• Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
• 3.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: 2nd Semester French
• 3.0 cumulative GPA in all French language courses
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Preference given to graduate students and seniors.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Environmental science, plant sciences, conservation biology, soil science, wildlife ecology and forest ecology.

Classroom Language

French, English


Apartments, Residence Hall

Program Duration

Spring: Late January – Late May, followed by internship or research possibilities

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2016-17  9/30/2016

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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France, Montpellier
Institut National d'études Supérieures Agronomiques de Montpellier Exchange

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This exchange is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Science (CALS) in partnership with IAP.

Co-sponsored by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and International Academic Programs, the exchange program with Institut national d'études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier (SupAgro) is designed to enhance advanced undergraduate and graduate education in both France and the U.S. by providing opportunities for advanced undergraduates and graduate students to do research and study in France in the environmental sciences for one spring semester. As part of the program, students directly enroll in courses at SupAgro. Most courses are taught in French with some courses being offered in English. Students will also have the option of seeking out research opportunities both within SupAgro and at a variety of science research facilities located in Montpellier.

The program emphasizes cross-cultural environmental and conservation studies. We expect our program to have long-lasting effects on students' career opportunities. By working in alternative cultural and political contexts, students will gain cross-cultural competence and learn to apply interdisciplinary tools to solve real-world problems. This experience should improve your ability to form collaborations and work effectively in an international environment.

Located just ten miles from the Mediterranean coast, Montpellier boasts many cultural activities, manicured parks, and quaint narrow streets. As the administrative capital of the Toulouse (Midi-Pyrénées-Languedoc-Roussillon) region, Montpellier offers a world rich in Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance history. The people of Montpellier, whether at cafes in the central square or in their own living rooms, mirror the warm and friendly climate. The city, with a population of 400,000+, also offers a rich array of international theatre, ballet, concerts, and museums.

View a video of the program here.

Learning Objectives

IAP has overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Strengthen language skills
  • Navigate new educational systems, as well as new learning and teaching styles
  • Observe French perspectives on academic disciplines
  • Deepen cross-cultural understanding through host families
  • Deepen cross-cultural understanding through internships