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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. 

Program Details

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in private homes, where only French is spoke. Students have 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 are subject to change.

Financial Aid Policy

Most LVC students will receive his/her financial aid in full for all semester-long study abroad and study away programs. Exceptions: Allwein scholars will receive 50% of their full tuition scholarship for semester-long study abroad and study away programs. The $2,500/year stipend may be used to supplement the reduction in scholarship. Tuition Exchange and Tuition Remission recipients will receive the value of the Mary A. Weiss Scholarship for semester-long study abroad programs. The value will be equivalent to the value awarded to the same year’s incoming class. For example, if the student will be studying abroad in spring 2020, the Mary A. Weiss Scholarship will be the same value that was awarded to the incoming class for 2019-2020 academic year.


Fall Semester Only 

  • Applications should be received by March 15
  • $25 deposit is due with application*
  • Accepted students will owe a $475 program deposit by the application deadline*
  • Packet of forms is due by April 1
  • Length of stay: Early September to mid-December
  • Approximately 15 credits

*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

Excursions are 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).