Beach with white umbrellas by the Mediterranean Sea

Study Abroad in Montpellier, France

  1. Program Details

    Study in this vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. Enjoy the college-town atmosphere, nightlife, and student-centered community. Choose beginning through advanced French language courses as well as courses in humanities, engineering, sciences, and business.

    Location Montpellier, France
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    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 Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language 2 semesters of prior French for semester/year. No language prerequisite for summer.

    For additional program options in Montpellier, see Sports & Culture in FranceBusiness in FranceEngineering in FranceTeaching Practicum in France and Youth Development & Psychology.

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  3. About Study Abroad in Montpellier, 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 experience French language and culture.

    Based at University Paul Valéry and at the University of Montpellier, this program provides access to humanities, engineering, sciences, and business courses through an extremely flexible course structure. Choose from a mix of special courses for study aboad students and regular courses with French students.

    Housing & Meals

    Homestay (Semester, Summer)

    Homestays provide a vital connection to the local culture and social life, as well as the opportunity to experience French daily life. Host families provide breakfast and dinner during the week and all meals on the weekend. They are usually located in the suburbs, within 45 minutes from the city center and from campus via public transit.

    Traditional French Apartment (Semester)

    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 two people of the same gender sharing a room. The program fee for this option does not include meals, utilities, or the $500 security 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 Apartment (Semester, Summer)

    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. 

    Excursions

    Multiple day-long excursions are included each term to introduce you to the unique character of southern France. In addition, the program’s social and administrative assistants organize activities to familiarize you with the city and provide you with opportunities to meet French students. 

    Typical Fall Semester Excursions:  Aigues-Mortes and the Mediterranean Sea, Les Baux-de-Provence, Carcassonne, Arles and Saint Remy de Provence, Avignon and Fontaine de Vaucluse, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

    Optional longer excursions at an extra cost are also organized by the program during the semester and are offered if there is sufficient interest. These include excursions to Paris, Normandy, the Loire Valley, and Morocco.

    Typical Spring Semester Excursions: Nimes and Pont-du-Gard, Couvertoirade or Budhist Temple and Roquefort Caves, Marseille, St Guilhem-le-Désert, Anduze

    Optional longer excursions at an extra cost are also organized by the program during the semester and are offered if there is sufficient interest. These include excursions to Paris, Normandy, the Loire Valley, and Morocco.

    Typical Summer Excursions: Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Avignon or Pont du Gard (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

    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

    • Strengthen French linguistic skills
    • Deepen cross-cultural understanding through interaction with local students, host families, and community members
    • Gain French, European, and international perspectives on academic disciplines
    • Increase independence and self-reliance by learning to navigate French society
    • Develop professional skills such as problem-solving and teamwork.

    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 per semester; 3–10 credits for summer

    Coursework

    Semester & Academic Year Programs 

    These program options focus on language, humanities, and liberal arts. Refer to dedicated Learning Abroad Center program web pages for businesseducationscience and engineering and psychology course options in Montpellier.

    Language & Culture (2+ semesters of college-level French proficiency)

    Integrated Studies (4+ semesters of college-level French proficiency)

    Summer Programs

    Summer Study in Montpellier program offers intensive French language study with other international students at the Institute for Foreign Students, located on the University Paul Valéry campus and/or other American students at the University of Minnesota Program Center. The program is designed for all levels of French study, from beginning through advanced.

    Participants take one course per 4-week session and may choose from three options: Session 1 (June), Session 2 (July) or Sessions 1 and 2 (June and July). The number of credits earned depends on the courses selected; courses are 3–5 credits each. Language study courses are designed for students to make progress in their language development. Topics courses are taught in French and designed for advanced students to develop their knowledge and understanding of Francophone language and culture.

    Courses are designed to help students develop strong language skills and deepen their cultural understanding. Courses are pre-approved for University of Minnesota credit, and the curriculum is a prescribed set of courses.

    Academic Planning Form (UofM Students Only)

    University of Minnesota French majors and minors meet with the French Department undergraduate adviser at a special session to discuss course equivalencies to list on the Academic Planning Form. Summer students and students on the Language & Culture option register for pre-approved University of Minnesota French language and/or civilization courses that apply toward major and minor requirements.

