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  • Locations: Montpellier, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester/summer Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Type: Apartment Alone, Apartment Shared, Homestay, Residence Hall Area of Study: Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering, English, Foreign Language
Language of Instruction: English, French
Program Description:

Engineering in France

Take classes in English or French in a variety of engineering and science fields at the prestigious University of Montpellier to meet your course needs. Experience the exciting hub of modern technological industries alongside historic traditions.


Program type: University study, study center
Level: 1,000–3,000 level courses
Term: Fall semester, spring semester, academic year
Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA; sophomores and above; no language prerequisite
  • 15–18 credits per semester taught in English and/or French
  • Courses in English available for 3rd- and 4th-year engineering students
  • Courses in French available for 1st- through 4th-year engineering students
  • Dedicated program course with visits to labs and industry available


Françoise Defrecheux-Chaton is the on-site director. She and her staff provide housing arrangements, an in-country orientation, academic advising, and ongoing support during the program. She has coordinated this program for many years and has taught at US and French institutions. A team of additional on-site staff provide support to participants and organize a variety of cultural activities.

How to Apply

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About This Program

Live and study engineering in Montpellier, France’s fastest-growing city and home to thousands of students from around the world. Experience the exciting hub of modern technological industries alongside historic traditions. Explore Montpellier’s historic city, the Place de la Comédie; and take excursions to the striking Provence region, nearby Medieval towns, and the famous historic cities of Avignon and Arles. It is an ideal place to take classes for your major, from computer science to mechanical engineering.


Depending on the language track you choose, select from a range of classes in computer science and management; electrical engineering; energetics; biological and food engineering; materials science and engineering; mechanical engineering and interactive design; and water science and engineering. 


Live with a French host family, in a shared apartment, a studio apartment, or the university dormitory, depending on your preferred level of independence.


Multiple day-long excursions are included each term to introduce you to the unique character of southern France. In addition, the program’s social and administrative assistants organize activities to familiarize you with the city and provide you with opportunities to meet French students.

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, intern, community engagement, research, and volunteer experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options—more than 250 programs in 70 countries—have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.

Note:  This provider has a Covid-19 vaccination requirement in order to participate in their programs.

Budget Information:

To calculate an estimate of the total cost of your program, use the Cost Estimate Template and do the following:
1. Go to the University of Minnesota Engineering in France website,, then click on “fees” on the left menu bar.
2. Select your term and preferred housing type.
3. In addition to these fees, add the following costs to arrive at your total cost
  • Meals – apartments do not include any meals. Homestays do not include lunch.
  • Application fee - $65
  • Study Abroad Administrative fee - $460
  • WSU Laptop fee (semester students only) - $485
  • International Airfare (check, or other search engines).
  • Passport ($140) and Visa, (if required, cost varies per country)
  • Personal/ miscellaneous expenses for travel, additional meals, souvenirs, etc. 
If you would like further assistance in calculating the cost of your program, please email

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.