Pedestrians at a busy square in Montpellier, France

Business In France

  1. Program Details

    Study in this vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. Take business classes in English and/or French alongside French and international students and enjoy the college-town atmosphere, nightlife, and student-centered community.

    Location Montpellier, France
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Apartment, Homestay
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
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  3. About Business In France

    Live and study in Montpellier, 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. It is the ideal place to study business.

    This program, developed in conjunction with the Carlson School of Management, is based at the University of Montpellier. Students will take course in English and/or French alongside French and international students. Special courses for US students as well as French language courses are also offered.

    Housing & Meals

    Homestay

    Homestays provide a vital connection to the local culture and social life, as well as the opportunity to experience the daily life of the French. Host families provide breakfast and dinner during the week and all meals on the weekend. Housing is not provided during program breaks unless specifically arranged. Host families are usually located in the suburbs, within 45 minutes from the city center and from campus via public transit.

    Traditional French Apartment

    Live with other program participants in apartments, usually located in town and approximately 20–30 minutes from the University and downtown Montpellier. You will share the apartment with 1–2 other students from the program, occasionally with 2 people (of the same gender) sharing a room. The program fee for this option does not include meals, utilities, or the $500 apartment deposit. See the Fees page for additional costs. If you have special dietary needs or intend to have an active social life with frequent evenings out, this is a good option for you.

    Student Studio Apartment

    Small student studios within a student apartment building offer basic rooms with a small private bathroom and basic kitchenette. The rooms are furnished with a single bed and a desk. Semester student are placed in downtown Montpellier and will have a commute of about 30 minutes to the University. Summer students are placed near campus. This housing option does not include meals, but does include utilities. There is a $500 apartment deposit billed with your program fee. If you are independent, this housing option may be a good fit for you.

    Excursions

    Two or three day-long excursions are planned each semester to introduce you to the unique character of southern France.  These day excursions are included in your program fees. In addition, the program’s social assistants organize activities in Montpellier to help you get to know the city and to provide you with opportunities to meet French students. Optional longer excursions are also organized by the Program Center staff during the semester and are offered (at an extra cost) if there is sufficient interest.

    Typical Fall Semester Excursions

    Day excursions sites may include: 

    • Aigues-Mortes and the Mediterranean Sea

    • Arles and the Carrières de Lumière

    • Avignon and Fontaine de Vaucluse

    Medieval Weekend Excursion (included in Program Fee)

    • Carcassonne, Lagrasse, medieval dining, and the Cathars' castles

    Optional longer excursions (at an extra cost) include:

    • Morocco

    Typical Spring Semester Excursions

    Day excursions sites may include: 

    • Nimes and Pont-du-Gard

    • Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

    • Anduze and the bamboo forest

    Optional longer excursions (at an extra cost) include:

    • Paris

    • Hidden Treasures of France (Normandy and the Loire Valley)

    • Morocco

    Flight

    The Learning Abroad Center works with Village Travel, a local travel agency, to arrange a coordinated flight for program participants. The flight is optional, and is arranged for those who want to fly with other program participants. Group flight information is typically available by the program application deadline, if not before.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Develop or strengthen French linguistic skills
    • Deepen cross-cultural understanding through interaction with faculty, local students, host families and community members
    • Gain French, European, and international perspectives on business
    • Increase independence and self-reliance by learning to navigate French society
    • Develop networking skills and contacts through interaction with faculty and peers

    Faculty & Staff

    Françoise Defrecheux-Chaton

    Françoise Defrecheux-Chaton

    Françoise has been the On-Site Director of the program in Montpellier since 1990. With her staff, she oversees student services, excursions, housing arrangements, and academic coursework. She is also a professor in Business English at the Université de Montpellier and is well-connected in the local university community in Montpellier.

    She holds a Bachelor's degree in Germanic Languages from the Université de Liège and a Master's from the University of Minnesota in French Literature. She has also taught at the University of Minnesota and Carleton College in Minnesota.

    Corrine Dumas

    Corrine Dumas

    Corinne has been the Assistant Director of the University of Minnesota Program in Montpellier since 2006. She currently teaches the course on Leadership and Experiential Learning for the program.

    She received a MA in English from the University of Orléans in France and a MA in French and ESL from West Virginia University. Corinne studied for five years at the University of North Carolina where she was also a teaching assistant in the French department. She completed her course work and passed her PhD exams in Comparative Literature.

