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UMD-Summer: France: French Language and Culture on the Mediterranean (FREN)

Montpellier, France
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Group in Montpellier

This program combines daily language courses, local excursions, and the opportunity to live with a French family in Montpellier, a dynamic city in the south of France. During your time in this program, you will take part in intensive language learning and strengthen your cross-cultural knowledge as you explore the vibrant history and culture of France. To attend this program, you must have an intermediate competence in French, but this program is a good fit if you are looking to push your French language skills to the next level, gain international experience, or experience a new culture. By the end of the course you will have improved French speaking and comprehension skills through constant authentic interactions in the target language throughout the three weeks in the target culture.

For more information, contact Dr Erica Cefalo or Liz Robinson (listed in the Contacts Tab)

Please note: This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship (due date 3/5/19). 

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply.

FREN203 is a prerequisite for this program.

Intermediate level French is required.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • FREN 399X: French Language & Culture on the Mediterranean

The courses you complete during this program will count as resident credit.

You will live with local French host families in single rooms and receive half board (breakfast and one meal per day).You will reside within walking distance from the school (up to a half hour).

Costs listed are for summer 2019.

Please note: This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship (due date 3/5/19). 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $43
Tuition $2,807
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $0
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $250
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,700
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $100
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Liz Robinson, Faculty Program Director,  is a PhD Student at the University of Maryland. Elizabeth completed a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish at SUNY Geneseo, and an MA in French with a concentration in Canadian Studies at SUNY at Buffalo. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Montpellier, France for an academic year. Liz’s primary research interests focus on Quebec, French Canada, les filles du roi, historical narrative and representation, film, feminism and women’s studies.
Liz has taught elementary French in several universities since 2010.

Dr. Erica Cefalo, Lecturer, received her PhD in Modern French Studies from the University of Maryland in 2013. Her research interests focus on the evolution of spiritual ideas in French literature from before the 1789 Revolution to the first decades of the Third Republic. 
Dr. Cefalo has taught a variety of French courses at the University of Maryland since 2007. She is currently the French Undergraduate Advisor.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Cultural and historical tours of Montpellier. 
  • Half-day and full-day excursions to towns and historical and cultural sites around Provence.
  • Survival language tutorials.
  • Homestays with local families.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2019 03/17/2019 03/11/2019 06/01/2019 06/22/2019