Study in this vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. Take business classes in English alongside French students and enjoy the college-town atmosphere, nightlife, and student-centered community.
University study, study center
1,000–3,000 level courses
Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA; sophomores and above
Courseload: 15–16 credits per semester, taught in English. Courses are specifically designed for business and marketing students.
Françoise Defrecheux-Chaton is the on-site director. She and her staff provide housing arrangements, an in-country orientation, academic advising, and on-going support during the program. She has coordinated this program for many years and has taught at US and French institutions. A team of additional on-site staff provide support to participants and organize a variety of cultural activities.
How to Apply
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Live and study in Montpellier, one of France's fastest growing cities and an emerging cultural and educational center. Within easy reach of both mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students, Montpellier is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. It is the ideal place for an introduction to French language and culture. This program, developed in conjunction with the Carlson School of Management, is based at the University of Montpellier. You will take English-taught business courses alongside French and other American students, as well as a Business French course.
Required courses: The French & European Business Environment and French Language. Electives: Select 9 credits of English-taught business courses with French students at
Live with a French host family, in a shared apartment, or in an efficiency apartment, depending on your preferred level of independence.
Local excursions are included each term to introduce you to the unique character of southern France. In addition, social assistants organize activities to help familiarize you with Montpellier and French students. You can also join skiing, hiking, and photography clubs or take optional excursions touring the castles in France or seeing the wonders of nearby Morocco.
About Learning Abroad Center
The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.
The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.
A variety of program options--300 programs in over 80 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.
Application Process for University of St. Thomas Students
This is a co-sponsored program, offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate on this program you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
the course approval process
how to apply to a co-sponsored program
Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines:
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Student Policies.
Some programs have additional criteria.
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and our co-sponsored program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details.
For additional program information, contact the program partner.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad.
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA