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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Tricia Sherrard Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English, French Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Business, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Modern Languages (French)
Program Description:



La Rochelle, France 




La Rochelle is a coastal city in southwestern France and capital of the Charente-Maritime department. It's been a center for fishing and trade since the 12th century, a maritime tradition that's reflected in its Vieux Port (old harbor) and huge, modern Les Minimes marina. The old town has half-timbered medieval houses and Renaissance architecture, including passageways covered by 17th-century arches. La Rochelle is home to 75,000 people. It is the third most-visited city in France due to its history, architecture, and scenery. La Rochelle's mild Oceanic climate adds to its charm. The business school hosts an International Week of Sailing every year.

La Rochelle Business School is located in the middle of the university campus district; there are about four other schools in the area. The school was founded in 1988 as a private institution that recruits students through a selective entry examination process. La Rochelle Business School has about 3,600 students, with 750 international students representing 72 nationalities. La Rochelle Business School holds the prestigious AACSB accreditation as of 2013 and may consequently be counted among the top 5% business schools worldwide.



This program offers courses taught in English and French in Tourism and Hospitality and International Management. Years 1-4 correspond to levels at NAU. (Ex: Year 1 = 100 level)

Programs open to undergraduate exchange students:

  • If you have problems finding the appropriate track open to you set
  • xfghup an appointment with EA advisor to look at it together. 
  • Make sure you are looking at courses offered for the correct semester you plan to go abroad (Fall versus Spring offerings).  
  • Make sure you are looking at courses taught in English if you intend to take your courses in English.
  • 4 ECTS=2 NAU credits
  • Students must choose one track and cannot mix courses from different tracks.
  • Students can take these tracks entirely in French if they prefer as long as language requirements are met during application process. Contact your EA Advisor for the track offerings in French.
  • Students can also take French Language courses. Students can study Commercial French, Written covers one of the two courses offered)

cdfgStudents who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.

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Your period of study will depend on your program. Generally, the school's semesters are as follows:

Semester I: September to December
Semester II: January to May
Spring 2020: Tourism Track 2 classes begin April 4, 2020
Summer Session: June 27th-July 15th, 2020


La Rochelle housing

There are two types of housing options provided for international students: host family or apartments. If you chose either of these options, the housing application form is due to the school at least two months prior to the start of your study program.

Host family option: This is an opportunity to discover the French lifestyle and improve your language skills. The family will arrange to pick you up from the train station or airport, and will provide assistance in finding your way around town.


Apartment: The housing office will help you arrange a stay in an apartment. You will be sent a housing contract that will state the terms and conditions of your residency. You will also be required to pay non-accommodation charges such as electricity/gas, water, and taxes.

See the Accommodation Guide for more information.


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To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs. 


The requirement for this program is a 2.5 GPA


To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.


If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.


Amy Louise Edgerton
Spring 2015

"This beautiful market in the heart of the Centre Ville is filled with vendors each day who sell everything you could possibly want to eat or cook with. There are countless fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, seafood items, bottles of wine, and many other delicious looking things. In both the indoor and outdoor portions of the marché, the colors and smells were spectacular!"

Read her blog!



Studying abroad was one of my best experiences in college thus far. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. It opens your mind to new possibilities; you meet people from all around the world, and you're given an opportunity to live in a place that you may not have been able to live in otherwise. Everyone should study abroad as far as I'm concerned. It should be a part of the required course work for all degrees at NAU. 
     — Hannah Ashby, Spring 2015
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/15/2021
12/15/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 04/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA


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