Organize your stay - Bordeaux Montaigne University v1.2

Organize your stay

  1. You will find all the information you need for your stay in our international student guide.
  2. To apply for accommodation in university housing, please refer to the CROUS website.

    Please be aware that applying to university housing with the CROUS does not automatically guarantee that you will be allocated a place.

  3. Please refer to our accommodation guide to find out more information on other housing options in Bordeaux.
  4. Health: in France, check out the CampusFrance website.
Learning agreement

One Unit of Education (UE) is generally comprised of ECUEs (élément constitutif d'UE, constitutive element of UE).
Those ECUE may be lectures, training courses or seminars.

Exchange students choose classes in accordance to their learning agreement (ERASMUS+) or to the expectations of their home university (Convention outside of Europe, Quebec excluded), in the available courses catalogue, only in the Licence and/or Master tabs.

Please note that some of those classes are not available or are subject to restrictions for exchange students: check the list here.

Classes are mostly taught in French. You can find here the list of classes taught in foreign language (English, Spanish, and Portuguese).

At least 50% of classes listed in your learning agreement, defined in accordance with your supervising teacher, should match the area of study agreed upon in the agreement signed by both institutions.

Depending on your institution and area of study, you can find the name of your Coordinator here: Erasmus+ / Conventions. They will be your pedagogical referent throughout your stay. Feel free to contact them for all questions related to your choice of classes.

You must schedule an appointment with your coordinator as soon as classes start, for the validation of your learning agreement.

Please note: In case you need to have this document signed before your stay (Part One/Before the mobility), the request must be made before the 31st of May (if you’re arriving in September) or before the 15th of November (if you’re arriving in January) by your university of origin to incomingstudents @ (incomingstudents @ It will be submitted for validation to your departmental Coordinator.

The total number of ECTS credits that you need to earn during your mobility is set by your university of origin.

Please note: research work, Master's thesis and doctoral research "internships” do not earn ECTS credit.

Evaluation and gradation

You will be evaluated during the whole semester by every teacher who will have defined the evaluations modality at the start of the first class. There won’t be a need to participate to the final exams of the semester (January, April or June).

Conversion table:




Grade Ects




18 - 20

Très Honorable avec Felicitations du Jury (Highly Honorable with Praise)


Relatively rare








16 - 17.99

Très Bien (Very Good - Highest Honors)




14 - 15.99

Bien (Good - High Honors)




12 - 13.99

Assez Bien (Quite Good - Honors)




10 - 11.99

Passable (Satisfactory)




8 - 9.99

Échec (Fail)


Passable as long as the overall average of grades remains above 10


Pas d’ECTS


0 - 7.99

Échec (Fail)



The French university grading system is based on grades from 0 to 20
A grade between 10 and 20 means passing and the student will earn the corresponding ECTS Credits.
A grade below 10 means failing.
Please note: A grade of 16 or above is generally very difficult to obtain.
"ABI" or "Absent" means that the student did not sit the exam, and therefore will not earn any ECTS Credits.
"Assidu(e)" means the student did not sit the exam but participated in tutorial classes, lectures or seminars. The student will NOT earn any ECTS Credits.


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2. Organize your stay
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