    • 4+ semesters of college-level French proficiency required (for 2−4 semesters of college-level French, see the Language & Culture track)
    • fall semester, spring semester, academic year
    • courses available in humanities, liberal arts, business, marketing, sciences, engineering
    • special courses designed for US students and integrated courses with French students
    • 15–18 semester credits

    Required Courses

    Integrated Studies students are required to take Grammar & Methodology, Writing in French or Phonetics and one University Paul Valéry course. Students who have completed Academic Writing and Phonetics in the US can substitute with the Advanced Conversation course. UofM students who have not completed FREN 3016 must take Academic Writing. Very advanced students can request permission to focus on integrated courses instead of the required grammar and writing or phonetics courses. Contact the Learning Abroad Center in advance.

     

    Grammar & Methodology (advanced)
    MONT 3301
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Analysis of the French language and linguistic structures. Must be combined with either Academic Writing or Phonetics for a total of 6 credits.

    Syllabus for Grammar & Methodology—section 1 (PDF) 

    Syllabus for Grammar & Methodology—section 2 (PDF) 

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3015 or 3016 (FREN 3010 for students who have previously completed 3016)

    University Paul Valéry course
    MONT Integrated
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Integrated courses in a variety of fields of study. See compiled fall semester course catalog and spring semester catalog for listing of typical courses offered.

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    Writing in French: Tools & Techniques (advanced)
    MONT 3505W
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    This course will strengthen your ability to write well in French on a range of academic topics. An additional emphasis on vocabulary development will give you greater confidence to express yourself orally and in writing in an academic context.

    Note: required for UofM students on the Integrated Studies program who have not yet completed French 3016.

    Syllabus for Writing in French (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college French prior to program start

    UofM equivalent: Fren 3016 or Fren 3010

    Approved as Writing Intensive

    Phonetics
    MONT 3014
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Study of French sounds and intonation and phonetic transcription.

    Syllabus for Phonetics (PDF) 

    Note: UofM students who have taken 3014 on campus cannot enroll in the Phonetics course in Montpellier.

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3014

    Elective Courses

    Choose 2 courses, 3 credits each:

     

    Conversation (advanced)
    MONT 3309
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    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 UofM program participants. 

    Syllabus for Advanced Conversation (PDF) 

    Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college-level French

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

    Advanced Translation
    MONT Integrated
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Study and practice of advanced grammar topics and translation of literary and press texts from English to French. University Paul Valery integrated upper-division course often selected by advanced academic year program students.

    Syllabus for Advanced Translation (PDF) 

    Prerequisite: Second semester Academic Year student only

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3010 (Students can earn up to a total of 6 credits of electives for language work beyond 3016.)

    Art History
    MONT 3308
    Spring Semester
    3 Credits

    Examine the works and approach of modern French art masters and major art movements including surrealism, pop art, minimalism and conceptual art from from the 19th to 21st centuries. The course includes visits to art museums in Montpellier, Nimes and Sete.

    Syllabus for Art History (PDF) 

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3650. Fulfills elective credit for major/minor. Approved for Arts & Humanities Core and Global Perspectives Theme.

    Civilization of the South
    MONT 3302
    Spring Semester
    3 Credits

    Discover Southern France's ancient history to Southern France's place in contemporary Europe.

    Syllabus for Civilization of the South (PDF) 

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    UofM French Department equivalent: FREN 3650; Civ. course requirement or elective for major/minor. Approved for Global Perspectives Theme.

    Contemporary French Civilization
    MONT 3312
    Fall & Spring Semester
    3 Credits

    Study of contemporary French society.

    Syllabus for Contemporary French Civilization (PDF) 

    Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level French

    Approved for Social Sciences OR Historical Perspectives Core and Global Perspectives Theme

    The State & Citizenship: A Socio-historical Approach
    MONT 3000-level
    Fall Semester
    3 Credits

    Citizenship is an integral idea embedded in the concept of a democracy. Considered essential in verifying and legitimizing politically democratic regimes, it can also be argued that the notion of "citizenship" is, to some extent, a myth: an ideal which is implied in the idea of equal justice, human dignity, and human rights, and which should never be violated. This course will analyze the process of constructing the idea of citizenship in France (from 1789 to the present) and will examine critical historical junctures and their contemporary manifestations. The course will demonstrate how the construction of the "social state" (and thus the viability of social citizenship) is both a product of and a condition for a democratic political existence.

