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Pont du Gard bridge in Montpellier

Language & Culture in Southern France (UofM Students)

Europe
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
Location
Montpellier, France
Term
Term
Academic Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Summer Session
Housing
Housing
Apartment
Dormitory
Homestay
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In
English
French

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
GPA
GPA
2.5
Language Prerequisite
Language Prerequisite
2 semesters of prior French for semester/academic year programs. No language prerequisite for summer programs.

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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 you to hang out. There are also computers for your 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 you and 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.

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

If you participate on the Summer program and semester Language & Culture program, you will 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. If you participate on the semester and academic year Integrated Studies track, you have the option to take courses here.

Latitude
43.634700
Longitude
3.847100
Montpellier II

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

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

Aquatics center with an Olympic-size competition pool, leisure pool, whirlpools, and waterslides.

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

The Montpellier Zoological Park is a French zoological park located in the region Occitanie, in the north of the city of Montpellier. The greenhouse opened in 2007 as part of the Montpellier Zoo with a footprint of about 2,600 m².

Latitude
43.643200
Longitude
3.879800
Jardin des Plantes

The jardin des plantes de Montpellier is a historic botanical garden and arboretum.

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

Ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the first century AD to carry water over 50 km to the Roman colony of Nemausus.

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.

Program Model

Study Abroad Center
University Study

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, Summer)

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

Corrine Dumas

Corinne Gorrier Dumas, Academic Director

Corinne Gorrier Dumas is the Academic Director of the University of Minnesota Program in Montpellier. She was born and raised in the Loire Valley of the Center of France. She received an MA in English from the University of Orléans in France and a MA in French and ESL from West Virginia University. Before moving back to France, she studied for 5 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. Her research focuses on Women Writers in the Literature of the Maghreb in the late XXth Century as well as Women Writers of minorities in the United States. She currently teaches the Internship/Community Engagement classes for the program and teaches English for the DU Access at the IUT, Université de Montpellier.

Peggy Retka

Peggy Retka, Student Life & Administrative Director

Peggy Retka is the Student Life & Administrative Director at the University of Minnesota’s Program Center in Montpellier. She joined the Montpellier based team after 4 years in Minnesota at the Learning Abroad Center (LAC) where she was the Program Director for the study abroad programs in both Montpellier, France and Dakar, Senegal. With almost 20 years of experience in the field of international education—including 5 years in France—at a wide variety of institutions, she understands international programming from both sides of the Atlantic.

Paul Roger

Paul Rogers, Academic Advisor

Paul Rogers is the Academic Advisor for the Montpellier programs in Montpellier. He was born and raised in southern Rhode Island. He holds a PhD in medieval French literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been teaching university courses for over twenty years. Currently he teaches in his specialty for the University of Minnesota program and at the Université Paul-Valéry in the Lettres Modernes department. His research focuses on the romans d’antiquité and courtly literature of the 12th -13th centuries. He is a published scholar and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for his subject with the students on the study abroad program.

Rachele Ceccarelli

Rachele Ceccarelli, Student Life & Administrative Coordinator

Rachele Ceccarelli is the Student Life & Administrative Coordinator at the University of Minnesota's Program in Montpellier. Born in Italy, she studied Visual Arts in Italy and Scotland and holds a PhD in Aesthetics from the University of Aberdeen, where she worked as a Teaching Assistant. She joined the Montpellier team after ten years of living and working in France, with professional experiences in the fields of tourism, administration, and management of cultural projects.

Margherita Orlando

Margherita Orlando, Internship Coordinator

Margherita Orlando is the Internship Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Program Center in Montpellier. She was born and raised in Italy. She received a MA in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture from the University of Montpellier. After a decade as an assistant to the director in an architecture agency, she founded a web-based company. Through this experience, she has built a large network in Montpellier’s entrepreneurial community.

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 you should select your track level to see detailed course offerings according to their level of French.

  • Beginning Track (0–1 semesters of college-level French) Fall, Spring, Academic Year, and Summer
  • 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

You are encouraged to meet with your major and/or minor advisor to discuss how courses completed in Montpellier will count towards your 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.

Beginning Track

You should take this track if you have no prior French language study or one semester of college-level French.

Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year

  • You are required to take a French language course. If you have no prior French language experience, select MONT 1001. If you have one semester of college-level French, select MONT 1002.
  • Select the remainder of your electives (totaling at least 15 credits) from the English-taught courses.
  • You can also consider the specialized academic programs taught in English: Business, Education & Teaching, Engineering & Science, and Developmental Psychology & Psychology if applicable to your studies.

