UMN-Montpellier: Language and Culture in Southern France

Program Details

Program Location Montpellier, France
Sponsor University of Minnesota
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30022
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 09/01/24 to 12/21/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/20/24 to 05/26/24
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UMN-Montpellier: Language and Culture in Southern France

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.


UMN-Montpellier: Language and Culture in Southern France

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 Health and Human Sciences] [College of Science]
Specifically from: PSY and HDFS (HHS)

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

Participants will take 5 courses (15–18 credits) per semester. Please see program website for more information on courses.

The Language & Culture Program focuses on French language, humanities and the liberal arts with electives available in many fields of study. There are different tracks available and students should select their track level on the website to see detailed course offerings according to their level of French.

  • Intermediate Track (2 - 3 semesters of college-level French) Fall, Spring, Academic Year
  • Advanced Track (4+ semesters of college-level French ) Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Two or three day-long excursions are planned each semester to introduce you to the unique character of southern France. 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. Optional longer excursions are also organized by the Program Center staff during the semester and are offered (at an extra cost) if there is sufficient interest.


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
  • observatoire

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 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 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,870.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $1,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,700.00
Visa $455.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $2,160.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,050.00
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 Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

UMN-Montpellier: Language and Culture in Southern France

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