This program is offered through a consortium called the Big 10 Academic Alliance (BTAA) consisting of Big Ten Universities. The Montpellier program is administered by the University of Minnesota, but is open to all undergraduate students from Big 10 institutions, including Penn State students.
The Language and Culture program in Montpellier offers courses in
French language and culture for students with beginning to intermediate-level language skills. Classes in the Language & Culture Track are offered through the "Institute for Foreign Students" at Paul-Valéry Université and are designed for non-native speakers of French. Students may also register for an online, one-credit course, Global Identity, which is designed to help students reflect on their study abroad experience while overseas and to encourage them to deepen their cross-cultural sensitivity. Fall semester and academic year students are encouraged to brush up on their French skills by enrolling in the Intensive French Summer Program at the Institute for Foreign Students at Paul Valéry University, for an additional fee.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
During the semester, students will enroll in a minimum of 15 - 16 credits, depending on French ability. Students can enroll for a maximum of 17 credits of regular courses during the semester. There is an optional 1 credit Global Identity course offered through the University of Minnesota for an additional fee, bringing the maximum credit enrollment to 18 credits.
Be sure to meet with your French Department adviser and complete a"pre-departure agreement" before going overseas. This will help you receive credits for courses you plan on taking while abroad. Any questions about this process should be addressed to the French Department. For more information about this program and about the range of courses offered on this program, please visit the University of Minnesota Montpellier, Language and Culture web page.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program:
- Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Second Semester Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
- Language Requirements:
- Completion of at least 2 college-level French courses
- Participants must have had French courses within 1 semester of participation in this program, or must be able to demonstrate required language skills.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2018||09/15/2017 **||Rolling Admission||01/03/2018||05/05/2018|
|NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Departure dates may vary for students taking Engineering courses.|
|Spring||2019||09/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||01/21/2019||05/11/2019|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed