About the Program
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 for an introduction to French language and culture.
Based at the Paul Valéry University, the liberal arts division of the University of Montpellier, this program also provides access to the highly regarded medical, engineering, and law departments through an extremely flexible course structure. Choose from a mix of special courses with American and foreign students, and regular University of Montpellier courses with French students.
Host family, apartment, or dormitory living allows for different types of integration into everyday French culture. Supplemental excursions introduce the unique flavor of southern France.
Visit here for images, student experiences, the pre-departure orientation, and a video of this program.
About the Program Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center
Learning Abroad Center sponsored 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, 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.
- Attend classes at Paul Valéry University.
- Choose between a language and culture program, an integrated studies option, a May session, an advanced summer program, or an intensive summer language study.
- Improve your French language skills.
This program offers options for students at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced language levels at Paul Valéry University.
Courses are offered in French language, culture, history, literature, humanities, social science, sciences, and business for advanced students.
Students at an advanced French language level choose from the regular course offerings at Paul Valéry University.
Program type: Take classes at Paul Valéry University and choose between four program options. Instruction is in French by French faculty.
Level: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced
Advanced students choose the Integrated Studies Option
- Language and Culture: Fall & Spring semester
- Integrated Studies: Fall and Spring semester, Academic Year
- May Session: Three weeks
- Advanced French Summer Program: Five weeks
- Intensive French Summer Program: Four or eight weeks
- Language and Culture: 2–5 semesters of college-level French
- Integrated Studies: 4 semesters of college-level French
- Advanced French Summer Program: 5 semesters of college-level French
- Intensive French Summer Program: No language prerequisite
- Language and Culture: 15–18 credits
- Integrated Studies: 15–16 credits
- Advanced French Summer Program: 6 credits
- Intensive French Summer Program: 3–10 credits
Faculty & Staff
Françoise Defrecheux-Chaton is the on-site director. She provides participants with an in-country orientation, academic advising, on-going support during the program, and oversees housing arrangements. She has coordinated this program for many years and has taught at US and French institutions.
A team of additional on-site staff--an administrative assistant, a housing coordinator, and two social assistants--provide support to participants and organize a variety of cultural activities.
Housing & Meals
Semester and academic year students may choose between 4 housing options. They can select a host family, apartment, observatoire, or dormitory option to enhance their integration into everyday French culture.
Summer students live in the university dorms.
Homestays are a vital connection to local culture and social life and provide students with the opportunity to experience daily life of the French from a first-hand perspective.
Students are placed with other program participants in shared apartments.
Students are housed in single studio apartments in a dorm-like setting.
The university dormitory is conveniently located near the Paul Valéry campus. Students are placed in a single room.
Excursions & Social Activities
An excursion is included each term and introduces students to the unique character of southern France. In addition, the program's social and administrative assistants organize activities to familiarize you with the city and provide you with opportunities to meet French students.
Students are encouraged to participate in local clubs that offer activities such as skiing, hiking, and photography. A two-week break in December, a two-week break in the spring, and travel before or after the program are excellent opportunities to explore France.