Montpellier is located on the south coast of France in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, just a few miles from the Mediterranean. One of France’s fastest growing cities, Montpellier offers a relaxed atmosphere and treasures its 1,000-year-old history, preserved in an unusual medieval cathedral, an 18th century aqueduct and water tower set in formal gardens, and an elegant Old Quarter of 17th and 18th century residences.
Program Description: The College of William & Mary’s summer program in Montpellier offers students the chance to immerse themselves in French language, literature, and culture. This program will begin with a four day tour of Paris, where students will have the opportunity to visit some of the world’s greatest museums, monuments and palaces.
The Institut des Études Françaises pour les Étrangers (I.E.F.E.) is the host institute of this intensive summer program. Participating students live with French families in Montpellier. In addition to taking classes, students will conduct an independent research project on-site on life in either Montpellier or its region. There will be excursions to cultural and historic sites around the region.
Course Information: Students will receive 8 credits in the Montpellier program. Summer 2016 courses are:
FREN 299: French Language & Culture (4 credits)
FREN 300: French Studies Abroad (4 credits)
FREN 302: Perspective on Contemporary Society (4 credits)
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in Spring 2016, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Montpellier and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses are tuaght by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and be included in GPA calculations.
Two years of college-level French, completion of FRE 210 or FRE 212 or FRE 299.