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Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier, France

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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; and
  • 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; and
  • An intermediate level of the French language is required for all students.

Disclaimer: In case of strikes or unexpected disruption to the academic semester Loyola University will work with the host university abroad to provide additional support or other academic arrangements to enable students to complete their coursework in agreement with the rules and regulations of the host university and the laws of the host country.  Loyola University Maryland will not makes any changes to its course, grade, or credit transfer policies following such circumstances.

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; and
  • The spring term classes run from early January until mid May.


  • Students may opt to live with a family or in a dorm on campus


This program includes:

  • Tuition (including a pre-session intensive language program)
  • Round-trip airfare to Montpellier (based on program dates)


  • 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;
  • Homestay programs include 2 meals/day.

Application Requirements

The application must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the second Wednesday after Thanksgiving break for fall, spring, or full year.

Course Equivalencies

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.

All credits and grades transfer back to Loyola, they affect your GPA, and they appear on your Loyola transcript.

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Contact Us

Phone: 410-617-2910
Office: Humanities 132

Additional contact information


In order to apply, all students must attend a Study Abroad 101 (Powerpoint) session before the application deadline. The application deadline for all Fall, Spring, and year-long opportunities during academic year 2024-25 is December 11, 2024.

The deadline for opportunities taking place during academic year 2025-26 will be announced during the Spring 2024 semester.

Study Abroad 101 (Powerpoint)