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Pont du Gard bridge in Montpellier

Language & Culture in Southern France (UofM Students)

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LAC Program

Study in Montpellier, 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.

Program Details

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
Student Year
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
Language Prerequisite
2 semesters of prior French for semester/year. No language prerequisite for summer.

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Program Locations

Program Center

Home to the University of Minnesota programs in France, this location serves as the offices for the program staff members, some classroom space, and space for students to hang out. There are also computers for student use, as well as wireless internet access.

Latitude
43.613400
Longitude
3.883600
Place de la Comédie

Main square in town, common meeting place for students.

Latitude
43.608200
Longitude
3.879300
Polygone

Located in the heart of Montpellier, this shopping center offers stores such as andré, Galeries Lafayette, L'Occitan, fnac, Camaïeu, Etam, Naf Naf, and Monoprix. There are also several pâtisseries and cafés in the shopping center.

Latitude
43.608500
Longitude
3.884600
Aéroport Montpellier–Méditerranée

Coordinated group flight arrives and departs from this airport. Airport also houses budget airlines EasyJet and Ryan Air, and serves many locations such as Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Fez, London, Paris, and Rome.

Latitude
43.577100
Longitude
3.959200
Gare Montpellier-Saint-Roch (Train Station)

Located just off the Place de la Comédie, the train station is within walking distance of the arrival hotel.  It is a gateway to all of France and greater Europe!

Latitude
43.603400
Longitude
3.880700
Institut d'Études Françaises pour Étrangers (IEFE)

Students on the Summer program and semester Language & Culture program attend courses at the Institut d'Études Françaises pour Étrangers (IEFE).

Latitude
43.633000
Longitude
3.871300
Montpellier I

The Law/Medicine branch of the University of Montpellier. Students on the semester and academic year Integrated Studies track have the option to take courses here.

Latitude
43.634700
Longitude
3.847100
Montpellier II

The Science/Technology branch of the University of Montpellier. Students on the semester and academic year Integrated Studies track have the option to take courses here.

Latitude
43.635700
Longitude
3.841800
Piscine Olympique d'Antigone (Pool)
Latitude
43.607100
Longitude
3.892900
Odysseum

Easily accessible by tram, the Odysseum complex contains an aquarium, a planetarium, a shopping center, restaurants, and a skating rink.

Latitude
43.603500
Longitude
3.920600
Parc Zoologique
Latitude
43.643200
Longitude
3.879800
Jardin des Plantes
Latitude
43.614400
Longitude
3.873000
Palavas-les-Flots

Closest beach to Montpellier, easily accessible by tram or bicycle.

Latitude
43.529200
Longitude
3.931800
Nîmes

About 30 minutes by train from Montpellier, Nîmes makes a great day trip. It is home to several remnants of the Roman Empire, such as the amphitheatre, where bull fights are still held, the Tour Magne, and the Maison Carrée.

Latitude
43.836000
Longitude
4.356100
Sète

About 20 minutes from Montpellier by train, Sète makes a great day trip. It is a port town with a strong maritime and fishing culture, and home les joutes nautiques (water jousting) during the St-Louis Festival in August.

Latitude
43.407500
Longitude
3.699700
Carcassonne

A short train ride from Montpellier, Carcassonne is famous for the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Latitude
43.407500
Longitude
3.699700
Pont du Gard

Typical program excursion

Latitude
43.947600
Longitude
4.535000
Avignon

Typical program excursion

Latitude
43.948800
Longitude
4.804200
Les Baux de Provence

Typical program excursion

Latitude
43.743800
Longitude
4.794900
St-Guilhem-le-Désert

Typical program excursion

Latitude
43.755400
Longitude
3.539000
Aigues Mortes

Typical program excursion

Latitude
43.567100
Longitude
4.192000
Camargue

Typical program excursion

Latitude
43.499700
Longitude
4.499900

About

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 culture and strengthen your French language skills.

Based at the University of Minnesota's Program Center in Montpellier, this program provides a strong foundation of French language (composition, grammar, conversation, etc.) and culture electives. In addition, longstanding partnerships with the University Paul Valéry (UPV) and the University of Montpellier (UM) allow you to take electives in the arts, business, languages, humanities, engineering, sciences, and social sciences. To meet your individual needs and take full advantage of Montpellier's many opportunities, the course selection process is individualized and the academic program is tailored. Choose from a mix of elective courses taught exclusively for French language learners and direct enrollment options with French students.

