Bilateral Fee-Paying Program

(Humboldt State University, Loyola University, Manhattanville College, Montana State University, RMIT (Melbourne), SUNY Geneseo, University of Arizona, University of Technology – Sydney, University of Washington,  William & Mary)

Please consult this page regularly for updates

1) Application and documents

Your application first needs to be approved by your home university. You then need to complete the following procedures.


1) Moveonline: you have to fill in the Moveonline Registration by April 15 for the Fall semester and Full year, by October 1 for the Spring semester. This will complete your application and generate your acceptance letter.

Please register here
ATTENTION: there may be a small problem with the generation process when submitting the registration. You will receive an email  confirming that you have completed and submitted your registration even though the generating process message goes on.

 Documents (to be found and uploaded on the Moveonline procedure)

A) The safety deposit reimbursement form, filled in by your bank in your home country, except for the box in grey to be left blank.
Handwritten safety deposit reimbursement form will be rejected.

B) The W9 Form is a document asked by the US government for the opening of your French bank account. Use this form only if you are a US person (including a resident alien) to provide your correct TIN. It is mandatory for the pre-opening of the French bank account.

2) Interlog: Interlog is the housing registration process. You will have one month to complete the procedure (deadline for the Fall semester and Full year: June 15 and December 1 for the Spring semester). This procedure is complete when you have paid, online, a safety deposit (“Caution”) of about 230€. Interlog will secure you a room at the “cité universitaire” (see Housing and Meals). Our office will send you your access code one month prior to the deadline.

Interlog Guide


 To bring with you at the first meeting (mandatory):

Upon arrival, you will have to provide:

  • 1 copy of your passport;
  • 1 copy of your visa (with the stamp of the day of arrival);
  • 2 ID pictures at least. You will be asked for ID pictures if you stay in the dorms, etc;
  • The OFII form, if you were given one by the Embassy. You have to fill in your part.

The documents the list of which has been given above will be used for:

  • Registration at UPVM and health insurance: when you arrive, you have to register with us at the university. French law requires all students staying in France to be covered by the French Social Security, the national health system, so as to ensure medical coverage. The students must enroll in the French “Sécurité Sociale” (215€ last year) as well as the “Vie étudiante” (5€10 last year). It cannot be paid in cash (payment instructions are provided during orientation). It MUST be carried out during registration.

*For most universities, this health coverage will be included in the invoice that will be sent to the home university and will not have to be paid for by the student. Please check in advance what will apply in your case.

For more information, see « Miscellaneous and FAQ »

For more information, see « Miscellaneous and FAQ »

  • Bank: once you arrive in Montpellier, it will be mandatory for you to open a French bank account with our partner LCL bank. The bank account will provide you with a housing insurance for 5€ per month. The insurance is mandatory when living in an apartment, at the dorms or in a home stay. We will help you open your bank account during orientation.

For more information, see « Miscellaneous and FAQ »


2) Calendar and arrival




Fall Semester Pre-session arrival:

  • You have to be in Montpellier on August 16 2016 when the orientation program and the pre-session begin. It will last until September 4 2016. Someone will pick you up at the airport or the station. If you arrive before this date, there will be no one to meet you and you will not be able to stay in the dorms.
  • Please send the “Document d’arrivée à Montpellier” with all your arrival details (airport or train station, company, provenance and flight number, precise time) as soon as possible to by July 1, so that someone can come and meet you.

Download Document d’arrivée à Montpellier (Pré-stage)

Spring Semester arrival:

You have to arrive in Montpellier January 3 2017 at the latest. No pick up is organized but we need to have the details of your arrival in Montpellier. Please send the “Document d’arrivée à Montpellier” which will contain all your arrival details (airport or train station, company, provenance and flight number, precise time) as soon as possible to  by December 1.

Download Document d’arrivée à Montpellier_Sem2

3) Pre-session

This Pre-session is included in the program of bilateral American and some Australian students (Bilateral Fee-Paying Program).

Fall Pre-session:  August 16 2016 to September 4 2016

  • During the 3 week orientation program, you will follow intensive French classes (grammar, conversation, culture…) and you will have the opportunity to visit some places of interest with excursions organized during the week-ends. The whole pre-session will be done under the responsibility of the “Institut d’Etude du Français pour Etrangers” (IEFE, or Institute for the Study of French as a Foreign Language). You will meet the Director of studies of the IEFE, M. Jacques Dekeister, and his team. Detailed program here
  • Once you have started the Pre-session, you will gradually go through the orientation and registration process. The program directors will help you open a bank account with our local partner and organize various other details to make your stay as successful as possible. As for the registration process itself, the persons in charge will be the program directors who will conduct information meetings on the classes available and will register you once you have chosen the classes you want to attend. Student assistants will also help.

4) Orientation (mandatory) and courses


Fall semester Orientation

  • Academic orientation : August 23, 2016, 4 pm – 5:30 pm IEFE room 106
  •  Administrative orientation + Opening of the French bank account: August 25, 2016, 2 pm – 5:30 pm IEFE room 106
  • Sessions to finalize the choice of courses: September 1, 1:30 pm to 5 pm – BN2

*ATTENTION: All students will be required to go to the special individual sessions for choosing / finalizing the choice of courses.
You will be told what slot will be yours when you are in Montpellier.

Spring semester Orientation

  • Academic and Administrative orientation: January 4 2017, 10 am – Building B room 309
  • Sessions to finalize your choice of courses: January 5 2017, time (TBA) – CLER (Centre de Langues, bâtiment R).
  • Opening of a French bank account: January 6 2017, time (TBA). A student assistant will accompany you to the bank.

*ATTENTION: All students will be required to go to the special individual sessions for choosing / finalizing the choice of courses.
You will be told what slot will be yours when you are in Montpellier.


To choose your classes at the university (“Integrated classes”), go to: “Etudier à Montpellier” > “Formations de l’UPV”. You can also go to  “Registration and courses”.

To choose your Support courses (“Cours RI”), have the detailed description and timetable, go to “Registration and courses”.

5) Housing and meals


During the Pre-session you will all be living in dorms the cost of which will have to be paid by yourself, unless otherwise stipulated as per agreement with your university. Please check with your university before departure.

*For the students who choose to live in a homestay during the semester or the year, you will have to leave the dorms on Sept 4 2016.

*If stay in the dorms, you need to be aware that it is not always possible for you to keep the room you had during the Pre-session and you may have to move to another room.

*Any late withdrawals will be charged a penalty of 100€.

There are various options available as far as accommodation is concerned:

  • Dorms: around 230€ /month with a security deposit of the same amount
  • *Private apartment: approximately 400€ (your responsibility);
  • **Full Family Homestay: around 650€, breakfast and dinner included;
  • **Boarding family: between 350€ and 450€ (no meals included).

*Please note however that accommodation has become challenging in Montpellier and finding housing remains your responsibility.

**We can help you with finding a family through our contacts.

Interlog: For the ones among you who request a dorm there will be a special online procedure at this address:

We will let you know about it in due time. You will have to pay particular attention so that you complete the whole registration process on Interlog (both for the semester and for the year student). You will be given a code so that you can register for a room.
Document C

Meals in the dorms

As for the meals, you can either do your own cooking or eat in one of the “Restaurants Universitaires” (about 3€ per meal). In the dorms, please note that pots and pans are not provided. Kitchen is shared.


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