Deeper, More Meaningful Study Abroad
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 the Institut Méditerranéen de Langues/Services (IMLS). Courses in French language are taught at five different levels, from beginning to advanced. Beginning Arabic Language and Culture is also offered as well as a course in Euro-Mediterranean Studies and fun workshops on French wine and Cuisine along with the IPSL service learning courses.
In addition to your studies, you live with a French family, serve 10–12 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.
Experience Montpellier from a Local Perspective
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 theatres 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. Part of the IPSL program is to understand the diverse populations and cultures of this region and it includes a seven-day academic and service excursion to Morocco as part of the program!
Language of Instruction: English
Affiliated Institution: Institut Méditerranéen de Langues/Services (IMLS)
Courses & Credits:
REQUIRED: Institutions in French Society (plus tutorial and service) | Credits: 3
REQUIRED: IPSL Reflections / SL Practicum On-Line Seminar | Credits: 3
REQUIRED: Euro - Mediterranean/Arabic Independent Studies OR Euro - Mediterranean/Arabic History | Credits: 3
ELECTIVE: Discovery of French Culture: French Cuisine | Credits: 1
ELECTIVE: Discovery of Mediterranean Studies: Wine| Credits: 1
- French Language | Credits: 3
- Institutions in French Society - Independent Study | Credits: 3
Service Opportunities:serve as an aid or tutor for disabled persons
assist in education or recreation at a rehabilitation center for children
tutor high school students in English
work at Pharmacie Humanitaire Internationale
assist in a center providing social services for the underprivileged
stock, sort, and redistribute food at a food bank
work with specialists in psychiatry and social care in a social rehabilitation center
work with an occupational therapist at a retirement home And More...
You live in a homestay with a French family, who provides your breakfast and dinner and introduces you to French family life. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, reinforce language skills, and experience the culture from "the inside." Host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students.
- Accelerated language learning
- Integrated study abroad experience through study, service-learning and homestay
- Making a difference to people in need
- Full cultural immersion
- International practical field experience
- Meaningful growth and personal insight through regular assigned reflection
Program Director(s): Ms. Veronique Martin
Eligibility:The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years of high school French or one year of college French.
Program fee includes: Fees include all tuition; housing and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner); service placement and supervision; partial local transportation stipend; health insurance; administrative fees; pre-departure materials; and academic excursions.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2019||10/15/2018 **||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.