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  • Locations: Montpellier, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: BGSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: French Housing Option: Student Residence Hall
Academic Standing: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore College: Arts & Sciences
Areas of Study: French Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program
Programs by Department: Romance & Classical Studies Applicants: Only BGSU students may apply
Program Director: Beatrice Guenther
Program Description:
aqueduct. montpellier

The well-established summer program in Montpellier, France for students of French is appropriate for the beginning student hoping to jump start the fulfillment of the proficiency requirement or for students who are international studies majors or minors looking to complete their international experience. There is a range of courses, including classes for more advanced students and candidates for the Graduate Certificate in French for Professionals and Educators. This link provides access to information about l’IEFE (l’Institut d’Etudes Françaises pour Etrangers), which is in English. (You can click on the French map to see the information in French.)
Montpellier, France (15-20 minutes from the Mediterranean); there are four tramlines in the city, which makes it easy to move around Montpellier. The previous link provides you with information and images of Montpellier, starting with the beautiful central place de la Comédie and the fountain of the Trois Grâces.

 Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.   

The Institut d’Etudes Françaises pour Etrangers (IEFE) places students on campus in residences. Bed sheets and blankets are provided.  Meals are available at the university restaurant (about €6). There are also “moniteurs” on hand; these are graduate students from l’Université Paul-Valéry who will be available on hand 24/7. l’IEFE will also arrange for pick-up at the airport or train station; please be sure to double-check that l’IEFE does have your arrival information.

Accommodation rates can be found here:

This program is open to all French language levels for 6 credit hours of French Language and Culture instruction. Upon arrival students will take a placement test before registering for classes.
BGSU students will be going on several excursions. These can change from summer to summer, since there are so many exciting destinations like the Roman city of Nîmes (with the Roman arena) and the nearby aqueduct, le pont du Gard. Other excursions can include a visit to the Camargue, famous for the raising of white horses on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea or Aiguemorte, the city from which Saint-Louis (King Louis IX) set off on the Crusades. There are also the nearby Cévennes mountains with traces of the Huguenot revolt against Louis XIV and the high plateau, les Causses where, for instance, the famous Roquefort cheese is prepared or the village of la Couvertoirade where the Templar Knights had their base in the Middle Ages.

Summer 2020 Excursions:
Session 1: Agricultural Heritage, Olive Grove
Session 2: Wine heritage
Session 3: Historical heritage, visit of the city of Nîmes, Roman city
Session 4: Wine heritage

Optional activities: several activities will be offered outside the courses to discover the regional and urban heritage

Summer 2020 Dates:

Session 1 from May 29 to June 12th
Session 2 from June 12th to June 26th
Session 3 from June 26th to July 10th
Session 4 from July 10th to 24th

BGSU students hoping to earn 6 credits of French can opt for Sessions 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 or 3 & 4 and to take part in the “Option socio-culturelle” on several of the weekends.
Because this exchange program is part of Bowling Green State University study abroad options, financial aid that could be applied to study on BGSU’s main campus can usually be applied equally to study in the program abroad. If contacting via email please include your name and ID number along with the program name and semester you are planning to study abroad.  For appointments, please also include several days and times that work for you.  

To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Candice Moser

In addition to financial aid, there are International Travel Grants and general Education Abroad scholarship opportunities that are available for students on the Education Abroad WEBSITE.


Visit this link for pricing information for summer 2020. 

1 session 40h 550 €
2 sessions 80h 1050 €
3 sessions 120h 1500 €
4 sessions 160h 1920 €

All tuition and fees will be paid directly to the program ’IEFE (l’Institut d’Etudes Françaises pour Etrangers). Students will pay a €100 deposit per session prior to arrival via a bank wire transfer. The remaining balance will be paid on arrival to the program. 

Students will also be required to pay all accommodation fees directly to IEFE. 
1 session 370€
2 sessions 670 €
3 sessions 970€
4 sessions 1270 €


BGSU Tuition and Fees can be found on the bursar’s WEBSITE. (Undergraduate, Graduate, In State and Out of State). 

"I learned more about the French culture and language than in any of the classes I took back in the United States. The class I took was wonderful and the professor was one of the best language professors I ever had. While studying there, I truly began to learn the importance of complete immersion. But to be honest, I learned so much more outside of the classroom.I came to this program for France, but I left with a stronger understanding of our entire world"

Excerpt from Logan Cooney's blog who attended the program in Summer 2016.

Dr. Beatrice Guenther
131 Shatzel Hall

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
301 University Hall