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The International Relations Department


Assisting all international mobility projects

One of the main objectives of the International Relations Department at POLYTECH Montpellier is to actively encourage each and every one of our students to gain some sort of experience abroad throughout their course, from PEIP (18 + school leavers) to 5th year.

Be it a work placement, a study period, or simply a summer job abroad, we guide and assist all international mobility projects. Currently 80% of our students graduate with an experience abroad under their belts.

To reach this target, POLYTECH Montpellier has set up active partnerships with over 100 universities, (70 of which are in Europe), and owns a database of over 600 foreign companies who have offered our students placements or internship opportunities over the years. The school is an active member of various International Programmes:

  • European Lifelong Learning programmes for Study mobility and Work experience: ERASMUS
  • Erasmus Mundus partnerships
  • BCI (Canadian University partnership)

In addition, the school has set up Double Degree programmes with prestigious university partners such as Cranfield University (UK), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), l'Université de Sherbrooke (Canada), University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brasil).

Through these programmes and networks, POLYTECH Montpellier awards and manages 400 000€ of mobility grants each year.


Welcoming foreign students

POLYTECH Montpellier also welcomes an increasing number of foreign students - through exchange programmes or registered directly with the school, either at bachelor or postgraduate level.

To open our course to non francophone students, we have set up a year long Bridging Programme, enabling International Students to spend a year getting their linguistic and scientific skills up to scratch.
The current percentage of foreign students in the school is approximately 11%.



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About Montpellier

Montpellier is a city which has a long and rich university history

Its university was one of the first established in France, in the XIIIth century, and where famous people, like Rabelais, did their studies.

Montpellier is well-known all around the world

14% of students are international. So Montpellier is really above the national average of 11,9%.

It's also a great city to live in

Montpellier has been voted the best French big city to study in. Figures don't lie: 43% of citizens are under 30 years old.
The New York Times listed Montpellier as one of the top 45 places to go in the world in 2012 - the only French city listed!

As well as the quality of the education and the knowledge which is transmitted, Montpellier has significant advantages. Indeed, the beach is close, and there are a lot of places where students can meet!
Even if you don't have a car, a student from Montpellier is a happy student.
The excellent public transport system offers a large number of options to travel all around the city:

  • Several tramway lines (open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.)

  • A comprehensive bus network

  • Bybicle rental service

All these services are affordable, especially for people under 26 years old. For further information, visit the TAM (public transport) website.

For leisure activities you can get the Pass' Culture, to have reductions for the cinema (3,70€ per ticket), or reduced price for concerts, from 5€. The Pass' Culture costs only 9€ for one year.

Likewise, Montpellier has a great nightlife, where we can easily find bars and nightclubs (most have free entrance on Thursday).
TaM (public tranport) has a shuttle service available every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, which enable any nightowls to come back home, safe: L'amigo.


Touristic information about Montpellier



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Documentation about the school

Resource guide about studying in Montpellier

Documentation about Montpellier University


Polytech Montpellier is one of the 14 Engineering Schools in the Polytech Group under the authority of the French Engineering Qualification Commission (CTI). It was awarded the title of "Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Montpellier".

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As an integral part of the Montpellier University (UM), it benefits from both educational and scientific potential.

Polytech Montpellier welcomes students from all over the world after a stiff selection & examination of candidates, at two possible levels.

  • One at post Baccalaureate level, to join the selective two year preparatory programme integrated to the classes offered in the University, in the first year of study (PEIP).

  • The other is for students who have already completed a minimum of two years at University.

The school ensures five years of high quality training which is finalised by the award of the National Degree of Engineering (equivalent to a Master's in Engineering), with obligatory work placements an integral part of the course.

There is a core curriculum of traditional subjects such as Mathematics, Project Management, Human Sciences, Modern Languages, Communication and 10 scientific specialties.

International Relations are an absolute priority at Polytech Montpellier, with 70% of students having some sort of international experience throughout their time with us. We envisage 100% mobility by 2014.

The Polytech network is made up of 13 Graduate Engineering schools, which are each an integral part of their respective university, and each with their own specific departments.

Our school is located in building 31, inside the Triolet campus of the Montpellier University (UM), next to the tramway station "Université des Sciences et des Lettres".


A few figures

  • 40 years of experience
  • 6 800 alumni
  • 1 200 student engineers
  • more than 300 graduate engineers each year
  • 100 PhD students
  • 180 staff
  • 14 associate research laboratories