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 you take courses with other American and international students from around the world.
  • You will 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, for a total of 5–10 credits.

Beginning French I

Course ID
MONT 1001
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • 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
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • 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

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
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Global Perspectives
UofM Equivalent
PSY 3301

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 Society from 1945–Now 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, you will look at how French literature over the years has served as a mirror on society, reflecting cultural, social, and political evolutions. You 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 you with tools for understanding a culture through an exploration of its creative artifacts.

Syllabus for French Writers: Transformations in Society from 1945–Now through the Eyes of Novelists

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

Sustainable Development & Food Production in the Mediterranean Landscape

Course ID
MONT 3027
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the ecological and cultural components of the Mediterranean landscape and the sustainable development policies that shape and aim to preserve this unique environment. By focusing on key food production activities closely tied to the environmental dynamics of the region, students will be able to immerse themselves in the environmental, technical, and economic pressures the local population face. The course aims to address the main issues surrounding the intensive human use of the environment to be able to provide a growing population with healthy food in a sustainable way. We’ll be paying special attention to water use, soil management, loss of biological diversity, and the challenges posed by global climate change.

Syllabus for Sustainable Development & Food Production in the Mediterranean Landscape

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • The Environment

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.

Note: This course doesn't meet requirements within the Developmental Psychology program. 

Syllabus for Language Development from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
CI 5645 in the Special Education degree or CI 3610

La France Mosaïque/French Multiculturalism (in English)

Course ID
MONT 3311W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
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 (in English)

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

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
UofM Equivalent
CPSY 2301/3301

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
UofM Equivalent
Approved for International Business co-majors: IB Depth course. Approved for International Business minors: IB Breadth course substitute.

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

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 for future professional opportunities, and differentiating you from your peers.

This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. There are several sections offered including: Honors, College of Liberal Arts, and Leadership Minor focused versions of the course. Additional details on how to request registration, deadlines, and a grade basis can be found on the Global Identity Course Information page.

Syllabus for Global Identity

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Global Perspectives

Intermediate Track

You should take this track if you have 2 or 3 semesters of previous college-level French study.

Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year

  • This semester program is designed to help you advance quickly in your French language skills.
  • You are required to enroll in three French language courses (MONT 1301, 1302W, 1309, OR 3014).
  • As a UofM student, you will earn the equivalent of two semesters of French language (FREN 1003+1004 or FREN 1004+3015.)
  • In addition, you will select two or more Elective Courses.
  • 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.
  • You 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.
  • IEFE is located on the University Paul Valéry (UPV) campus and you take courses with other American and international students from around the world.
  • You will 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, for a total of 5–10 credits.

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
Prerequisite
FREN 1002 or equivalent
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
Prerequisite
FREN 1003 or equivalent
UofM Equivalent
FREN 1004

Intermediate French Grammar

Course ID
MONT 1301
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course will help you improve your written and oral skills in French and train you to develop an approach to various writing assignments. This is designed to broaden the range of options available to you for expressing yourself in the language.

Syllabus for Intermediate French Grammar

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
FREN 1002 or equivalent
UofM Equivalent
Intermediate Grammar & Methodology + Writing in French: Tools & Techniques + Intermediate Conversation = FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015

Intermediate Academic Writing in French

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 Intermediate Academic Writing in French

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
FREN 1002 or equivalent
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
Prerequisite
FREN 1002 or equivalent
UofM Equivalent
Intermediate Grammar & Methodology + Writing in French: Tools & Techniques + Intermediate Conversation = FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015

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 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.

UPV English Course Catalog


Language Taught In
  • English
Prerequisite
None
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
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Global Perspectives
UofM Equivalent
PSY 3301

French Phonetics

Course ID
MONT 3014
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of French phonetics. In class, you will practice oral production as well as improve your listening comprehension skills by working in the language lab. In addition, during these language-lab sessions, the professor will work one-on-one with you to improve your pronunciation.

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

Syllabus for French Phonetics

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
2+ semesters of college-level French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3014

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 Society from 1945–Now 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, you will look at how French literature over the years has served as a mirror on society, reflecting cultural, social, and political evolutions. You 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 you with tools for understanding a culture through an exploration of its creative artifacts.

