PROGRAM DETAILS

Live and study engineering in Montpellier, France’s fastest-growing city. Experience the exciting hub of modern technological industries alongside historic traditions. Within easy reach of both mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students, it is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. Montpellier is the ideal place to experience French culture as a study abroad student for a semester or academic year and take classes for your major, from computer science to mechanical engineering.

Enroll in engineering classes in English or French at the Polytech, part of the University of Montpellier, one of the oldest and most respected universities in Europe. Montpellier has a long history of institutions advancing scientific and technological research, including the oldest active school of medicine in the modern world (founded 1180); CIRAD, the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions; and many others.

Two or three day-long excursions are planned each semester to introduce you to the unique character of southern France.  These day excursions are included in your program fees. In addition, the program’s social assistants organize activities in Montpellier to help you get to know the city and to provide you with opportunities to meet French students. Optional longer excursions are also organized by the Program Center staff during the semester and are offered at an extra cost if there is sufficient interest.

HOUSING & MEALS

Students may choose between four different housing options in Montpellier. The cost of the homestay includes 16 meals per week, while the other housing options do not include the cost of meals. Additional information about each housing option and tips about budgeting for meals cam be found in the Housing & Meals Guide

Course Description

Polytech offers a broad range of courses taught in English and French  in Computer Science and Management, Biological and Food Engineering, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering and Interactive Design, and Water Science.

Courses are taught in English and/or French. Courses in English are available for third and fourth year engineering students. Courses in French are available for first through fourth year engineering students. A dedicated program course with visits to labs and industry is also available, as is a Directed Research course. 

Depending on the language track you choose, you may select from a range of classes in computer science and management; electrical engineering; energetics; biological and food engineering; materials science and engineering; mechanical engineering and interactive design; and water science and engineering. 

English Track (3rd & 4th year level students, no French language prerequisite)

French Track (1st–4th year level students, 4+ semesters of college-level French proficiency)

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Gretchen McCarthy 703-504-9980 | gmccarthy@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    French Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering Metallurgical Engineering Mining and Mineral Engineering Water Resources Engineering

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    French Language and Literature

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Industrial and Product Design

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.5 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Special Application Instructions

Students applying to this program must submit the following additional application materials by uploading them to the "additional documents" section of the ISEP application. 

1) Academic Reference 

2) Personal Essay

Please answer the following questions (max 500 words):

1) Why did you select this particular program and how does it suit your academic, career, and personal goals?

2) What do you think you might find challenging about studying abroad and how do you think you will meet those challenges?

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Undergraduate
(in French)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    French Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Artificial Intelligence Informatics

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering Robotics, and Automation Engineering Water Resources Engineering

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    French Language and Literature

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Industrial and Product Design

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.5 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students applying to this program must submit the following additional application materials by uploading them to the "additional documents" section of the ISEP application. 

1) Academic Reference 

2) Personal Essay

Please answer the following questions (max 500 words):

1) Why did you select this particular program and how does it suit your academic, career, and personal goals?

2) What do you think you might find challenging about studying abroad and how do you think you will meet those challenges?

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

French Track students who plan to focus on liberal education courses in French with only one engineering course should apply through the Language & Culture in Southern France program option. 

All students who have taken any French in the past should complete an ISEP language evaluation. Students applying for the French Track must submit an ISEP language evaluation demonstrating at least a B2 level in French. More information about these requirements can be found in the French Language Evaluation Guide

All grades and credits for these programs are issued in U.S. equivalencies on a University of Minnesota transcript. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Semester & Prices (based on your filters)

Select a semester to calculate the price. Semesters are named according to host university's calendar.


Loading Semester Data...

Semester Tuition

  • Priority Admissions Deadline: {{schedule.semester.semesterTranslation.displayPriorityDeadline}}
  • Chance of Placement: {{schedule.chancesOfPlacement.name}}
  • Application Deadline: {{schedule.applicationDeadline}}
  • Average Classes Per Week: {{schedule.semester.classesPerWeek}}
  • Average Class Hours Per Week: {{schedule.semester.hoursPerWeek}}

Required Expenses

Pre-Sessions

{{child.getBenefitsRangeDisplay()}}

University Deadline: {{child.studentDeadline | date:'longDate'}}

Housing
{{plan.housingPlan.getNumPeopleDisplay()}} , accommodates dependents {{plan.housingPlan.url}}
Meals
{{plan.name}},

Optional Expenses

Pre-Sessions

{{child.getBenefitsRangeDisplay()}}

University Deadline: {{child.studentDeadline | date:'longDate'}}

Housing
{{plan.housingPlan.getNumPeopleDisplay()}} {{plan.housingPlan.url}}
Meals
{{plan.name}} ,
{{addon.addonType.name}}


University of Minnesota in Montpellier

(17)

Tuition

Select a Semester


Total: US$0

{{programScheduleCollection.selectedSchedule.semester.name}}

Tuition
Options

{{child.childProgram.name}} Options

Housing (Estimate) TBD Home University Housing Price (Included) Options

Meals (Estimate) Home University Meals Price Options

{{addonType}} US${{programScheduleCollection.selectedSchedule.selectedAddonDisplaySums[addonType]}} (Estimate) Options

ISEP Application Fee US$100

ISEP Acceptance Fee US$425




Total:




Program Deadlines
{{programScheduleCollection.selectedSchedule.priorityDeadline}}
{{programScheduleCollection.selectedSchedule.applicationDeadline}}
Chances of Placement: {{programScheduleCollection.selectedSchedule.chancesOfPlacement.name}}
Program added.View application
Program saved.View all
{{ programScheduleCollection.Message }}