     

    Cedric Carpanedo

    Cedric Carpanedo

    Cedric is the logistic coordinator for the program in Montpellier and teaches the Conversational French class. He has been part of the team for ten years and has lived in Montpellier for 12. He spent two years as a teaching assistant for the French Department at Macalester College in Minnesota.

    Originally from Avignon, he studied English and American civilization and literature at the Université d'Avignon et des pays de Vaucluse. 

     

    Paul Roger

    Paul Rogers

    Paul is the Academic Adviser for the Montpellier programs. He has been teaching university courses for over twenty years, and currently teaches in his specialty for the University of Minnesota program and at the Université Paul-Valéry in the Lettres Modernes department.

    Paul holds a PhD in medieval French literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is originally from southern Rhode Island.

     

    Kim Mousseron

    Kim Mousseron

    Kim is the Housing Coordinator for the Montpellier programs.

    Kim received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and MA from Middlebury College. After teaching French for a year at Boston College, Kim permanently moved to France where she obtained her TEFL certification. Kim has lived in Montpellier for over 20 years. She was born and raised in western Massachusetts.­­­

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  4. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study, Study Abroad Center
    Program Level 1000–3000 level courses
    Courseload

    15–18 credits

    Overview

    • taught in English and/or French
    • courses specifically designed for business & marketing students
    • a variety of course options
    • 15–18 credits per semester
    • Students focusing primarily on liberal education and/or human resource management courses in French should apply through the Study Abroad in Montpellier program option

    Coursework

    Semester & Academic Year Programs

    English Track (no language prerequisite)

    French Track (4+ semesters of college-level French proficiency)

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on this program. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  5. Overview

    • Course offerings in English
    • Designed for students studying business fields, including marketing
    • French language class required alongside additional electives
    • Required core course in English with visits to labs and industry 
    • Total courseload is 15-18 credits

    Coursework

    Required Courses (total of 8 credits)

    Global Business & Industry: France at the Crossroads
    MONT 3802
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    This course examines the development and current state of the European business environment from a French perspective. Topics will include the background/aftermath of the establishment of the European Union (EU) as well as institutional, political, legal and socio-cultural factors at work in the contemporary business and industry landscape. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. Taught in English.

    Syllabus for Global Business & Industry (PDF)

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme

    French Language
    MONT1001–1004
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    5 Credits

    Students in 1st–4th semester enroll in a French language class that is divided into sections based on linguistic level.

    Elective Courses (total of 7–11 credits)

    Two departments offer business courses at the University of Montpellier. You must choose either IAE or MOMA courses—no cross-over is allowed. "First semester" is Fall and "second semester" is Spring. The Community Engagement course is offered at our Program Center and the Global Identity is offered online.

    Courses in the IAE Department
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Course topics include Strategic Marketing, Decision Psychology, World Economy, International Trade & Logistics, and International Human Resources. Visit the IAE web site for an overview of this program.

    Study abroad students select three of the courses offered. Each course is typically a package of two topics for a total of 3 credits. Note, however, that the second semester course entitled Business Game has fewer contact hours and awards only 2 credits. UE Report offers the opportunity for research and awards 1 credit.

    Courses in the Montpellier Management Institute (MOMA)
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    2 Credits
    MOMA (formerly ISEM) offers a wide range of courses in English.
    Community Engagement
    MONT 3000-level
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    This option is only available upon request to students who choose MOMA courses. IAE is a curricular package and cannot accommodate this separate course.

    This course accompanies the engagement opportunity and reflects on work culture in France. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. Placement options for English speakers will be limited. Options include assisting with coaching after-school sports teams, working with charities, and assisting with English language classes in school settings. Taught in English. Approved for UMN Liberal Education Civic Life and Ethics Theme.

    Syllabus for Community Engagement (PDF)

    University Paul Valéry courses
    MONT 3XXX
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits
    English-taught courses are offered at Paul Valery University, some of which may fulfill liberal education requirements. These courses are considered upon request, provided that the timetables do not conflict with the required courses in the program.
    Global Identity
    OLPD 3330
    Online, Optional
    1 Credit
    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals. There is an additional cost for this course
  6. Overview

    • Courses offered in French
    • Minimum 4 semesters of French language competency required
    • Required core course in English with visits to labs and industry 
    • Students focusing primarily on liberal education and/or human resource management courses in French should apply through the Study Abroad in Montpellier program option at Paul Valery University
    • Total courseload is 15–18 credits

    Coursework

    Required Courses

    Global Business & Industry: France at the Crossroads
    MONT 3802
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    This course examines the development and current state of the European business environment from a French perspective. Topics will include the background/aftermath of the establishment of the European Union (EU) as well as institutional, political, legal and socio-cultural factors at work in the contemporary business and industry landscape. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. Taught in English.