Syllabus for French Writers: Transformations in Society from 1945–Now through the Eyes of Novelists

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

Sustainable Development & Food Production in the Mediterranean Landscape

Course ID
MONT 3027
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the ecological and cultural components of the Mediterranean landscape and the sustainable development policies that shape and aim to preserve this unique environment. By focusing on key food production activities closely tied to the environmental dynamics of the region, students will be able to immerse themselves in the environmental, technical, and economic pressures the local population face. The course aims to address the main issues surrounding the intensive human use of the environment to be able to provide a growing population with healthy food in a sustainable way. We’ll be paying special attention to water use, soil management, loss of biological diversity, and the challenges posed by global climate change.

Syllabus for Sustainable Development & Food Production in the Mediterranean Landscape

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • The Environment

Geopolitical Issues in the Contemporary World

Course ID
MONT 3028
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The aim of this course is to tackle the major geopolitical issues of today’s world to enrich students' general knowledge of current conflicts and sociocultural dynamics across the globe. Students will analyze the world from the perspective of the Franco-European political and cultural framework. The course will explore relations with the major powers (China, Russia, etc.) as well as specific themes (migration, space, sport, etc.), and will be adapted to current events (the Ukrainian crisis, the Libyan conflict, etc.) and to the students' profile (a study of Franco-American relations, analysis of the French-speaking world).

Pedagogy and didactics: The beginning of the session will be in the form of a lecture to transmit the main knowledge to the students. Thereafter, students will be required to systematically carry out a situational task, which may be individual (writing a speech, making a map, etc.) or a group task (preparing a debate, simulating a crisis management at the G7 or the UN, etc.) based on a documentary corpus. An outing to Montpellier and a guest speaker from the Ministry of Defense are also planned.

Syllabus for Geopolitical Issues in the Contemporary World

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.

Note: This course doesn't meet requirements within the Developmental Psychology program. 

Syllabus for Language Development from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
CI 5645 in the Special Education degree or CI 3610

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.

French Art History

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 French Art History

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.

La France Mosaïque/French Multiculturalism (in English)

Course ID
MONT 3311W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
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 (in English)

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

Masculine/Feminine: France through the Lens of Cinema

Course ID
MONT 3313
Terms
  • Fall
3
Credits

This course explores the originality and insolence of French cinema over the past 100 years through the prism of male/female relations as revealed in certain iconic films. The framework for the course will be a dynamic, participation based research seminar where you will be expected each week to analyze an emblematic film from a variety of perspectives (stylistic, textual, and socio-historical, etc).

Syllabus for Masculine/Feminine: France through the Lens of Cinema

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
2+ semesters of college-level French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

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
UofM Equivalent
CPSY 2301/3301

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
UofM Equivalent
Approved for International Business co-majors: IB Depth course. Approved for International Business minors: IB Breadth course substitute.

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

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 for future professional opportunities, and differentiating you from your peers.

This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. There are several sections offered including: Honors, College of Liberal Arts, and Leadership Minor focused versions of the course. Additional details on how to request registration, deadlines, and a grade basis can be found on the Global Identity Course Information page.

Syllabus for Global Identity

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Global Perspectives

Advanced Track

You should take this track if you have 4 or more semesters of college-level French.

Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year

  • This program allows you to continue to strengthen your French language and grammar skills while at the same time pursuing major or minor credit or fulfilling liberal education (LE) requirements. 
  • You are required to enroll in an Advanced Grammar & Methodology course (MONT 3301 or 3316).
    • If you have 6 or more semesters of French, you will take MONT 3010 instead.
  • You will choose Advanced Writing in French OR Phonetics (MONT 3505W or 3014). If you have completed Academic Writing and Phonetics in the US, you can substitute MONT 3309—Advanced Conversation. If you are a UofM student who has not completed FREN 3016, you must take Academic Writing.
  • Content courses adapted for language learners are taught at the UofM Program Center (Center) or in the Relations International department (RI) at UPV.
  • You are required to select at least one Direct Enroll course at University Paul Valéry (UPV) or University of Montpellier (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.
  • You will select one or more elective courses.
  • You must be enrolled in 15–18 credits.

Summer

  • French grammar 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 UPV campus and you take courses with other American and international students from around the world.
  • Content courses are taught at the UofM Program Center for program participants.
  • You will 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, for a total of 3–6 credits.

French 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

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
  • 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

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 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.