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    France & Its Mediterranean Neighbors—A Relationship of Exchange
    MONT 3022
    Spring Semester
    3 Credits

    Explore the many ways that France and its neighboring Mediterranean countries (Israel, Syria, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Libya) have engaged in cultural, economic, and political exchange over the centuries.

    Syllabus for France & Its Mediterranean Neighbors (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    Approved for Social Sciences Core and Global Perspectives Theme.

    Internship
    MONT 3303
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    This course accompanies the internship and reflects on work culture in France. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. Hours at the internship site are typically 8-10 hours per week.

    Syllabus for Internship (PDF)

    Sample Placements

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college French

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

    Masculine/Feminine: France Through the Lens of Cinema
    MONT 3313
    Fall Semester
    3 Credits

    This course examines the interpretation of gender roles in France as expressed through the medium of French cinema.

    Syllabus for Masculine/Feminine: France Through the Lens of Cinema (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    Approved for Arts & Humanities Core and Global Perspectives Theme

    Medieval Literature: Arthurian Legends & the Middle Ages
    MONT 3024W
    Spring Semester
    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, Approved as Writing Intensive

    Medieval Literature: Love, Heresy, & Betrayal in the Middle Ages
    MONT 3021W
    Fall Semester
    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 French Literature (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college French prior to program start

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Literature Core and Global Perspectives Theme, Approved as Writing Intensive

    Directed Research
    MONT 3993
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Under the supervision of a University Paul Valéry 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. Research topics must be pre-approved prior to participation. Taught exclusively to LAC program participants. 

    Syllabus for Directed Studies/Research (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    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: France at the Crossroads (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Global Perspectives Theme

    Integrated Courses

     

    University Paul Valéry courses
    MONT Integrated
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Integrated courses at University Paul Valéry in a variety of fields of study. 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 Semesters
    3 Credits

    Students enrolled at University Paul Valéry can also enroll in a limited number of courses at the University of Montpellier in a variety of fields of study.

    Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

    Optional Online Course

     

    Global Identity
    OLPD 3330
    Optional, online
    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.
  5. Fields of Study Available

    The list below provides details on the wide range of fields available at the University of Montpellier and at University Paul Valéry, both of which are available through this program.

    Accounting
     
     
     
    • Audit, Control
    • General Accounting
    • Private Accounting
    • Regional & National Accounting
    Anthropology
     
     
     
    • Anthropology of Education
    • Anthropology of Everyday
    • Life Anthropology of Literature
    • Ethnology: Intro. to Theories of Blood Relations
    • Evolution of Politics and Society
    Arabic
     
     
     
    • Beginning Arabic
    • Arabic Civilization
    • Arabic Grammar
    • Arabic for Non-majors
    Art History
     
     
     
    • Architecture
    • Art Esthetics
    • Egyptian Epigraph
    • Figurative Art Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology
    • History of Contemporary Art
    • History of Medieval Art
    • History of Modern Art
    • Introduction to Classical Archaeology
    • Prehistoric Art
    • Religious Iconography of the Middle Ages
    • Renaissance
    • 17th Century
    Arts
     
     
     

    Cinema, theater, painting (focus is on theory)

    • 18th Century Theater
    • Directing a Show
    • Exercises in Film Making
    • Aesthetics of the Image
    • History of Cinema
    • Aesthetics of Film Noir
    • History of World Cinema
    • Media Studies: Politics in Television
    • Contemporary Movement
    Biology
     
     
     
    • Biology departments (click on "Offre de Formation" links for each specialty area to see the "License" -undergraduate- options)
    • Biochemistry
    • Animal Physiobiology
    • Animal Biology
    Biology-Ecology
     
     
     
