La Rochelle Business School

La Rochelle, France

The exchange agreement

The exchange agreement between the University of Lethbridge and La Rochelle Business School was signed in November 2013, making La Rochelle the absolute novelty among the offered destinations.

Semester dates

Fall semester

September – December
Orientation: 1st week of September
Suggested arrival: 1st week of September

Spring semester

January – *April/May
Orientation: 1st week of January
Suggested arrival: 1st week of January

*depends on the chosen program

The country

France is the largest country in Western Europe. It lies on the western edge of the continent of Europe and shares borders with six neighboring countries: Belgium and Luxembourg to the north; Germany and Switzerland to the east; Italy to the south-east; and Spain to the south-west. Within these boundaries, France has exceptionally varied scenery; this, together with its rich cultural heritage, helps make it popular with tourists.

Since 1958, France has constructed a presidential democracy resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier parliamentary democracies. The official language in France is of course, French. France's economy combines modern capitalistic methods with extensive, but declining, government intervention.

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The city

Nestled in the heart of the Atlantic coastline, La Rochelle is the capital of the Charente-Maritime department and a seaport on the Bay of Biscay. Surrounded by neighbouring towns in the North - East and exposed to the ocean in the South – West, the town is close to Île d’Oléron in the South and is actually connected to Île de Ré through a 3 km bridge, in the West.

The climate of La Rochelle is classified as Oceanic. Winter is mild and wet with an average temperature of 6° C and summer is dry and sunny with an average temperature of 20° C

With a population of over 80.000 residents the town ranks among the most attractive and dynamic destinations in France. La Rochelle combines successfully preservation and innovation, indeed the town has a rich natural and architectural heritage.

For more information about La Rochelle, visit

The university

La Rochelle Business School with 2,700 full-time students among which 400 are international, boasts 120 exchange agreements spread across 35 countries around the world. The campus, in Rue de Coureilles, is only 1 km from the ocean shore.

For further information, check the La Rochelle Business School’s website:


Courses are offered in both English and French and are closely related to the program chosen, a list of program-bound courses will be offered each semester. French courses are available in various options: weekly, intensive (summer), and evening classes, as well as preparation for the DELF and DALF examinations. In addition to French and English courses, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Arabic are available to students as well.


La Rochelle Business School offers support to students in finding the most suitable accommodation, nearby the School, among the offered ones: homestay and individual or shared private apartment.


The town is located between Nantes in the North and Bordeaux in the South and it takes about 2h by car to reach either Nantes or Bordeaux. A TGV (high speed train) connects La Rochelle with Paris in only 3h.

Bicycle short trips are very popular in Europe, and especially France, and are considered an entertaining and healthy way to visit nearby places.

Visa requirements

For a stay of more than 90 days, students of any nationality need a visa before departing to France.

The visa application process may have changed since this page was updated. Please email International Programs ( for more information.

The 2B visa is valid for 6 – 12 months with multiple entries. There is no fee for exchange students. For further details about this visa, contact the Consulate General of the French Republic in Vancouver.

Consulat Général of France
1100-1130 W Pender St

Vancouver BC V6E 4A4Tel: 604.681.4345
Fax: 604.681.4287

The Visa section is open to the public Monday to Friday, from 09:30–12:00.


Based on our research and the information provided by the host university, the costs for the exchange are approximately as follows:

  • Housing:
    • Private Apartment: €350 – 500
    • Homestay: €350 – 570
  • Textbooks: -
  • Food: €300
  • Transportation: €23/month for city transit pass + €20 annual subscription for bike rent service (first 30 minutes free)
  • Travel Insurance: €250
  • Visa: free of charge
  • Flight: $1200-$1400