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Located in the heart of France, Clermont Ferrand is only 3 hours south of Paris, 2 hours west of Lyon, 3 hours east of Bordeaux and just 3 hours north of the Mediterranean. Ranked as the 12th best place to study in France, Clermont Ferrand is not only a university town, it is a crossroads of tourism and business with the Michelin Group headquarters and the Chaine de Puys-Limagne Fault in the city, an alignment of 80 volcanoes and recent addition to UNESCO World Heritage.


Bachelor Courses in English
Business. Students normally register for a minimum of 24-30 ECTS units (12-15 US credit hours) within the “International Business with French” program, which is a combination of business and French language classes. For a summary of the courses available in the program, please refer to the brochureCourse descriptions are also available.


Master Courses in English
Master-level students are not able to be accepted.


Language Courses
You are encouraged to enroll in a French language course.  Courses are available at several levels, including beginner.


The university is accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education.


During the first two weeks, you will take intensive French classes as well as be assisted with accommodation, bank accounts, and other practical issues.


Special Certificate/Diploma
Students who complete both the fall and spring semester (in either order) will be awarded the university’s diploma in International Business with French.


Some internships are available for students who can speak French.


Students with Disabilities
All facilities are accessible to those students with reduced mobility.  Examination conditions (e.g., special equipment, additional time) can be adapted to take into account specific disabilities.


Grades & Transcripts
The university uses the ECTS grading and credit system which consists of letter grades from “A” to “F,” with “E” being the minimum passing grade.


Transcripts are sent to you and to your home university once grades have been finalized.  For additional details on transfer of credits, please refer to the Student Guidebook.


Health Insurance
Exchange students are required to purchase basic national health insurance for approximately 180 EUR.  Students are also encouraged to purchase supplemental coverage for approximately 12-160 EUR, depending on the coverage.  If you can provide proof of sufficient health insurance (including repatriation) upon arrival, this requirement is waived.


No cost


Students studying in France for longer than three months are required to obtain a student visa prior to departure.  Additional information is available online.



Residence halls.  Students will be housed in a student residence hall close to the main campus.  The cost is approximately 250 EUR per month.  You are entitled to a state housing aid of approximately 100 EUR per month if you attend for the entire academic year.


There are several student cafeterias on the different campus sites in the city. You can also dine at various restaurants or prepare your own meals.


Fly into Paris and take a train to Clermont Ferrand or fly directly into Clermont Ferrand.  The campus and residence halls are a brief 10-minute walk from the train station; the airport is just a 10-minute taxi ride.


Clermont Ferrand is a vibrant city with plenty of cinemas, museums, restaurants, bars, sport parks, and tourist sites.  There are numerous social and sporting activities organized on campus; a mix of cultural events, celebrations, and affordable trips to places of interest are also available to students.


Typical French provincial shops are available.  Independent shops, small shopping centers, and larger supermarkets are available on the outskirts of town.


The area has a continental climate with considerable differences in winter and summer temperatures. Winter temperatures average 23-41ºF, while summer temperatures average 77-86ºF.  During winter, there is some snow in the surrounding countryside but little in town.