Beach with white umbrellas by the Mediterranean Sea

Language & Culture in Southern France

  1. Program Details

    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.

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

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language 2 semesters of prior French for semester/year. No language prerequisite for summer.
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  3. About Language & Culture in Southern France

    Live and study in Montpellier, one of France’s fastest growing cities and an emerging cultural and educational center. Within easy reach of both mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students, Montpellier is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. It is the ideal place to experience French language and culture.

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

    Housing & Meals

    Homestay (Semester, Summer)

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

    Traditional French Apartment (Semester)

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

    Student Studio Apartment (Semester, Summer)

    Small studio apartments within a student apartment building offer basic rooms with a small private bathroom and basic kitchenette. The rooms are furnished with a single bed and a desk. You will be placed in downtown Montpellier about 30 minutes from the university. This housing option does not include meals, but does include utilities. A $500 security deposit will be billed with your program fee. If you are independent, this housing option may be a good fit. 

    Excursions

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

    Typical Fall Semester Excursions

    Day excursions sites may include: 

    • Aigues-Mortes and the Mediterranean Sea
    • Arles and the Carrières de Lumière
    • Avignon and Fontaine de Vaucluse

    Medieval Weekend Excursion (included in Program Fee)

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

    Optional longer excursions (at an extra cost) include:

    • Morocco (One week in Fez, Morocco)

    Typical Spring Semester Excursions

    Day excursions sites may include: 

    • Nimes and Pont-du-Gard
    • Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
    • Anduze and the bamboo forest

    Optional longer excursions (at an extra cost) include:

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

    Flight

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

    Faculty & Staff

    Françoise Defrecheux-Chaton

    Françoise Defrecheux-Chaton

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

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

    Corrine Dumas

    Corrine Dumas

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

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

     

    Cedric Carpanedo

    Cedric Carpanedo

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

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

     

    Paul Roger

    Paul Rogers

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

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

     

    Kim Mousseron

    Kim Mousseron

    Kim is the Housing Coordinator for the Montpellier programs.

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

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

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

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

    15–18 credits per semester; 3–10 credits for summer

    Coursework

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

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

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

    Academic Planning

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

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

  5. Beginning Track

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

    Summer Term

    • Courses are taught at the L’Institut universitaire d’Enseignement du Français langue Etrangère (IEFE) which specialize in French courses for language learners.
    • IEFE is located on the University Paul Valéry (UPV) campus and students take courses with other American and international students from around the world.
    • Take one course per 4-week session: Session 1 (June), Session 2 (July) or Sessions 1 and 2 (June and July). You may choose to participate in one or both sessions.
    • The number of credits earned depends on the courses selected; courses are 3–5 credits each. Language study courses are designed for students to make progress in their language development.

    Courses

    Beginning French I
    MONT 1001
    Summer Sessions I & II
    5 Credits

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

    Beginning French I Syllabus (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 1001

    Beginning French II
    MONT 1002
    Summer Sessions I & 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.).

    Beginning French II Syllabus (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 1002

  6. Intermediate Track

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

    Fall or Spring Semester

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

    Summer

    • Courses are taught at the L’Institut universitaire d’Enseignement du Français langue Etrangère (IEFE) which specialize in French courses for language learners.
    • IEFE is located on the University Paul Valéry (UPV) campus and students take courses with other American and international students from around the world.
    • Take one course per 4-week session: Session 1 (June), Session 2 (July) or Sessions 1 and 2 (June and July). You may choose to participate in one or both sessions.
    • The number of credits earned depends on the courses selected; courses are 3–5 credits each. Language study courses are designed for students to make progress in their language development.
    • View the Summer Course list.

    Fall and Spring Semester Courses

    French Language & Grammar Courses

    Intermediate Grammar & Methodology
    MONT 1301
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    Analysis of the French language and linguistic structures.

