FAQ Student

Practical information

I do not know anything about Marseille or Bordeaux? Will KEDGE provide me pickup assistance from the airport?

KEDGE Student associations namely “Interact” in Marseille and “Melting Potes” in Bordeaux will help you in your transport from the airport to KEDGE. The moment your tickets are booked please send an email to Interact at interact.KEDGE@gmail.com and Melting Potes at pickupmeltingpotesbdx@gmail.com or send a message to these student associations at their respective Facebook page and we will make the necessary arrangements to pick you up. In Marseille you would have to take the Airport Shuttle from the Airport to the Saint Charles train station. The frequency of this bus is every 15 mins from the airport. The Interact members will be there ready to welcome you.

If I have a science or technical background can I still apply to programmes in KEDGE Business School?

Absolutely! We look at your academic performance and your motivation and passion for the programme you are applying for. Your science or technical background combined with a business degree from KEDGE will arm you with dual competencies, giving you competitive advantage in the job market.

How do I apply for a French long-stay visa?

Passport holders of the Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA), Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland do not need to apply for a visa. For everyone else they need to apply for a visa. The visa procedures differ from country to country.
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What are the application deadlines?

Normally, KEDGE courses start in the first week of September. You can apply to these courses up to one year in advance and up till June 30th. As the saying goes, ‘The early bird gets the worm’ if you apply well in advance , before February you can take advantage of the Early Bird Waiver which can give you a 15% reduction on your tuition fees.

Can I pay the course fees in instalments?

Yes it is possible to pay the course fees in instalments. But after you have been admitted in the programme and before you start classes you have to pay 50% of the course fees to obtain the visa papers. The remaining 50% can be paid in installments only if you have a French Bank account.

Does KEDGE have an age limit to apply?

No. There are no age limits to apply for KEDGE. If you are applying for a Masters degree you need to have a bachelors degree and if you apply for the bachelors degree, having a high-school degree is an absolute must.

Does KEDGE offer scholarships?

KEDGE offers four different scholarships. They are based on the timing of your application, your educational/financial background, or your academic performance during your academic year at KEDGE.

What kind of weather can I expect while studying in KEDGE?

Marseille is blessed with 300 days of sunshine. If you are a full-time student, you will reach Marseille in September and you will be welcomed with warm sunshine. As the year and your first semester comes to an end the weather becomes cooler interspersed with some rain. In January, winter is in full swing and your second semester begins. It starts to get warmer in the last week of February and summer begins to set in by mid-March continuing till September.
European Best destination 2015, Bordeaux's climate is usually classified as an oceanic climate, substantial summer rainfall prevents its climate from being classified as Mediterranean. Summers are warm and long because of the influence from the Bay of Biscay. The average seasonal winter temperature is 6.53 °Celsius (43.75 °Fahrenheit), but recent winters have been warmer than this.

If I am staying off-campus, how do I travel to and from college?

As well as being in a national park, KEDGE is also well connected to the rest of Marseille. Depending upon where you stay, you can take a bus from arterial hubs in Marseille called Castellane and Metro Dromel. You can reach these areas comfortably from anywhere in the city by taking a tram, metro or bus. Travel to and from Talence campus : either by bus (bus stop “Ecole de Management” right in front of the School), tramway (trom stop “Doyen Brus” 800m from the school) or bike. Talence is very close to Bordeaux and it takes only 25 min by tram or bus to get to the center.

Does KEDGE offer on-campus accommodation?

KEDGE offers rooms in student residences near campus, namely Alotra and Estudines Luminy in Marseille and DomoFrance in Bordeaux. But please apply for these student residences at least 4 months in advance to guarantee a room for yourself. Availability of rooms is limited and get booked quickly. Rooms in these student residences range from € 360 to € 570 (per person).
You can apply for CAF, a scheme offered by the French government which refunds up to 30% of the rent in order to help students pay for their accommodation in France.
If you do not get a room in these residences you can get in touch with the KEDGE Housing department in Marseille at logementmarseille@KEDGEbs.com and they will help you in acquiring accommodation off-campus.

What are the administrative formalities I need to complete after I reach KEDGE?

