University of Minnesota in Montpellier
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 culture, and students deepen cross-cultural understanding through interaction with local students, host families, and community members while gaining French, European, and international perspectives on academic disciplines.
Established in 1983, the Minnesota in Montpellier Program Center employs full-time onsite staff who are trained professionals available to provide support throughout students’ time abroad. Students may choose from a variety of housing options including homestays, and several day-long excursions are also included in the program each semester!See All 14 Photos
University of Minnesota Program CenterMontpellier , France20,000+ on Campus250,000+ residents in MontpellierLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English, French
Montpellier is one of the largest cities in the south of France. There are more than 300,000 inhabitants in the city and its greater metropolitan area. Located in the département of Hérault, Montpellier is 10 miles from the Mediterranean coast and about 125 miles from the Spanish border and has been famous for centuries for its university.
East of Montpellier you will find the beautiful region of Provence, and you can reach the Alps in about four hours by car. With Paris and Barcelona both only three and a half hours away on the fast train, students have plenty to explore on weekends and during official holidays.
The University of Minnesota in Montpellier program office, or “Bureau,” is located on the edge of the Centre Ville, Montpellier’s city center. The Bureau houses the on-site staff’s offices, computers for student use, free Wi-Fi, a kitchen and sitting area, and travel resources. Students are welcome to visit the office to check email, work on homework, get help from the on-site staff and more.