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France: Montpellier

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Montpellier Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
French language, literature, humanities, social sciences.

Host Institution
Université Paul Valéry (UPV)

Homestay, university residence hall, or apartment with program participants.

Program Dates
Fall semester: late August to mid-December.
Spring semester: early January to mid-May.

Faculty Liaison
Jack Abecassis

Located ten miles from the Mediterranean coast in southern France, Montpellier is a city of a quarter of a million inhabitants. In a city of developing academic, commercial, and technological fields, Montpellier retains the charm of centuries-old mansions, courtyards, and narrow shaded streets.

The administrative capital of Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier is steeped in Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance history. International theater, ballet, concerts, and museums add to the historic and cultural diversity of this regional center.

The program is sponsored by the Global Campus of the University of Minnesota (UM). The host institution, Université Paul Valéry (UPV), has approximately 19,000 students, and is one of the oldest universities in Europe.

Academic Program

Pomona students enroll in the "Integrated Studies" Program of the University of Minnesota Montpellier program.  Fall students are required to enroll in the Pre-session program (3 semester credits). During the semester, students are required to take advanced language courses in the special Courses for Americans at Paul Valery University, enrolling in "French Grammar" (4 semester credits) and "French Phonetics" (3 semester credits).  For the remaining credits students choose courses from selected regular university courses, and Institute for Foreign Students (IEE) courses.  One of these electives must be a regular university course worth 3 to 4 semester credits, and one must be a course focusing on contemporary French culture worth 3 to 4 semester credits.  The latter may be selected from courses in the humanities or social sciences. Students must register for a total of 16 semester credits, for a total of 4.0 Pomona course credits. 

Normally, Pomona students may not enroll in university courses taught in English.

Living Arrangements

Students may choose from one of three housing options: living with a host family, living in a university residence hall, or living in an apartment shared with other students from the program. Dormitory and apartment space is limited. Homestays provide 2 meals/weekday and 3 meals/weekend day. Pomona provides a weekday lunch allowance. Dormitories and apartments do not include meals, but Pomona provides a meal allowance for self-catered meals.

Number of Students

Up to 10. Total group approximately 40.


Five semesters of college-level French or the equivalent. 8.25 GPA overall; 9.0 in French.

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