    • Ecology/Biodiversity (click on "Offre de Formation" links for each specialty area to see the "License" -undergraduate- options)
    • Operational Ecology
    Business
     
     
     
    Catalan
     
     
     
    Beginning Catalan
    Chinese
     
     
     
    • Beginning Chinese
    • Intermediate Chinese
    • Advanced Chinese
    • Chinese Civilization
    • Translation
    Communications
     
     
     
    Media, Culture, & Society
    Speech Communication
    Semiology
    Language & Communication
    Comparative Literature
     
     
     
    Modern & Contemporary Poetry
    Francophone Literature
    Contemporary Novels
    Composition & Writing
     
     
     
    French Stylistics
    Computer Science
     
     
     
    Note: Computer science technology in France is significantly less advanced than in the US.

    Computer Science areas of specialty with list of course offerings
    Systems & Networks
    Databases

    Economics
     
     
     
    Monetary Policies
    European Institutions
    International Business Management
    International Business Strategies
    Business Law
    European Union
    Management Theory
    Economic Analysis
    Marketing
    Political Sciences
    European Economics
    Labor Laws
    Principles of Macroeconomics
    Privacy Rights
    International Marketing
    International Business Law
    Law and International Relations
    Comparative Political Systems of Europe
    Marketing and Strategy of International Firms
    International Economics
    Corporate/Entrepreneurial Economics
    Constitutional Law
    Introduction to Management
    European Union Social and Political Law
    Economic Growth
    Economic Development
    Industrial Strategy
    Organizational Management
    Education
     
     
     
    Philosophy of Education
    Science of Education
    Sociology of Education
    Electrical Engineering
     
     
     
    Course Listings
    Electrostatic
    Electrokinetics
    Theory of Telecommunications
    Electromagnetism
    Industrial Technics
    Electronics
     
     
     
    Electronics areas of specialty and syllabi
    Components
    Electronic Functions
    Theory & Processes of Signals
    Power Electronics
    Converters
    Applied Mathematics and Physics
    Electrotechnics
     
     
     
    Electronics areas of specialty and syllabi
    Analogical Circuits & Logical Systems
    Signal Processing
    Microwaves
    Power, Transformers, Engines
    Applied Mathematics and Physics
    Engineering
     
     
     
    Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute 
    Thermodynamics syllabi
    Optics
    Creating Industrial Goods
    Design
    Fluid Mechanics Syllabi
    English
     
     
     
    French-English Translation
    Elizabethan Literature
    The English Bible
    20th Century US Civilization
    The French Encounter with American Cultures
    Ethnicity in the US
    America in the 20s
    Gothic Literature Poe, Hawthorne and Melville
    The British Detective Novel (1930s)
    British Novel (Pickpockets, Thieves & Prostitutes)
    British Postmodernism: Literature of Memory
    British Romanticism
    History of Scotland
    Faulkner
    African Literature & Civilization
    Poetry (British/US)
    Short Stories
    Contemporary Novel
    American Fiction
    Social Conflicts/Drama
    18th Century UK Aesthetics
    American Cinema: The Novel in Film
    Chomsky and His Critics
    Translation for Anglophones
    Anthropology of Pop Culture
    Encounters With the Other
    Shakespeare
    Accents and Dialects of English
    Sexual Revolution in American Literature
    Environmental Studies
     
     
     
    Scanning & Remote Detection
    Pollution: Identification, Characteristics, and Evolution
    Ecotoxicology and Environment
    Hydrosciences
    Water Resources
    Recycling
    French Literature
     
     
     
    Survey of French Literature
    French Medieval Linguistics
    Medieval French Literature
    French Literature of the Renaissance
    16th-Century French Literature
    17th-Century French Literature and Theater
    18th-Century French Literature and Theater
    19th-Century French Literature and Theater
    20th-Century French Literature and Theater
    Francophone Literature: Slave Testimonials from the 18th-19th Centuries
    French Caribbean Literature
    Classical Mythology in Literature
    Rhetoric in French Literature
    Poetry in French Literature
    Literature and the Visual Arts
    Writing the Colonization of Africa
    Négritude Poetic Writing
    French
     
