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Study Abroad in Montpellier

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Montpellier, France




Language and Culture Option: 2.5 GPA, 2 - 5 semesters of college French or equivalent, 3.0 GPA in French
Integrated Studies Option: 2.75 GPA, minimum 4 semesters college French or equivalent for fall, 5 semesters college French or equivalent for spring, 3.0 GPA in French

Application Due:

Fall and Academic Year: 3/1
Spring: 9/20

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Montpellier street

This semester or year program of the University of Minnesota at Paul Valéry University in Montpellier offers options for students at beginning, intermediate, and advanced French language. Depending on their level, students take intensive language and culture classes organized for the Minnesota group or take advanced language and classes on various topics at University of Montpellier’s Institute for Foreign Students. Students with high proficiency choose one or more classes from the regular degree curriculum at the French university. Housing options vary in cost and range from homestay, to apartment or residence halls. On-going support and activities for cultural enrichment are provided by the on-site director and staff. A pre-session (available only to students arriving in the fall) strengthens students’ language skills before the semester begins. Participants join a group of students from the University of Minnesota and other U.S. colleges and universities. UI students earn resident credit on this program.

Academic Program

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Intensive Language Track:

For students with 2–5 semesters of college-level French or equivalent, the Intensive Language track offers several intensive language and communication classes and a culture course. Students will take at least 9 sh of French language instruction per semester. In this track, students attend classes with other program students exclusively.

The Language and Culture track earns between 15sh and 18sh of credit.

Integrated Studies Track:

Students in the Integrated Studies track take 6 sh of French Grammar and take courses at Paul Valéry University with other international students at the Institute for Foreign Students or with French students in regular classes. Students are required to take at least one course in regular classes. Fields of study include anthropology, art history, biology, business, chemistry, engineering, comparative literature, computer science, economics, education, English, environmental studies, French literature, geography, history, international relations, marketing, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Courses offered may fulfill General Education requirements in:

  • Historical Perspectives
  • International and Global Issues
  • Literary, Visual and Performing Arts

Students with the minimum of 4 semesters of college French or the equivalent are encouraged to enroll in additional language work prior to the beginning of the program

The Integrated Studies track earns between 15sh and 16sh of credit.


Qualified students may apply for internships. Internships are designed to complement the academic program. The schedule and number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of courses. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with exposure to the French language. Interns receive up to three credits but no financial compensation.

If interested, you will apply after you have been accepted into the program; consult the Internship Opportunities and Application document on Student Gateway for more information. Requirements are:

  • enrollment in the Study Abroad in Montpellier program
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • advanced level of oral and written French and
  • junior standing at time of program attendance.

Program Dates

Program dates mirror the U.S, calendar, early September to mid-December, and mid-January to mid-May.

For More Information

For more information check Academics here. However, consult with the program adviser in the UI Study Abroad office before proceeding with an application.


Montpellier street

Montpellier is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. It is geographically close to both mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students. Students attracted to the bustle and style of a big urban center will be happy in Montpellier.

Living Arrangements

Participants select from among four housing options. You can choose from shared apartments with other program participants, a single studio apartment in a dorm-like setting at the Observatoire, a single room in the university dormitory, or homestay - for a more vital experience of immersion in French daily life.

For a full discussion, scroll down at About on the program webpage.

For a cost comparison chart, see Fees on the program webpage.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Montpellier by a designated date. Specific information will be provided by program staff at the University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center.


Language and Culture Option:

2.5 GPA, 2 - 5 semesters of college French or equivalent.

Integrated Studies Option:

2.75 GPA, minimum 4 semesters college French or equivalent for fall, 5 semesters college French or equivalent for spring.


As a UI participant on this program, you qualify as an AESOP student; any explanations under that classification apply to you.

A Program Fee will be billed on your semester UI bill. This includes the Total Program Fee with discount that appears on the Learning Abroad Center fee information, minus the Housing and Meals portion, plus a UI administrative fee. A Confirmation of Participation non-refundable deposit will be due upon your acceptance into the program by Minnesota. This is a first installment on your Program Fee.

The Program Fee for Spring 2013 was $11,306 students classified Resident, $12,902 for Nonresidents.

The Program Fee covers tuition and fees, health insurance, orientation, field trips and cultural activities, and the UI administrative fee.

Housing and/or meals listed by the Learning Abroad Center with program fees will be charged on your University of Minnesota visiting student account, and you will make payment to Minnesota. Cost varies depending on the housing option chosen. You will receive official notification of billing and payment due dates from the Office of Student Finance (OSF) via your University of Minnesota email account.

Additional costs include some or all meals depending on housing choice, books & supplies, optional tours, airfare, visa costs and personal expenses.

The Iowa Regents mandatory International health insurance will also be collected on the UI bill.

Scholarships are available for non-University of Minnesota students. More information about the application and the application process can be found at the following link: Scholarships for non-UoM students.

How to Apply

On this UI sponsored program, you must initiate an application by meeting with the program advisor in the UI Study Abroad office to obtain the UI application cover sheet. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353. Subsequently, full program information, as well as the application, is available at the University of Minnesota’s program webpage. Be sure to complete the Montpellier online application by Minnesota's deadline.

Application Deadline

Application deadlines are September 20 for the spring semester and March 1 for the fall and academic year programs. After completing a UI Application Cover Sheet, students submit their application directly to the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center. Early application is advisable.

Orientation Information

Once accepted, students have access to arrival and other information posted on Minnesota’s Education Abroad Center program pages.

All students also attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. Additional individualized meetings address specific topics, as well as registration and credit procedures for Iowa.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343