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 unique culture 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 in subjects such as French, Literature, History, Fine Arts, Anthropology, Political Science, and Film Studies.
Montpellier is located in France's Languedoc-Roussillon region, which is well known for its gorgeous Mediterranean beaches and picturesque French villages. Home to several universities, the city of Montpellier is a lively one, whose many shops, cafes, and restaurants are often filled with students. With our convenient location at the Montpellier SupAgro (a university specializing in agricultural and viniculture research), students are able to truly get a taste for the region with the food and wine produced on campus at the cafeteria, as well as at the farmer’s market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Additionally, program participants are immersed in French culture with weekly field trips, as well as a 3-day trip to Paris. Destinations for group excursions change each year, with some of our favorite destinations being: Palavas beach, Carcasonne, St. Guilhem le desert, Arles, Avignon, etc.
Students also have 3-day weekends to travel, providing several opportunities to visit other cities such as Barcelona (3 hours via train), Marseilles (1.5 hours via train), or even the French Riviera. Many students also opt to stay in Montpellier on free weekends, exploring Estivales, the free food and wine festival held downtown every Friday night. With so many options at their fingertips, students on this program are sure to have a unique educational and immersive experience.
Read Montpellier student blogs for more insight. Interested in French fashion? Check out this Montpellier Fashion Magazine by Liz Bauman, Design and Merchandising major.
- 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, Political Science, Anthropology, Literature, Fine Arts, and Film Studies.
Credits & Grading
Students receive a 13.5 Drexel credits and Drexel grades for this program. Each course 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 by 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 at Montpellier SupAgro, a university specializing in agricultural and viniculture research. SupAgro is located just one mile from downtown, accessible via walking or by bus. All students have a bed, private bathroom, and small kitchen in their studio apartments. The residence hall is conveniently located across the street from campus (where classes are held) and is only steps away from the nearest bus stop.
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 Montpellier SupAgrowith 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
- Weekend excursion to Paris including accommodations 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