Sports and Culture in France: La vie sportive
About Sports and Culture in France: La vie sportive
Montpellier is one of France’s fastest growing cities and an emerging cultural and educational center. Within easy reach of both mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students, Montpellier is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance.
Long known as one of France’s most sporty cities, Montpellier is a great place to learn about French sports culture. This course will cover such topics as sports tourism, sports psychology and sports pedagogy. Students will also learn about several European sports, such as pétanque and handball, as well as visit several sports-related cites in and around Montpellier. Students will also have the opportunity to attend the annual Extreme Sports festival, hosted by the city each May.
Faculty & Staff
Françoise Defrecheux-Chaton is the on-site director. She provides participants with an in-country orientation, academic advising, on-going support during the program, and oversees housing arrangements. She has coordinated this program for many years and has taught at US and French institutions.
A team of additional on-site staff—an administrative assistant, a housing coordinator, and two social assistants—provide support to participants and organize a variety of cultural activities.
Faculty: Dr. Robin Recours and Dr. Ludovic Marin, professors of sports studies at the University Montpellier
Housing & Meals
Students are housed in apartments with other program participants. Students are responsible for their own meals.
Excursions & Social Activities
The program includes excursions to several local sports and recreational facilities. Students will visit the national park of Cévennes, observe a training session of the Montpellier handball club, as well as a professional handball game, and sail in Port Camargue.