UPV English Course Catalog


Language Taught In
  • English
Prerequisite
None
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
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Global Perspectives
UofM Equivalent
PSY 3301

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. If you have completed the equivalent of FREN 3016 (6th semester) French, you will select this course.

Syllabus for French Expression

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

French Phonetics

Course ID
MONT 3014
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of French phonetics. In class, you will practice oral production as well as improve your listening comprehension skills by working in the language lab. In addition, during these language-lab sessions, the professor will work one-on-one with you to improve your pronunciation.

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

Syllabus for French Phonetics

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
2+ semesters of college-level French
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3014

Advanced French Grammar and Communication

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

In this level, you will work through an intensive review of grammar and focus on how to articulate and organize ideas. Reading, writing, and textual analysis tend to be the focal points. You will improve your skills on different writing assignments, incorporating the acquired grammatical structures and discover selected cultural topics through text and video.

Syllabus for Advanced French Grammar and Communication

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
FREN 1004 or equivalent
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3015

Advanced French Composition and Communication

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. You must have completed the equivalent of FREN 3015 (5th semester).

Syllabus for Advanced French Composition and Communication

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
FREN 3015 or equivalent
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
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.

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 Society from 1945–Now 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, you will look at how French literature over the years has served as a mirror on society, reflecting cultural, social, and political evolutions. You 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 you with tools for understanding a culture through an exploration of its creative artifacts.

Syllabus for French Writers: Transformations in Society from 1945–Now through the Eyes of Novelists

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

Sustainable Development & Food Production in the Mediterranean Landscape

Course ID
MONT 3027
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the ecological and cultural components of the Mediterranean landscape and the sustainable development policies that shape and aim to preserve this unique environment. By focusing on key food production activities closely tied to the environmental dynamics of the region, students will be able to immerse themselves in the environmental, technical, and economic pressures the local population face. The course aims to address the main issues surrounding the intensive human use of the environment to be able to provide a growing population with healthy food in a sustainable way. We’ll be paying special attention to water use, soil management, loss of biological diversity, and the challenges posed by global climate change.

Syllabus for Sustainable Development & Food Production in the Mediterranean Landscape

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • The Environment

Geopolitical Issues in the Contemporary World

Course ID
MONT 3028
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The aim of this course is to tackle the major geopolitical issues of today’s world to enrich students' general knowledge of current conflicts and sociocultural dynamics across the globe. Students will analyze the world from the perspective of the Franco-European political and cultural framework. The course will explore relations with the major powers (China, Russia, etc.) as well as specific themes (migration, space, sport, etc.), and will be adapted to current events (the Ukrainian crisis, the Libyan conflict, etc.) and to the students' profile (a study of Franco-American relations, analysis of the French-speaking world).

Pedagogy and didactics: The beginning of the session will be in the form of a lecture to transmit the main knowledge to the students. Thereafter, students will be required to systematically carry out a situational task, which may be individual (writing a speech, making a map, etc.) or a group task (preparing a debate, simulating a crisis management at the G7 or the UN, etc.) based on a documentary corpus. An outing to Montpellier and a guest speaker from the Ministry of Defense are also planned.

Syllabus for Geopolitical Issues in the Contemporary World

Language Taught In
  • French

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 French Cinema

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
4+ semesters of college-level French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

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.

Note: This course doesn't meet requirements within the Developmental Psychology program. 

Syllabus for Language Development from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
CI 5645 in the Special Education degree or CI 3610

French Grammar and Methodology

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 French Grammar and Methodology

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
FREN 1004 or equivalent
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 (PDF)

Syllabus for Internship

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
4+ semesters of college-level French (FREN 1004 or equivalent)
UofM Equivalent
FREN 3650. Fulfills elective credit for major/minor.

French Art History

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 French Art History

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.

French 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 French 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
Prerequisite
4+ semesters of college-level 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.

Masculine/Feminine: France through the Lens of Cinema

Course ID
MONT 3313
Terms
  • Fall
3
Credits

This course explores the originality and insolence of French cinema over the past 100 years through the prism of male/female relations as revealed in certain iconic films. The framework for the course will be a dynamic, participation based research seminar where you will be expected each week to analyze an emblematic film from a variety of perspectives (stylistic, textual, and socio-historical, etc).

Syllabus for Masculine/Feminine: France through the Lens of Cinema

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
2+ semesters of college-level French
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

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
Prerequisite
FREN 3015 or equivalent
UofM Equivalent
FREN 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
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
Prerequisite
4+ semesters of college-level 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
UofM Equivalent
Approved for International Business co-majors: IB Depth course. Approved for International Business minors: IB Breadth course substitute.

