Study Abroad in Montpellier, France

Study Abroad in Montpellier, France — Integrated Studies

Academics: Integrated Studies

Required Courses

Very advanced students can request permission to focus on integrated courses instead of the required grammar and writing/phonetics courses. Contact the Learning Abroad Center in advance.

3 credits each, for a total of 6 credits:

Grammar and Methodology (advanced)

MONT 3301

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 credits

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

Syllabus for Grammar and Methodology—section 1 (PDF) 

Syllabus for Grammar and Methodology—section 2 (PDF) 

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

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

Paul Valery University course

MONT Integrated

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 credits

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

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

Also, choose 1 course, 3 credits:

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.

Writing in French: Tools and Techniques (advanced)

MONT 3505W

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 credits

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

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

Syllabus for Writing in French (PDF)

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college French prior to program start

UofM equivalent: Fren 3016 or Fren 3010

Approved as Writing Intensive

Phonetics

MONT 3014

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 credits

Study of French sounds and intonation and phonetic transcription.

Syllabus for Phonetics (PDF) 

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

UofM equivalent: FREN 3014

 

Elective Courses

Choose 2 courses, 3 credits each:

Special Courses for US Students 

Conversation (advanced)

MONT 3309

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 Credits

Conversation practice through discussions on current topics, films and articles with the class and with an assigned conversation topic. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. 

Syllabus for Advanced Conversation (PDF) 

Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college-level French

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

Advanced Translation

MONT Integrated

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 credits

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

Syllabus for Advanced Translation (PDF) 

Prerequisite: Second semester Academic Year student only

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

Art History

MONT 3308

Spring Semester

3 Credits

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

Syllabus for Art History (PDF) 

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

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

Civilization of the South

MONT 3302

Spring Semester

3 Credits

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

Syllabus for Civilization of the South (PDF) 

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

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

Contemporary French Civilization

MONT 3312

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 Credits

Study of contemporary French society.

Syllabus for Contemporary French Civilization (PDF) 

Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level French

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

The State and Citizenship: A Socio-historical Approach

MONT 3000-level

Fall Semester

3 Credits

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

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Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

France and its Mediterranean Neighbors—A Relationship of Exchange

MONT 3022

Spring Semester

3 Credits

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

Syllabus for France and its Mediterranean Neighbors (PDF)

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

Approved for Social Sciences Core and Global Perspectives Theme.

Internship

MONT 3303

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 Credits

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

Syllabus for Internship (PDF)

Sample Placements

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college French

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

Literature of the Fantastic

MONT 3305

Spring Semester

3 Credits

Reading and discussion of the literature related to this specific literary time period.

Syllabus for Literature of the Fantastic (PDF)

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

UofM equivalent: FREN 3350. Fulfills second literature course requirement or elective for major/minor. Approved for Literature Core.

Masculine/Feminine: France Through the Lens of Cinema

MONT 3313

Fall Semester

3 Credits

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

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

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

Approved for Arts & Humanities Core and Global Perspectives Theme

Medieval Literature: Arthurian Legends and the Middle Ages

MONT 3024W

Spring Semester

3 credits

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

Syllabus for Medieval Literature: Arthurian Legends (PDF)

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college French prior to program start

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

Medieval Literature: Love, Heresy, and Betrayal in the Middle Ages

MONT 3021W

Fall Semester

3 credits

This course examines the origins of French literature and its development during Western Europe’s first true Renaissance of the 12th and 13th centuries. Taught at program center exclusively to LAC program participants. 

Syllabus for Medieval French Literature (PDF)

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college French prior to program start

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

Directed Research

MONT 3993

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 Credits

Under the supervision of a Paul Valery University faculty member, a student engages in 100 hours of directed research on a topic designed by the student in consultation with the on-site faculty member. Research topics must be pre-approved prior to participation. Taught exclusively to LAC program participants. 

Syllabus for Directed Studies/Research (PDF)

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

Global Business and Industry: France at the Crossroads

MONT 3802

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 Credits

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

Syllabus for Global Business and Industry: France at the Crossroads (PDF)

UofM equivalent: Approved for Global Perspectives Theme

 

Integrated Courses

Paul Valery University courses

MONT Integrated

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 credits

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

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

University of Montpellier courses

MONT Integrated

Fall & Spring Semesters

3 credits

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

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level French

Global Identity—Optional Online Course

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals. There is an additional cost for this course.

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I-UROP Scholarship

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