    Intermediate Grammar and Methodology Syllabus (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Intermediate Grammar & Methodology + Writing in French: Tools & Techniques + Intermediate Conversation = FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015

    Writing in French: Tools & Techniques (intermediate)
    MONT 1302W
    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.

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

    UofM equivalent: Intermediate Grammar & Methodology + Writing in French: Tools & Techniques + Intermediate Conversation = FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015

    Intermediate Conversation
    MONT 1309
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

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

    Intermediate Conversation Syllabus (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Intermediate Grammar & Methodology + Writing in French: Tools & Techniques + Intermediate Conversation = FREN 1003+1004 or 1004+3015

    Phonetics
    MONT 3014
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    Study of French sounds and intonation and phonetic transcription.

    Phonetics Syllabus (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3014

    Elective Courses Taught in French

    Civilization of the South
    MONT 3302
    Spring
    3 Credits

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

    Civilization of the South Syllabus (PDF)

    Art History: From Modern to Contemporary
    MONT 3308
    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.

    Art History: From Modern to Contemporary Syllabus (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Arts & Humanities liberal education requirement.

    Contemporary French Civilization
    MONT 3312
    Fall
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for Contemporary French Civilization (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Social Sciences OR Historical Perspectives Core liberal education requirement.

    French Cinema: Masculine-Feminine: France through the Lens of the Cinema
    MONT 3313
    Fall
    3 Credits

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

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

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Arts & Humanities Core liberal education requirement.

    Elective Courses Taught in English

    Intro to Child Psychology
    MONT 3301
    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 (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: CPSY 2301/3301

    Cross-Cultural Psychology
    MONT 3006
    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 (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: PSY 3301

    Language Development from a Cross-Cultural Perspective
    MONT 3121
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Language Learning (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: CI 3610. Approved for Social Sciences liberal education requirement.

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

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

    Syllabus for Global Business & Industry (PDF)

    Community Engagement
    MONT 3886
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    This course accompanies the engagement opportunity and reflects on work culture in France.  Options include assisting with coaching after-school sports teams, working with charities, and assisting with English language classes in school settings.

    Syllabus for Community Engagement (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Approved for the Civic Life and Ethics liberal education requirement.

    Resilience in Children and Youth: Global Perspectives
    MONT 4310
    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 (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: CPSY 4310

    Adolescent Psychology
    MONT 4303
    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. 

    Syllabus for Adolescent Psychology (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: CPSY 4303

    Direct Enroll Courses at University Paul Valéry (UPV)
    Varies
    Fall, Spring
    Varies

    A small selection of courses are offered each semester at the University Paul Valéry (UPV) in English.

    Fall Semester Courses

    Spring Semester Courses

    Summer Session Courses

    Intermediate French I
    MONT 1003
    Summer Sessions I & 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.

    Intermediate French I Syllabus (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 1003

    Intermediate French II
    MONT 1004
    Summer Sessions I & 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.

    Intermediate French II Syllabus (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 1004

    Optional Online Course

    Global Identity
    OLPD 3330
    Online, optional
    1 credit
    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

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

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  7. Advanced Track

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

    Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year

    • This semester program allows students to continue to strengthen their French language and grammar skills while at the same time pursuing major or minor credit or fulfilling liberal education requirements by enrolling in one or more direct enrollment courses at University Paul Valéry (UPV) or University of Montpellier (UM).
    • All students are required to enroll in the Advanced Grammar & Methodology course and choose Advanced Writing in French OR Phonetics (MONT 3301 and 3505W OR 3014). Students who have completed Academic Writing and Phonetics in the US can substitute with the Advanced Conversation course. UofM students who have not completed FREN 3016 must take Academic Writing.
    • Courses adapted for language learners are taught at the UofM Program Center (Center) or in the Relations International department (RI) at UPV.
    • All students are required to select at least one Direct Enrollment course at UPV or UM. Direct Enrollment courses (in French) are offered in a wide variety of departments located UPV. Select Direct Enrollment courses are also available at UM.
    • Very advanced students (7+ semesters) can request permission to focus on Direct Enrollment courses instead of the required grammar and writing or phonetics courses. Contact Maria Mantey in advance.
    • All students will select one or more elective courses from the lists below.
    • Students must be enrolled in 15-18 credits.

