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The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France's that beautiful and amazing.  

Immerse yourself in French culture in Montpellier, a 1,000 year-old city located in the Languedoc region of temperate and friendly southern France that has long been a crossroads for European, Mediterranean and North African culture and civilizations. You will spend a semester studying French language, culture, civilization, and social issues at our partner Institute in the heart of the city.  Courses in French language are taught at five different levels, from beginning to advanced. Beginning Arabic Language and Culture with a Euro-Mediterranean Focus is also offered along with fun elective workshops on French wine and Cuisine and the IPSL service learning courses.


In addition to your studies, you live with a French family, serve 15 hours per week in a local agency, and explore the region through excursions. Your volunteer service immerses you in the culture and deepens your understanding of French society in a way that goes beyond that experienced in traditional study abroad programs. It also facilitates your mastery of French.


Bustling with French and international students, the young and dynamic university city of Montpellier has a historic inner medieval center, modern businesses and shopping, and a typical central plaza with theaters and sidewalk cafés where much of the life of the city takes place. In the area nearby are Neolithic sites, Roman settlements, walled medieval towns, the beaches of the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees and the ecological and wildlife treasure known as the Camargue. Montpellier is a short trip to Barcelona and the gateway to Spain. Because of its proximity to North Africa, Montpellier is home to many peoples of Arabic origin.


The IPSL program is designed to help you understand the diverse populations and cultures of this region. 

Dates & Fees

What's Included

  • Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; homestay housing; partial board at homestay only; service placement and supervision; pick-up at airport or train station upon arrival; partial local transportation stipend; health insurance; some academic excursions.

What's NOT Included

  • Passport; visa (if you wish to stay beyond the program end date);  international airfare; some meals; books; drop off at airport or train station upon departure;  additional local transportation; additional meals not included in homestay; local cell phone; independent travel; optional excursions and one credit electives; and personal spending money.