If you have CESEDA R311-36 written on your visa then you will have to apply for your residence permit at the OFII office within three months of reaching France. If you are below 26 years of age you will have to pay the French Health Insurance fees, approximately 215 euros. This will enable you to get a 70% refund on your expenses in case you fall ill.

Is it possible to work part-time while studying?

Yes, it is possible. By law you are allowed to work 20 hours per week. If you have an operational level of French you can work in restaurants, movie theatres, malls, supermarkets, etc. But we recommend that you come here, attend a few weeks of classes and decide if you can cope up with studies and a part-time job. The reason we are saying this is because KEDGE programs are intensive and will consume more than half of your day. The rest of the day is given for revision and assignment completion.

Do you need to know French in France and KEDGE? Does KEDGE provide classes in French?

It is not compulsory to know French, but it is extremely beneficial. To conduct your day-to-day chores it is imperative that you have an operational level of French. This will also assist your profile when you apply for an internship/job in France. To help you improve your French you can enroll in the French classes taught in KEDGE.

What kind of extra-curricular activities can I enjoy at KEDGE?

At KEDGE we have 50 different student associations that on an average organize over 700 events every year. Become a member of those which interest you and the entire year you can become part of exciting events that will keep you entertained. You can also take advantage of the gymnasium and sports facilities available to you at our campuses.

How can I open a French bank account?

You have two options :

  • The first option is that during the KEDGE orientation week French Banks will set up kiosks in school so you can choose one of them and open a bank account.
  • Or you could go personally to the bank and request them to open a student bank account for you. In both cases you will have to provide your identification document like a passport, your rental agreement for your accommodation in France and your KEDGE International student ID card.
What are the dates for vacations in an academic year?

During an academic year at KEDGE you have two weeks of holidays for Christmas. The dates normally for these holidays are from 18th of December to 3rd January. These dates are tentative, and may change according to the calendar.

How do i know if i have been approved by kedge business school?

As soon as we receive your complete application file and it has been reviewed, a confirmation will be sent to you and your Home Institution by e-mail. In addition, an acceptance Letter will be sent to your Home Institution if you need to apply for a French Student Visa. 

Do I need health insurance?

All students below the age of 28 years old as of October 1st of the current academic year and studying in France for more than 3 months are required to register with the French Social Security System. Exceptions may apply (Students holding a European Health Insurance card, students from Quebec holding a SE-401-Q-106 form). For more information, please download the International Student Handbook on the Practical Information page.

How to settle my accommodation during my studies?

Special help is provided by the School to International Students before their arrival. We always advise students to secure an accommodation before their arrival due to the high demand.
For more information on housing possibilities, please visit the Practical Information page and download the International Student Handbook.

How do I apply for a visa to france?

The visa process varies from country to country. Please contact the nearest official body (French consulate, French Embassy or Campus France center ) in your country, to find out how to obtain a visa and how long the process takes. We highly advise you to apply for your Visa as soon as you receive your Acceptance Letter to avoid any delay.

FRENCH CONSULATE

FRENCH EMBASSY

CAMPUS FRANCE CENTER

What courses will i take?

The academic program you will attend at KEDGE BS depends on different criteria:

  • the Campus for which you are selected (Bordeaux/Marseille/Toulon)
  • your academic background
  • the agreement we have with your Home Institution.

Please check with your Home Institution. More information related to courses can be found on our Academic information webpages.

Will I be welcomed on my arrival?

In Bordeaux, Marseille and Toulon the International Students Association Melting Potes, Inter’Act and Welcome offer a free pick-up service from the airport and/or train station to all of the International Students on specific dates. 

will I have to take any additional insurance?

Yes, a Personal Liability Insurance is also compulsory. Depending on where you plan to live, you might have to take out a housing insurance for your apartment in France.

Can I participate in the association life of the school?

Incoming students are more than welcome to participate in any of the School associations. 

Is there an orientation program?

Yes, international students will be welcomed by the International Office Staff at the beginning of each semester, during which they will be given all of the important and useful information and documents related to their studies at KEDGE BS.

How much should I budget for textbooks?

Students at KEDGE BS are not required to use any textbooks and can use the books of the library.

Should I bring a laptop?

Yes, a laptop is very important because you are expected to do most of the work online and use internet for articles and access to virtual campus. You must check KEDGE BS e-mail address on a daily basis as important information will be sent to you this way all year long.

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