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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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2024 04/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2025 11/01/2024 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Student Apartment Language of Instruction: English, French
Program Description:

Teaching Practicum in France

Study in this cultured university city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance and complete your teaching practicum in a French school.


  • Program type:
    Coursework and practicum.? All of the education courses are taught in English and offered exclusively to program participants.
  • Level:
    1,000–3,000 level courses.
  • Courseload:
    15–16 credits
  • Terms:
    Fall semester
    Spring semester
  • Prerequisites:
    2.5 GPA
    Sophomores and above
Completing your teaching practicum in Montpellier, you will be fully integrated into the work life in the city, developing relationships with your students, their families, and other teachers at your school. Placements can be in a variety of school settings, working with children ages 3–18. Placements in Special Education and French as a Second Language are also available.


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

Study at the University of Montpellier, founded in 1289 and one of the oldest universities in the world. Designed in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development, this program is designed to meet the rigorous standards of the Minnesota Teaching Licensure requirements. Coursework is based on University of Minnesota syllabi, carefully adapted to reflect the French educational environment, and taught by local faculty.
Homestays provide a vital connection to the local culture and social life, as well as the opportunity to experience French daily life. Host families provide breakfast and dinner during the week and all meals on the weekend. For more independent students, traditional French apartments, the Observatoire student residence, and dormitories are available.

Three 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. Optional longer trips at an extra cost may also be organized by the program. Past trips have included skiing in the Alps and a trip to Barcelona. You can also participate in local clubs that offer activities such as skiing, hiking, and photography.

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.