Housing & Meals

Homestays (Semester, Summer)

Homestays provide a vital connection to the local culture, 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. Most families live in the suburbs of Montpellier, approximately 30-45 minutes by bus or tram from the Program Center and from campus.

If you wish to maximize your language practice and cultural development through regular family contact and are willing to adapt to a French family's lifestyle and schedule, this is a good housing option for you. The level of integration you experience with your host family may vary—some families go to great lengths to make you part of the family while others take a more independent approach. Host families are an option even for students who do not have prior French language study.

Traditional French Apartment (Semester)

Live with other program participants in typical French apartments. These are usually located in the center of town or close to the universities and are easily accessible to the Program Center and the university. You will share the apartment with 1–2 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 $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 Apartments (Semester, Summer)

Small studio apartments located in a student apartment building offer modern rooms with a small private bathroom and kitchenette. The rooms are furnished with a single bed and desk. The residence building is located in downtown Montpellier, about a 20-minute walk from the Program Center and a 25-minute tram ride 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, like your own space, and want to meet other students (French and international), this is a good option.

French Dormitory (Semester)

French dormitory rooms are different from US dormitory rooms.  The rooms are generally small, and social interaction with other residents can be minimal compared to a US dormitory setting. Dormitory rooms consist of a single bed, a small desk, a lamp, and a closet.  In addition, each room is equipped with a small shower and a toilet.  Shared kitchen facilities are available on each floor.  The dormitory buildings are located on campus, about a 15-minute commute from the Program Center and a 30-minute commute from downtown. This housing option does not include meals, but does include utilities.  Most students will prepare breakfast in their rooms and then eat at the Resto U (student cafeteria), the Program Center, or dine out for their other meals. A $500 security deposit will be billed with your program fee. If you are independent, minimalist, have a high level of French, and want to live on campus, this is a good option.

Excursions

Two or three day-long excursions are planned each semester to introduce you to the unique character of southern France. Summer Sessions I and II will each offer one day-long excursion. 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:

  • Wars, Wine and Wonders: Exploring Western France (One week touring Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, D-Day beaches, Loire Valley castles, Bordeaux and St. Emilion)

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:

  • Wars, Wine and Wonders: Exploring Western France (One week touring Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, D-Day beaches, Loire Valley castles, Bordeaux and St. Emilion)

Typical Summer Session Excursions

Day excursions sites may include:

  • Arles and the Carrières de Lumière
  • Avignon and Pont-du-Gard
  • Collioure
  • Marseille
  • Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

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

Headshot of 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

Corinne 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.

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.

Program Structure

Program Level
1000–3000 level courses
Courseload

5 courses (15–18 credits) per semester; 1 course (3-5 credits) per session or 2 courses (6-10 credits) for both sessions during summer 

Coursework

The Language & Culture Program focuses on French language, humanities and the liberal arts with electives available in many fields of study. There are three different tracks available and students should select their track level to see detailed course offerings according to their level of French.

  • Beginning Track (0 - 1 semesters of college-level French) Summer Only
  • Intermediate Track (2 - 3 semesters of college-level French) Fall, Spring, Academic Year and Summer
  • Advanced Track (4+ semesters of college-level French ) Fall, Spring, Academic Year and Summer

Specialized academic programs are also available in Montpellier (taught in French & English) to study Business, Education & Teaching, Engineering & Science and Developmental Psychology & Psychology.

Academic Planning

All students are encouraged to meet with their major and/or minor advisor to discuss how courses completed in Montpellier will count towards their degree and should complete the Academic Planning Form during that meeting.

University of Minnesota French Majors and Minors should schedule an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for French to discuss course selection and equivalences.

Full Course List

Click on each track below to learn more about courses offered

Beginning Track

This track is designed for students with no prior French language study or one previous semester of college-level French.

Summer Term

  • Courses are taught at the L’Institut universitaire d’Enseignement du Français langue Etrangère (IEFE) which specialize in French courses for language learners.
  • IEFE is located on the University Paul Valéry (UPV) campus and students take courses with other American and international students from around the world.
  • Take one course per 4-week session: Session I (June), Session II (July) or Sessions I and II (June and July). You may choose to participate in one or both sessions.
  • The number of credits earned depends on the courses selected; courses are 5 credits each. Language study courses are designed for students to make progress in their language development.

Intermediate Track

This track is designed for students with 2 or 3 semesters of previous college-level French study.

