The W&M Montpellier Exchange program will not be available for Fall 2020.
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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 Magali Compan in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
The Global Education Advisor is Sally Roberts.
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.
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
Application Deadlines - Please note that there are two deadlines which must be met:
Spring semester: September 4 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. You will need your passport to complete the application.
Fall 2018: August 20 to late December, 2018 (There is a required 3 week pre-session orientation in August.
Spring 2019: Mid-January to mid-May Arrival and orientation dates will be set by UPV in the fall. Classes begin January 28.
Tuition exchange students pay their normal W&M tuition and all fees, along with a $75 application fee and an $3,524 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.
Students stay in a French homestay and the fee includes breakfast every day and 4 dinners per week
: 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.
Deposit due $1,000 November 15 (spring semester) May 1 (fall semester)
Balance due: December 15 (spring) June 1 (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.
You submit courses of interest with the MoveOnline application. However, you register for courses once you arrive in Montpellier, during orientation.
- 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.
For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.
University Paul Valery information can be found on the UPV website.