Directed Research

Course ID
MONT 3993
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Under the supervision of a 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 selecting this course.

Syllabus for Directed Research

Language Taught In
  • French
Prerequisite
4+ semesters of college-level 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 for future professional opportunities, and differentiating you from your peers.

This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. There are several sections offered including: Honors, College of Liberal Arts, and Leadership Minor focused versions of the course. Additional details on how to request registration, deadlines, and a grade basis can be found on the Global Identity Course Information page.

Syllabus for Global Identity

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Global Perspectives

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—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. You will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

Fall 2024

Application Open Date: Dec 1, 2023
Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

ScheduleDate
Depart U.S.Sept 1
Arrive Montpellier (program start date)Sept 2
OrientationSept 3–8
First day of classSept 9
Fall BreakOct 26–Nov 3
National HolidayNov 11
Last day of classDec 20
Depart Montpellier (program end date)Dec 21

Academic Year 2024–25

Application Open Date: Dec 1, 2023
Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

ScheduleDate
Depart U.S.Sept 1
Arrive Montpellier (program start date)Sept 2
OrientationSept 3–8
First day of classSept 9
Fall BreakOct 26–Nov 3
National HolidayNov 11
Last day of Fall classDec 20
Fall program endsDec 21
Winter Break between semesters (housing provided)Dec 21–Jan 26
First day of class, second semesterJan 27
Winter BreakFeb 22–Mar 2
Spring BreakApril 19–27
National HolidaysMay 1, May 8
Last day of Spring classesMay 23
Depart Montpellier (program end date)May 24

Summer 2024

Summer 2024—Session I

Application Open Date: August 1, 2023
Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

ScheduleDate
Depart U.S.May 22
Arrive Montpellier (program start date)May 23
OrientationMay 24
French language placement examMay 25
First day of classMay 27
Last day of class and housingJune 21
Depart Montpellier (program end date)June 22

Summer 2024—Session II

Application Open Date: August 1, 2023
Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

ScheduleDate
Depart U.S.June 19
Arrive Montpellier (program start date)June 20
OrientationJune 21
French language placement examJune 22
First day of classJune 24
Bastille Day (national holiday)July 14
Last day of class and housingJuly 19
Depart Montpellier (program end date)July 20

Summer 2024—Session I & II

Application Open Date: August 1, 2023
Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

ScheduleDate
Depart U.S.May 22
Arrive Montpellier (program start date)May 23
OrientationMay 24
French language placement examMay 25
First day of class (Session I)May 27
Last day of class (Session I)June 21
First day of class (Session II)June 24
Bastille Day (national holiday)July 14
Last day of class (Session II) and housingJuly 19
Depart Montpellier (program end date)July 20

Spring 2024

Application Open Date: May 1, 2023
Application Deadline: October 1, 2023

ScheduleDate
Depart U.S.Jan 20
Arrive Montpellier (program start date)Jan 21
OrientationJan 22–28
First day of classJan 29
Winter BreakFeb 17–25
National Holiday (Easter Monday)Apr 1
Spring BreakApr 13–21
National HolidaysMay 1, 8, 9, 20
Final day of exams and last day of housingMay 25
Depart Montpellier (program end date)May 26

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 2024–25

Language & Culture in Southern France

Apartment 1—Traditional French Shared Apartments

Academic Yr Fall 2024/Spring 2025

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 multiple day-long excursions, program center services, and support $16,152
International health insurance $543
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Apartment utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. Please see below. $9,445
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $26,540
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $25,540

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $455
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,805
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $200
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $4,560
Essential daily living expenses$100/week spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $4,250
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $9,010

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $37,355
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

Academic Yr Fall 2024/Spring 2025

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 multiple day-long excursions, program center services, and support $16,152
International health insurance $543
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Apartment utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. Please see below $9,445
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $26,540
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $25,540

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $455
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,805
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $200
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $4,560
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $4,250
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $9,010

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $37,355
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

Dormitory 1—Dormitory

Academic Yr Fall 2024/Spring 2025

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 multiple day-long excursions, program center services, and support $16,152
International health insurance $543
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. Please see below $6,050
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $23,145
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $22,145

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $455
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,805
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $200
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $4,560
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $4,250
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $9,010

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $33,960
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