    Summer

    • Courses are taught at the L’Institut universitaire d’Enseignement du Français langue Etrangère (IEFE) which specialize in French courses for language learners.
    • IEFE is located on the UPV campus and students take courses with other American and international students from around the world.
    • Take one course per 4-week session: Session 1 (June), Session 2 (July) or Sessions 1 and 2 (June and July). You may choose to participate in one or both sessions.
    • The number of credits earned depends on the courses selected; courses are 3–5 credits each. Language study courses are designed for students to make progress in their language development.
    • View Summer Course List.

    Fall and Spring Semester Courses

    French Language & Grammar Courses

    Advanced Grammar & Methodology I
    MONT 3301
    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 Grammar & Methodology—section 1 (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3015

    Advanced Grammar & Methodology II
    MONT 3302
    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 Grammar & Methodology—section 2 (PDF)

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

    Writing in French: Tools & Techniques (Advanced)
    MONT 3505W
    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 (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3016 or FREN 3010, Approved as Writing Intensive

    Phonetics
    MONT 3014
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    Study of French sounds and intonation and phonetic transcription.

    Syllabus for Phonetics (PDF)

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

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3014

    Advanced Conversation
    MONT 3309
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for Advanced Conversation (PDF)

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

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3018 

    Elective Courses Taught in French

    Medieval French Literature: Mysteries, Marvels and Monsters
    MONT 3021W
    Fall
    3 Credits

    This course examines the origins of French literature and its development during Western Europe’s first true Renaissance of the 12th and 13th centuries. 

    Syllabus for Medieval French Literature (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Literature Core Liberal Education requirement.  Approved as Writing Intensive.  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: Arthurian Legends
    MONT 3024W
    Spring
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for Medieval Literature: Arthurian Legends (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Literature Core Liberal Education requirement.  Approved as Writing Intensive.  May be approved for FRIT 3101W for students who have completed FREN 3016.  Email the FRIT Director of Undergraduate Studies for approval.

    Civilization of the South
    MONT 3302
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

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

    Civilization of the South Syllabus (PDF)

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

    Internship
    MONT 3303
    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.

    Syllabus for Internship (PDF)

    Sample Placements

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

    Art History: From Modern to Contemporary
    MONT 3308
    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.

    Syllabus for Art History (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3650. Fulfills elective credit for major/minor. Approved for Arts & Humanities Core Liberal Education requirement.

    Contemporary French Civilization
    MONT 3312
    Fall
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for Contemporary French Civilization (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Social Sciences OR Historical Perspectives Core Liberal Education requirements.

    French Cinema: Masculine-Feminine: France through the Lens of the Cinema
    MONT 3313
    Fall
    3 Credits

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

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

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Arts & Humanities Core Liberal Education requirements

    Theater: Theory & Practice of the live performance
    MONT 3XXX
    Spring
    3 Credits

    Explore the Theory and Practice of live theater. This course will look at classic pieces through contemporary works. Students will stud the texts and representations. 

    Syllabus for Theater: Theory & Practice of the live performance

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3350 - Literature requirement for major or Elective credit for FREN major or minor.

    Directed Research
    MONT 3993
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    Under the supervision of a University Paul Valéry (UPV) faculty member, a student engages in 100 hours of directed research on a topic designed by the student in consultation with the on-site faculty member. Research topics must be pre-approved prior to participation. 

