Semester in France

Montpellier Night Scence


The BYU-Idaho semester in France program is designed for any students interested in learning French from beginners with no previous experience with the language, to advanced students. Courses for the program take place in Montpellier at the IEFE (Institut d'Etudes Françaises pour Etrangers), on the campus of the Université Montpellier III Paul Valéry. The University of Montpellier, founded in the 13th century and known worldwide for its rigorous academic programs, is one of the oldest in Europe. Montpellier is a very lively, highly cultural town on the Mediterranean coast, approximately 125 miles from Spain, 220 miles from Italy, and 470 miles from Paris. Montpellier is surrounded by numerous historical sites and monuments, with some of the best preserved monuments of Greek and Roman antiquity. Similarly, Montpellier is a marvel of historical buildings standing as witnesses of the medieval ages, the Renaissance, as well as the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The location of Montpellier is particularly significant in terms of religious history; the first Christians in France lived in southern France in and around Montpellier, as did the Cathars, the first victims of the inquisition. Several popes lived close to Montpellier as well, and the first crusades set sail from Aigues-Mortes (the medieval port close to Montpellier). At one point in history, Montpellier had the largest population of Protestants (Huguenots) in France. Not only is Montpellier a treasure of historical import, but it is also rich in cultural offerings such as museums, concerts, restaurants, open-air markets, and typical life in a thriving, modern French city.

For a virtual visit of Montpellier: CLICK HERE

To see a video about the Montpellier University, CLICK HERE


August 25 to December 18 2015

Program Cost

Payable to BYU-Idaho

  • Tuition - $1,875
  • Program Fee - $300 (includes administrative costs, HTH insurance, etc.)
TOTAL: $2,125

Personal Expenses

  • Food - $1,100
  • Personal/transportation in France - $500
  • Airfare - $1,500
  • Visa and visa procurement expenses - $500
  • Agency fee (for home stay) - $75
  • Housing - $1,500
  • French gov't insurance (required) - $300
TOTAL: $5,475

Available Courses 

All participants MUST take ISP 200 - International Pre-Departure Study, a 1 credit class online, before Fall Semester 2015.  It is offered during the 2nd block of Winter and Spring Semesters.

  • French 101
  • French 102
  • French 201
  • French 202
  • French 321
  • French 400
  • French 410
  • International Studies 399R

The courses you will take in France will be the equivalent of 12 credits.

NOTE: Since the IEFE is an official national institution following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you will be issued, at the end of the program and based on satisfactory results, an official university diploma called «Diplôme Universitaire d'Études Françaises» (DUEF) which is recognized internationally and throughout Europe.

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: April 8, 2015

Prerequisites: No language prerequisite for 2014 program.

Please note that an endorsement from your bishop is required for your acceptance in the program, in other words you have to be a worthy and active member of your ward to be able to participate in this program. You will also be expected to be a worthy and active member in your ward in France.

How to Apply

Applications for this program are no longer being accepted for Fall of 2014. Please check back later for Fall 2015.


Please note that to be a student in France, you will need to obtain a student visa. To obtain a student visa, you will need to go in person at the nearest French consulate (the closest to Rexburg is in San Francisco). The cost for a student visa is approximately $130.

Sis. Carlus Paul Valéry University


Sis. Carlus

Charlotte Passe-Carlus

Office: Smith 457


Phone: (208) 496-4307