Homestay 1—Homestay

Academic Yr Fall 2024/Spring 2025

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 multiple day-long excursions, program center services, and support $16,152
International health insurance $543
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Breakfast and dinner on weekdays; B.L.D. on the weekends. $10,245
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $27,340
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $26,340

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $455
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,305
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $200
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeWeekday lunches $40/week $1,520
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $4,250
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $5,970

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $34,615
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 2024

Language & Culture in Southern France

Apartment 1—Traditional French Shared Apartments

Fall Semester 2024

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 multiple day-long excursions, program center services, and support $12,879
International health insurance $226
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Apartment utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. Please see below. $4,630
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,135
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,135

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $455
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,805
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $2,160
Essential daily living expenses$100/week spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $2,050
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,310

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,250
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,400
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

Fall Semester 2024

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 multiple day-long excursions, program center services, and support $12,879
International health insurance $226
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Apartment utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. Please see below $4,630
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,135
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,135

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $455
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,805
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $2,160
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $2,050
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,310

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,250
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,400
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

Fall Semester 2024

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 multiple day-long excursions, program center services, and support $12,879
International health insurance $226
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. Please see below $3,365
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $16,870
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $15,870

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $455
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,805
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $2,160
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $2,050
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,310

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $22,985
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,400
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

Fall Semester 2024

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 multiple day-long excursions, program center services, and support $12,879
International health insurance $226
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Breakfast and dinner on weekdays; B.L.D. on the weekends. $4,755
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,260
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,260

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $455
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,305
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeWeekday lunches $40/week $540
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $2,050
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $2,690

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $22,255
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,400
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 2023 Session 1 & Mediterranean Landscape

Language & Culture in Southern France: Summer Session 1 & Mediterranean Landscape

Apartment 1—Traditional French Shared Apartments

Summer 2023

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 on-site service and support. $5,200
International health insurance $100
Housing and/or mealsApartment utilities are included in the program fee, but meals are not. Please see details below. $2,770
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $8,470
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $7,970

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $2,100
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 $2,750
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $200
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 $2,060

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $12,780
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 & Mediterranean Landscape

Apartment 2—Student Studio Apartment at L'Observatoire Student Residence

Summer 2023

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 on-site service and support. $5,200
International health insurance $100
Housing and/or mealsApartment utilities are included in the program fee, but meals are not. Please see details below. $2,770
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $8,470
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $7,970

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $2,100
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 $2,750
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $200
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $960
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending money, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $900
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $2,060

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $12,780
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 & Mediterranean Landscape

Homestay 1—Homestay

Summer 2023

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 on-site service and support. $5,200
International health insurance $100
Housing and/or mealsBreakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. $2,965
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $8,665
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $8,165

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $2,100
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 $2,250
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $200
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeWeekday lunches $30/week $240
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending money, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $900
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,340

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $11,755
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.

Summer 2023 Mediterranean Landscape

Language & Culture in Southern France: Mediterranean Landscape

Apartment 1—Traditional French Shared Apartments

Summer 2023

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 on-site service and support. $4,130
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsApartment utilities are included in the program fee, but meals are not. Please see details below. $1,930
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $6,510
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $6,010

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $2,100
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 $2,750
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 spending money, $30/month tram pass, $20/month 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 $9,790
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: Mediterranean Landscape

Apartment 2—Student Studio Apartment at L'Observatoire Student Residence

Summer 2023

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 on-site service and support. $4,130
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsIncluded: Apartment utilities. No meal costs are included in the Program Fee. Please see below. $1,930
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $6,510
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $6,010

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $2,100
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 $2,750
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 money, $30/month tram pass, $20/month 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 $9,790
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: Mediterranean Landscape

Homestay 1—Homestay

Summer 2023

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 on-site service and support. $4,130
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsBreakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. $2,030
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $6,610
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $6,110

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $2,100
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 $2,250
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeWeekday lunches $30/week $120
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending money, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $450
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $670

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $9,030
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 2024 Session 1 or 2

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

Apartment 1—Traditional French Shared Apartment

Summer 2024

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 costs $4,104
International health insurance $76
Housing and/or mealsApartment utilities are included in the program fee, but meals are not. Please see details below. $1,930
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $6,510
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $6,010

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $2,100
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 $2,750
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 spending money, $60/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $480
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,060

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $9,820
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 2

