Before your arrival

What you need to know and do before you arrive! Please consult also the section: Studying in Bordeaux / Applying & Registering.

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French language classes

The International Office offers French classes free of charge to students within Exchange Programs. These will help you follow and understand your specialty classes and also help your integration process within the campus and the city of Bordeaux.

For students outside an Exchange Program, classes may be taken with the Alliance Française: 126 Rue Abbé de l'Épée, 33000 Bordeaux, Ph.:05 56 79 32 80. You may also contact University Bordeaux Montaigne, DEFLE (Study Department: French as a Foreign Language), Ph.: 05 57 12 44 43 or email 


Try to avoid arriving in Bordeaux at weekends as the university and the Welcome Offices are closed. Students who will be staying in university residences must contact the Student Life Center before arriving to find out about opening days and times. If the Student residence is closed, you will need to book a night or two in a hotel or Youth Hostel.

Updated on 23/06/2017