Montpellier, France

Program in Brief
This fall semester program offers students in any major who want to improve their knowledge of the French language and culture the opportunity to take courses in almost all areas of concentration. Montpellier, as the regional capital of Languedoc-Roussillon, plays a predominant role in the development of southern Europe. It is a highly-desirable location for companies that recognize the shift of European economics to the south. It offers easy access to the large metropolitan areas of the world. The IML is ideally located right in the heart of the historic city center, offering a unique combination of high-level education and culture. Montpellier is primarily a university-city of 50,000 students, more than 2,000 coming from all over the world. The city enjoys good weather and has easy access by rail and air with the rest of France and Europe.

There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program. Students attend a two-week orientation once they arrive in Montpellier.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in private homes, where only French is spoken. Students take breakfast and dinner with their host families and lunch at the University.

French language and civilization courses are taken at L'Institut d' Etudes Francaises pour Etudiants et Professeurs Etrangers (IEFE), Université Paul Valéry (UPV). Following a two-week orientation, students are then placed in courses appropriate to their level of proficiency.


  • LVC tuition and fees
  • LVC room and partial board charges

Travel and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees subject to change.

Fall semester only

  • Application timetable: Applications should be received by March 15.
  • $25 deposit is due with application.*
  • Accepted students owe $475 program.*
  • Packet of forms is due by April 15. 
  • Fall semester in Montpellier (approx. 15 credits): Early September to mid-December.

*The $500 program deposit will be credited to the student's account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program.

Language of Instruction

Eligibility Requirements
Students from any major who are in good standing (2.5 GPA) and have had at least one year of intermediate college-level French may apply.

Group Excursions
Included in the program is a supervised six-day trip to Paris. Excursions are also arranged to fascinating historical sites and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

During weekends, some longer than others, students will be able to explore more of France or even the continent. Montpellier is located 50 minutes by plane from Barcelona, an hour from Paris, and an hour and a half from London. The city is well serviced by an international airport and a "TGV" (rapid train).