UMN-Summer Language and Culture in Southern France

Program Details

Program Location Montpellier, France
Sponsor University of Minnesota
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30022
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2024 05/22/24 to 07/20/24
Past Dates
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


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.

Based at the Paul Valéry University, the liberal arts division of the University of Montpellier, you can choose from a mix of special courses with US and foreign students and regular University of Montpellier courses with French students.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:University of Minnesota.


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. 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: none

Purdue Credit

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

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

Purdue students must participate in both sessions I & II, taking one course during each session and can earn 6-10 credits.

Beginning through Advanced French is offered, along with various French-taught electives.

Click here for course descriptions.


Summer Sessions I and II will each offer one day-long excursion. These day excursions are included in your program fees. In addition, the program’s social assistants organize activities in Montpellier to help you get to know the city and to provide you with opportunities to meet French students.

Day excursions sites may include:

  • Arles and the Carrères de Lumière
  • Avignon and Pont-du-Gard
  • Collioure
  • Marseille
  • Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert


Participants stay with a host family or in shared apartments.

Homestays provide a vital connection to the local culture, as well as the opportunity to experience French daily life. Host families provide breakfast and dinner during the week and all meals on the weekend. Most families live in the suburbs of Montpellier, approximately 45 minutes by bus, tram, and foot from the city center and from campus.

Small studio apartments within a student apartment building offer basic modern rooms with a small private bathroom and kitchenette. The rooms are furnished with a single bed and desk. The residence building is located in downtown Montpellier, about a 20-minute walk from the program center and a 30-minute commute from the university. This housing option does not include meals, but does include utilities.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
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 is for Sessions I&II and includes tuition, housing in a studio apartment, two meals per day, insurance, and excursions. There is an additional fee of $400 to live with a host family.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2022

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $8,480.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $960.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $900.00
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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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 Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

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