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  • Locations: Montpellier, France
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IPSL: Study Abroad + Service-Learning 
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
French Language & Culture and Euro-Mediterranean Studies
France 16x9 750

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. Students spend a semester (or summer) 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 with a Euro-Mediterranean Focus is also offered along with fun elective workshops on French wine and Cuisine and the IPSL service learning courses.

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. 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.

Program Highlights
Language of Instruction: French and English
Transcript issued by the IPSL Institute for Global Learning

Courses and Credits
Semester Students may take up to 17 credits per semester 
Summer Students receive 6 credits for 1-month program
Summer students receive 11 credits for a 2-month program

Required Courses - Semester
French Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced)
Beginning Arabic Language and Culture
Institutions in French Society (plus tutorial and service)
IPSL Service-Learning Reflections and Practicum (On-Line)
Euro - Mediterranean Studies Seminar
Discovery of French Culture: French Cuisine and Wine

Required Courses - Summer
French Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced)
Institutions in French Society (plus tutorial and service)


Service Opportunities
Opportunities for substantive service (approximately 15 hours per week) are generally available in the following areas:
Social Services 
Health Services
Organizations for people with disabilities
Social Justice
Adult Job Training
Elder Care
At Risk Youth

Students live with a French family in Montpellier. Bedrooms can be either single or upon request, double-occupancy and shared with another same-sex family member or other student. Partial board is included. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be part of a different culture.

The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential and are, at least, 18 years old. TOEFL equivalent 550. Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years of high school French or one year of college French.

What’s Included?
Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; homestay housing and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner); service placement and supervision; pick-up at airport or train station upon arrival; partial local transportation stipend; health insurance; some academic excursions.

What’s typically NOT Included?
Passport; visa (if you wish to stay beyond the program end date); international airfare; books; drop off at airport or train station upon departure; additional local transportation; some meals; local cell phone; independent travel; optional excursions, one credit electives and personal spending money.

IPSL is a registered Social Benefit Corporation that is committed to its mission and dedicated to promoting an ethic of service. We invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where we serve.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 03/01/2021 ** 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.