Teaching Practicum in France

Teaching Practicum in France — About

About Teaching Practicum 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.

Based at the University of Montpellier, this program was developed in conjunction with the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. It is designed to meet major requirements for students in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education as well as national standards for elementary education.

Housing & Meals


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, approximately 45 minutes by bus, tram, and foot from the city center and from campus.

If you wish to maximize your linguistic and cultural development through regular family contact and are willing to adapt to a French family's lifestyle and schedule, this housing option will appeal to you. The level of integration you experience with your host family may vary—some families will go to great lengths to make you feel like part of the family while others may have a more independent approach. If you are concerned about adjusting to a host family, consider one of the other housing options.

Traditional French Apartment

Live with other program participants in apartments, usually located in town and approximately 30–45 minutes by foot and tram from the university and downtown Montpellier. You will share the apartment with 2–4 other students from the program, often with two people of the same gender sharing a room. The program fee for this option does not include meals, utilities, or the 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.

Student Studio Apartments

Small studio apartments 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. You will be placed in downtown Montpellier about 30 minutes from the university. This housing option does not include meals, but does include utilities. A $500 security deposit will be billed with your program fee. If you are independent, this housing option may be a good fit.


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: 

Medieval Weekend Excursion (included in Program Fee)

Optional longer excursions (at an extra cost) include:

Typical Spring Semester Excursions

Day excursions sites may include: 

Optional longer excursions (at an extra cost) include:

Learning Outcomes

Faculty & Staff


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

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 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 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 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:

Program Handbook Visa Information