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Program Information:
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  Location   Montpellier, France
  Autumn Semester / Academic Year
  Spring Semester
  Credits   20-28 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility   Junior standing or above by time of  
  departure; min. 3.0 GPA
  Language   French 203
  Adviser   Mike Renes |
  Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
  Spring Semester priority deadline
  May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General   This direct exchange is geared to students
  with advanced French language skills who
  are motivated to take regular, host university
  courses and fully immerse themselves in the
  life and culture of French society and student
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations
  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.


Where You Will Study

Situated in the heart of a region with a rich cultural heritage, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Cevennes, the Camargue and the Garrigue, Montpellier is a regional capital with an excellent reputation in France as well as abroad. Montpellier is a beautiful, sunny city filled with students, due to its close proximity to several universities. The center of the city, extending out from la Place de la Comedie, is only open to pedestrians, making it a very walkable area. Multiple tramway lines connect the center to the outer-lying neighborhoods, including the universities.



A wide-range of courses are available at UPV, primarily in the arts, humanities and social sciences. There are also possibilities to take courses in business and the natural sciences at the other two Montpellier campuses (close to UPV), on a case by case basis.

For Fall Semester and Academic Year participants the exchange begins with a month of intensive language courses/orientation, called Pre-Stage, during September. Pre-Stage consists of intensive French language courses (20 hours weekly) according to your language level (you will take a language placement exam upon arrival). These courses are designed specifically for foreign students. Pre-Stage also includes weekend excursions and a practical introduction to French life and the University. The language courses are offered through the 'Institut Universitaire d'Etude du Français Langue Etrangère'. At the end of the intensive session, you will register for University courses, as well as courses for foreign speakers of French available to you through the program.  .

For Spring Semester participants, students will participate in a short orientation period and then enter into regular courswork.

Courses at Paul-Valery consist of the following:
  • Regular UPV courses. Most courses are semester-long, though a few are offered as year-long. Your classmates will be French students. Through the UW   exchange students primarily take regular university courses.
  • There is also the option to supplement your regular courses with French language and support content courses offered by the international office. Your classmates will be international students.
The staff in the international office will advise you on the best selection of courses for you according to your French language ability, academic training, and interests.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



All housing fees are paid directly to UPV on this program.  You will be housed in a dormitory during the Pre-Stage, and can receive assistance/advice on finding housing for the remaining year. All students are offered to stay in a student dorm (which is the easiest and cheapest option). It is EXTREMELY difficult to find housing in Montpellier but not impossible. The fees for apartments vary according to size and location.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

This program is unique among our direct exchange options. You will pay a program fee which covers the cost of your tuition at Paul Valery in lieu of your home tuition. The fee for the 2018/19 academic year is below.

  • Fall (First) Semester Program, including the pre-session: 2300€ per student
  • Spring (Second) Semester Program: 1300€ per student
  • Year program (including the pre-session): 3400€ per student

This program fee and the UW Study Abroad fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You will pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad advisor following your selection for the exchange.

See  Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.



Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the University of Paul Valery Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

University Paul Valery Exchange.pdf

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email