Fall or Spring Semester

  • This semester program is designed to help students advance quickly in their French language skills.
  • All students are required to enroll in the four French language courses (MONT 1301, 1302W, 1309 and 3014).
  • UofM students will earn the equivalent of two semesters of French language (FREN 1003+1004 or FREN 1004+3015.)
  • In addition, all students will select one Elective Course.
  • Students will select a second elective if they have already completed Phonetics (FREN 3014).
  • Students must be enrolled in 15-18 credits.
  • Courses are taught at the UofM Program Center (Center) or in the Relations International department (RI) with other international students at the University Paul Valéry (UPV). Select courses in English are offered in other departments at UPV.
  • Courses are designed especially for native English speakers learning French as a second language.

Summer

  • Courses are taught at the L’Institut universitaire d’Enseignement du Français langue Etrangère (IEFE) which specialize in French courses for language learners.
  • IEFE is located on the University Paul Valéry (UPV) campus and students take courses with other American and international students from around the world.
  • Take one course per 4-week session: Session I (June), Session II (July) or Sessions I and II (June and July). You may choose to participate in one or both sessions.
  • Courses are 5 credits each. Language study courses are designed for students to make progress in their language development.

Advanced Track

This track is designed for students with 4 or more semesters of previous college-level French study.

Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year

  • This semester program allows students to continue to strengthen their French language and grammar skills while at the same time pursuing major or minor credit or fulfilling liberal education requirements by enrolling in one or more direct enroll courses at University Paul Valéry (UPV) or University of Montpellier (UM).
  • All students are required to enroll in the Advanced Grammar & Methodology course and choose Advanced Writing in French OR Phonetics (MONT 3301 OR MONT 3302 and 3505W OR 3014). 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.
  • Courses adapted for language learners are taught at the UofM Program Center (Center) or in the Relations International department (RI) at UPV.
  • All students are required to select at least one Direct Enroll course at UPV or UM. Direct Enroll courses (in French) are offered in a wide variety of departments located at UPV. Select Direct Enroll courses are also available at UM.
  • Very advanced students (7+ semesters) can request permission to focus on Direct Enroll courses instead of the required grammar and writing or phonetics courses. Contact Maria Mantey in advance.
  • All students will select one or more elective courses.
  • Students must be enrolled in 15-18 credits.

Summer

  • Courses are taught at the L’Institut universitaire d’Enseignement du Français langue Etrangère (IEFE) which specialize in French courses for language learners or at the UofM Program Center (Center).
  • IEFE is located on the UPV campus and students take courses with other American and international students from around the world.
  • Take one course per 4-week session: Session I (June), Session II (July) or Sessions I and II (June and July). You may choose to participate in one or both sessions.
  • Courses are 3 credits each. Language study courses are designed for students to make progress in their language development.

Beginning French I

Course ID
MONT 1001
Terms
  • Summer I
  • Summer II
5
Credits

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

Syllabus for Beginning French I

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
None
UofM Equivalent
FREN 1001

Beginning French II

Course ID
MONT 1002
Terms
  • Summer I
  • Summer II
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.).

Syllabus for Beginning French II

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
FREN 1001 or equivalent
UofM Equivalent
FREN 1002

Intermediate French I

Course ID
MONT 1003
Terms
  • Summer I
  • Summer II
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 third semester French.

Syllabus for Intermediate French I

Language Taught In
  • French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 1003

Intermediate French II

Course ID
MONT 1004
Terms
  • Summer I
  • Summer II
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.

Syllabus for Intermediate French II

Language Taught In
  • French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 1004

Intermediate Grammar & Methodology

Course ID
MONT 1301
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Analysis of the French language and linguistic structures.

Syllabus for Intermediate Grammar & Methodology

Language Taught In
  • French
UofM Equivalent
Intermediate Grammar & Methodology + Writing in French: Tools & Techniques + Intermediate Conversation = FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015

Writing in French: Tools & Techniques (intermediate)

Course ID
MONT 1302W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
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.

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

Language Taught In
  • French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Writing Intensive
UofM Equivalent
Intermediate Grammar & Methodology + Writing in French: Tools & Techniques + Intermediate Conversation = FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015

Intermediate Conversation

Course ID
MONT 1309
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Conversation practice through discussions on current topics, films and articles with the class and with an assigned conversation topic.

Syllabus for Intermediate Conversation

Language Taught In
  • French
UofM Equivalent
Intermediate Grammar & Methodology + Writing in French: Tools & Techniques + Intermediate Conversation = FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015

Direct Enroll Courses at UPV

Course ID
MONT 3000-level
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
Varies

A wide variety of courses are offered each semester at the University Paul Valéry (UPV). Students in the Advanced Track will be enrolled in one or more direct enroll courses.

