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  • Locations: Montpellier, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor:
Debi DeBacco (
Program Type:
WM Sponsored Semester
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirements:
Advanced French Language Skills
GPA Requirement:
Host Institution:
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
Service Component:
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Housing Options:
Local Family Homestay
Program Description:


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 (

Host Institution:
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III

Spring semester: September 5         UPV online application: October 1
Fall semester: March 15                    UPV online application:  April 15
Academic year: March 15                  UPV online application:  April 15 

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 the W&M faculty liaison to choose provisional courses in order of preference and complete an online application.  It is VERY important this is done as soon as requested. Important: you will need your passport to complete the application.  
Program dates:
 Fall:       mid-August to late December There is a required 3 week pre-session orientation in August before start the beginning of September. 
 Spring:  early January to mid May. There is a 1 day orientation before classes begin. Arrive January 3, 2018  Classes begin January 8 and end in May depending on exam schedule. 

Semester cost:  
Sponsored semester fee:  Spring 2018  $13,935
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. Housing is a french home stay and partial board includes breakfast and 2 meals  per week. Students can choose to pay their home stay families for more meals at 3 EURO for a dish or 5 EURO for a complete meal. 

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 $4,089.  

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

Language Requirements:
Must have completed at least FREN 314 or 315

Courses: There are two types of courses available to visiting students.  Some classes have two parts (CM and TD) which both require mandatory attendance. 
Integrated classes: These are regular courses within UPV taken with French degree-seeking students. Wide range disciplines from French Literature to History to Economics.  These courses  may only have one final exam which accounts for the entire grade.   
Cours RI:  These are support courses organized by the International Relations Office and are designed for American students, but taught in French.  These are courses in French Grammar, Phonetics, French History and Culture, Cinema, art, Etc. These courses are taught more American style with assessments throughout the semester. 
You submit courses of interest with the Moveonline application. However, you register for courses once you arrive in Montpellier, during orientation. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/05/2017 09/15/2017 TBA TBA
NOTE: 1. Applications are first reviewed by the Reves Center, and students nominated for the program are notified. Application materials are then sent to the school abroad (and the school abroad often requests additional materials at this time). When the school abroad completes their application review, students are then notified of the final acceptance decision. This timeline varies greatly from school to school. In rare cases a student nominated by the Reves Center will not be selected by the school abroad to attend their university; the Reves Center would then explore further options for the student. 2. Any start and end dates listed are to serve as a guide for general planning, but specific dates are subject to change and may not include mandatory orientation programs or exams.