The beautiful, vibrant city of Montpellier, located in the south of France, was founded at the end of the 11th century and is now one of the fastest-growing cities in France. W&M’s exchange program at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III (UPV) allows students to fully immerse themselves in French language and culture. UPV is one of the three specialized universities formed from the original University of Montpellier, one of the oldest universities in the world with origins dating to the late 13th century. W&M students in Montpellier may take courses from the full curriculum of UPV which focuses on the arts, social sciences, and languages. In addition, they may choose from a number of support classes offered specifically for international students and focusing on French history, culture, literature, and intensive language. Program participants’ cultural and linguistic immersion is further encouraged by life with local host families.
The W&M faculty advisor for the Montpellier semester is Professor Michael Leruth
The Global Education Advisor is Debi DeBacco (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
Spring semester: September 5 UPV online application: September 15
Fall semester: March 15 UPV online application: March 30
Academic year: March 15 UPV online application: March 30
If the application deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due on the following Monday.
Shortly after being nominated by W&M students must meet with with Professor Compan to choose provisional courses in order of preference and complete an online application. It is VERY important this is done as soon as requested.
Fall: mid-August to mid-December
Spring: early January to late May. Arrival could be as early as January 1.
Semester cost: TBD
Sponsored semester fee (approximately $13,000 but will be finalized in early 2017) includes tuition, housing, partial board, orientation and on-site support, study abroad insurance, and off-campus fee; A $75 application fee is required of all students.
Tuition exchange students will pay their normal tuition and fees to William & Mary, along with a $75 application fee, and an on-site housing and support fee to William & Mary, which includes housing, partial board, orientation and support services, and study abroad insurance. The on-site housing and support fee will be approximately $5,200, but is subject to change until the budget is finalized early spring, 2017.
Please note: exchange placements to Montpellier are limited; any qualified applicant for whom the tuition exchange is not available will automatically be enrolled in the sponsored semester program. The sponsored semester is identical in all respects except that the program fee is comprehensive and covers tuition and the above-listed on-site costs.
Deposit ($1,000) due: November 15 (spring semester) and May 1 ( fall semester)
Balance due if selected for sponsored option: December 15 (spring semester) and June 1 (fall semester)
Please note: You may not use the tuition payment plan for the sponsored semester option. However, financial aid and VA pre-paid 529 can be used.
Mandatory attendance at pre-departure orientation
Must have completed at least FREN 314 or 315