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  • Locations: Montpellier, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: French Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Dorm/Residence Hall, Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, French, International Studies, Linguistics
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: French Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Louise Yahiaoui
Program Description:

Study Abroad in Montpellier

Integrate into French culture in Montpellier, a vibrant city located just miles from the Mediterranean. Hone your French language skills and take classes in a variety of subjects alongside French students at Paul Valéry University, one of Europe’s oldest universities. Enjoy the city’s college-town atmosphere, medieval and contemporary architecture, and sunny climate. 


  • Attend classes at Paul Valéry University.
  • Choose between 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.


  • Program type:
    Take classes at Paul Valéry University . Instruction is in French by French faculty.
  • Level:
    Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced
  • Term:
    • Advanced French Summer Program: Five weeks
    • Intensive French Summer Program: Four or eight weeks
  • Prerequisites:
    • Advanced French Summer Program: 5 semesters of college-level French
    • Intensive French Summer Program: No language prerequisite


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.

How to Apply

Click the button below to visit this program's web page for more information about the application process for this program.

About This 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.

Three photos from previous trips

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. Summer students live in the university dorms.

  • Homestay
    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.
  • Apartment
    Students are placed with other program participants in shared apartments.
  • Observatoire
    Students are housed in single studio apartments in a dorm-like setting.
  • Dormitory
    The university dormitory is conveniently located near the Paul Valéry campus. Students are placed in a single room.

Supplemental excursions introduce the unique flavor of southern France. 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.

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Office of International Programs is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 80 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.


Through the University of Minnesota, Ohio State students may spend four or eight weeks participating in the Intensive French Summer Program or the Advanced Summer Program in Montpellier, France studying language and culture at Paul Valéry University, the liberal arts branch of the University of Montpellier. Founded in 1289, The University of Montpellier is one of the oldest universities in Europe and today boasts a vibrant student life and high a degree of social tolerance. The program can accommodate many levels of French language students and is an excellent way to experience the culture and history of this wonderful region.

For more information on previous students' experiences, check out the following links:
2014 Blog and Photos
2014 Student Blog
2014 Student Blog


Montpellier is one of France's fastest growing cities and serves as an emerging cultural and educational center for the country. 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 is the ideal place to study French language and culture.


All students will be housed in the university dormitories, which are conveniently located near the Paul Valéry campus. Students have a single room with shared bathrooms on each floor. For a small additional fee, students can have access to the dormitory WiFi. 


Ohio State Program Contact

Louise Yahiaoui
Request an appointment here

Courses and Credits 

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.

Credit received will depend on the selected program length. Elementary level students (French 1101-1104) will receive credit for the courses that come next in their language sequence. Intermediate and advanced students will receive credit for courses to be decided in consultation with the Department of French and Italian. Most of the language courses taught at Paul Valéry University are conducted in French, by French faculty and are designed to help students develop strong language skills and deepen their cultural understanding.

The Department of French and Italian does not require students to complete a credit evaluation form before program departure. Students should however be sure to meet with their academic advisor(s) to discuss their overall academic goals through participation in Education Abroad. Credit Evaluation will take place after a program has completed and transcripts have been received from the host institution. Students must retain all academic materials (work sheets, coursework etc.) from their program for possible assessment on their return to the US.
Post program credit approval for the Department of French will be assessed by Julie

This program offers multiple sessions during the summer semester.  While completing  your OSU application, you will be asked to submit your intended session(s) and credit(s).  The University of Minnesota: Study Abroad in Montpellier Program offers the following options:

4 week Session 1
4 week Session 2
8 week Session

Please refer to the University of Minnesota website for more detailed information.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have successfully completed French 1101 with a 2.5 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. UMN's application. 

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  


Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to

Program Costs

Students will pay the University of Minnesota program fee* and GeoBlue International insurance fee.A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019. The program fee includes an on-site orientation, in-country tuition and instruction, housing in the dormitories and membership in the student union.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.

Information Sessions 

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U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country specific safety information) 
Centers for Disease Control: (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2021 01/04/2021 01/18/2021 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed