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Only 6 miles from the Mediterranean coast, Montpellier is a vibrant city with a large university population. Montpellier also offers a rich medieval history and a unique mélange of Mediterranean cultures. ISEP participants can choose from 2 options:

Option 1: ISEP-Exchange Academic immersion. Take regular university courses taught in French alongside local students. ISEP students will be entitled to support courses for international students provided they take a specific placement test.

Option 2: ISEP Exchange Academic immersion. Combine language and elective courses designed for international students with regular university courses taught in French alongside local students.

Option 3: ISEP-Direct Language and culture program. Focus on French language and culture courses starting at the advanced-beginner level at the Institut d'Études Françaises pour Étrangers (IEFE).

For more information regarding programs in France, please contact Lindsay Moats or check out her blog.



Location
Located in the south of France near the Mediterranean coast, Montpellier is an ancient university town which bustles with commercial and tourist activity. Its history is reflected in an 18th-century promenade and 17th- and 18th-century buildings.

PROGRAM TYPE
ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.


Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Chance of placement for US and International students on ISEP Direct French Language and Culture Program is Good.

Program Dates
Option 1: ISEP Exchange: Enrollment in Regular Courses
Academic year: September to May
Semester 1: September to December
Semester 2: January to May

Option 2: ISEP Exchange: Enrollment in Courses for International Students and Regular Courses
Academic year: September to May
Semester 1:September to December
Semester 2: January to May

Option 3: ISEP-Direct: French Language and Culture Program
Academic year: September to May
Semester 1:September to December
Semester 2: January to May

ISEP-Direct
Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $17,400
Semester 1 16-17: $9,450
Semester 2 16-17: $9,450


For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: April 15, 2016
SM2: September 25, 2016


Fast Facts
Montpellier, France (pop. 250,000)
Student Enrollment: 20,000
Language of instruction: French
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Practical Information

Programs

Students have a variety of options at Montpellier based on their language level and interest. Each program numbered below is a distinct program. Students should choose one and clearly indicate it on their ISEP application.

Option 1: ISEP-Exchange- Semester or Full Year Enrollment in Regular Courses (a high level of French is required)

Economics and Economic Administration

Humanities and Environmental Sciences:
biology, geography, history, history of art & archaeology

Languages, Literature and Area Studies: Anglo-American, German, Modern Greek, Oriental, Romance, Semetic, Slavic

Letters, Arts, Philosophy and Languages: art, audiovisual, classical literature, drama, linguistics, modern literature, philosophy

Social Sciences social psychology, psychology, ethnology, sociology, mathematics applied to social sciences.

Students who select this option will also have access to the support courses ("Cours RI") offered by the International Relations Office and designed for international students, provided they take a specific placement test upon arrival. Every semester, up to 7 hours of classes will be offered in French as a Foreign Language, Phonetics and Composition, and, depending on the semester, between 5 and 7 hours of classes will be offered in areas such as History, Culture, Literature, Theatre, Cinema etc.

Option 2: ISEP-Exchange - Semester or Full Year Enrollment in "Cours RI" courses or "Cours RI" courses combined with Regular Courses (an intermediate level of French is required)

New in 2015-16, students with an intermediate level of French have the opportunity to take a mixture of "Cours RI" courses designed for international students and regular university courses (see regular course subjects offered above under Option 1) on exchange. Students must take a specific placement test upon arrival. "Cours RI" course details from 2014-15 can be found here (fall) and here (spring). Students must participate in at least two regular university courses alongside "Cours RI".

Option 3: ISEP Direct- Semester or Full-Year: French Language and Culture (an advanced-beginner level of French is required)

This program has an instructional focus on French language and culture. Each semester, the program will combine intensive French language study and three classes arranged by the International Relations Office. Students also have the possibility to take one or two regular university courses if language requirements are met (see regular course subjects offered above under Option 1). The intensive French as a foreign language courses consist of 16 hours of classes per week for 12 weeks through the Institut d'Études Françaises pour Étrangers, IEFE. A student tutor will also be available for additional help. This option includes three excursions per semester that focus on regional cultural topics.

Academic Notes

Placements in regular courses are very competitive even for students with excellent French skills. Known as one of the best French-language training centers in the nation, UPV has a unique program that provides training on how to teach French as a Foreign Language with research in socio-linguistics and teaching methodology. Other strengths include mathematics, classic and modern literature, geography, history and archaeology, philosophy and psychology. UPV is a center for regional planning and urban/rural studies and the home of the Languedoc-Roussillon Atlas.

Please note that the departments of Film Studies, Drama, Info-Com and Fine Art have now implemented selection because of the high number of degree-seeking applicants. This may also make it more difficult for exchange students to register for those courses.

Students typically enroll in 5 classes per term which averages to 12-18 hours in class per week. A term runs for 13 weeks.

TRANSCRIPT DETAILS

Transcripts are sent to ISEP in February and July and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes

Option 1: ISEP Exchange: Regular Courses

Language Requirement: A minimum of 5 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program.
Language Notes: French language and culture courses are offered by the International Relations Office in addition to regular classes.

Option 2: ISEP Exchange: Enrollment in Courses for International Students and Regular Courses

Language Requirement: A minimum of 3-4 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. Students must take a specific placement test upon arrival.

Option 3: ISEP-Direct semester or full-year: French Language and Culture

Language Requirement: A minimum of 2 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. Students are divided into groups according to their level of language proficiency based on a proficiency test.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Special ISEP Application Instructions

All students studying in France must purchase French health insurance (la Sécu) upon arrival for approximately 230 euros in addition to purchasing ISEP Health Insurance prior to departure.

Hints for Researching Courses
Syllabi for the various language levels on the ISEP Direct Language and Culture Program through IEFE (ONLY) can be found here. Information on regular university courses can be found on the university's website. Students on Exchange MUST include course codes on their ISEP "Course Request List" in order for their applications to be complete. You can locate course codes by clicking the link "Courses" in the "Fast Facts" box above. Once on the universty page, hover over the tab "UFR-Institut". Click on the appropriate UFR, Department, and "Licence" for your field of study. Course codes should begin with the letter "E".

Housing and Meals
Options 1 and 2: ISEP Exchange: Regular University Courses or Courses for International Students and Regular Courses
Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in the Cite Universitaire, a mile from campus. A stipend is provided to purchase meals in the campus restaurant or to cook.

Option 3: ISEP-Direct: French Language and Culture Program
Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in the Cite Universitaire, a mile from campus. A meal stipend is not provided.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month are estimated at 300 euros. Students should budget approximately 350 euros for books. ISEP Direct students should budget between 250 to 300 euros/month for meals.

Orientation
On both ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct programs, students will receive individualized attention to help choose a set of courses. Once students have thoroughly read the course description brochures and the university website, the student will meet with the ISEP-Coordinator who is also the academic advisor. The registration officer will also help in the process in addition to student monitors.

Students will receive specific housing instructions prior to arrival. Please read all e-mails arriving from the host insitution as they may include important arrival and housing information.

ARRIVAL DETAILS

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Profile
Universite Paul Valery (UPV) is one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 1289. Situated on a campus outside the city, the university, one of several in Montpellier, continues to emphasize the arts and humanities and is well known as a center for research in interdisciplinary topics such as strategic studies and experimental psychology. The library includes the original 19th-century collections of the Faculty of Letters. Total enrollment: 20,000 (one-sixth international).