As the heir to two of Europe’s oldest universities, UM fully embraces its international heritage by promoting the spread of its knowledge and know-how in training and research engineering, and by perpetuating the tradition of welcoming teachers, lecturers, researchers, students and staff. The UM’s international strategy focuses on leveraging its strengths in intensive research and creating a bridge between research and training.

To date, the University of Montpellier offers 600 degrees, 22 dual degrees in international partnership and 17 off-site training courses. The UM participates and/or coordinates 20 European Erasmus+ training projects, 9 international laboratories, 19 Labex and 7 Equipex. More than 130 international co-supervised theses are currently in progress.

UM’s strategic partnerships

The creation of a strategic partnership allows close collaboration with a limited number of institutions, thus creating a strong synergy between these partners and the University of Montpellier. Strategic partnerships have the particularity of reaching each of our departments. The developed projects include all aspects of university collaboration such as: scientific exchanges for students and professors, co-supervised theses exchanges, scientific collaborations, trainee exchanges, creation of joint programs, participation of students and professors in summer schools, creation of study and research chairs, organization of scientific conferences and organizational management. Our current strategic partners are: the University of Barcelona, the University of Heidelberg and the University of Sherbrooke.

In March 2017, the French government confirmed the choices of the international jury responsible for selecting the winners of the IDEX-ISITE call for projects. The MUSE project “Montpellier University of Excellence” is one of these winners and is led by the University of Montpellier. This project mobilizes the forces of 19 institutions towards a common ambition: to make Montpellier one of the European capitals of health, agro-environment and ecology-environment (themes: feeding, caring, protecting) and a real European portal for scientific cooperation relating to developing countries. The privileged international strategic partners are those with whom the members have strong scientific links: the University of Heidelberg (Germany), the University of Barcelona (Spain), the University of Wageningen (Netherlands) and the UC Davis University (United States).

The UM also strives to support, in cooperation with research organizations, the actions of its staff who build international research networks of excellence, particularly in Europe, North America and Japan.

The existing collaboration between the consortium members is strengthened with a dynamic aggregating the project development and implementation policy and UM’s International Relations policy.

MUSE international ambition is to build academic and research g partnerships that will contribute to producing the required knowledge and skills to address global issues in the MUSE key sectors. To fulfil this ambition, MUSE seeks to collaborate with stakeholders who share similar interest in the MUSE “FEED – PROTECT – CARE” key issues, whether they are located in Northern or Southern hemispheres. International mobility acts as a strategic lever of the MUSE consortium’s international stategy.

MUSE’s strategic key partners are:

  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of California, Davis, USA
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Wageningen University and Reseach, Netherlands

As of December 2018, framework agreements were also signed with:

  • University of Porto, Portugal
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • INTA, Argentina
  • American University of Beyrouth, Lebanon


The University of Montpellier is part of many international networks that increase its influence:

The “Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie” (AUF) is an international association that offers its member institutions a powerful tool for sharing and capitalizing on experiences, which helps the structuring of the academic and scientific offer, the implementation of exchanges and inter-university projects in addition to the support for scientific projects.

The European University Association (EUA) represents universities and national conferences of university presidents from 47 European countries. The EUA has more than 850 members and plays a major role in shaping the European Union’s higher education, research and innovation policies.

The Coimbra Group was founded in 1985. It is a university network which aims at bringing together long-established multidisciplinary universities that meet high international standards.

Latinus is a network of Latin higher education institutions that aims at promoting cultural diversity within Latinity with the purpose to opening up to the world. These institutions are committed to develop joint training and research projects and to support academic mobility within the network while opening it up to the world by relying on each other’s networks.

The Averroès network brings together 65 universities, 5 territorial collectivities (Collectivités terrirotiales), 16 companies and 7 international networks on both shores of the Mediterranean.

While the composition of the Consortium is set at 20 universities, the number of associate partners is constantly increasing. The Averroès 4 project brings together 74 associate partners from all fields: higher education institutions, but also industrial partners, companies, local authorities, technology hubs and business incubators.

The Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1956. It aims to help its members strengthen themselves and achieve international excellence in higher education and research through mutual self-help.

The “Open Digital Area for the Mediterranean” project aims to gradually build a wild digital space for all stakeholders (countries, institutions and individuals) of the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM). Its objective is to preserve and enhance the legacies of the Mediterranean civilization inherited from the Egyptians, Assyrians, Hebrews, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs, by making the most of Internet, IT, information and communication technologies and virtual communities for exchange and sharing.