    Syllabus for Directed Studies/Research (PDF)

    Direct Enroll Courses at University Paul Valéry (UPV)
    Varies
    Fall, Spring
    Varies

    A wide variety of courses are offered each semester at the University Paul Valéry (UPV). Departments include:

    • Anthropology & Ethnology
    • Art History & Archeology
    • Biology, Ecology & the Environment
    • Cinema & Theater
    • Communications & Media Studies
    • Education
    • French Literature
    • Geography
    • History
    • International Relations, Political Science & Economics
    • Linguistics
    • Modern Languages
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Sport
    • Studio Art


    Fall Semester Courses
    Spring Semester Courses

    Direct Enroll Courses at University of Montpellier (UM)
    Varies
    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 enrollment course. Departments include:

    • Agrosciences & Biotechonologies
    • Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Environment, Earth & Water Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Economics
    • Education, Sports, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology
    • Health, Medicine, Pharmacology, Physiology, Dentistry
    • Law & Political Science
    • Management
    • Mathematics, Informatics, Physics and Astrophysics, Mechanics and Civil Engineering, Electronics, Micro- and Nanoelectronics, Robotics


    Courses in these areas are available on a case by case basis. For more information about the courses available at University of Montpellier please contact Maria Mantey.

    Elective Courses Taught in English

    Intro to Child Psychology
    MONT 3301
    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 (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: CPSY 2301/3301

    Cross-Cultural Psychology
    MONT 3006
    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 (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: PSY 3301

    Language Development from a Cross-Cultural Perspective
    MONT 3121
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Language Learning (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: CI 3610. Approved for Social Sciences liberal education requirement.

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

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

    Syllabus for Global Business & Industry (PDF)

    Community Engagement
    MONT 3886
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    This course accompanies the engagement opportunity and reflects on work culture in France.  Options include assisting with coaching after-school sports teams, working with charities, and assisting with English language classes in school settings.

    Syllabus for Community Engagement (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Approved for the Civic Life and Ethics liberal education requirement.

    Resilience in Children and Youth: Global Perspectives
    MONT 4310
    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 (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: CPSY 4310

    Adolescent Psychology
    MONT 4303
    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. 

    Syllabus for Adolescent Psychology (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: CPSY 4303

    Direct Enroll Courses at University Paul Valéry (UPV)
    Varies
    Fall, Spring
    Varies

    A small selection of courses are offered each semester at the University Paul Valéry (UPV) in English.  These are predominantly offered from the Department of English.  Areas of study include:

    • Anglophone Literature
    • Anglophone History & Civilization
    • English Linguistics

    Fall Semester Courses

    Spring Semester Courses

    Summer Session Courses

    French Composition & Communication I
    MONT 3015
    Summer Sessions I & II
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for French Composition & Communication (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3015

    French Composition & Communication II
    MONT 3016
    Summer Sessions I & II
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for Advanced French Composition & Communication (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3016

    French Expression
    MONT 3010
    Summer Sessions I & II
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for French Expression (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3010

    History of French Cinema
    MONT 3101
    Summer Session II
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for History of French Cinema (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: Approved for Arts & Humanities Core Liberal Education Requirement.

    French for Science & Technology
    MONT 3110
    Summer Session II
    3 Credits

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

    Syllabus for French for Science & Technology (PDF)

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

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

    Syllabus for La France Mosaique (PDF)

    UofM equivalent: FREN 3650; Civ. course requirement or elective for major/minor. Approved for Social Sciences Core and Civic Life and Ethics Theme Liberal Education requirement.

    Optional Online Course

    Global Identity
    OLPD 3330
    Online, optional
    1 credit
    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