Departments include:

  • Anthropology & Ethnology
  • Art History & Archeology
  • Biology, Ecology & the Environment
  • Communications & Media Studies
  • Education
  • French Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Relations, Political Science & Economics
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Languages: Literature & Civilization (Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Greek, Italian, Occitan, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish)
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sports
  • Studio Art
  • Visual Arts

Please see the Course Catalogs linked below to review courses available for the semester you plan to study abroad.  You are encouraged to discuss the course offerings with your Academic Advisor(s) and schedule a meeting with the Montpellier Program Advisor to discuss any questions you may have.

Fall Semester UPV Course Catalog
Spring Semester UPV Course Catalog


Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
4+ semesters of college-level French
UofM Equivalent
Varies

English Direct Enroll Courses at UPV

Course ID
MONT 3000-level
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
Varies

Students from the intermediate and advanced tracks of the Language & Culture in Southern France programs can choose from a limited number of courses taught in English at University Paul Valéry (UPV).  

Please see the Course Catalog to review courses available for the semester you plan to study abroad.  You are encouraged to discuss the course offerings with your Academic Advisor(s) and schedule a meeting with the Montpellier Program Advisor to discuss any questions you may have.

UPV English Course Catalog


Language Taught In
  • English
Prerequisite
None
UofM Equivalent
Varies

French Direct Enroll Courses at UM

Course ID
MONT 3000-level
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
Varies

A wide variety of courses are offered each semester at the University of Montpellier (UM). Advanced track students can choose to enroll in 1 direct enroll course in French at UM. Departments include:

  • Agrosciences & Biotechnologies
  • Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Environment, Earth & Water Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics & Informatics
  • Physics and Astrophysics, Mechanics and Civil Engineering, Electronics, Micro- and Nanoelectronics & Robotics
  • Sports Management & Marketing

Courses in these areas are available on a case by case basis. For more information about the courses available at UM, please contact the Montpellier Program Advisor.  You are encouraged to discuss the course offerings with your Academic Advisor(s).


Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
4+ semesters of college-level French
UofM Equivalent
Varies

Cross-Cultural Psychology

Course ID
MONT 3006
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course will examine how cultural factors influence human behavior and development. Additionally, the interaction between different cultures and how to solve the difficulties that may arise during the acculturation process may be discussed. The course also studies the vision and treatment of mental disorders in different cultures, especially the differences and similarities between French and North American cultures. Mental Health systems of both countries will be also analyzed and compared.

Syllabus for Cross-Cultural Psychology

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
PSY 3301

Advanced French Expression

Course ID
MONT 3010
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer I
  • Summer II
3
Credits

Advanced study of grammar in context: emphasis on writing for varied communicative purposes, reading for style and content, translation. Students who have completed the equivalent of Fren 3016 (6th semester) French will select this course.

Syllabus for Advanced French Expression

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
FREN 3016 or equivalent
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3010

Phonetics

Course ID
MONT 3014
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Study of French sounds and intonation and phonetic transcription.

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

Syllabus for Phonetics

Language Taught In
  • French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3014

French Composition & Communication I

Course ID
MONT 3015
Terms
  • Summer I
  • Summer II
3
Credits

Advanced study of French with particular emphasis on grammar review, vocabulary building, oral communication skills, and language usage in cultural contexts.

Syllabus for French Composition & Communication I

Language Taught In
  • French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3015

French Composition & Communication II

Course ID
MONT 3016
Terms
  • Summer I
  • Summer II
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).

Syllabus for French Composition & Communication II

Language Taught In
  • French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3016

Medieval French Literature: Mysteries, Marvels and Monsters

Course ID
MONT 3021W
Terms
  • 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.

Syllabus for Medieval French Literature: Mysteries, Marvels and Monsters

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
4+ semesters of college-level French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
  • Writing Intensive
UofM Equivalent
May be approved for FRIT 3101W for students who have completed FREN 3016. Email the FRIT Director of Undergraduate Studies for approval.

Medieval French Literature: The Once & Future King

Course ID
MONT 3024W
Terms
  • 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.

Syllabus for Medieval French Literature: The Once & Future King

Language Taught In
  • French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
  • Writing Intensive
UofM Equivalent
May be approved for FRIT 3101W for students who have completed FREN 3016. Email the FRIT Director of Undergraduate Studies for approval.