     
     
    Textual analysis; phonetics; grammar (medieval, modern and contemporary); language and communication; French philology (see also Linguistics)
    Geography
     
     
     
    Geography of France
    Physical Geography
    Fundamental Concepts in Geography
    Geography of Populations/Human Geography
    Contemporary European Geography
    Cartography
    Paleo-environments
    Policy and Public Policy/Urban Planning
    Geology
     
     
     
    General Geology
    Geomorphology
    Hydrology
    Land Management
    German
     
     
     
    German Civilization, History and Geography
    Beginning German
    Intermediate German
    Advanced German
    Translation
    Civilization
    Greek (ancient and modern)
     
     
     
    Beginning Greek
    Intermediate Greek
    Advanced Greek
    Civilization
    Translation
    Health Sciences
     
     
     
    Health Systems
    Health Economics
    Physicals
    Hygiene and Public Health
    Hebrew
     
     
     
    Beginning Hebrew
    Intermediate Hebrew
    Hebrew for the Non-specialist
    History
     
     
     
    Ancient Roman History
    Ancient Greek History
    Medieval French History
    Contemporary French History
    Ancient History of the Languedoc-Roussillon Region
    Medieval History of the Languedoc-Roussillon Region
    Byzantium and the Arab World (6th-11th Centuries)
    The Church in the Medieval Period
    The Medieval World (4th-15th Centuries)
    16th-Century European History
    16th-Century French History
    17th-Century European History
    17th-Century French History
    19th-Century European History
    19th-Century French History
    Hollande's Golden Century
    Contemporary Religious History of France
    Contemporary Religious History: The Holocaust
    Comparing Political Systems
    History of the City of Rome
    Contemporary History: Nationalism, Minorities, and Statehood in the Balkans
    A History of International Relations from World War I to World War II
    A History of International Economic Relations
    International Law
    International Crises and the Balance of Power
    Italian
     
     
     
    Beginning Italian
    Intermediate Italian
    Translation
    Italian Civilization, Arts and Cinema
    Italian Literature from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
    18th and 19th-Century Italian Literature
    20th and 21st-Century Italian Literature
    Italian Historical Linguistics
    Law
     
     
     
    Focus on French Law

    Community Law
    Constitutional Law
    Employment Law
    Private and Public Law
    Fiscal Law
    Administration Law
    Childhood Law
    Introduction to Legal Vocabulary

    Linguistics
     
     
     
    Applied Linguistics
    Geolinguistics/Historical Linguistics
    French Linguistics
    History of the French Language
    Sociolinguistics
    French Phonetics
    Phonology
    Speech Analysis/Speech Communication
    Lexical Semantics and Lexicology
    Discursive and Cognitive Semantics
    Syntax
    Management
     
     
     
    Management (all fields): MOMA (level 3 and Master's 1) or ISEM
    Human Resources Management
    Output Management
    Administrative Management
    Financial Management
    Accounting
    Marketing
     
     
     
    Marketing (general), advanced classes are available in MOMA (level 3 and Master's 1) or ISEM
    International Marketing
    Market Research
    Product Analysis
    Price Policies
    Mechanical Engineering
     
     
     
    Mechanics & Theory of Mechanisms course listings
    Materials
    Mechanics
    Technology of Design & Manufacturing
    Scientific Calculus in Mechanics
    Material Sciences
     
     
     
    Microbiology
     
     
     
    Molecular & Cellular Metabolism
    Molecular Genetics
    Genetics
    Bacteriology
    Music (theory)
     
     
     
    Private lessons are also available for a fee. Music performance is not available.
    20th Century Music
    Composition & Harmony
    Musical Formation and Harmony
    Solfege
    Solfege & Writing
    History of Music
    Pharmacy
     
     
     
    1st year classes only
    Pharmacology
    Pharmakinetics
    Pharmaceutic Industry & Market
    Regulation and Development of Drugs
    Philosophy
     
     
     
    You must have excellent French skills and a solid background in Philosophy. History; aesthetics; epistemology; analysis; General Philosophy
    History of Philosophy
    Moral and Political Philosophy
    Philosophy of Science
    Epistemology and Forms of Rationality
    Esthetics
    Physics
     
