How to apply?

In order to come and study in France, you must complete the necessary formalities at a national level. Therefore, you should prepare your stay in advance.

The understanding of the French language is essential. As most of the lessons are held in French. Level 4 of the TCF or B2 DELF is required for Master students. For Bachelors, B1 DELF is enough. There is no language requirement for PhD students.

Please check the exact level of French required for your degree with your contact in your host faculty.
The university provides French as a foreign language courses during the academic year.

If you wish to apply individually: the procedures differ by country (European Union or outside European Union), by training sector (language, medicine…) and by degree level (Bachelor/Master/PhD).

If you come to France as part of an (ERASMUS+, BCI, Erasmus Mundus…) exchange programme, in general, you should inquire with your home institution, who arrange the admission to your host university.

As an individual student

  • Applying for 1st and 2nd year

DAP (preliminary admission procedure-demande d’admission préalableis mandatory if you want to enrol in first or second year at a French university or IUT. You have two possibilities:

If you live abroad:

There is a compulsory online process (CEF) on the Campus France website. It is a simple and fast procedure for which an application fee is requested.

Important notice: the deadline for receiving applications is around mid-January!

In countries where this procedure does not exist, you should complete an application for preliminary admission, known as DAP at the cultural office of the French Embassy in your country of residence (white application form).

If you live in France:

You should download the admission request form on the website of the Ministry of Education (green application form) or collect it from the education office of the university department.

  • Applying for other years of study (Bachelor 3rd year, Professional Bachelor, Master 1, Master 2)

Residents living abroad must pass the Campus France compulsory application procedure. If your country does not offer this service, we advise you to contact the international relations office of the School directly.

Important notice: the deadline for receiving applications is April 30th!

The admission request should be made directly with the institution in charge of enrolment in:

  • SPGEs (programmes that prepare students for the Grandes Ecoles)
  • STSs postsecondary technical sections of secondary schools
  • Third university cycle (PhD)
  • Or other institutions not covered by the DAP process

Tuition costs

In France, since higher education is funded by the State, the fees are very low; the tuition fees vary from €180 to €700 depending on the different levels of education (licence, master, doctorate).

BE CAREFUL: fees can be much higher (up to €6400) for non-national degrees, please contact the faculty directly before registering.

Also, you need to add health insurance (compulsory for students over the age of 20). The cost is around €215 a year and covers most medical expenses.

In the framework of an exchange programme

Erasmus+ / BCI / Exchange agreements

For most of the exchange programmes, please inquire with the international service of your home university.

If you are selected by your home university, you will have to fill in a learning agreement with your tutor, and then send it to the international service of the UM school concerned.

http://www.umontpellier.fr/international/vous-etes-etudiant-doctorant/partir-a-letranger/partir-dans-le-cadre-dun-programme-dechange/

Erasmus Mundus

If you wish to study in the framework of an Erasmus Mundus programme, please refer to the information below and to your host faculty’s international office.

Erasmus Mundus aims to enhance the quality in higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world.

The Erasmus Mundus programme comprises three actions:

  • Action 1: Implementation of Joint Programmes at Master and Doctorate levels and award of individual scholarships/fellowships to participate in the programmes
  • Action 2: Partnerships with Third Country higher education institutions and scholarships for mobility
  • Action 3: Promotion of European Higher Education

UM is active in all three of these actions.

http://www.umontpellier.fr/international/vous-etes-etudiant-doctorant/partir-a-letranger/partir-dans-le-cadre-dun-programme-dechange/

Practical information

For students interested in Erasmus Mundus Action 1:

You need to go to the project’s website and follow the application procedure. The whole procedure is electronic and differs from one project to another; please refer to your own institution.

For students interested in Erasmus Mundus Action 2:

You need to go on the project’s website and follow the application procedure. The whole procedure is electronic.

List of documents needed:

  • Passport
  • Résumé
  • Cover letter

Language certificate (minimum level in French: B2)

Transcript of records

Copies of diplomas (if not available, a certificate stating that you graduated)

PhDs, Post-doc and Staff needs to add:

Find a laboratory at UM, where a tutor will agree to host you and support your application by writing and signing a letter of acceptance with mention of your project.

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