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Program Location Montpellier, France
Sponsor University of Minnesota (CIC-SPA)
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30022
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring 2019 01/20/19 to 05/11/19

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

Paul Valery University

Participants take courses at the Institute for Foreign Students of Paul Valéry University.  There are five teaching levels and students are placed according to their level of French language proficiency.

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.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:University of Minnesota (CIC-SPA).


Getting around Montpellier

The program is open to Purdue students of any major who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program.

  • Language and Culture Option, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, taken at least two semesters of college-level French and earned a 'B' average in French. 
  • Integrated Studies Option, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, taken at least four semesters of college-level French and earned a 'B' average in French.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 2 Sem French

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][College of Science]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program
Click here for course descriptions.


Participants can choose from the following four housing options.  Each option has a different cost; for the exact amounts for each option see the program website.

  • apartment
  • homestay, including two meals per day
  • dormitory
  • observatoire

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee Includes: tuition, insurance, three excursions, and housing in a dormitory. Students interested in other housing options should visit the UMN website to see the additional housing fees.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2018

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$15,275.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,700.00
Books and Supplies$250.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
Cafe scene at Montpellier

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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