- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.50 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Second semester sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- 4 semesters of college-level French language or equivalent
- Participants must have had French courses within 1 year of participation, or be able to demonstrate required language skills
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 all Big 10 institutions, including Penn State students. Based at Paul Valéry University and at the University of Montpellier, this program provides access to humanities, engineering, sciences, and business courses through an extremely flexible course structure. Choose from a mix of special courses for study abroad students and regular courses with French students.
This integrated program is designed for students with advanced-level French language skills. Students will enroll in courses at Paul Valéry University and at the University of Montpellier.
Fall: early September - late December
Spring: mid January - mid May
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Live and study in Montpellier, one of France’s fastest growing cities and an emerging cultural and educational center. Within easy reach of both mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students, Montpellier is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. It is the ideal place to experience French language and culture.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.