• 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


Agricultural and plant sciences, conservation biology, soil science, environmental science and forest ecology.

Classroom Language

English, French


Apartments, Residence Hall

Program Duration

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

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2016-17  9/30/2016
Spring 2017-18  10/2/2017
Extended Deadline: 10/16/2017

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 and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

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 during the spring semester.  Students directly enroll in courses at SupAgro and can pursue internships or directed research if interested. Courses are taught in either French or English. Internships and directed research opportunitites are available both within SupAgro and with a variety of science research institutes located in Montpellier.

The program emphasizes cross-cultural agricultural, plant science and environmental studies. This program has had long-lasting effects on students' career development. By working in alternative cultural and political contexts, students 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 a great variety of cultural activities, sports, parks, and a lively street scene. As the administrative capital of the Toulouse (Midi-Pyrénées-Languedoc-Roussillon) region, Montpellier offers a view into 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 250,000+, also offers a rich array of international theatre, ballet, concerts, and museums.

View a video of the program here.

Learning Objectives

We have 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