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UNC in Montpellier
The UNC in Montpellier Program offers a blend of study opportunities - core UNC courses which are taught by UNC selected instructors (including the Resident Director), and direct enroll courses at the University of Montpellier III (Faculte de Lettres - Paul Valery). French and non-French majors have the chance to improve their spoken and written French, to take courses in a French university, to be immersed in French culture and further their knowledge of French and European politics, history, culture and literature.
Montpellier, a city of over 250,000 inhabitants, has a diverse student population. It is situated in Languedoc, near the Provence region, about 6 miles from the Mediterranean Sea and a 4 hour train ride from both Barcelona and Paris. It is a young and vibrant city! It has a wonderful Mediterranean climate and the area is rich in history and cultural activities.
Students wishing to study in Montpellier must have taken FREN 300 or its equivalent. All students on the UNC in Montpellier program will take three courses taught in our new program space near the Jardin Botanique and also direct enroll in two courses at the University of Montpellier - UPV. The UNC courses will be taught by the French Resident Director and French professors carefully selected by UNC. Two of these courses FREN 311 and FREN 312 are considered "core courses" and receive graded credit and will count in the students' GPA. The third course will vary from semester to semester; Fall 2020, the course title is L'Union Européenne, un territoire en construction and will count as FREN 310 and be TREQ credit. (Spring 2021, TBD). Students will take a minimum of two regular classes at the University of Montpellier III - Université Paul Valery (UPV) with French students (also called direct enroll classes). One of these classes may be taken from courses taught specifically to international students (RI). These courses are TREQ credit.
We encourage students to consider going to Montpellier for a full year! Students on the yearlong program will take FREN311, FREN312 as well as the third course with the two university courses during the fall semester. In the spring semester the student will take the third course taught on the UNC program and will then enroll in a minimum of three regular university courses. A wide variety of university courses (UPV) are available in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. The resident director assists students in choosing and registering for appropriate courses.
Dr. Dorothea Heitsch in the UNC Department of Romance Languages, firstname.lastname@example.org, can provide more detailed academic advising for French majors and minors regarding the Montpellier academic program. Students with only four semesters of college level French, but excellent speaking and writing skills, are encouraged to inquire with their study abroad advisor about the possibility of being considered for the Montpellier program.
Courses in this program are both UNC Graded Credit and Transfer Credit.
UNC Graded Credit Courses (often taught by UNC Faculty): No action required
- These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
- You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.
Transfer Credit Courses
(not taught by UNC Faculty)
Check out the Pre-Approved Courses List
to view courses that have been pre-approved as UNC credit. This is not an exhaustive list of available courses or programs, and courses listed here are not guaranteed to be available at the host institution in the term you intend to study. This list will update as new courses are reviewed and approved.
As part of the study abroad process, students will submit information on the courses they would like to take abroad via the Study Abroad Student Credit Portal. Students will receive detailed instructions on this process. Courses that are pre-approved will transfer as listed and courses without pre-approved decisions will be evaluated. Students will be notified when the department has made a decision on how the course will transfer back.
View steps for requesting credit.
- You must earn the equivalent of a UNC “C” or better to earn any credit.
- Passed credit (courses where a "C" or better is earned) will be reflected on the UNC transcript as a pass and satisfy the approved requirement.
- Failed credit (courses where a "C-" or less is earned) will be reflected on the UNC transcript AND impact the UNC GPA as the equivalent of an “F” grade
- For information about how credits and grades convert, please check out the Credit and Grade Conversion Guide.
- For additional information about credit transfer, please visit our website.
While in Montpellier, students are housed with host families. This often proves to be the highlight of the semester as students really get to know their host family. This is where students notice the most progress in their French conversational skills as they share in the life of a French family. Students usually have their own room and sometimes their own bathroom, although most often they will share with the family. Students are given breakfast and dinner every day. Some host families are located near the downtown area but others are further out but easily accessible by public transportation. The Resident Director takes great care in matching up students with host families.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
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For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access