French [R]evolutions through Film: Transformations in French Society from 1945 to the Present

Course ID
MONT 3025W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Through the lens of cinema and documentary film, this course explores the changes in French society from the period of the Second World War to the present day. Key moments in France’s history will be examined in a range of prominent films that reflect cultural, social and political evolutions that have taken place. By examining these works from a variety of perspectives, students will develop a deeper understanding of French culture and the community in which they are immersed. Taught at the UofM Program Center. 

Syllabus for French [R]evolutions through Film: Transformations in French Society from 1945 to the Present

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
  • Writing Intensive

French Writers: Transformations in French & Francophone Society from 1945 to the Present through the Eyes of Novelists

Course ID
MONT 3026W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Through the lens of literature, this course explores the changes in French society from the period of the Second World War to the present day. Beginning with the trauma of the Nazi occupation, students will look at how French literature over the years has served as a mirror on society, reflecting cultural, social, and political evolutions. Students will examine key moments in France’s history that have left a mark: the period of Nazi occupation and the conflict between collaborators and resistance fighters (as portrayed in Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key), France in Indochina and the underpinnings of its postcolonial legacy (Marguerite Duras’s Sea Wall), the cultural revolution of May 1968 (Annie Ernaux’s The Years), evolving family models and changing visions of the world in the 1980s (Tahar Ben Jelloun’s The Sand Child), social upheaval and exclusion from the 1990s to the present day (Edouard Louis’s Ending Eddy, Michel Houellebecq’s Platform, Mounia Meddour’s Papicha). Recent texts and film will engage with an exploration of contemporary France around issues such as francophone multiculturalism, societal unrest (the yellow-jacket movement) and the terror attacks (Marie N’Diaye’s Ladivine, Jacques’s Audiard’s Un Prophète, Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables, Emmanuel Leconte’s Humour à mort—the Charlie Hebdo attacks), but also France’s continuing mission to promote literature through the Prix Goncourt. The course aims to provide students with tools for understanding a culture through an exploration of its creative artifacts.

 

Syllabus for French Writers: Transformations in French & Francophone Society from 1945 to the Present through the Eyes of Novelists

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
  • Writing Intensive

History of French Cinema

Course ID
MONT 3101
Terms
  • Summer II
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

Language Taught In
  • French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

French for Science & Technology

Course ID
MONT 3110
Terms
  • Summer II
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

Language Taught In
  • French

Language Development from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Course ID
MONT 3121
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course exams the process of language learning in children and the different philosophical approaches in the US and France regarding second language development.

Syllabus for Language Development from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
CI 3610

Advanced Grammar & Methodology I

Course ID
MONT 3301
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
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 Advanced Grammar & Methodology I

Language Taught In
  • French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3015

Civilization of the South

Course ID
MONT 3302
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

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

This course is taught at both the intermediate and advanced levels.  

Must have completed 2 semesters of French for intermediate course or 4 semesters for advanced course.

Syllabus for Civilization of the South

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
2+ semesters of college-level French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3650; Civ. course requirement or elective for major/minor.

Internship

Course ID
MONT 3303
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course accompanies the internship and reflects on work culture in France. Hours at the internship site are typically 8-10 hours per week.

Sample Placements

Syllabus for Internship

Language Taught In
  • French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3650. Fulfills elective credit for major/minor.

Art History: From Modern to Contemporary

Course ID
MONT 3308
Terms
  • Spring
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.

This course is taught at both the intermediate and advanced levels.  

Must have completed 2 semesters of French for intermediate course or 4 semesters for advanced course.

Syllabus for Art History: From Modern to Contemporary

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
2+ semesters of college-level French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3650. Fulfills elective credit for major/minor.

Advanced Conversation

Course ID
MONT 3309
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Advanced conversation practice through discussions on current topics, films and articles with the class and with an assigned conversation topic.

Note: UofM students who have taken 3018 on the UofM campus cannot enroll in the Advanced Conversation course in Montpellier.

Syllabus for Advanced Conversation

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
4+ semesters of college-level French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3018

La France Mosaïque/French Multiculturalism

Course ID
MONT 3311W
Terms
  • Summer I
3
Credits

This course examines the cultural identity of France’s inhabitants in detail. After all, why do we call it la France plurielle ? What does it mean to be French? Is that even a valid question? What are the origins of the French, and specifically how might a work of literature or a film reveal the various dimensions of their cultural identity?

