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Direction of international relations of Montpellier’s University

The Partnerships and International Relations Office of the Faculty of Education (FDE) is responsible for developing agreements with various partners at the international level, be they universities, states or teacher training organisations.

The missions

  • Organising various forms of mobility for FDE students or researchers wishing to go abroad

  • Organising the reception of foreign students or researchers wishing to study at the FDE or to collaborate with its research teams.

Each year, it organises several hundred incoming and outgoing exchanges of students (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate), trainers, teacher-researchers and education experts. Scientific and pedagogical exchanges with foreign partners help to enrich the training

The FDE maintains close relations with some twenty countries, including: Switzerland, Finland, Thailand, Senegal, Morocco, the United States, Canada, Spain, the Czech Republic and Cuba.

Every year, it organises several hundred incoming and outgoing exchanges of students (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate), trainers, teacher-researchers and experts in education. Scientific and pedagogical exchanges with foreign partners help to enrich the initial and continuing education of our students and teachers.

Issues related to linguistic and cultural diversity, international collaboration and mobility, or the hosting of foreign students or colleagues have mobilised the Faculty of Education and led it to resolutely focus on international issues for many years. Aware of the rapid evolution of education and teacher training systems, the FDE has developed an international policy based on interculturality and the discovery of education systems throughout the world.

The principles

Three principles underlie the international policy of the Faculty of Education :

  • Interculturality, as the discovery of different educational systems is a possible key to better understanding and opening up to other cultures

  • reciprocity insofar as the mobilities or exchanges implemented are, as far as possible, balanced and mutual

  • solidarity, particularly with partners from emerging countries or countries with specific needs to which the FDE can respond or provide support.

The actions

  • Development of incoming and outgoing mobility of students (L2 and Master), trainers and teacher-researchers

  • Development of expertise and training activities abroad

  • Promotion and mutualisation of training and research activities in education

Areas of expertise

  • Support for the setting up of university courses in ENS (Ecoles Normales Supérieures) or for the management of university institutes (partnership with Djibouti in the framework of the PIF master)

  • Supporting and accompanying institutional frameworks in the setting up of training centres

  • renovation of curricula in university structures

  • analysis of teachers’ professional practices

  • training of teachers of French as a foreign language

  • didactics of modern languages and plurilingualism

  • training teachers of non-language subjects at university level or in French-speaking bilingual classes (Algeria, Bulgaria, Cuba, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos).