Montpellier, sometimes called “the secret capital of France,” is located on the southern coast of France on the Mediterranean. Once a key stop on pilgrimage and trade routes, it is a magnificent city celebrated as a capital of education, tourism, culture, and technology. Renowned for its charming maze of medieval streets, gem of an opera house, world-class art museum, and its 13th-century Jewish baths, Montpellier is a delightful provincial town, a cosmopolitan city, and the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
Founded in 1220, the University of Montpellier is one of the oldest in the world, and its botanical gardens, dating from 1563, are the oldest in France. In such inspirational surroundings, our students have the opportunity to experience French language, culture, and character. The ancient splendor of Montpellier is matched only by its modern vibrancy and the beauty of the surrounding region.