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YEAR 1 European Business Administration (M1 EBA - Semester 1 & 2 ) 'Principles of Management'

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The first year Master’s program is dedicated to general business management. The program welcomes international students from any educational background who are seeking to develop their knowledge of the business environment and their managerial skills.

Head of EBA Program

  • Director of International Relations, Associate Professor : Mr. Alberto ARBULU


The M1-EBA program explicitly targets students from different academic backgrounds to give them a firm grasp of management's broad-based fundamentals. It also aims to prepare students to build a solid, broad foundation of general management concepts and skills across all the essential business disciplines, focusing on Corporate Finance.

All courses are taught in English by a team of European & international professors, using the flipped classroom methodology.

By completing this program, students will gain the necessary skills and groundwork to enter either the second-year Master's program in Business Administration (M2-MBA) or in International Business Management (M2-IBM) at IAE Bordeaux University, as well as other second-year Master's programs in management in France.


The M1-EBA is the first year of a 2-year Master’s degree prgram. It is not a complete Master's program, which means upon completion of this program, students will receive an official "Certificate of Achievement", not a Master's degree diploma.



  • Find the Curriculum for the M1-EBA program HERE

The Curriculum and Examination Methods section

  • Find the Rubric of Curriculum and Examination Methods for M1-EBA program HERE
  • Find the IAE Rules and Regulations for Students HERE

Program general organization

** Note that there is only the September intake.


- General overview of the academic year:

The academic year starts Mid-September and lasts until the end of August:

  • Start of classes: Mid-September
  • End of classes: End of February
  • Internship OR Managerial Research Dissertation: March-August (in France or abroad)

*Note: classes take place Mondays thru Fridays from 09h00-12h00 and 14h00-17h00. Students who may want to get a part-time job can only do so in the evenings/weekends.


- Program Level: First year of Master's program " Semester 1 & 2 " . It is not a complete Master's program.


-Teaching Language: English

  • 24

    Admission rate (%)


  • 100

    Success rate (%)


  • 78

    Satisfaction rate (%)




Academic background required for M1 EBA program:  Have completed, a 3-year Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS equivalent) or a 4-year degree (240 ECTS equivalent) in any study field.


Language Level & Prerequisites

The language test in English is not mandatory if you are a native English speaker. If you have already studied your Bachelor/Master in English, you may submit your Certificate of studies in English. Otherwise, you need to provide one of the following certificates:

  • TOEFL IBT 90
  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5; no subscore under 6
  • Cambridge: Certificate in Advanced English
  • TOEIC « listening and reading »: 890/990 AND « speaking and writing »: 300/400

** Note that basic knowledge of French is recommended but not required.

Required documents for application

‘Please submit the required documents either in English or French.’

  • Online application form (M1-EBA)
  • Copies of transcripts
  • Copies of all previous diplomas awarded
  • Passport copy (or ID card if European)
  • Motivation letter
  • CV 
  • English language certificate or Certificate of studies in English.
  • One ID photo

Keep in mind that, applications cannot be reviewed until they are complete. Missing requirements or additional materials must be received by the Admissions Office within one week of your initial application submission.

Once we have received all required application components, the review process will begin. Academic professors from the EBA program serve as Admissions Jury, and carry out the review process. Our Admissions jury will decide whether an applicant is eligible for an interview or not.  Applicants shall, in any case, receive an answer by the declared dates mentioned in the application periods section.

Program tuition fees

The academic fees within the Bordeaux university (for all international students - regardless of nationality - EU and non-EU passport holders - & age ) come under two forms :

Tuition fees & Adminstrative fees (mandatory)


- For the M1-EBA program:

  • Tuition fees = 5200€  ( This is to inform you that starting from the academic year of 2024-2025, this new tuition fee of 5200€  is applied to M1 EBA program) 
  • Adminstrative fees namely Liability Insurance around 20 € and CVECaround 100 €

*The CVEC is a national fee that is paid via a French government platform and NOT to the institution in which you are enrolled. All full-time students must pay their CVEC before registering for classes.

Payment terms will be indicated in the acceptance letter to be received by successful candidates. You can pay in full or in tranches.

  • Payment of the First half: Depends on each round of application submission period. Some information are also available here.
  • Payment of the Second half: End of August


There are no scholarship programs at IAE Bordeaux University. You may, however, check with your home country system if some scholarships exist. You can also check the French Embassy in your home country for potential specific scholarships. Note that the deadlines are usually ONE YEAR in advance (for Eiffel scholarships or Etudes en France)

For further information please refer to;  https://www.iae-bordeaux.fr/en/admissions/tuition-fees


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