Emblematic projects

I-SITE Program of Excellence

The I-SITE program of excellence, which was accredited in 2017 and will continue until 2022, mobilizes the strengths of 16 institutions towards a common goal: the development of a research-intensive thematic university in Montpellier, internationally recognized for its impact on the challenges facing society, such as food safety, environmental protection and human health. In the five years of the probationary period, major transformations have been initiated in each of the major fields of academic life. These actions, until now carried out within the framework of the Montpellier University of Excellence Foundation, are now fully integrated into the activities of the University of Montpellier's departments and services.


With its Inter-disciplinary & In-lab Graduate Program, the University of Montpellier welcomes French and international students through eight new master's programs and one engineering program, all taught in English. The goal is to increase the international scope of the University of Montpellier, to strengthen training through and for research and to promote interdisciplinarity. This program is a true academic innovation and is part of the France 2030 program "Structuring training through research", which is open to institutions that have been awarded an Idex or an I-Site.

Digital for pedagogy

In order to diversify teaching practices for student success and professional integration, the University of Montpellier relies on digital technology to meet the challenges of training.


The University of Montpellier is a member of the CHARM-EU European University Alliance since 2019, alongside eight other prestigious universities in Europe. Together, we are working to design and create a unique new university model aimed at improving the quality, international competitiveness and attractiveness of European higher education.


The ExposUM Institute is an initiative of the University of Montpellier and its partners aiming to establish an off-site and decompartmentalized reference institute for the study, training and science-society interaction of environmental determinants of human health. Winner of the ExcellenceS call for projects (PIA4) and supported by the Occitanie Region, ExposUM is financed to the tune of 46.4 M€ over the period 2022-2030.

Key challenges of the Occitania Region

Advancing regional research to better preserve biodiversity, better fight against vector-borne diseases, imagine the viticulture and oenology of tomorrow or respond to the collective issues of the great water cycle... These are all scientific challenges to which the University of Montpellier and its partners in the region intend to respond by carrying out 4 of the 15 "key challenges" identified and supported by the Occitanie Region.


As the bearers of strong projects for the University, the foundations meet the needs of companies and industrialists. They give students and doctoral candidates new opportunities to carry out their professional projects.

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