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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Brian Henry Program type: Signature
Area of study: Art history, Cinema, Comparative literature, Cultural studies, Environmental studies, European Studies, Francophone studies, French, General Education Credit, Global studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Romance languages, Sociology Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.7
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Open to Non-UNC students: Yes
Language prerequisite: Yes Language of instruction: French
Program Description:
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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.

Courses & Credits

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,, 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): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
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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.
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Program Costs

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
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Application Process

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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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/29/2019
10/04/2019 01/15/2020 05/10/2020
Fall 2020 02/24/2020
Rolling Admission 09/23/2020 12/18/2020
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 10/04/2020 01/13/2021 05/14/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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