     
     
    Physics (link to additional course listings)
    Nuclear Physics
    Thermodynamics
    Optics
    Acoustics
    Astrophysics
    Physiology
     
     
     
    Physiology & Psychophysiology
    Nutrition
    Cellular & Animal Physiology
    Endocrinology
    Physiology of Breeding
    Polish
     
     
     
    Beginning Polish
    Political Science
     
     
     
    Political Sociology
    History of Political Ideas
    Introduction to Public Politics
    History of Contemporary Politics
    Political Institutions
    Geopolitics
    International Relations Law
    Comparative Political Systems of Europe
    History of European Institutions
    Psychology
     
     
     
    History of Psychology
    Psychological Tools
    Experimental and Developmental Psychology
    Clinical Psychology/Adult Psychopathological Nosography
    Organizational Psychology
    Psychometrics
    Cognitive Psychology
    Cognitive Disorders
    Social Psychology
    Romanian
     
     
     
    Beginning Romanian
    Intermediate Romanian
    Russian
     
     
     
    Beginning Russian
    Intermediate Russian
    Advanced Russian
    Translation
    Russian Civilization
    Sociology
     
     
     
    Fundamental Concepts in Sociology
    Sociology & Society
    Sociology of the Media and Communication
    History of Sociology
    Applied Sociology
    Contemporary Sociology
    Sociology of the Imagination
    Sociology of Violence
    Sociology of the Digital Age
    Sociology of Cultural Change
    Political Sociology
    Sociology of Education
    Urban Legends
    Sociology of Art
    Sociology of Exclusion
    Sociology of Health
    Sociology of Rituals and Representations of Power
    Spanish
     
     
     
    Latin American Literature & Civilization (Colonial Period)
    Latin American Literature & Civilization (Contemporary)
    Peninsular Literature & Civilization (Classical)
    Peninsular Literature & Civilization (Contemporary)
    Intermediate Spanish
    Advanced Spanish
    Translation
    History of Cuba
    Spanish Linguistics
    • 2 semesters of college-level French proficiency required (for 4+ semesters of college-level French, see the Integrated Studies track )
    • fall semester, spring semester, academic year
    • 15–16 semester credits

    Required Courses 

    For UofM students, Intermediate Grammar & Methodology, Intermediate Conversation and Writing in French will combine to count for FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015.

    3 credits each, for a total of 12 credits:

     

    Intermediate Grammar & Methodology
    MONT 1301
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Available only to students on the Language and Culture program. Analysis of the French language and linguistic structures. Must be combined with either Academic Writing or Phonetics for a total of 6 credits. 

    Syllabus for Intermediate Grammar and Methodology (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level French 

    UofM equivalent: The required courses combine to count for FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015. 

    Intermediate Conversation
    MONT 1309
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Available only to students on the Language and Culture program. 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 Intermediate Conversation (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level French prior to program start

    UofM equivalent: For UofM students, the required courses combine to count for FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015.  

    Writing in French: Tools & Techniques (Intermediate)
    MONT 1302W
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    Credits

    Available only to students on the Language and Culture program. This course will strengthen your ability to write well in French on a range of academic topics. An additional emphasis on vocabulary development will give you greater confidence to express yourself orally and in writing in an academic context.

    Syllabus for Writing in French: Tools & Techniques (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level French 

    UofM equivalent: For UofM students, the required courses combine to count for FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015. 

    Phonetics
    MONT 3014
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Study of French sounds and intonation and phonetic transcription.

    Syllabus for Phonetics (PDF)

    Note: UofM students who have taken 3014 on campus cannot enroll in the Phonetics course in Montpellier.

    Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level French

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3014

     

    Elective Courses

    Choose 1 course, 3 credits:

     

    Contemporary French Civilization
    MONT 3312
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    Study of contemporary French society. 2.5 hours per week. 

    Syllabus for Contemporary French Civilization (PDF)

    Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level French 

    Approved for Social Sciences OR Historical Perspectives Core and Global Perspectives Theme

    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)

    Community Engagement
    MONT 3886
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits

    This course accompanies the engagement opportunity and reflects on work culture in France. Placement options for students with limited French may include assisting with coaching after-school sports teams, working with charities, and assisting with English language classes in school settings. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. Taught in English.

    Students with sufficient French language skills can enroll in the internship course in French (MONT 3303) instead and have a wider selection of possible placements.

    Syllabus for Community Engagement (PDF) (taught in English) 

    Syllabus for Internship (PDF) (MONT 3303, taught in French)

    UofM equivalent (if enrolled in MONT 3303 in French): FREN 3650. Fulfills elective credit for major/minor. Approved for Civic Life and Ethics Theme.

    University Paul Valéry courses
    MONT 3XXX
    Fall & Spring Semesters
    3 Credits
    Here is a sample of English-taught courses offered at University Paul Valéry. 

    Optional Online Course

     

    Global Identity
     
    Optional, online
    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. Coursework

    Please refer to this chart to view all courses offered during Summer Study and in which session(s) they are offered. Descriptions and syllabi are provided below.

    Courses for Students with 0–3 Semesters of French

    The following courses are offered to students who have no prior French language study or have completed 1–3 semesters of French:

    Beginning French
    MONT 1001
    Summer
    5 Credits

    Introduces students to the four language skills: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. Topics include everyday issues (shopping, directions, family, housing). Equivalent to A1 level.

    Syllabus for Beginning French (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 1001

    Advanced Beginning French
    MONT 1002
    Summer
    5 Credits

    Continues to develop students’ competency in the four language skills: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. Topics include everyday issues (shopping, directions, family, housing, etc.). Equivalent to A1 level.

    Syllabus for Advanced Beginning French (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 1002

    Intermediate French
    MONT 1003
    Summer
    5 Credits

    Development of listening, writing, and speaking skills in the context of cultural themes related to the Francophone world. Grammar review and elaboration. Equivalent to A2 level.

    Syllabus for Intermediate French (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 1003

    Advanced Intermediate French
    MONT 1004
    Summer
    5 Credits

    Continued development of listening, writing, and speaking skills in the context of cultural themes related to the Francophone world. Grammar review and elaboration. Equivalent to A2 level.

    Syllabus for Advanced Intermediate French (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 1004

    Courses for Students with 4+ Semesters of French

    The following courses are offered to students who have completed 4 or more semesters of French:
     

    French Composition & Communication
    MONT 3015
    Summer
    3 Credits

    Advanced study of French with particular emphasis on grammar review, vocabulary building, oral communication skills, and language usage in cultural contexts. Equivalent to B1–B2 levels.

    Syllabus for French Composition & Communication (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3015

    Advanced French Composition & Communication
    MONT 3016
    Summer
    3 Credits

    Advanced study of grammar in context: emphasis on writing for varied communicative purposes, reading for style and content, translation. Students must have completed the equivalent of Fren 3015 (5th semester). Equivalent to B1–B2 levels.

    Syllabus for Advanced French Composition & Communication (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3016

    French Expression
    MONT 3010
    Summer
    3 Credits

    Advanced study of grammar in context: emphasis on writing for varied communicative purposes, reading for style and content, translation. Students must have completed the equivalent of Fren 3015 (5th semester). Equivalent to B1–B2 levels.

    Syllabus for French Expression (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3016

    La France Mosaïque: Perspectives on Contemporary France
    MONT 3311
    Summer Session 1 only
    3 Credits

    Explore current perspectives on immigration in France. This course will be taught in French and will include visits and excursions around Montpellier and the surrounding region. You will visit various organizations dedicated to naturalization services, public housing, immigrants' rights, non-violence, anti-racism and anti-discrimination. You will also take part in service-learning with local organizations.

    Syllabus for La France Mosaique (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3650; Civ. course requirement or elective for major/minor.

    Approved for Social Sciences Core and Civic Life and Ethics Theme as well as Global Perspectives Theme.

    History of French Cinema
    MONT 3101
    Summer Session 2 only
    3 Credits

    In this course, you will examine the unique history and artistic form of French cinema and explore key themes of French society during the 20th Century through the lens of cinema.