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

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  8. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Spring 2020 May 1 Oct 1
    Depart U.S. Jan 15
    Arrive Montpellier Jan 16
    Winter Break Feb 15 – 23
    Spring Break Apr 11 – 19
    End of Spring Semester May 9
    Depart for U.S. May 10
    Summer 2020 (Session 1) Aug 1 Mar 1
    Depart U.S. May 26
    Arrive Montpellier May 27
    Orientation May 28
    Placement Exam May 29
    First day of class Jun 1
    Last day of class Jun 26
    Depart Montpellier Jun 27
    Summer 2020 (Session 1& 2) Aug 1 Mar 1
    Depart U.S. May 26
    Arrive Montpellier May 27
    Orientation May 28
    Placement Exam May 29
    First day of class Jun 1
    Bastille Day - National Holiday Jul 14
    Last day of class Jul 24
    Depart Montpellier Jul 25
    Summer 2020 (Session 2) Aug 1 Mar 1
    Depart U.S. Jun 23
    Arrive Montpellier Jun 24
    Orientation Jun 25
    Placement Exam Jun 26
    First day of class Jun 29
    Bastille Day - National Holiday Jul 14
    Last day of class Jul 24
    Depart Montpellier Jul 25
    Fall 2020 Dec 2 Apr 1
    Depart U.S. early September, date TBD
    Arrive Montpellier early September, date TBD
    Orientation & welcome week early September, date TBD
    Classes begin early September, date TBD
    Break late October, dates TBD
    End of classes mid December, date TBD
    Exams mid December, dates TBD
    End of Fall Semester 3rd week of December, date TBD
    Depart Montpellier 3rd week of December, date TBD
    Academic Year 2020-2021 Dec 2 Apr 1
    Depart U.S. early September, date TBD
    Arrive Montpellier early September, date TBD
    Orientation & welcome week early September, dates TBD
    Classes begin early September, date TBD
    Break late October, dates TBD
    End of classes mid December, date TBD
    Exams mid December, dates TBD
    End of Fall Semester 3rd week of December, date TBD
    Winter Break late December to early January, dates TBD
    Classes begin mid January, date TBD
    Break early March, dates TBD
    Spring Break early April, dates TBD
    End of Spring Semester mid May, date TBD
    Depart Montpellier mid May, date TBD
    Spring 2021 May 1 Oct 1
    Depart U.S. mid January, date TBD
    Arrive Montpellier mid January, date TBD
    Winter Break mid February, dates TBD
    Spring Break mid April, dates TBD
    End of Spring Semester early May, date TBD
    Program End Date mid May, date TBD

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

    Orientation Dates & Locations

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

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

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Spring 2020 Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. 45 Mondale Hall (West Bank)

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

  9. Fees for Language & Culture in Southern France

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

    Fall 2019 Program Fees

    Traditional French Apartment
    Student Studio Apartment
    Homestay

    Academic Year 2019-2020 Program Fees

    Traditional French Apartment
    Student Studio Apartment
    Homestay

    Spring 2020 Program Fees 

    Traditional French Apartment
    Student Studio Apartment
    Homestay

    Summer 2020 Program Fees

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

    Billing & Payments

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

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

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

    Bridging Loan

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

    Cancellation Policy

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

    Complete pre-application advising.

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

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

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Dates page for term options
    Program Name Language & Culture in Southern France
    Track Name Language & Culture in Southern France
    Country France

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

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

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

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

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

    Complete

    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Application Essay
    • Academic Recommendation from a college French instructor (Semester/Year applicants only)
    • Transcript (Non-UofM students only)
    • Home Institution Nomination (Non-UofM students only)

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

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

    Next Steps

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

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

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

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

    Visa Process for US passport holders

    The French student visa process has 4 steps:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Visa Process for students who do not hold a US passport

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

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

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

    Student Visa in France (Short-stay)

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

    If you are applying for a passport for the first time, visit the US Department of State website for information on the steps you will need to take. It can take up to 10 weeks to receive a new passport during busy processing times, so apply as soon as possible. Consider expedited service if necessary. If you already have a passport, make sure that it is valid for 6 months after your program end date and has at least 2 blank pages available. 

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

    Visa Process for students who do not hold a US passport

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

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

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

  12. Program Contact

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

    Maria Mantey or call at 612.626.7535.

  13. Contact Program Alum

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

    Marty Stock: Spring 2019, Political Science major 

    Kate Redetzke: Spring 2019, Linguistics and French major

    Amanda Huff: Spring 2018, Global Studies & French major

Visa Information

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