Experience firsthand the rich culture, the fascinating history, the famous art,
and the tasty cuisine that have made France one of the most visited
countries in the world! With CISabroad, you'll become more than another
visitor - you'll be engaged in the local culture, living like a local.
Turn Paris into your classroom for 4 weeks this summer! Hone your
drawing, or photography
skills in front of the Tour Eiffel and Notre Dame; improve your French as
order a baguette at your local
Study AND intern abroad in beautiful and historic Aix-en-Provence, France!
Courses are offered in a variety of subjects, taught in both French and
English, and include language, history, culture, and business. Frequent
excursions and cultural activities in southern France round out this
Overall, France is a safe study abroad destination. Most of the crimes that occur are considered "petty". The most common crime experienced by tourists is pickpocketing, so carefully watch your belongings in crowded areas of the city. Common sense teamed with taking time and effort for precautions will leave you plenty of time to enjoy your stay. While health insurance coverage is not required for visitors by the French government, CIS includes a comprehensive medical and accident insurance plan with all of our programs.
France attracts tourists from all over the world, and when you study abroad in Aix en Provence you’ll see why! For either a semester or a summer, you can enjoy the exciting opportunities available in this provincial coastal city. If you want to see more than just France, we have several multi-country study abroad programs that will allow you to live and study in several different European countries.
For more details on CISabroad study abroad and intern abroad programs in France, click here.
Official Name: The French Republic
Population: 64 million
Capital City: Paris
Time Difference: France is +1 GMT, so it is 6 hours ahead of the east coast and 9 hours ahead of the west coast.
National Anthem: La Marseillaise
National Bird: Gallic Rooster
National Currency: Euro
National Flower: Lily
Sports: Whether it’s participating or cheering on their favorite team, the French love their sports! After all, the famed cycling race, the Tour de France, takes place every year in the country. The most popular sport amongst the masses is football, or soccer, and the national team won the World Cup in 1998. Other favorite sports include rugby, skiing, basketball, parkour, sailing, and tennis. Needless to say, if you ever find yourself without anything to do, go out and catch a game!
Geography: France is located in Western Europe and shares borders with Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Monaco, Spain, and Switzerland. The geography consists mostly of flat plains and rolling hills, but the Alps in the east and the Pyrenees in the south provide high mountain ranges. The different regions of France experience different climates throughout the year. Paris will be hot and humid in summer and rainy in the winter. In Avignon, you will need an umbrella as rain is common throughout the year, but overall temperatures are pleasant and mild. Sunshine abounds in Aix en Provence, but breezes will cool down the region in the evening.
Famous People: Claude Monet (artist), Claude-Achille Debussy (composer), Gerard Depardieu (actor), Victor Hugo (author), Louis Vuitton (fashion designer), and André the Giant (wrestler and actor).
Great Movies: La Cage Aux Folles; Diva; Cyrano de Bergerac; Amèlie; Entre les murs; Le Roi de Coeur.