    Syllabus for History of French Cinema (PDF)

    Approved for Arts, Humanities Core and Global Perspectives Theme.

    French for Science & Technology
    MONT 3110
    Summer Session 2 only
    3 Credits

    This course will focus on grammar and vocabulary relevant to the fields of science and technology. It will include visits to local industry.

    Syllabus for French for Science & Technology (PDF)

  7. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Summer 2019 (Session 1) Aug 1 Mar 1
    Depart U.S. May 30
    Arrive Montpellier May 31
    Depart Montpellier Jun 29
    Summer 2019 (Session 2) Aug 1 Mar 1
    Depart U.S. Jun 26
    Arrive Montpellier Jun 27
    Depart Montpellier Jul 27
    Summer 2019 (Session 1& 2) Aug 1 Mar 1
    Depart U.S. May 30
    Arrive Montpellier May 31
    Depart Montpellier Jul 27
    Fall 2019 Dec 1 Apr 1
    Depart U.S. Sep 4
    Arrive Montpellier Sep 5
    Orientation & welcome week Sep 6 – 11
    Free weekend Sep 12 – 15
    Classes begin Sep 16
    Break Oct 28 – Nov 3
    End of classes Dec 14
    Exams Dec 9 – 20
    End of Fall Semester Dec 20
    Depart Montpellier Dec 21
    Academic Year 2019-2020 Dec 1 Apr 1
    Depart U.S. Sep 4
    Arrive Montpellier Sep 5
    Orientation & welcome week Sep 6 – 11
    Free weekend Sep 12 – 15
    Classes begin Sep 16
    Break Oct 28 – Nov 3
    End of classes Dec 14
    Exams Dec 9 – 20
    End of Fall Semester Dec 20
    Winter Break (tentative)
    Classes begin (tentative
    Break (tentative)
    Break (tentative)
    End of Spring Semester (tentative)
    Depart Montpellier (tentative)
    Spring 2020 May 1 Oct 1
    Depart U.S. Jan 15
    Arrive Montpellier Jan 16
    Winter Break Feb 15 – 23
    Spring Break Apr 11 – 19
    End of Spring Semester May 9
    Depart for U.S. May 10

    *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
    Summer 2019 Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Fall 2019 and Academic Year 2019-2020 Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 3:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. CSOM 1-147

    *UMTC Declared and Prospective French Majors and Minors (semester, academic year, and advanced summer students only): Please contact the French department to set up a meeting with Trina Whittaker, Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to complete the Academic Planning Form. If you are considering declaring a major or minor, please do so prior to orientation.

  8. Fees for Study Abroad in Montpellier, France

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

    Summer 2019 Program Fees

    Summer Session 1 or 2 (Student Studio Apartment)

    Summer Session 1 or 2 (Homestay)

    Summer Session 1 & 2 (Student Studio Apartment)

    Summer Session 1 & 2 (Homestay)

    Summer Session 1 & 2 (Student Studio Apartment & Homestay combination)

    Fall 2019 Program Fees

    Traditional French ApartmentStudent Studio ApartmentHomestay

    Academic Year 2019-2020 Program Fees

    Traditional French ApartmentStudent Studio ApartmentHomestay

    Spring 2020 Program Fees 

    Traditional French ApartmentStudent Studio ApartmentHomestay

    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.
  9. 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 Study Abroad in Montpellier
    Track Name Study Abroad in Montpellier
    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 (Semester/Year applicants only)
    • Transcript (Non-UofM students only)
    • Home Institution Nomination (Non-UofM students only)

    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.

    Next Steps

    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 a confirmation 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.
  10. 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.

    Student Visa in France (Short-stay)

    Students traveling with a US passport do not need a student visa in order to study in France for less than 90 days. You will need a valid passport.

    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. 

    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.

  11. Program Contact

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

    Maria Mantey or call at 612.626.7535.

  12. 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.

    Marty Stock: Spring 2019, Political Science major 

    Kate Redetzke: Spring 2019, Linguistics and French major

    Amanda Huff: Spring 2018, Global Studies & French major

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