Montpellier-Louisville Intercultural Exchange

The Montpellier Committee and the University of Louisville collaborate each year to sponsor the Montpellier-Louisville Intercultural Exchange program (formerly known as Montpellier Work Exchange).

For over forty years, this summer program has allowed approximately 20 American and French students to work and live in each other’s countries. This reciprocal exchange allows students to gain in-depth, firsthand knowledge of a foreign culture and lifestyle. Throughout the year, the Montpellier Committee seeks host families and employers to help support this program.

We have extended this year's deadline to MARCH 25TH - if you are a French-learning university student in Kentucky and are interested in improving your fluency AND would like to spend a month in the South of France - please click here for the application.

If you would like to host one of the incoming French students this summer, please click here!

Montpellier Yearlong Exchange program

Each year a student from Montpellier and from Louisville participate in a Yearlong Exchange program.

SCL raises money for the Sharon Receveur Scholarship Fund, which allows for a Montpellier student to study and live at the University of Louisville for a full academic year. A scholarship exchange is reciprocated by the University of Montpellier, which also provides a scholarship for a Louisville student to study in Montpellier. These educational exchanges have led to several students pursuing Masters Degrees and employment in their Sister City.

We connect our yearlong students with a host family that acts as a local guide and welcoming face. While the student won’t live with you during the year, he/she would love to have a local connection.

For more information on becoming a host family, please click here!


In 2016, Asia Institute-Crane House, Interfaith Paths to Peace, Kentucky District Export Council, Sister Cities of Louisville, World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana and World Trade Center Kentucky created LION (Louisville International Organizations Network).

As our community grows and positions itself as a leading international region, the six organizations see the need to reevaluate their role and seek a strategy that provides synergy and a critical mass for international leadership growth, efficiencies in programs and operations, and goals that help build a community which values its diversity and is recognized as globally-minded.

The outcome of this network is a mutually agreed upon collective vision, plans and guidelines for formal cooperation, and methods for assessing progress and success. The hope is that LION will be a model and catalyst for further formalized relationships with other international organizations in our region.