One of our most versatile programs is at La Rochelle International Business School, on France's Atlantic Coast. The program runs for an academic year and for both Spring and Fall semesters. Courses, in both Business Administration and French as a foreign language, are conducted in French and in English. Valpo students work with the International Office at LRIBS to choose appropriate courses in various areas of Business Administration.
Examples of courses you might take include: Marketing, Intercultural Management, International Logistics, etc. The mix of courses to be taken in French and those to be taken in English will be determined according to the level of your proficiency in French. You will also take a course in French as a foreign language. Normally, students will register for a total of around 14 Valpo credits. All courses are considered to be Valpo credits. Courses may count toward General Education or toward some CBA electives or requirements. You will determine this in conjunction with your CBA academic advisor.
The Program dates will follow a similar schedule to Valpo semester dates. Thus, for an academic year, the approximate dates are from late-August to late May, with Fall running from late-August to mid-December, and Spring running from early-January to late-May.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Applicants must have at least Sophomore standing and above a 3.0 GPA. Additionally, to be eligible for this program, applicants must have completed French 204.
The deadline to apply for the Fall 2017 or Academic Year 2017-2018 program will be March 1, 2017. After this period, applications will be reviewed by The Office of International Programs. Once a decision has been made, the applicant will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Students pay the same tuition and fees they would pay in Valparaiso. All Valpo study-abroad programs are considered "in residence," so all financial aid (except work-study and some 'on-campus' aid) applies.
You pay the room fee charged by the LRIBS. Depending on your situation, you may do some cooking or have some meals with a home-stay family.
Count on spending at least as much as you do in Valpo for miscellaneous items; then add on for any travel you might plan. Expenses such as these are difficult to estimate because they will be different for each student. It is also important to take the current dollar-euro exchange rate into account.
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert- Associate Director of Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.