Montpellier, France is accessible to Paris, the French Riviera, Spain and Italy. It is surrounded by sandy beaches and seaports. Université Paul Valéry is one of the most prestigious universities on the French Mediterranean coast.
Criteria for Acceptance
- Typically sophomores and juniors with a cumulative average of 3.0, but also students with a 2.5 average should apply.
- Students who can find courses which fit their Loyola program and allow full-time participation.
- Students who are neither on disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems should apply.
- Consult the office of international programs as early as possible to get assistance on course selections at Loyola so that you are prepared for Montpellier.
- This program is best suited for French majors, or French minors who have a humanities major.
- An intermediate level of the French language is required for all students.
Length of Stay
- This program is for the fall or spring term, or for the full academic year.
- There is a pre-session before classes begin
- Classes start in early September and end in late December for the Fall term.
- The spring term classes run from early January until mid May.
- Students may opt to live with a family, in a single dorm room on campus or in town apartments.
- housing arrangements are made through the associate director at Montpellier and through a Loyola coordinator in Baltimore.
- Students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid, except the Federal Work-Study Program. Students studying abroad for a semester or full academic year will forfeit the value of a Federal Work-Study assignment.
- Tuition is paid to Loyola.
- Student pays for his/her own housing expenses in France. Room expenses vary.
- The program pays for housing during the pre-session.
- Students will be responsible for all other expenses such as personal travel and meals.
- Students who go for the full year get one free roundtrip ticket.
- Loyola financial aid applies.
This exchange program offers:
- Language immersion;
- An independent study abroad experience;
- One round trip airfare with airport pickups in France (Full academic year only);
- Tuition for the Prestage; and
- An intensive French pre-session/orientation
An application with a brief essay must be submitted by December 4 (Wednesday after Thanksgiving break) for fall, spring, or full year.
This is a working list of the course equivalencies for the Loyola-Montpellier exchange.
The course approvals and equivalencies provided are the most current for the Office of International Programs. Once accepted to a study abroad program, students will have an academic interview with the appropriate director and will be advised on their course selection.
Please be advised: All students are solely responsible for informing themselves about the status of these courses. Course approvals and equivalencies may change at a moment's notice. This means you should confirm if courses are approved, or if the courses have been removed.
If there are other courses you desire to take, and they are not on the course equivalency list; you must get written course approval by the department chair. The courses that you choose should fit into your degree audit and enable you to graduate on time.