Syllabus for La France Mosaïque/French Multiculturalism

Language Taught In
  • French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Civic Life and Ethics
  • Social Sciences
  • Writing Intensive
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3650; Civ. course requirement or elective for major/minor.

Contemporary French Civilization

Course ID
MONT 3312
Terms
  • Fall
3
Credits

This course explores French contemporary society from multiple perspectives: on a national, regional, departmental, local, and international level.

Syllabus for Contemporary French Civilization

Language Taught In
  • French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Social Sciences

Advanced Grammar & Methodology II

Course ID
MONT 3316
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
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 Advanced Grammar & Methodology II

Language Taught In
  • French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3016 (FREN 3010 for students who have previously completed 3016)

Introduction to Child Psychology

Course ID
MONT 3321
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course will examine normative physical, social, and cognitive development from the prenatal period through adolescence, bringing in the French context. The major goals include fostering an understanding of the usefulness of a developmental approach to psychological issues, familiarizing students with current research and methodology in child psychology, and engaging students in the experiences of developmental psychology through observation and analysis of child behavior.

Syllabus for Introduction to Child Psychology

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences
UofM Equivalent
CPSY 2301/3301

Writing in French: Tools & Techniques (Advanced)

Course ID
MONT 3505W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
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 Advanced Track who have not yet completed French 3016.

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

Language Taught In
  • French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Writing Intensive
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3016 or FREN 3010

Global Business and Industry: France at the Crossroads

Course ID
MONT 3802
Terms
  • 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 in English at the Program Center.

Syllabus for Global Business and Industry: France at the Crossroads

Language Taught In
  • English

Community Engagement

Course ID
MONT 3886
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course provides a cross-cultural experience of working with a local company, school, or nonprofit organization. Students are prepared for entering into their community work through discussions on the work culture in France which provide context about the cultural values guiding this culture.  Through practical internship experiences as well as readings, discussions, and written assignments, students will deepen their understanding of the host-country cultural context and critically examine their own worldview. Options include assisting with coaching after-school sports teams, working with charities who interact with migrant and refugee populations, and assisting with English language classes in school settings, among others.

Syllabus for Community Engagement

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Civic Life and Ethics

Directed Research

Course ID
MONT 3993
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Under the supervision of a University Paul Valéry (UPV) 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.

Syllabus for Directed Research

Language Taught In
  • French

Adolescent Psychology

Course ID
MONT 4303
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Gain a foundational understanding of what is currently known about the transformational processes that shape human development as children mature into adults. This course will review what has been learned about the biological, cognitive, and social development of adolescents in the context of their multiple worlds and the issues and challenges that adolescents confront along the way. This course will provide an overview of development in the teenage years/second decade of life looking at both the US and French perspectives.

Syllabus for Adolescent Psychology

Language Taught In
  • English
Prerequisite
None
UofM Equivalent
CPSY 4303

Resilience in Children and Youth: Global Perspectives

Course ID
MONT 4312
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

How do children overcome hazardous experiences to succeed in life? What can be done to protect young people at risk from trauma, war, disasters, and other adversities? This course examines the global literature on resilience in children and youth. Focus on the origins, methods, findings, controversies, and future of research on how young people overcome adversity, as well as the implications of this body of knowledge for fostering resilience in children and societies.

Syllabus for Resilience in Children and Youth: Global Perspectives

Language Taught In
  • English
Prerequisite
None
UofM Equivalent
CPSY 4310

Global Identity

Course ID
OLPD 3332
Terms
  • Online (all terms)
1
Credit

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 programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

Syllabus for Global Identity

Language Taught In
  • English

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

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.

Fall 2021

Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Depart U.S.

Sep 2

Arrive Montpellier (program start date)

Sep 3

Orientation Sep 4-10
First day of class week of Sep 6 
Fall Break

Oct 30-Nov 7

Final day of exams and last day of housing

Dec 17

Depart Montpellier (program end date)

Dec 18

Academic Year 2021-22

Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Depart U.S.

