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Foreign Language Required: 203 Primary Language(s) of Instruction: French
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 3. Junior UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Sarah Berryman
Program Information:
Location Montpellier, France
Academic Term 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
Program Manager Mike Renes |
Priority Application Deadline January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
Spring Semester priority deadline
May 15 (Spring Semester)
General This direct exchange is geared towards students with moderate to 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 life.
University of Paul Valery Montpellier III (UPVM) is a successor university to the University of Montpellier, which was founded in 1289. It is located near the city center and houses roughly 20,000 students and over 600 faculty/staff. UPVM offers a wide range of courses, primarily in arts, languages, and social sciences. There are also possibilities to take courses in business and the natural sciences at the other two Montpellier campuses (close to UPVM), on a case-by-case basis.


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.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. In terms of the language requirements, exchange students will need to take a language placement test upon arrival to determine which level of French language course they will need to take during the Pre-Stage. As both this language course and the regular courses are intensive, students are recommend to have intermediate French language skills prior to the program.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 20 - 28 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.


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 coursework.

Courses at Paul-Valery consist of the following:

  • Regular UPVM courses. Most of these courses are semester-long, though a few are offered as year-long courses as well. Your classmates will be primarily French students.
  • 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 mainly 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 about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.



As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.

To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the University Paul Valery Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.

University Accommodations: Exchange students 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).

Private Accommodations: It is EXTREMELY difficult to find housing in Montpellier but not impossible. The fees for apartments vary according to size and location. The University Paul Valery Housing Office has many tips to help you find housing on the private market. We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited!


The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you 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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.