Student exchange mobility for the Fall semester 2020-2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected international mobility dramatically, generating much uncertainty as regards the ability of individuals to travel and our capacity, as a higher education institution, to offer a learning environment of the highest standards.

  • 09/06/2020

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Following the recommendations of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the University of Bordeaux is working hard to best prepare for the new academic year. Restrictions on large gatherings, which will probably be maintained, require adjustments in teaching and it is likely that many courses will be delivered through online or hybrid learning formats, at least for the Fall semester. 

Looking ahead, we have one goal in mind: ensuring a satisfactory learning experience for all our students and maintaining the quality of our teaching offer.

Joanne Pagèze — Vice president for internationalization

 Outbound credit mobility

  • In light of the above, the University of Bordeaux regrets to announce that all physical outbound mobility outside of Europe for the Fall Semester 2020-2021 is cancelled. We will be working closely with all our partners to explore options and find ways to maintain mobility opportunities for our students, for instance by postponing their study abroad period to the Spring semester or the following year or by enabling them to follow online courses from our partner universities, when possible.
  • Mobility projects in Europe have not been cancelled and we are supporting our students in the preparation of their next semester abroad, along with the help of our partners.

Inbound credit mobility   

As mentioned above, in these uncertain times, we have carefully considered our capacity to offer a qualitative training program to our international exchange students as well as to make sure that their learning agreement will be respected during the Fall semester.

International students from a partner university outside of Europe

  • In view of the many uncertainties that remain regarding travel conditions outside of the European area in the coming months as well as the entry rules into French territory for non-European nationals (including the expected delays in visa delivery), the University of Bordeaux has decided to allow for the enrollment of non-European students only when a complete online training offer, equivalent to 30 ECTS, may be provided.
    Please be informed that unfortunately not all faculties will be able to provide a 100% online training offer. Available options should be identified by getting in touch with the Mobility Office. In any case, we strongly advise students to consider postponing their mobility to the second semester 2020-2021 or to the following year.

International students from a partner university in Europe (mobility within the framework of the Erasmus program)

  • The University of Bordeaux is accepting the enrollment of international students within the Erasmus program. While we do not expect the same travel restrictions within Europe, we are aware that students in Europe may still encounter difficulties getting to Bordeaux on time for the beginning of the academic year. This is why we are working with our Faculties to make sure that alternative options will be available for them in case of late arrivals. Once again, these available options should be identified by getting in touch with the Mobility Office.  

Welcoming our international students

Please note that our usual “Welcome Week” at the end of August will not be organized in the same format as previous years, and we are currently preparing to welcome our international students with a mix of online and face-to-face activities. More information will be sent to the accepted students directly by our Mobility Officers and will be posted on the university website as soon as possible.