International Partnerships

The University of Montpellier has a long tradition of international openness which has manifested itself through the implementation of numerous academic partnerships, mobility programs and scientific collaborations. At the European level, our institution has an active exchange policy within the framework of the Erasmus+ program.

We welcome students from most European countries and the number of incoming and outgoing international mobility has been constantly increasing for several years. The UM is also developing double degrees that allow our students and international students to expand their professional opportunities. It is also thanks to its numerous cooperation agreements that the UM also welcomes professors and administrative staff from all over the world.

The UM's strategic partnerships

The creation of a strategic partnership allows for close collaboration with a limited number of institutions, thus creating a strong synergy between these partners and the University of Montpellier. The strategic partnerships have the particularity of touching each of the faculties of our university. The projects that are developed include all facets of university collaboration such as: student exchanges, scientific exchanges for students and professors, thesis co-supervision, scientific collaborations, trainee exchanges, creation of joint programs, participation for students and professors in summer schools, creation of study and research chairs, organization of scientific colloquiums and organizational management. Our strategic partners are: theUniversity of Barcelona, theUniversity of Heidelberg and theUniversity of Sherbrooke.

Since March 2017, the French government has confirmed the choices of the international jury responsible for selecting the winners of the IDEX-ISITE call for projects. The MUSE "Montpellier University of Excellence" project is one of these winners and is led by the University of Montpellier.

This project mobilizes the strengths 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 true European portal for scientific cooperation concerning the countries of the South. The privileged international strategic partners are therefore naturally partners with which the members have strong scientific links: theUniversity of Heidelberg (Germany), theUniversity of Barcelona (Spain), theUniversity of Wageningen (Netherlands) and theUniversity UC Davis(USA).

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

The already existing collaboration between the members of the consortium is thus strengthened with a dynamic combining the development and implementation policy of the project and the International Relations policy of the UM.

Erasmus + partnerships

International agreements can be established within the framework of the ERASMUS+ program, the European Erasmus Mundus program, the Bureau de la Coopération Internationale (BCI Québec) or emanate from inter-university cooperation programs led by our university.

All of these agreements and programs support UM's international strategy by promoting student and staff mobility and providing a framework for academic and scientific cooperation.

procedure for establishing a double degree

Contact your component or the cooperation service of the University of Montpellier for more information.

Procedure for establishing an international partnership

These partnerships can be for training (exchanges, double degrees, delocalized degrees, etc.) or for research. Whatever the type of partnership you wish to set up, it is necessary to draw up and sign an agreement. It establishes the terms and conditions specific to each project. This document is an administrative and legal act that commits each party. At the UM, only the President is authorized to sign it.

Contacts to formulate your partnership request: the cooperation service of the International Relations Department of the University of Montpellier informs you and assists you in setting up your international partnerships.

International networks

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

AUF (all continents)

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, facilitating the structuring of educational and scientific offerings, exchanges, the implementation of inter-university projects and 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 defining the European Union's policies on higher education, research and innovation.

Coimbra Group

It is a university network, founded in 1985, which aims to bring together long-established, multidisciplinary universities of high international standards.

Latinus (Americas and Europe)

LATINUS is a network of Latin higher education institutions aiming to promote cultural diversity within Latinity in a perspective of openness to the world.

These institutions are committed to developing joint training and research projects and to supporting academic mobility within the network, while opening it up to the world by relying on the networks of each.

Averroès (Mediterranean Region)

The Averroès network brings together 65 universities, 5 local authorities, 16 companies and 7 international networks on both sides of the Mediterranean.

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

ASAIHL (Southeast Asia)

The Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Education (ASAIHL) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1956 with a mission to help member institutions of higher education strengthen themselves and achieve international excellence in higher education and research through mutual self-help.

e-OMED (Mediterranean Region)

The project "Open Digital Space for the Mediterranean", proposes to gradually build a digital space widely open to all actors (countries, institutions and individuals) of the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM).

It aims to preserve and enhance the legacy of the Mediterranean civilization inherited from the Egyptians, Assyrians, Hebrews, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs, by making the most of the powerful tools of the Internet, digital technology, information and communication technologies and virtual communities of exchange and sharing.

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