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YEAR 1 in European Business Administration (M1-EBA) 'Principles of Management'

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The first year of the Master's program in European Business Administration is dedicated to Business Management; welcomes international students with an educational background other than management or business and seeking to develop their knowledge of the business environment and 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.

"M1-EBA is the first year of the Master's degree, and 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."

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 second-year Master's program in International Business Management (M2-IBM) at IAE Bordeaux University, as well as other second-year Master's programs in management in France.


  • 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 September intake.


- Schedule and general organization :

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


  • Classes are held from Mid-September until the end of mid-FebruaryMost classes take place almost every day from 09h00 to 12h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00)

** Note that students who may want to get a part-time job can only do it in the evenings or weekends.


  • 2-to-6 months internship between March and August (in France or abroad) or students can choose to work on the Managerial Research Dissertation.


- Welcome Day & Registration Day: Mid-September

- Beginning of the program: Mid-September


- Program Level: First year of Master's program. It is not a complete Master's program.


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


-Teaching Language: English

How to apply ?

Apply here

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 required materials 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 be able to begin. Academic professors from the EBA program serve as an Admission Jury, and carry out this review process. Our Admission 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 deadlines section.

Language Level & Prerequisites

The language test in English is not mandatory if you are a native English speaker or if you have already studied your Bachelor/Master in English. (Certificate of studies in English is required.)  Otherwise, you need to provide us one of these 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.

Program tuition fees

The academic fees within the Bordeaux university come under two forms :

Tuition fees & Adminstrative fees (mandatory)

- For the M1-EBA program:

  • Tuition fees are around 4200 €
  • Adminstrative fees namely Liability Insurance around 15 € and CVECaround 92 €

*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 and apprenticeship students must pay their CVEC before registering for classes.

  • Payment of the First half: Depends on each round of application submissions period . Please check it on the "Application process" webpage.
  • Payment of the Second half: End of Auguest



There are no scholarships program at the IAE Bordeaux University. You may however check with your home country system if some scholarships exist, and you can also check the French Embassy in your home country for potential specific scholarships but be careful 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

Internship report /Managerial Research Dissertation guidelines

The purpose of the EBA program academic internship : 

The academic internship is meant to put into practice the academic skills you acquired during your educational study program. For the academic internship, the goal is to work inside an organization, contribute, or support the management and apply and expand your theoretical knowledge and skills. The internship must be for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 6 months, therefore starting from March and finishing no later than August 31st. The drafting of an internship report validates the academic internship.

An internship is not a mandatory pre-requisite to obtain your EBA certificate, as students can choose to write a research dissertation during the second semester instead. A research dissertation builds on a research question that requires collecting and analyzing primary (empirical) data.


First Outline

By the end of April,students have to send the subject & first outline of their dissertation plan (1 page) to their administration responsible


Confirmation and affectation of your academic tutor​​​​​​​

The program director of M1-EBA will choose an Academic tutor for students, and the administration responsible informs students of the name and email address of their Academic tutor.​​​​​​​


Plan of the internship report

Students must send the title and the plan of a dissertation to their academic tutor via email and put the administration responsible in the copy.



Students have to be in touch with their academic tutors to communicate related issues during their mission.


Final Submission

Students must send their Final dissertation in a PDF format to their academic tutors and their administration responsible by e-mail.

Deadline for submission

August 31th



Size of report

45 pages including the sources

Maximum 60 pages including annexes

The recommended font is Times New Roman, 12.

The spacing must be 1.5 for good readability.


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