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  • Locations: Montpellier, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: French Housing options: Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall
Areas of study: Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Chinese, Culture, Development Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, French, Geography, German, Greek, Hebrew, History, International Relations, Internships, Italian, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Performing and Visual Arts, Philosophy, Photography, Politics, Portuguese, Pre-Law, Psychology, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Language GPA: 9.0 Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid
Language level: French 100-level course or the equivalent GPA: 9.0
Program Description:
montpellierLocated ten miles from the Mediterranean coast in southern France, Montpellier is a city of a quarter of a million inhabitants. In a city of developing academic, commercial, and technological fields, Montpellier retains the charm of centuries-old mansions, courtyards, and narrow shaded streets.

The administrative capital of Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier is steeped in Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance history. International theater, ballet, concerts, and museums add to the historic and cultural diversity of this regional center.

The program is sponsored by the Global Campus of the University of Minnesota (UM). The host institution, Université Paul Valéry (UPV) is one of the oldest universities in Europe.

Academic Program
Pomona students enroll in the University of Minnesota's Integrated Studies Program, and must register for a minimum of 15 semester credits to earn 4.0 Pomona course credits. 

Pomona students are required to enroll in:
  • French Grammar and Methodology
  • French Phonetics or Academic Writing
  • At least one integrated course with French students taught at Paul Valéry.
  • Two other electives, chosen from liberal arts/humanities courses at Paul Valéry or from the Institute for Foreign Students. 
Pomona students may not enroll in university courses taught in English.

Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the University of Minnesota study center on a P/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a P/NC basis.

Living Arrangements
Students may choose from one of three housing options: living with a host family, living in a university residence hall, or living in an apartment shared with other students from the program. Dormitory and apartment space is limited. Homestays provide 2 meals/weekday and 3 meals/weekend day. Pomona provides a weekday lunch allowance. Dormitories and apartments do not include meals, but Pomona provides a meal allowance for self-catered meals.

Number of Students
University of Minnesota enrolls approximately 40 students, selected from a national pool. The Université Paul Valéry has approximately 19,000 students. 

Host Institution
University of Minnesota
Université Paul Valéry (UPV) 

Faculty Liaison
Jack Abecassis

  • Completion of an upper-division French course (100 level or higher), or equivalent. 
  • 9.0 GPA in French, 8.25 GPA overall. 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 10/04/2019 TBA TBA