Sep 2

Arrive Montpellier (program start date)

Sep 3

Orientation Sep 4-10
First day of class week of Sep 6
Fall Break

Oct 30-Nov 7

Final day of exams and end of semester Dec 18
Winter Break between semesters (housing provided) 

December 19 - January 23

First day of class, second semester

January 24

Winter Break

February 26 - March 6

National Holiday (Easter Monday) April 18
Spring Break April 23 - May 1
Final day exams and last day of housing

May 17

Depart Montpellier (program end date)

May 18

Spring 2022

Application Open Date: May 1, 2021
Application Deadline: October 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Depart U.S. January 16
Arrive Montpellier (program start date) January 17
Orientation January 17-23
First day of class January 24
Winter Break February 26 - March 6
National Holiday (Easter Monday) April 18
Spring Break April 23 - May 1
Final day of exams and last day of housing May 17
Depart Montpellier (program end date) May 18

Summer 2022

Summer 2022 - Session I

Application Open Date: August 1, 2021
Application Deadline: March 15, 2022

Schedule Date
Depart U.S. May 26
Arrive Montpellier (program start date) May 27
Orientation May 28-29
French language placement exam May 28
First day of class May 30
Last day of class and housing June 23
Depart Montpellier (program end date) June 24

Summer 2022 - Session II

Application Open Date: October 1, 2021
Application Deadline: March 15, 2022

Schedule Date
Depart U.S. June 23
Arrive Montpellier (program start date) June 24
Orientation June 25-26
French language placement exam June 25
First day of class June 27
Bastille Day (national holiday) July 14
Last day of class and housing July 22
Depart Montpellier (program end date) July 23

Summer 2022 - Session I & II

Application Open Date: August 1, 2021
Application Deadline: March 15, 2022

Schedule Date
Depart U.S. May 26
Arrive Montpellier (program start date) May 27
Orientation May 28-29
French language placement exam May 28
First day of class (Session I) May 30
Last day of class (Session I) June 23
First day of class (Session II) June 27
Bastille Day (national holiday) July 14
Last day of class (Session II) and housing July 22
Depart Montpellier (program end date) July 23

Fees

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

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

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.

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.

Academic Year 2021-22

Language & Culture in Southern France

Apartment 1—Traditional French Shared Apartment

Academic Yr Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncluded: 6 day-long & 1 weekend program excursions, Program Center services & support $16,870
International health insurance $450
Housing and/or mealsNo meal costs are included in the Program Fee. See below $7,270
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $24,990
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $23,990

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare for Minneapolis/St Paul to/from Montpellier $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appt. $462
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,612
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimated cost which will vary based on the courses you register for $200
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated: $120/week food budget + $80/month utilities; includes winter break $5,040
Essential daily living expensesEstimated: $100/week spending, $30/month student tram pass, $20/month phone plan; includes winter break $4,050
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $9,290

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $35,892
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $3,600
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Language & Culture in Southern France

Apartment 2—Student Studio at L'Observatoire Student Residence

Academic Yr Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncluded: 6 day-long & 1 weekend program excursions, Program Center services & support $16,870
International health insurance $450
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: apartment utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. See below $8,970
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $26,690
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $25,690

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare for Minneapolis/St Paul to/from Montpellier $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appt. $462
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,612
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimated cost which will vary based on the courses you register for $200
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated: $120/week food budget; includes winter break $4,320
Essential daily living expensesEstimated: $100/week spending, $30/month student tram pass, $20/month phone plan; includes break $4,050
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $8,570

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $36,872
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $3,600
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Fall 2021

Language & Culture in Southern France

Apartment 1—Traditional French Shared Apartments

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncluded: 3 day-long & 1 weekend program excursions, Program Center services & support $13,365
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsNo meal costs are included in the Program Fee. See below $3,940
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $17,905
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $16,905

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare for Minneapolis/St Paul to/from Montpellier $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appt. $462
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,612
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimated cost which will vary based on the courses you register for $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated: $120/week food budget + $80/month utilities $2,240
Essential daily living expensesEstimated: $100/week spending, $30/month student tram pass, $20/month phone plan $1,800
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,140

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $23,657
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,600
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Language & Culture in Southern France

Apartment 2—Student Studio at L'Observatoire Student Residence

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncluded: 3 day-long & 1 weekend program excursions, Program Center services & support $13,365
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: apartment utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. See below $4,780
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,745
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,745

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare for Minneapolis/St Paul to/from Montpellier $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appt. $462
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,612
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimated cost which will vary based on the courses you register for $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated: $120/week food budget $1,920
Essential daily living expensesEstimated: $100/week spending, $30/month student tram pass, $20/month phone plan $1,800
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $3,820

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,177
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,600
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Spring 2022

Language & Culture in Southern France

Apartment 1—Traditional French Shared Apartments

Spring Semester 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncluded: 3 day-long program excursions. Program Center service and support. $13,900
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsNo meal costs are included in the Program Fee. See below. $3,850
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,350
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,350

