Montpellier SupAgro, France

Montpellier SupAgro is the National Institute of Further Education in Agricultural Science and it is dedicated to advancing knowledge and research of sustainable development in many agricultural and environmental fields.

St Andrews students will be able to attend a range of courses in Sustainable Development during the second semester of their Masters with a focus on rural businesses and territories.

Montpellier SupAgro website

Who can go?

Postgraduate students studying the Sustainable Development MSc. Two postgraduate students per semester may attend this programme. 

How to apply

Students should submit the postgraduate Sustainable Development study abroad application form (Word) by the deadline set by the School of Geography and Sustainable Development, but they should also register their interest when applying to the MSc. The application form should be submitted to the CSA team at studyabroad@st-andrews.ac.uk.

The selection process will be handled by the Director of Postgraduate Programmes in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. The selection criteria will be based on:

  • the relevance of the exchange programme to the candidate’s study interests
  • their degree of motivation
  • the level of French language skills.

These skills will be evaluated through a short interview. If you are successful, the CSA team will nominate selected students to Montpellier SupAgro. You will be required to complete SupAgro’s application for admission process.

Students can contact study abroad coordinator Dr Eoin McLaughlin at eoin.mclaughlin@st-andrews.ac.uk for more information.

Your studies

Successful students will study at SupAgro in the spring semester (Semester 2): January to July. This one-semester exchange provides the opportunity to study in French, though some modules are taught in English and all the material will be available in English.

Students will also carry out a six-week internship in the Lameta (Laboratory of Theoretical and Applied Economics of Montpellier) research unit to complete the course and as a preparation for their dissertation work from May to mid-June.

Lameta is a leading research unit in environmental economics and St Andrews students will be able to attend their internal and external research seminars, usually held every week, as well as benefit from campus life.

Immersion in another research department adds value to this Erasmus+ exchange, and will provide students with new perspectives on research in sustainable development.

There is a variety of courses offered and also wide internship opportunities in the second half of the semester. Students can look at SupAgro’s course catalogue for exchange students for module information. 

The modules St Andrews students will attend are based on small group teaching. These modules mix both lectures and tutorials and can be assessed on the basis of exams, oral presentation and coursework. 

Following their time in SupAgro, students continue their dissertation in St Andrews over the summer.

Students walking through the Montpellier SupAgro university campus

Passports and visas

EU-students will not need a visa to enter France, but they will need valid European health insurance (non-transferable and valid for up to one year) or a printed E106 form covering the academic year delivered by Social Security (or equivalent institution) from your home country.

Non-EU students need a valid passport and the CESEDA R311-3 6° long-stay D visa. This visa must be validated by the OFII (Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration) within three months of arrival.

You should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your trip, and for at least six months after you return to the UK. You should scan your passport and keep a copy for your records.

If you are an international student who has a visa to study in the UK, and you have any questions about the implications of studying or working abroad whilst matriculated at St Andrews, you should consult Student Services by emailing advint@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Find out more about visa and additional documents required by Montpellier SupAgro.

About the Institute

Montpellier SupAgro is located in the south of France, close to the Mediterranean coast and the southern French countryside. It has more than 1600 students and around 90 academic staff.  

Montpellier SupAgro has one main library and two documentation centres open to the public and located on two sites: La Gaillarde in Montpellier and the Florac Campus in the Lozère region.

You will find over 18,000 documents and 140 specialist press magazine subscriptions in agriculture, agronomy, food and the environment. It has a wide range of documents in Viticulture and Enology, as well as Biology and Plant Pathology.

'Le Cercle des Eleves' is the student union of Montpellier SupAgro. It organises various cultural events throughout the year as well as evening and fundraising events. The union can also help students with renting materials, ski holidays, short breaks abroad and obtaining discount.

Students can also get involved with a number of sports opportunities through the Sport Association as well as arts and recreational activities via Le Cercle.

The region itself is worth exploring, as Montpellier is just three hours from the most distant French Mediterranean coastal resorts, three hours from the Alps, two hours from the Pyrénnées and less than 45 minutes from the Cévennes with its green landscapes.

A Montpellier SupAgro building seen through the leaves of a vineyard

Finance

As an Erasmus+ exchange student, you will not pay tuition fees to your host university, and will only be liable for your normal St Andrews tuition fees.

Most students are eligible for an Erasmus+ Mobility grant – provided by the European Commission and paid through the University of St Andrews – which contributes towards the extra costs arising from studying or working abroad for credit. Erasmus+ grants are externally funded, and therefore the University of St Andrews cannot guarantee funding will be available in any given year.

Research Council students should make sure that they have their funding body’s permission to study abroad, notifying them particularly for any grants that they may be receiving from Erasmus+.

SupAgro provides information about estimated costs of living in Montpellier. You will be responsible for meeting any additional costs accruing from accommodation, food, travel, etc.

Accommodation

Once accepted onto the programme, students receive an application form for the reservation of a room or a bedsit in one of Montpellier SupAgro's student residence halls, which are situated just across the road from La Gaillarde campus.

The halls offer residents a sense of community as well as numerous practical services such as private parking, unlimited internet access and launderettes. All students living in on-campus housing have access to the cafeteria.

Students are also free to choose from off-campus accommodation, and there are some student organisations dedicated to facilitating this process.

Find out more about living on campus at Montpellier SupAgro.

Students sitting on a lawn outside of a Montpellier SupAgro building

Travel and transport

The nearest airport is Montpellier Méditerranée Airport, which is located 8km from the city centre. It is easy to get from the airport to downtown Montpellier in around ten minutes by airport shuttle or by taxi.

Travel within Montpellier is easy, considering its numerous pedestrian areas and over 150km of bicycle paths. For those who want to travel around by bike, bikes are available to rent from the numerous automatic bike stations.

Furthermore, Montpellier's tram system is the ideal means of public transportation for visiting many local tourist sites, and generally getting to know the area from a new perspective.

Find out more about travelling to and around Montpellier.

Student support

Montpellier SupAgro’s International Relations department can help with issues exchange students may face.

SupAgro provides free French language courses in the semester, and a regular or intensive course is available. The goal of these lessons is to develop scientific and technical vocabulary essential for coursework and also improve linguistic proficiency in order to integrate successfully in France.

Find out more information about what it’s like to live and study in Montpellier.

Students stand chatting by a building on the Montpellier SupAgro campus

Contact

Collaborations and Study Abroad
Registry
University of St Andrews
St Katharine's West
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AX

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2245
Email: studyabroad@st-andrews.ac.uk

Study abroad coordinator
Dr Eoin McLaughlin 

Email: eoin.mclaughlin@st-andrews.ac.uk