Apartment 2—Student Studio Apartment at Student Residence

Summer 2024

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 costs $4,104
International health insurance $76
Housing and/or mealsApartment utilities are included in the program fee, but meals are not. Please see details below. $1,930
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $6,510
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $6,010

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $2,100
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 $2,750
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 money, $60/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $480
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,060

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $9,820
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 2

Homestay 1—Homestay

Summer 2024

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 costs $4,104
International health insurance $76
Housing and/or mealsBreakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. $2,030
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $6,610
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $6,110

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier. $2,100
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 $2,250
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeWeekday lunches $30/week $120
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending money, $60/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $480
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $700

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $9,060
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 2024 Sessions 1 & 2

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

Apartment 1—Traditional French Shared Apartments

Summer 2024

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 costs $5,168
International health insurance $132
Housing and/or mealsApartment utilities are included in the program fee, but meals are not. Please see details below. $2,770
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $8,470
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $7,970

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier $2,100
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 $2,750
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, $60/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 $12,680
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 & 2

Apartment 2—Student Studio Apartment at Student Residence

Summer 2024

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 costs $5,168
International health insurance $132
Housing and/or mealsApartment utilities are included in the program fee, but meals are not. Please see details below. $2,770
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $8,470
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $7,970

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier $2,100
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 $2,750
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 money, $60/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 $12,680
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 & 2

Homestay 1—Homestay

Summer 2024

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 costs $5,168
International health insurance $132
Housing and/or mealsBreakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. $2,965
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $8,665
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $8,165

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 siteRound-trip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Montpellier $2,100
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 $2,250
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeWeekday lunches $30/week $240
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending money, $60/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $900
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,240

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $11,655
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.

Spring 2024

Language & Culture in Southern France

Apartment 1—Traditional French Shared Apartments

Spring Semester 2024

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 a 3 day-long & 1 weekend program excursions, program center services & support. $13,342
International health insurance $268
Housing and/or mealsApartment utilities are included in the program fee, but meals are not. Please see details below. $4,450
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,460
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,460

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier. $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $435
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,785
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $2,160
Essential daily living expenses$100/week spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $2,050
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,310

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,555
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,400
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 Apartment at L'Observatoire Student Residence

Spring Semester 2024

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 a 3 day-long & 1 weekend program excursions, program center services & support. $13,342
International health insurance $268
Housing and/or mealsApartment utilities are included in the program fee, but meals are not. Please see details below. $4,450
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,460
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,460

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier. $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $435
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,785
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $2,160
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $2,050
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,310

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,555
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,400
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 2024

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 a 3 day-long & 1 weekend program excursions, program center services & support. $13,342
International health insurance $268
Housing and/or mealsDorm utilities are included in the program fee, but meals are not. Please see details below. $2,530
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $16,540
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $15,540

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier. $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $435
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,785
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$120/week for food $2,160
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $2,050
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,310

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $22,635
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,400
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 2024

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 a 3 day-long & 1 weekend program excursions, program center services & support. $13,342
International health insurance $268
Housing and/or mealsBreakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. $4,930
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $18,940
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,940

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: Minneapolis/St.Paul - Montpellier. $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsFees for Campus France, France-Visas, VFS appt, post-arrival validation; doesn't include travel costs to VFS appointment. $435
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,285
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsThis is an estimate and will vary depending on your courses. $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeWeekday lunches $30/week $540
Essential daily living expenses$100/week for spending, $30/month tram pass, $20/month local phone $2,050
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $2,690

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $22,915
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,400
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. Current US passport processing times are longer than normal. 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.

Apply

The COVID-19 vaccine series is strongly recommended, pursuant to CDC guidelines, but not required for participation in this program.

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.

After You Apply

Before your program begins, review these resources.

Health & Safety

Learn more about staying healthy and safe abroad, including mental health and wellness, international travel insurance, and safety precautions.

Power of Attorney

Consider designating someone as your power of attorney to act as your legal representative while you’re abroad.

Student Identity

Consult our resources on student identities as you prepare for your abroad experience.

Travel Resources

Ready to go abroad? Our travel resources will help you pack and learn what to expect.

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 Montpelier 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

Jackie Gmiterko at [email protected], or call at 612.624.1537

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.

  • Amanda H.—Summer 2023, Computer Science Major, French Major, University Honors Program, homestay
  • Katie M.—Spring 2022, Geography & French Majors, Public Health Minor, local university courses, shared apartment
  • Abby S.—Fall 2021, Psychology & French Majors, Communications Minor