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  • Locations: Montpellier, France
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Miami University applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2020 05/15/2020
NOTE: ***These dates are place holder dates*** See provider website for details

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Course(s) Available In: French Program Type: Co-sponsored, Global Preferred
Study Abroad Advisor: Erin Brandyberry, Kerry Strader, Kevin Fitzgerald, Paula Hudak, Ryan Dye
Program Description:
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COURSES
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, Turkish); Letters, Arts, Philosophy and Languages (art, audiovisual, classical literature, drama, linguistics, modern literature, music, philosophy); Social Sciences (social psychology, psychology, ethnology, sociology);Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences. 

If there is space in the support courses offered by the International Relations (Grammar, Phonetics, Methodology, History, Culture), ISEP students choosing this option are welcome to enroll in them. 

Option 2: ISEP-Direct- Semester or Full-Year: French Language and Culture 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.

LANGUAGE NOTES
Option 1: ISEP-Exchange: Regular Courses 
A minimum of 4-5 semesters of university-level French or its equivalent must be completed prior to program.

French language and culture courses are offered by the International Relations Office in addition to regular classes if space is available.

A 57-hour pre-session French language and culture course is available before the fall semester for an additional fee. Three excursions are included.

Option 2: ISEP-Direct semester or full-year: French Language 
Students who need or wish to take intensive language courses may take such courses during the academic year, but they must participate in the ISEP-Direct French Language and Culture Program. This option is offered at all language levels, but students are recommended to have some experience in university-level French to take the most from the program and navigate everyday life in France. On arrival, 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

PROGRAM DATES
Option 1: ISEP-Exchange: Regular Courses 
Academic year: September to May 
Semester 1: September to December 
Semester 2: January to May 

Option 2: ISEP-Direct semester or full-year: French Language 
Academic year: Late August to mid-May 
Semester 1: Late August to mid-December 
Semester 2: Mid-January to mid-May

HOUSING AND MEALS
Option 1: ISEP-Exchange: 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 2: ISEP-Direct semester or full-year: French Language 
Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in the Cite Universitaire, a mile from campus. A meal stipend is not provided.

ISEP-DIRECT
Information about ISEP-Direct fees and dates.

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: 16,000 (one-sixth international).

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.