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt., paot-arrival validation. Does not include travel costs to VFS appt. $465
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,615
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis will vary based on courses you register for. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food, $80/month for utilities $2,360
Essential daily living expenses$100/week spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $1,900
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,360

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,325
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $2,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Language & Culture in Southern France

Apartment 2—Student Studio at L'Observatoire Student Residence

Spring Semester 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncluded: 3 day-long program excursions. Program Center service and support. $13,900
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Apartment utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. See below $4,690
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $19,190
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $18,190

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt., paot-arrival validation. Does not include travel costs to VFS appt. $465
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,615
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis will vary based on courses you register for. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $2,040
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $1,900
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,040

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,845
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $2,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Language & Culture in Southern France

Dormitory 1—Dormitory

Spring Semester 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncluded: 3 day-long program excursions. Program Center service and support. $13,900
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. See below $2,530
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $17,030
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $16,030

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt., paot-arrival validation. Does not include travel costs to VFS appt. $465
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,615
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis will vary based on courses you register for. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $2,040
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $1,900
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,040

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $22,685
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $2,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Language & Culture in Southern France

Homestay 1—Homestay

Spring Semester 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncluded: 3 day-long program excursions. Program Center service and support. $13,900
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Arrival day hotel stay. Breakfast and dinner on weekdays; B.L.D. on the weekends. $4,880
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $19,380
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $18,380

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt., paot-arrival validation. Does not include travel costs to VFS appt. $465
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,115
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis will vary based on courses you register for. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeWeekday lunches $40/week $680
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $1,900
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $2,680

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $23,175
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $2,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Summer 2022 Session 1 or 2

Language & Culture in Southern France: Summer Session 1 or 2

Apartment 1—Student Studio at L'Observatoire Student Residence

Summer 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncludes excursions as well as Program Center service and support. $4,105
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Apartment utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. Please see below $1,960
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $6,515
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $6,015

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsU.S. citizens do not require a visa for stays less than 90 days. $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,150
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $480
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30 tram pass, $20 local phone $450
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,030

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $9,195
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Language & Culture in Southern France: Summer Session 1 or 2

Homestay 1—Homestay

Summer 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncludes excursions as well as Program Center service and support. $4,105
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Arrival day hotel stay. Breakfast and dinner on weekdays; B.L.D. on the weekends. $2,025
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $6,580
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $6,080

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsU.S. citizens do not require a visa for stays less than 90 days. $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,650
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeWeekday lunches $40/week $160
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30 tram pass, $20 local phone $450
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $710

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $8,440
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Summer 2022 Sessions 1 and 2

Language & Culture in Southern France: Summer Session 1 & 2

Apartment 1—Student Studio at L'Observatoire Student Residence

Summer 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncludes excursions as well as Program Center service and support. $5,150
International health insurance $100
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Apartment utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. Please see below $2,830
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $8,480
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $7,980

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsU.S. citizens do not require a visa for stays less than 90 days. $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,150
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $960
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $900
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,960

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $12,090
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Language & Culture in Southern France: Summer Session 1 & 2

Homestay 1—Homestay

Summer 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsIncludes excursions as well as Program Center service and support. $5,150
International health insurance $100
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Arrival day hotel stay. Breakfast and dinner on weekdays; B.L.D. on the weekends. $2,960
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $8,610
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $8,110

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteEstimated round-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsU.S. citizens do not require a visa for stays less than 90 days. $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,650
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeWeekday lunches $40/week $320
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $900
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,320

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $11,080
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

US Passport holders require a visa to study on this program. In order to obtain a visa, you must have a valid passport. Due to COVID-19, current US passport processing times are significantly delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.

Apply

The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved by the FDA and has been added to the list of required vaccinations for study abroad. We encourage you to complete your COVID-19 vaccine immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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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)

If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit an additional essay. It will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when it has 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 have two weeks to confirm your spot on the program.  Once confirmed, you will have additional required forms to complete before participating in the program.  If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

Visa

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. Contact the Montpellier team at the Learning Abroad Center to consult.

If you are an international student, 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. Contact the Montpellier team at the Learning Abroad Center to consult.

If you are an international student, 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.

Program Contact

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

Peggy Retka or call at 612.626.7134

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.

Shayla C.: Summer 2018, English/Psychology major and French Studies minor

Kate Redetzke: Spring 2019, Linguistics and French major