Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Bordeaux bridge

INSEEC Business School

Location(s) Lyon or Bordeaux, France
Term(s) Semesters only
Fall:  September-December
Spring: February-May
Areas of Study Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Housing Apartments
Passport Required
Visa (for US citizens) Required
GPA 2.5
WIU hours completed 12
Student Conduct Good standing
Grad credit Not available
Pre-requiste No previous French proficiency required
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Entry Requirements

Passport:  Required. Must be valid for at least six (6) months after your study abroad program ends.  For information on how to apply for or renew a passport, see Passports 101 .
Current passport processing times are 12-18 weeks.  Plan accordingly to avoid issues obtaining your visa, airine tickets, and other necessary items for travel.  Failure to receive your passport in time can lead to postponement of your program.

Visa:  You must apply for a student visa before entering France if you are studying there for 90 days or longer.  Visa requirements can be found at France - Visas, the official visa website for France .
Traveling to France without your student visa can lead to denied entry to France, forced removal from your program, and financial consequences.

Health Insurance

It is University policy that you must have international health insurance for the time you are abroad.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:
  • WIU Student Health Insurance
  • A supplemental plan (Patriot Travel Medical) from International Medical Group (IMG) .

Health Precautions

COVID-19 - You are REQUIRED to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in this program. Proof of vaccination will be required prior to WIU registration.

Walking/mobility/travel - Expect more walking than on-campus.  It is a mixture of urban (pavement/concrete) and natural (grass/dirt) terrain, including uneven/hilly terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  Some historic sites and tourist areas have limited handicapped accessibility.  Sidewalks in these areas can be narrow with uneven surfaces.  

Vaccinations - No vaccinations are required for entry into France.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Accessibility - Accessibility and accommodation are very different from that found in the United States.  Please contact Disability Resources for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE  It is your responsibility to request accommodation from DR; staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location. 

Costs (Comparative Table)

last updated 8/16/21            
Tuition 12 semester hours, plan V 4,690.00
Housing/Meals 4,900.00 4,475.00-6,125.00 depending on location
Books/Supplies 480.00 TBA
 Health Insurance 795.00 360.00
Passport   135.00
Student Visa (programs longer than 90 days)
Commitment fee   75.00
Total 10,865.00 11,650.00 pending cost of books*

*You are responsible for purchasing your own flights.


Various types of aid are available to help fund your experience.  Check out our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages for more details.


Exchange students at INSEEC take 4-5 classes per semester, equaling 12-15 sh at WIU.
Courses are graded on a 20 point scale.  The minimum passing grade is 10/20.

Courses at INSEEC are taught in English or French:
English-taught courses are part of the American BBA INSEEC program.  This program helps prepare students for an international career.  It is strongly recommended you also take a French language course to improve your language skills.

French-taught courses are for students fluent in French.

Contact our office to discuss course options.  INSEEC courses are not available to search online.


Lyon - This city has acquired the unquestionable status of a European metropolis.
Welcoming headquarters of international institutions and large companies including chemical and health industries, the city also retains the assets of its rich cultural past.

Bordeaux - It is in the historical heart of the Chartrons  and more precisely on the very premises of the breeding of the famous wines of Bordeaux that INSEEC took up residence about forty years ago.  Students have a  unique working environment  within a surprising building: behind the long traditional facade of Raze Street, the vaulted cellars have been transformed into high-tech teaching spaces.

Virtual tours of each campus are available through the BBA INSEEC exchange student page .


The accommodation option at INSEEC is shared apartments.  More information is available on the BBA INSEEC accommodation page .



Contact Us

Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Horrabin Room 8


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