    Syllabus for Global Business & Industry (PDF)

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme

    French Language
    MONT 3015 or 3016
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    Advanced levels of language are offered in a special language program for international students and is included in the program fee. 

    Syllabus for Advanced French I (PDF), 5th semester (3000-level, 3 credits) Syllabus for Advanced French II (PDF), 6th semester (3000-level, 3 credits)

    Students beyond 6th semester French can enroll in a more advanced language course.

    Enroll in 6–12 credits at MOMA (at least 1 course must be in French):

     

    Montpellier Management Institute (MOMA) Courses (French)
    MONT Integrated
    Fall & Spring
    2 Credits

    Integrated courses in French In MOMA at the University of Montpellier in a variety of fields of study with links to syllabi provided, if available.  Upper-division courses are typically License 3 and Master's 1 courses at the University of Montpellier. 

    Students can send the Learning Abroad Center a list of desired courses based on the US curriculm to confirm whether the courses are offered in French at MOMA.

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    Montpellier Management Institute (MOMA) Courses (English)
    MONT Integrated
    Fall & Spring
    2 Credits
    Courses in English at MOMA (formerly ISEM) come back as 2 US credits each, as long as the course has the required 27 contact hours. MOMA syllabi are also available.

    Elective Courses

    Enroll in 3–6 credits of elective courses:

     

    Conversation (advanced)
    MONT 3309
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    Conversation practice through discussions on current topics, films and articles with the class and with an assigned conversation topic. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. 

    Syllabus for Conversation (advanced) (PDF)

    Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college-level French

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3018 (do not repeat if already taken on campus)

    Directed Research
    MONT 3993
    Fall & Spring 
    3 Credits

    Under the supervision of a University of Montpellier faculty member, a student engages in 100 hours of directed research on a topic designed by the student in consultation with the on-site faculty member. Topics must be pre-approved prior to participation.

    Syllabus for Directed Research (PDF) 

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French 

    Internship
    MONT 3303
    Fall & Spring 
    3 Credits

    This course accompanies the internship and reflects on work culture in France. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. 

    Syllabus for Internship (PDF)

    Sample Placements

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college French

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3650. Fulfills elective credit for major/minor.

    Medieval Literature: Arthurian Legends & the Middle Ages
    MONT 3024W
    Spring 
    3 Credits

    This course gives students a thorough understanding of the Arthurian tradition as it has been depicted in French in the medieval period and the present day. Students will also acquire critical thinking and analytical skills with respect to works of literature and television drama/cinema, and learn how these artistic creations function from a sociological/socio-cultural perspective. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. 

    Syllabus for Medieval Literature Arthurian Legends (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college French prior to program start

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Literature Core and Global Perspectives Theme

    Medieval Literature: Love, Heresy, & Betrayal in the Middle Ages
    MONT 3021W
    Fall 
    3 Credits

    This course examines the origins of French literature and its development during Western Europe’s first true Renaissance of the 12th and 13th centuries. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants.   

    Syllabus for Medieval Literature: Love, Heresey, & Betrayal (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college French prior to program start

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Literature Core and Global Perspectives Theme

    University Paul Valéry courses
    MONT Integrated
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    Upon special request, students can enroll in 1–2 integrated courses at University Paul Valéry in a variety of fields of study, including human resource management. See compiled fall semester course catalog and spring catalog for listing of typical courses offered.

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    University of Montpellier courses
    MONT Integrated
    Fall & Spring 
    3 Credits

    Upon special request, students can enroll in additional courses at the University of Montpellier in a variety of fields of study.

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    Global Identity
    OLPD 3330
    Online, Optional
    1 Credit
    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals. There is an additional cost for this course.
  7. Fields of Study Available

    The list below provides details on the business courses in French at the University of Montpellier.  For the full range of fields available in all disciplines at the University of Montpellier and at Paul Valery University, visit the fields of study listed under the Study Abroad in Montpellier program.
     

