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Drexel in France: Summer in Montpellier
Montpellier, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement:
FREN 101
Language of Instruction:
English, French
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
2. Sophomore, 3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
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Eligible Majors:
All Majors
Type of Program:
Free Standing
Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Montpellier The Program

The Drexel in France, Summer in Montpellier program is a unique opportunity that allows Drexel students to spend 5 weeks living and studying in Montpellier, France. This is your opportunity to take a variety of courses and be introduced to the beauty, excitement and special flavor of southern France. 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. 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 partner for Drexel in Prague).

The Academics

Courses are taught in English and some French, thus the language requirement is French 103 or the equivalent. Drexel students take classes with a mix of other American college students, exposing them to a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Students choose courses from a variety of subjects, such as French, History, Literature, and Hospitality. Each is worth 4.5 credits and is taught on an accelerated 5 week schedule. In addition to courses taken in Montpellier, all students are encouraged to undertake an independent study (minimum 3 credits) over the summer term with a Drexel faculty member. This means choosing a subject and identifying a Drexel professor within that department to oversee and grade your independent study. You could choose to research a personal interest topic or a subject within your major. Review the Independent Study /Online Course Agreement for details.

Montpellier Course Offerings 2015

Program Calendar 2015

Start date: July 6, 2015
End date: August 7, 2015

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.

Class schedule: 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.

Program Excursion: This program includes a required weekend trip to Paris to see such famous places as the Louvre, the Sacré Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d'Orsay, or Versailles. The excursions are facilitated in a way for students to feel more like natives than tourists with lots of free time scheduled for exploring and shopping in the cities. Students may also sign up for an optional weekend excursions (not included in the program fee & subject to availability.)

Credits and Grading: Students will receive a minimum of 13 Drexel credits and Drexel grades for this program. In addition to the courses taken in Montpellier, all students are encouraged to undertake an independent study (minimum 3 credits) over the summer term with a Drexel faculty member. See Independent Study /Online Course Agreement for details.

The Experience

Perhaps more than any other country in Europe, France has something for everyone. The physical beauty of its 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.

In Montpellier, students will be housed in single rooms that are part of the co-ed dormitories of the Université de Montpellier. The residence hall is conveniently located just a short distance from the university and the center of the city. 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. Participants have 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 will have three-day weekends to explore the exciting sights that Europe has to offer. They may opt to schedule their own visits to the Riviera, Italy, or other places of interest.

Read more about this program from our past student blogger!

Watch video from Summer 2012 program

Montpellier 2015 Program Fee: $1,350
* Payment 1 due with application (no later than March 1st): $500 deposit (refunded if not accepted into the program)
* Payment 2 due no later than April 1st: $850 (non refundable)

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 once a week
  • Weekend excursion to Paris with hotel (double or triple occupancy) and transportation
  • Onsite staff during the length of the program

NOT included in program fee: Round trip airfare, dinners & weekend meals, emergency  insurance, spending money, books, miscellaneous.


Money Matters This is a Drexel sponsored program so all of your financial aid applies. Students will be billed a program fee to cover housing and other miscellaneous costs. Please refer to the program Budget Sheet for cost details. If you receive Federal Work Study, consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after accepted into the program). To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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