Study Internship in Aix en Provence

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 exceptional program.

We created this unique study and internship abroad combination just for you! We appreciate the value of interning abroad and understand that you want to get the culture and academics out of your program overseas, so this is the perfect combination. We're sure you'll appreciate the personal growth you'll get from spending time with your fellow students and enjoying all the program support, while also getting an exceptional practical experience through the international internship. 

We're with you through the entire process. You can't just walk into a study abroad experience, so we'll make sure you're well prepared before you go, pick you up when you arrive in Aix-en-Provence, and take care of you the rest of your time there. Half of our U.S.-based staff are Francophiles, so you're in good company. Even better company awaits your arrival in Aix in the form of our welcoming French staff!

We are serious about being green! Our U.S. office is powered by green-sourced energy. We recycle like crazy. We do our best to reduce our carbon footprint on our commute to work, and when exploring lovely Northampton, MA (where our office is based). Not only do we do what we can for our own impact on the environment, but we also offset the round-trip flights of all our participants each year! And, yes, that means your flight to and from France will contribute towards planting trees, researching clean energy solutions, or another form of carbon offsetting.   

Imagine spending the semester living in the heart of Provence, studying abroad in France and completing an international internship. You will split your time between our program base in Aix-en-Provence, where you’ll be taking classes in a wide variety of topics, then by gaining professional experience in an internship chosen according to your background and interests. Study French abroad, immerse in the culture, fulfill major course requirements and boost your resume through Study Internship in France! Start getting excited about:

Living in southern France - Is it the climate, the people, the scenery, the history, or the food that people rave the most about here? Whatever your delights, you're sure to feel more than at home in Aix-en-Provence and the Provence region. Rolling fields of lavender, Roman ruins and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea are just some of the sights you'll regularly experience here.

A wide variety of internship placements available - Interested in learning about French business practices? Want to try your hand at journalism or fashion design? Use this opportunity to build on existing skills or learn something new! All the while, enjoy the company of and immersion with your French co-workers. Your French vocabulary will thank you too!

An active social and recreational setting - Our program base has something going on every day of the week. Between excursions, movie nights, service opportunities and interest groups, you just might find some time to stroll through the quaint streets of Aix from time to time...  

A perfect city for study and intern abroad - Aix-en-Provence has all the culture and history you'll want to soak up as part of your personal and academic endeavors, yet it's big enough to offer a great range of industries, giving you a wide range of internships to choose from. It's small enough that you can get to know it very intimately and explore its entirety in a semester, but it's big enough to offer plenty of places to eat, shop, and explore.

Perfect opportunity to practice your French skills – From living in a local homestay with a French host, to speaking French every day at your internship, to volunteering at a local soup kitchen or participating in a local sports club, the Study Internship in Aix en Provence program is designed to immerse you completely in the French language and give you a taste of what living in France is all about! 

CISabroad's Study Internship in Aix en Provence offers countless reasons that make it the best opportunity for a student looking to immerise in the French language and culture, all the while gaining invaluable practical skills. Here are just a few to chew on: 

  • Diverse course offerings in English, and full-immersion French studies
  • A customized international internship based on your French language, background and interests
  • 2–3 excursions included
  • Service-learning opportunities get you involved with your local community
  • Homestays with locals experienced in hosting English-speaking students
  • Life in the south of France
  • The charming, historic city of Aix en Provence
  • Close proximity to the Mediterranean coast, beaches and seaside towns
  • Hands-on experience with a local internship in your chosen field

While in Aix en Provence, you’ll be able  to see what the rest of France has to offer. Here are just a couple of the places you may be visiting:

This gorgeous city on the Mediterranean coast has something to offer everyone. Along with the beautiful scenery, you can also check out museums, Roman ruins, a romantic downtown area, and an incredible selection of restaurants. 

Fontaine de Vaucluse
The ‘Spring of the Vaucluse’ in southern France is a commune town built around the largest natural spring in France, located at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains. The spectacular natural sight and ancient castle ruins give this town a unique feel.

Les Baux
Les Baux is a classic French village in the Alpilles Mountains. It has incredible valley views and medieval castles that make it a picturesque scene of what France used to look like.

Study Internship in Aix en Provence is housed at the CISabroad program base in Aix, IAU College. IAU College offers a wide variety of courses taught in English and French, as well as French-language classes, in the following disciplines: archeology, art history, business, civilization, comparative literature, economics, education, film, government, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, studio art, theater, and the French language (beginner to advanced). In addition, if your French is advanced (at least 4 college semesters of French or the equivalent), you are eligible to take courses taught in French at the University of Aix-Marseille or enroll in the French Honors Program.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

*Please note that in order to be eligible for the Study Internship in Aix en Provence program, four semesters of college-level French language are required.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be asked to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found on the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: 4 classes + internship (15 US credits). If you wish to take fewer than 4 courses, you must receive approval from your home university prior to going overseas.