    Accounting
     
     
     
    • Audit Control
    • General Accounting
    • Private Accounting
    • Regional & National Accounting
    Business
     
     
     
    Management
     
     
     
    • Management
    • Human Resources Management
    • Output Management
    • Administrative Management
    • Financial Management
    • Accounting
    Marketing
     
     
     
    • Marketing (general), advanced classes are available
    • International Marketing
    • Market Research
    • Product Analysis
    • Price Policies
  8. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Fall 2019 Sep 20 App Open Date: December 1
    Depart U.S. Sep 4
    Arrive Montpellier Sep 5
    Break TBD
    End of Fall semester TBD
    Departure Mid-December
    Spring 2020 Sep 20 App Open Date: May 1
    Arrival January 3
    Break February 17-25 (MOMA only)
    Break April 21 - May 1
    End of Spring semester May 4
    Departure May 5

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Spring 2020 TBD TBD
  9. Fees for Business In France

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    Fall 2019 Fees

    Traditional French Apartment, Student Studio ApartmentHomestay

    Academic Year 2019-2020 Fees

    Traditional French ApartmentStudent Studio ApartmentHomestay

    Spring 2020 Fees

    Traditional French ApartmentStudent Studio ApartmentHomestay

     

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

    $45

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  10. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Dates page for term options
    Program Name Business in France
    Track Name Business in France—English Track or Business in France—French Track
    Country France

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

    Complete

    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
    • Application Essay
    • Academic Recommendation from a college French instructor (French Track only)

    Additional Items Required for non-UofM Students:

    • Transcript
    • Home Institution Nomination

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program, you will be required to submit two additional application items: the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after your start your application, and you will be notified when they have been added.

    Application Review Process

    After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned an acceptance checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

  11. Student Visa in France (Long-stay)

    Semester and Academic Year students need a “long-stay” student visa in order to study in France (programs longer than 90 days). Prior to departure, you must apply for and receive your visa before you can arrive in France. The visa process has multiple steps, so plan on getting your passport in order as soon as you have been accepted to the program.

    Our role at the Learning Abroad Center is to guide you through the process, provide you with the documents you need, and trouble shoot any questions that come up. You are responsible for your passport, paying for all associated fees and travel, completing all steps in a timely manner and informing the Montpellier team if any issues arise.

    After you have confirmed your spot in the program through the Learning Abroad Center online system, additional step-by-step visa instructions will be provided to you. Each step must be completed sequentially so it’s important to wait for the instructions before getting started with the visa application process.

    Visa Process for US passport holders

    The French student visa process has 4 steps:

    1. Obtain a passport or verify that your passport is valid for 6 months after your program end date.
    2. Register with Campus France online.
    3. Apply for your French student visa online.
    4. Book and attend an in-person appointment at one of the VFS Global visa application centers. The Learning Abroad Center does not offer batch processing of visa applications for the French visa because of the requirement for biometric data to be collected in person at a VFS Global visa application center.

    Your student visa is a document attached to a page in your passport, so you must have your passport prior to applying for your visa. 

    If you are applying for a passport for the first time, visit the US Department of State website for information on the steps you will need to take. It can take up to 10 weeks to receive a new passport during busy processing times, so apply as soon as possible. Consider expedited service if necessary. 

    If you already have a passport, make sure that it is valid for 6 months after your program end date and has at least 2 blank pages available. 

    Carefully consider how any international travel plans may affect your ability to get your student visa. At your in-person appointment, you will give your passport to a VFS Global official. It will then be sent to the Embassy in Washington, D.C. for processing. You will pick up or request to receive your passport via mail approximately 3-8 weeks after your in-person appointment. 

    If you are a dual citizen: holding a US passport and a passport from another country; determine which passport you will use for your travel to and from France. Complete the “Do you need a visa?” questionnaire on the France-Visas website.

    Visa Process for students who do not hold a US passport

    If you do not hold a US passport, permission from US authorities to exit and re-enter the US may be required. Consult with the international student office on your campus for assistance with this documentation.

    In order to determine what the entry regulations are for France, a good starting point is to complete the “Do you need a visa?” questionnaire on the France-Visas website. Depending on the type of visa required of you for studying in France, you may need additional documentation for entry. Please contact the Montpellier team at the Learning Abroad Center to consult.

    If you are an international student, please note that processing times for international passports can take up to 2 months. During the processing period, you cannot leave the US, because you will not have a valid passport in your possession.

  12. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Maria Mantey or call at 612.626.7535.

  13. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.

    Alexandra: Spring 2017, Marketing Major

Program Handbook Visa Information

University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship