain a French student visa to study in France. Visit the website for the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles to get information about visa requirements for France. Students will receive more information on the French student visa process once they have been nominated for the program. If you hold a passport from a country other than the U.S., be sure to understand what you will need for entry pertaining to your citizenship at the time of participation.
Please note, if you plan to travel to other countries during your stay in France, be sure you are aware of the requirements for entry. Visit the Department of State for more details for each country.