Drexel in France: Summer in Montpellier
This program is a unique opportunity to spend 5 weeks living and studying in Montpellier, France and be introduced to the beauty, excitement and special flavor of southern France. This program is open to all majors and offered during summer term only. It is run in partnership with the University of New Orleans "UNO" (UNO is also the institutional partner for Drexel in Cork and Rome). Students take 3 courses ranging in subjects such as French, Literature, History, Anthropology, and Film Studies.
Located just 7 miles from Mediterranean beaches, Montpellier combines the excitement of a dynamic cosmopolitan city with the provincial charm and graceful lifestyle of southern France. The physical beauty of the French Mediterranean coastline has few rivals in the world. Artists and writers have flocked to its capital for generations - for centuries, it seems, France has set the standards for elegance, style, and luxury.
Students will have three-day weekends to explore the exciting sights that Europe has to offer. Students are encouraged to be independent and to use their leisure time to their best advantage as long as mandatory meetings, excursions, and classes are attended. There are many options: the nearby beaches of Palavas, Carnon, and La Grande Motte are just a bus ride away; the University staff organizes events such as movies, sports, and parties; or you may choose to stroll downtown to the Place de La Comedie for a bit of café sitting. Students may opt to schedule their own visits to Barcelona, Italy, or other places of interest.
Read more about this program from our past student blogger!
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- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Sophomore status or higher
- Open to all majors
Courses are taught in English except for the French language courses. Drexel students take classes with a mix of other US college students, exposing them to a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Students choose courses from a variety of subjects, such as French, History, Literature, Hospitality, and music.
Credits & Grading
Students receive a 13.5 Drexel credits and Drexel grades for this program. Each is worth 4.5 credits and is taught on an accelerated 5 week schedule. In addition to courses taught in Montpellier, students are encouraged to undertake an independent study over the summer term with a Drexel faculty member. This involves choosing a subject and identifying a Drexel professor within that department to oversee and grade your independent study. See Independent Study /Online Course Agreement
Summer Dates and Itinerary (Tentative)
*Since this program ends early August, students may choose to either return home afterward or stay in Europe for independent travel. This gives students nearly 5 weeks of summer vacation before the start of fall term.
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: accelerated 5 week session classes meet Mondays – Thursdays leaving long weekends for individual travel and group excursions. During the week, there will be planned group activities and excursions.
In Montpellier, students will be housed in single rooms that are part of the co-ed studios of the Université de Montpellier. The residence hall is conveniently located just a short distance from the university and the center of the city.
US Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for this program. Students with other nationalities must check the French Embassy website to verify visa requirements.
2019 Program Fee: $1,500 will be billed to the students' Drexel eBill for the summer term.
Included in the program fee:
- Accommodations in a private studio at the University in Montpellier with private kitchen and bath
- Breakfast bar and lunch on class days (Mon – Thurs)
- All class required academic field trips
- Welcome party and farewell party
- Excursions in the Languedoc/Provence region once a week
- Bus transfer to the beach scheduled during the program
- Weekend excursion to Paris with hotel (double or triple occupancy) and transportation
- Onsite staff during the length of the program
- On Call evacuation insurance
Not included in program fee:
- Regular Drexel tuition
- Round trip airfare
- Dinners & weekend meals
- Spending money
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review the Drexel Affiliated and External Scholarships pages. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
US Citizens will not require a visa for this program. Other nationalities should confirm visa requirements on the France Embassy website.
"My time in France was the most inspiring of my life... Seeing and experiencing places that I had never seen before was inspiring because it opened up my mind to new possibilities.
" ~Olivia Spratt