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Study Abroad in Montpellier

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Sponsor: University of Minnesota (UMN)

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

Choose a program track, as follows (language requirements differ by track - see under Language Requirements):

  • Integrated Studies: 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: Enroll in 3 required French language courses (Intermediate Grammar, Intermediate Conversation, Intermediate Academic Writiing) along with your choice of 2 special courses for U.S. students and/or English-taught courses with French students 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.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Northwestern does not accept credit in transfer for courses worth 1-semester credit (for example: UMN's Online Global Identity course). For additional information, read Choosing Courses to Take Abroad.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an UMN application by the program's deadline

Languages: French

Language Requirements: 

Language requirement based on your program track:

  • Integrated Studies: completion of FR 121-3 or 125-3 or equivalent; recommend completion of 200-level French course and
  • Language & Culture: 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.


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 Costs: 

Fall 2017: $26,140

Billed by Northwestern: $21,140

Estimated additional costs: $5,000

  • Additional meals: $1,500
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Books & supplies: $250
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • Visa: $250

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