International Business with French

A one or two semester business programme for English-speaking students and the opportunity to learn the French language and experience the way of life in France.


Students who successfully complete the two semesters will be awarded the Blaise-Pascal University diploma in International Business with French.

This programme is taught entirely in English and is designed to deal with contemporary business issues within a European and international context. Importantly, students will have the opportunity of learning the French language and of appreciating life in France.

Based in Vichy, in the very heart of France, students will have the possibility to study in a magnificent new university campus. All leisure and cultural activities are available and Vichy is ideally situated to discover the south of France, Paris and other European countries.

Pôle universitaire et technologique de Vichy
1 avenue des Célestins
03 200 Vichy
04 70 30 43 61 or 04 70 30 43 43

The International Business with French programme is located at the new university campus in Vichy. Excellent learning conditions, modern computing and language laboratories, multi-media centre and library are situated in a magnificent environment. Full student services are available (restaurant, social services, meeting rooms...) and to help students settle and meet people the campus offers a mix of cultural events, celebrations and affordable trips to places of interest.

Students may register for one or two semesters of study.

  • For more information :
    Programme director, Geoff Heels (
    The international office of the university ( .

Course Content

Each semester, students should complete at least 30ECTS, the French language classes being compulsory.
Each class represents the equivalent of 3 ECTS, with the exception of the Research Project, France as a tourist destination and EU, unity and diversity wich are 6 ECTS classes.
The French language classes represent 100 contact hours and 12 ECTS.


- European History
- EU history, structures and policies, unity and diversity
- Negociating techniques
- Negociating in practice
- Principles of management
- Project management
- Doing Business in France
- Selling in other countries
- International Business
- Research Project
- Meeting France, Meeting French 1,2 et 3


- Cross-cultural communication : theory and fundamentals
- Cross-cultural communication in practice
- Principles of finance
- France as a tourist destination
- The European Union : unity and diversity
- Business strategy
- Export sales management
- International Marketing
- International Business
- Research Project
- Meeting France, Meeting French 1,2 et 3

Fees and cost of accommodation

  • Tuition fees and insurance

Students from universities which already have exchange agreements with the Blaise Pascal University can register for one or two semesters on the International Business with French programme (depending on the number of places available).

Students from other universities can also register for one or two semesters, but will have to pay tuition fees. Please contact us for details.

Upon registration, students are required to have national health insurance. For students from the European Union, basic insurance cover is dealt with by the E111 or E128. For non-EU citizens, basic national health insurance needs to be paid for. This amounts to approximately 180 euros and means that most basic medical costs are reimbursed. It is, however, strongly recommended that each international student also take out supplementary health insurance which costs from about 12 euros to about 160 euros, depending on the extent of the cover required.

  • Accommodation

A wide range of accommodation opportunities are available to international students at reasonable cost. From furnished individual studios, to shared flats or staying with a host family, the cost varies from about 300 euros to 400 euros per month depending on the type of accommodation.

Almost all international students in rented accommodation receive a housing grant which, in general, amounts to between about 90 and 130 euros per month.

Course organization

  • The academic year

The academic year consists of two semesters : the fall semester and the spring semester. On the International Business with French programme, the fall semester starts in September and finishes in December. The spring semester goes from February to mid-May. There is a break in the middle of each semester and a break between the end of the fall semester and the start of the spring semester.

  • The credit system

Academic achievements at the Blaise-Pascal Unversity are compatible with the American and European credit systems. The certificate of studies shows the number of credits the student has been awarded.

  • Teaching methods

Teaching is carried out in various forms such as lectures, seminars, group work and independent study. Lectures are given in small groups and the students are encouraged to participate and ask questions. Attendance is, in general, compulsory and always recommended.

In some classes students are required to present a paper, often in collaboration with one or two fellow students, at a seminar. Students are expected to participate in discussion. The paper normally carries some of the credits awarded to the class.

  • Examinations

A class may be examined in various ways. A written or oral examination plus presentation of a paper is a common type of examination. Typically, group papers are discussed in seminars towards the end of the semester and a written examination takes place at the end of the semester. Sometimes continuous assessment is used and is based on compulsory attendance and participation throughout the semester.

A student who fails an examination can re-sit the examination within a period of four weeks following the end of the semester.

Cheating is severely punished. All incidents are reported to the Advisory Board of the Faculty and can lead to suspension or expulsion from the university.


Secrétariat Pôle Lardy Vichy
1, avenue des Célestins 03200 VICHY
Tèl. : 04 70 30 43 61

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