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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. It was first settled under a feudal dynasty in the 900s and was once a leader in medical teaching. It was a key city during the 16th century Reformation and now is defined by its high population of university students and narrow, winding city streets.
Things to Do and See:
Montpellier is very walkable with beautiful boulevards and family run restaurants. Take a guided tour of the Arc de Triomphe, complete with 90 steps to climb and views of Montpellier and its surrounding landscape (https://www.montpellier-tourisme.fr/offre/fiche/arc-de-triomphe/PCULAR034V50LN56), and visit Planet Ocean World, a large contemporary aquarium with a 3D ocean simulator ride (https://www.planetoceanworld.fr/).
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.
Students will receive 8 credits in the Montpellier program. Summer 2018 courses are:
- FREN 299/300: French Language & Culture (4 credits)
- FREN 300: French Studies Abroad at an Advanced Level (4 credits)
- FREN 302: Independent Studies Project (4 credits)
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, 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 taught by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and be included in GPA calculations.
Completion of FRE 210 or FRE 212 or FRE 299. Two years of college level French (202) with permission of Program Director. Students can apply for the program as long as they are currently in French 202 during the spring semester before the summer program.
Associate Professor of French & Francophone Studies
Arrival date: Late May 2020
Departure date: Late June 2020
Application ($75*): February 3
Deposit ($600): March 6
Final payment: April 1
*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2019 program fee: $6800
Students are responsible for airfare, visa expenses, and some meals.
- Welcome dinner
- On-Site Orientation
- Transfer from airport
- Ground transportation, bus passes
- Fulfills COLL 300
- Farewell dinner
- Re-entry Programming
- Some excursion admissions tickets
- Paris excursion
- Someday or weekend excursions
- CISI Insurance
- Housing: Homestays
- Includes daily breakfast and dinner four times a week with homestays. Periodic group meals and lunches are covered throughout the program.
- On-Site support services
- W&M credits
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
All College students in good academic standing.
Click to view theMontpellier Handbook 2019
Click to view theW&M Summer Program Handbook 2019.