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International policy

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Embracing the international dimension of education and research has long been an important feature of the university’s activities.

The international strategy of Bordeaux Montaigne University is centered on the consolidation of special and durable institutional partnerships around the world.

It carries out the reinforcement of mobility for teachers and the development of a multilingual program offer, encourages mobility for administrative staff in order to develop internationalization of the different departments constituting the institution. It increases international mobility for students not only to allow an enhancement in their transversal skills – academic, linguistic and intercultural – but also to guarantee a better access to the job market in France and abroad.

Bordeaux Montaigne University is committed to participating in the construction of the European and global space for higher Education and research by articulating its international policy around priority areas:



Bordeaux Montaigne University participates in 9 double diplomas:

And 2 delocalized licenses with:


Every year, more students travel in mobility studies abroad during their curriculum, either in Europe or in the rest of the world, and come across new teaching methods, improve their international profile, acquire additional linguistic skills and develop a capacity to adapt in intercultural environment.  

Student mobility can be carried out from the second year of their Bachelor, during their Master or their Doctorate. However it is important to note that only one mobility period abroad is authorized per study cycle.

International mobility also concerns the institution staff:

  • Teachers, for an educational/research mobility (invited teachers, teachers in mobility via the Erasmus Staff Teaching Assignment (STA) program)
  • Administrative staff, for a training mobility


The Erasmus + program for higher education contributes to the realization of a European space of higher education by the pursuit of several objectives including:

  • The improvement of the quality and reinforcement of the European dimension of higher education;
  • The increase in student, teacher and administrative personal mobility;
  • The reinforcement of multilateral cooperation;
  • Transparency and recognition of acquired qualifications;
  • Internationalization of European’s higher education institutions.


The program promotes action of mobility in Europe and Internationally for students (for learning or internship), teaching corps as well as every member of higher learning institutions.

Bordeaux Montaigne University is an active participant of this program. The University is also engaged in setting up the provisions present in the Erasmus + Charter -- as it was granted to them by the European Commission for the 2014/0202 period -- as well as in its Declaration concerning the Erasmus + strategy

Principles of the 2014/2020 Charter

Bordeaux Montaigne University, drawing on its acquired experience in mobility and exchange during the two previous Erasmus programs, is in position to respect the advocated engagements of the European Commission:

  • The quality of inter-institutional agreement is the reflection of the internationalization strategy as described in the application for the procurement of the Erasmus + Charter.

The continuation or creation of bilateral agreements has several positive effects, such as: an enriched and better structured educational offer, with vocational goal; new teaching and knowledge validation methods (apprenticeship, e-formation) adapted to the evolution of our society; the increase in learners and staff mobility; the opening to international degrees diversifying the study and research paths; the backing of laboratories for the teaching-research adequacy; the mutualization of knowledge and educational methods. The online consultation of destinations in Europe and outside Europe enables to find a possibility of mobility as well as the program coordinator.


  • Criteria of selection and conditions of access

Students affected by Erasmus+ are under the responsibility of their program coordinator for the duration of the exchange mobility, in accordance with the existing regulations of the institution.

The criteria of selection will be delivered to the students during preliminary meetings for their application, as well as during meetings with the Direction des Relations Internationales. Those criteria of selection will be put forward as part of every call for application in the interests of equity, and access to Erasmus+ will be dependent on a number of conditions: motivation, academic attendance, linguistic knowledge, previous participation in an Erasmus + mobility activity, etc. 

  • Acknowledgment of mobility activities

The institution ensures the acknowledgment of the credits system since its official implementation in 2005.

The transfer of credits as part of an international mobility is organized on the template of Erasmus:

Returning from mobility, the validation of the latter will be done according to the results obtained by the student. The teachers convert the transcript of record according to the European reference chart. The module is eventually credited with a grade and the ECTS, depending on the model for the selected diploma habilitation.

L'UE est créditée d'une note et des ECTS prévus dans la maquette d'habilitation des diplômes.


  • Diploma supplement

The diploma supplement is a document standardized at the European level crafted by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. It is a document associated with a higher education diploma aiming to facilitate transparency and international readability of the provisioned information, and to facilitate the academic and professional acknowledgment of qualifications. The precise description of the university curriculum and acquired skills during the study term provides the students easier with an access to job offers, the pursuit of opportunity to pursue their studies abroad or travel to France. The diploma supplement improves employability and encourages the mobility of users looking for a fair recognition of their qualifications.


  • Rate of stipends to mobility linked with the annual financial capability granted to the institution

The rates are precised in the web pages related to the financial aid for outgoing mobility for students, teachers or staff.

All information concerning financial aid for mobility activities (ERASMUS+, Conseil Régional Nouvelle-Aquitaine, AMI)  are available on the AQUIMOB portal.  


  • Catalogue of available programs for study mobility

It is presented on the website and available to every student, staff and foreign partners.


  • People with disabilities  

Erasmus + aims to promote equity and inclusion by facilitating access to people with disabilities. Incoming and outgoing students with disabilities can be presented with a personalized follow-up service in the management of their file or daily activities, by going to the Pôle Handicap (Disabilities Pole) of the institution. If a disabled student wants to take part in a mobility activity, the preparation of this specific instance is the object of a concertation between the Direction des Relations Internationales, the Pole Handicap, the referent teacher, the co-signor of the agreement and the dedicated institutional partners, prior to the departure. 

Institutional Coordinator:  Kim Sang ONG-VAN-CUNG, VP delegated to International Relations

Erasmus + Program Manager: Irina SIMION, Director of the International Relation office (DRI)


During the 17th general assembly of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie which took place in Marrakech in May 2017, Hélène Velasco-Graciet was elected as a Board Member. As part of this new 4 years mandate, Bordeaux Montaigne University’s President is committed to work towards a New Francophone University Space:

«La Francophonie bears values to which our community is deeply attached, […] today it goes together with multilingualism and cultural diversity and constructs a space where new work methods and ways to exchange men and women, knowledge and goods are invented. Encouraging and supporting the study of French abroad is promoting student mobility, for students we welcome from the French-speaking world as well as for students who leave Bordeaux Montaigne to discover the whole wide world. Thus we take part to the construction of a world where difference is a wealth.”

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