Montpellier Academic Year Exchange

Montpellier III LogoAugust 2009 – May 2010

Sponsored by the
Department of Classical and Modern Languages
and the
College of Arts & Sciences

Hosted by the
Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III

Montpellier-dot.pngWhy Montpellier?

Montpellier, France, a multicultural center of learning since the medieval period, is today a dynamic university town, ideally situated in France’s fastest growing region. The city is home to over 60,000 students and fosters a vibrant cultural life that runs the gamut from the Orchestre National de Montpellier and the Opéras de Montpellier to the shops, cafés, and nightclubs of the center city and the Antigone. Only a short bus ride from the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea and a three-hour TGV ride from Paris, Montpellier is also convenient to many of the major attractions of Europe.

Academic Program

The academic program is hosted by the Université Paul Valéry (UPV) and the Institut d'Études Françaises pour Étrangers (IEFE). Students begin their work with a 3-week intensive language and culture program at the IEFE, where they will be placed in one of 5 levels of language proficiency based upon a preliminary assessment examination. At the end of the intensive program, students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered at the Université Paul Valéry. All courses at the UPV are conducted in French alongside regularly enrolled French students. Students who would prefer to pursue courses tailored to international students may continue intensive French language and culture studies at the IEFE for the full academic year. The IEFE also provides tutoring, advising, and other academic support throughout the academic year for students in both the integrated and second-language tracks.


Students will earn 6 credits for 300- and 500-level courses in the French major during the 3-week intensive language and culture program. During each of the 13-week semesters, students enroll for between 12 and 15 credit hours. Past courses available to international students include subjects in the humanities and social sciences, ranging from history and geography to postcolonial literature and film studies. A list of popular courses is available here. Advisors at UPV and in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages will help students identify transfer equivalents for UPV courses in advance of registration for the semester.

Montpellier-tram.jpgHousing and Meals

Participants will be housed in single-room campus dormitory accommodations for the introductory 3-week program and thereafter will have the option to continue in dormitory housing, request a homestay with a French family, or share an apartment with other American students. Homestays include breakfast and either lunch or dinner. All students will have access to the subsidized campus cafeteria for all meals, as well as to the many cafes and inexpensive restaurants of the university district.


Apart from airfare and the program fee, costs are close to those required for a standard academic year at the University of Louisville. Below is the estimated budget from 2008; we expect that the 2009 budget will be similar.

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Program Fee$3,700
Meals †$4,000
Health Insurance$270
Books and Supplies$400
Personal Expenses$3,500
Visa and Passport Fees$135
Public Transportation Pass$200
Special scholarship-$5,500
Total$23,585 *

† Meal costs for students in homestays and shared apartments will be approximately 30% lower.
* This budget is approximate and may fluctuate based on changing tuition, airfare, and exchange rates. The total shown assumes in-state tuition and single-room dormitory housing.

Montpellier-Faculte_medecine.jpgScholarships and Financial Aid

Most University of Louisville financial aid and scholarships may be applied to tuition, fees, and personal expenses. Students who have completed 12 hours of French language study are also eligible to apply for generous support from the Modern Language Fund during both fall and spring terms.

In addition, students may be eligible to apply for regional and national scholarships such as the Gilman Scholarship. Contact the A&S Office of International Programs for more information.


The A&S Montpellier Academic Year Exchange program is open to University of Louisville sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have completed four semesters of French language studies (or the equivalent) and who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher with 12 hours of U of L credit.

Application Deadline and Further Information

Applications are available in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, 322 Bingham Humanities.

The deadline for applications is February 13, 2008.

For more information

Professor John Greene
Department of Classical and Modern Languages
Bingham Humanities 328B

(502) 852-0496

and visit