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  • Locations: Montpellier, France
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Student Apartment Language of Instruction: English, French
Program Description:
Montpellier skyline

Business in France

Study in this vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. Take business classes in English alongside French students and enjoy the college-town atmosphere, nightlife, and student-centered community.


  • Program type:
    • University study, study center
  • Level:
    • 1,000–3,000 level courses
  • Term:
    • Fall semester
    • Spring semester
  • Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA; sophomores and above
  • Courseload: 15–16 credits per semester, taught in English. Courses are specifically designed for business and marketing students.


Françoise Defrecheux-Chaton is the on-site director. She and her staff provide housing arrangements, an in-country orientation, academic advising, and on-going 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 in Montpellier, one of France's fastest growing cities and an emerging cultural and educational center. Within easy reach of both mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students, Montpellier is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. It is the ideal place for an introduction to French language and culture. This program, developed in conjunction with the Carlson School of Management, is based at the University of Montpellier. You will take English-taught business courses alongside French and other American students, as well as a Business French course.

Required courses: The French & European Business Environment and French Language. Electives: Select 9 credits of English-taught business courses with French students at 
Live with a French host family, in a shared apartment, or in an efficiency apartment, depending on your preferred level of independence.

Local excursions are included each term to introduce you to the unique character of southern France. In addition, social assistants organize activities to help familiarize you with Montpellier and French students. You can also join skiing, hiking, and photography clubs or take optional excursions touring the castles in France or seeing the wonders of nearby Morocco.

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, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel 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--300 programs in over 80 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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 11/01/2020 ** 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.