Bachelor Foundation Year

A year or a semester to discover, explore and define your future

A year of Higher Education recognised in France and internationally with 60 ECTS credits awarded

  • Qualifications
    • 1 year of higher education
      60 ECTS
  • Location
    La Rochelle, Paris
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Start date
    • October
    • February
  • Format
    • Full-time
  • Overview
  • Study tracks
  • Cost of studies
  • Admissions
  • Maria Belhaj
    Head of the Bachelor Foundation Year Maria Belhaj
    If you are unsure which course to choose, or are considering a change of direction, joining the Bachelor Foundation Year will give you the time to consider your options, without losing an academic year.

    The Bachelor Foundation Year offers you the opportunity to discover a wide range of disciplines (management, communications, tourism, digital technologies, modern languages etc.), whilst at the same tackling major social issues such as environmental protection, digital transformation and the circular economy.

    At the end of the course, you will be able to directly join Year 2 of a Bachelor programme at one of Excelia Group's Schools.


    International students have the possibility of starting their studies online and then arriving on site as and when they are able.


    Why choose the Bachelor Foundation Year?

    • Study at a renowned Higher Education Group
    • Learning by doing: an innovative approach to education
    • A wide range of subjects, giving you the best possible chance of success
    • Digital and CSR modules, preparing you for the challenges of tomorrow
    • French Track or 100% English Track
    • Personalised support and guidance to help you define your professional project and plan your future

    A choice of study locations: La Rochelle or Paris

    You have the possibility to carry out all of your studies in La Rochelle or in Paris (starting February 2021).

    Find out more about La Rochelle campus


    October start date:

    This 2-semester programme uses project-based pedagogy, focussing on the fundamentals of management, marketing, tourism and digital technologies.

    At the end of the programme, you will be awarded 60 ECTS credits.
    The Bachelor Foundation Year includes more than 300 hours of training, including projects, practical case studies, company visits and a Learning Expedition.


    • La Rochelle: French


    February start date:

    This 1-semester programme focusses on the fundamentals of management and running a business.

    At the end of the programme, you will be awarded 60 ECTS credits.
    The Bachelor Foundation Year includes more than 300 hours of training. You benefit from personalised support and guidance, orientation workshops and English lessons. The programme is spread over 19 weeks between February and June, with 17 weeks of lessons and 10 days off.


    • La Rochelle: French
    • Paris: English
  • Programme structure

    Classic Track (October start date) Français

    Fast Track (February start date) Français Anglais

    October-January: Interdisciplinary projects in management
    February-March: Interdisciplinary projects in sustainable development and digital technologies
    April-May: Language immersion at our Summer School
    February-June: Interdisciplinary projects in sustainable development and digital technologies
    July: Language immersion at our Summer School



    • Management of Organisations
    • Marketing Fundamentals
    • Marketing Research
    • Introduction to Sales Techniques
    • Principles of Economics (2 modules)
    • Accounting Fundamentals
    • Financial Analysis
    • HR Fundamentals
    • Team Leadership & Conflict Management
    • Statistical Methods applied to Management
    • Data Management using Excel
    • Business Law

    Experiential and Personal Development (EPD):

    • Skills Assessment
    • Career orientation workshops
    • Personal coaching
    • Preparation and training for the selective Entrance Tests


    • English

    The different courses and projects are provided for indicative purposes only and are subject to change from one year to the next. The specialisations offered will only be available if the required minimum number of students is reached.

  • Tuition Fees 2020-2021


    Students from within the European Union*

    • Bachelor Foundation Year : €6,900

    * 28 European Union members: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France and French Overseas Territories, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom.


    Students from outside the European Union

    • Bachelor Foundation Year : €7,900

    Tuition fees are provided for information purposes only and are subject to change from one year to the next.


    Multiservice charge

    Fee 1 year: 550€
    Fee 6 months: €275

    This one-off Multiservice fee gives access to the following services: Multimedia and Internet network, Cyberlibris (online library), Student Identity Card, Reprographics credit, Intranet, e-learning modules, Wi-Fi, Career Centre activities and services, International Insurance-Assistance (for any periods spent abroad during the period covered by this contract), University library, University Medical Service etc.


    Financing your studies


    International Students

    For more information about the cost of studying

  • Admissions for international students or French students living outside France:

    Motivation interview is carried out by internet via our dedicated platform (day and time of your choice).

    Application fees: €50



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This 6-month programme gave me the opportunity to fine-tune my professional project and heightened my desire to enter the world of work.
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