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  • Locations: Montpellier, France
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  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Housing Options: Student Apartment Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:

Sports & Culture in France: La vie sportive

Study French sports culture—including tourism, psychology, and pedagogy—in Montpellier, one of France’s sportiest cities.


This program focuses on the study of sports and sports culture from a French perspective. Spend your morning examining sports, sports psychology, and the nature of professional sports in France and the USA and then engage in a variety of sport activities in the afternoon. 
  • Program type:
    • Instruction in English by French faculty
  • Level:
    • 3,000-level courses
  • Term:
    • May session
  • Prerequisites
    • No language prerequisite; freshmen and above
  • Courseload:
    • 3 credits


Françoise Defrecheux-Chaton
Ms. Defrecheux-Chaton provides participants with an in-country orientation, academic advising, on-going support during the program, and oversees housing arrangements. She has coordinated this program for many years and has taught at US and French institutions. A team of additional on-site staff--an administrative assistant, a housing coordinator, and two social assistants--provide support to participants and organize a variety of cultural activities.

Dr. Robin Recours and Dr. Ludovic Marin
Dr. Recours and Dr. Marin are professors of sports studies at the University Montpellier.

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About This Program

Montpellier is 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. This course will cover such topics as sports tourism, sports psychology and sports pedagogy. You will learn about several European sports, such as pétanque and handball, as well as visit several sports-related cites in and around Montpellier. You will also have the opportunity to attend the annual Extreme Sports festival, hosted by the city each May.
Students are housed in apartments with other program participants and are responsible for their own meals. 

The program includes excursions to several local sports and recreational facilities. Students will visit the national park of Cévennes, observe a training session of the Montpellier handball club, as well as a professional handball game, and sail in Port Camargue.

About the 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.