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Study Abroad in Montpellier

Montpellier, France

Montpellier, France

Program sponsor: University of Minnesota (UMN)

Montpellier, France
Montpellier, France

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. This program provides access to a wide variety of humanities, engineering, and science courses through an extremely flexible course structure. Choose a program track, as follows (language requirements differ by track - see under Language Requirements):

  • Language & Culture - Advanced Track: Combine a variety of French-taught special courses (grammar, phonetics, writing, French art, history and culture) for U.S. students with integrated courses with French students at the Paul Valéry University (liberal arts/humanities). Credit-bearing internships are available in a variety of fields.
  • Language & Culture - Intermediate Track: Enroll in 4 required French language courses (Intermediate Grammar, Intermediate Conversation, Intermediate Academic Writing, Phonetics) along with your choice of 1-2 elective courses taught at the UofM Program Center and/or English-taught courses at Paul Valery University.
  • Engineering in France: Designed for 3rd & 4th level engineering students, enroll in a required French language course at your level and, depending on your language proficiency, English- or French-taught engineering courses at the University of Montpellier Polytech.

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Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a minimum 2.5 GPA.


Language requirement based on your program track:

  • Language & Culture - Advanced Track:  Completion of FR 121-3 or 125-3 or equivalent; recommend completion of one 200-level French course.
  • Language & Culture - Intermediate Track: Completion of at least FR 111-3 or 115-2 or the equivalent.
  • Engineering in France: English track - no language pre-requisite; French track - completion of at least 1, 200-level French course at Northwestern.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.


Northwestern does not accept credit in transfer for courses worth 1-semester credit (for example: UMN's Online Global Identity course).

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

  • 4 to 6 Northwestern units 
  • Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Students choose from the following UMN-arranged housing options:

  • Homestay with a local French family
  • Traditional French apartment
  • Student studio apartment
  • University dormitory

Meal plans vary by housing option. If you have special dietary needs or severe allergies to cats or dogs, UMN strongly encourages students to select the apartment or dormitory options.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $24,845

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Homestay & insurance: $4,285
  • Additional meals: $600
  • Airfare: $2,100
  • Books & supplies: $150
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • Visa: $250

Total: $8,885

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated programs offered through the University of Minnesota (UMN), and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the program, you may be required to pay a deposit directly to UMN to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your program's tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

UMN Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from UMN for other costs, including your housing and insurance abroad. It is your responsibility to pay UMN directly by their deadline. If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your UMN invoice.

Additional fees may apply for specific housing options, certain courses, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to UMN.

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