Organize your stay - Bordeaux Montaigne University v1.2

Organize your stay

  1. All the necessary information about your stay are available in our international student guide.
  2. Concerning applications for accommodation in university residences, consult the CROUS website.

Applying to a university residence with the CROUS does not guarantee to be attributed a spot.

  1. Check out our accommodation guide for more information concerning other housing possibilities in Bordeaux.
  2. 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 the classes corresponding to their learning agreement (ERASMUS+) or to the expectations of their universities (Convention outside of Europe, Quebec excluded), in the available formation catalogue, only in the Licence and/or Master tabs.

Warning: some of those classes are not available (or subjected to restrictions) for students in mobility: check the list here.

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

At least 50% of the mentioned classes in the learning agreement, established with your supervising teacher, must correspond to the domain of study decided upon in the agreement signed by both institutions.

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

You must make an appointment with that person as soon as classes start, for the validation of your learning agreement.

NB: In case you must have this document signed before the stay (Part One/Before the mobility), the request must be done 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 transmitted for validation to your departmental Coordinator.

The total number of ECTS credits that you have to accumulate during your mobility is decided by your university of origin.

Warning: research work, Master's thesis, research "internships” in doctorate do not give 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 mark system is based on notation from 0 to 20
A mark between 10 and 20 is passing and the student obtains the corresponding ECTS Credits.
A mark below 10, is failing.
Attention: A mark 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 obtain 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 obtain any ECTS Credits.


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