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.
A Note on Exchange Programs:
Exchange programs require a balance of sending and receiving students, therefore exchange programs may not consistently be available in the semester you are seeking to study abroad. Please inquire with the GEO Advisor for the most up-to-date information on your program choice, and have some alternative programs in mind should the exchange program not be available or be competitive.
Application Deadlines (Please note that there are two deadlines which must be met): Spring semester
W&M application: September 1
UPV online application: October 1
Fall Semester/Academic Year
W&M application: 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 should meet with with the W&M faculty liaison to choose provisional courses in order of preference and will need to complete an online application. It is VERY important this is done as soon as requested. You will need your passport to complete the application.
Fall: Early September to late December Spring: Mid-January to mid-May. Arrival and orientation dates will be set by UPV in the fall.
Mandatory attendance at pre-departure orientation
Must have completed at least FREN 314 or 315
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. You will register for courses during orientation once you arrive in Montpellier.
Except for History, all courses must be pre- or post-approved. History courses will be automatically approved as HIST 299 once students submit a syllabus to the Global Education Office. Grades will not appear on transcripts or be included in GPA calculations. Credits will appear as transfer credits on W&M transcripts.
Students stay in a French homestay and the fee below includes breakfast every day and 4 dinners per week.
Tuition exchange students pay their normal W&M tuition and all fees, along with a $75 application fee and an on-site housing and support fee to W&M. The housing and support fee includes housing, some meals, orientation and support services, a study abroad fee, and study abroad insurance.
Spring 2020 housing & support fee: $3,524
Spring 2022 housing & support fee: TBD
Deposit: $1,000. Due November 15
Balance: Due December 15
Deposit: $1,000. Due May 1
Balance: Due June 1
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. You may not use the tuition payment plan for the sponsored semester option. However, financial aid and VA pre-paid 529 can be used to pay for either option.
The W&M faculty advisor for the Montpellier semester is Professor Magali Compan in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
The Global Education Advisor is Sally Roberts.
For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Getting Started page on our website.
Dates / Deadlines:
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Approximate Decision Date (Subject To Change)
NOTE: 1. Applications are first reviewed by the Reves Center, and students nominated for the exchange 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. Contact your host university for the most accurate dates.