Course approval:  Before you go abroad, it is best to get 6–7 classes approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog: To see a list of courses offered at to participants of the Study Internship in Aix en Provence program, please click the link below. You'll be directed to the IAU College website, where you can choose from a variety of course sets for your chosen semester.  

Course Listings link.

You will be notified of what courses you are registered for approximately a month before the beginning of your program.

Helpful information
You will be required to take at least one French-language course (you are living in France, after all). 

*Please note: An additional fee of $260 will be charged to all Study Internship in Aix en Provence students enrolling in a Marchutz studio art course.

Internships are available in the following fields*:

    •    Economics
    •    Event Planning/Management
    •    Hospitality/Tourism (hotels and catering, leisure and travel companies, public and private tourism)
    •    International Business
    •    Marketing

    •    Journalism
    •    Public Relations

Social Sciences & Humanities
    •    Education (elementary and secondary)

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
    •    Information Technology (electronic and desktop publishing, graphic design, tech support)

Visual/Performing Arts & Design
    •    Art History

Don't see your field? Contact an advisor and we'll be happy to help find the best internship for you!

*Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!


Option 1: Credit through CISabroad 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn 3-12 credits in the field below. Note: the field is listed, followed by the Plymouth State University course number that will appear on your transcript. Contact an advisor to see if the the following fields are available in your location. 

Course Name/
Credits Applicable Fields for Transfer Credit
Art History AH 4880 3-6 Museum Studies, Curation
Business  BU 4600 3-12  Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International 
Communications and Media Studies
CM 3950 3-6  Advertising, Communication, Film and Television, Journalism, Public Relations.

students must have taken "Intro to Media and Cultural Studies" and "Intro to Communication"
Criminal Justice CJ 4580 3-6  Criminology, Law, Political Science
Dance DN 4410 3-12      
English  EN 4950 3-12 English and Literature 
only offered as pass/fail. 
Environmental Planning  EPL 3960 3-6  Environmental Science and Sustainable Development
Graphic Design
AG 4900 3-6  only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).
History HI 4000 3-6       
Music  MU 4410 3-12      
Philosophy  HI 4000     
Social Sciences SO 3910 3-12  Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science.
Theater  TH 4410 3-12      
Tourism Management  TMP 4000 3-12  Eco-tourism, Hospitality, Tourism, Recreational Management.

To receive credit from CISabroad through Plymouth State University, interns must have completed a minimum of 60 hours (approximately 2 full years) of college or university credit before going on the program and be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above.


There is an $800 fee for interns who wish to receive credit from Plymouth State University. There is no price difference for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits.

How is credit given?
Credit will be assessed and given based on the successful completion of a variety of assignments. Assignments include an essays, journals, and evaluations and will be assessed based on the grading rubric.

  • Minimum 3 page pre-departure paper based on intern’s goals for the program
  • Directed, reflective internship journal completed by intern during the program (four entries)
  • Mid-term Online Evaluation completed by intern
  • Evaluation completed by internship supervisor
  • 8-10 page reflective essay on overall learning experience

Credit is given in letter grade format (A,B,C,D,F) in a specific academic discipline. The amount of credit is awarded based on the number of hours interned: 120 hours = 3 credits, 240 hours = 6 credits, 360 hours = 9 credits, 480 hours = 12 credits. Interns will receive a transcript 6-10 weeks after the program ends stating the grade and the number of credits earned. The number of hours that can be completed depends on type of internship and location.

Plymouth State University, CISabroad’s accrediting partner, is a NEASC accredited institution with over 20 years of experience awarding internship credit both domestically and internationally. Plymouth State University has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the environment and for innovative programs that are making an impact both regionally and globally.

Option 2: Credit through your university
Many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Contact your study abroad office, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available at your school!

We have tried to make the internship matching process as smooth and simple as possible to ensure a quality experience for you. Follow the the short process below to a fantastic time working internationally!

Complete the CISabroad Application. This includes the following:

  • Online Application
  • Applicant Profile
  • Academic Reference
  • Official Transcript
  • Current Resume or CV
  • $200 application deposit
  • CISabroad Scholarship application (optional)

After all of your materials have been received at CISabroad, wait for your acceptance decision!

As your study internship departure date approaches you will receive instructions on how to complete the online pre-departure orientation to help you know what to expect and how to prepare for your time abroad.

Once you’re in-country: We’ll meet you at the airport and give you an on-site orientation. Your internship coordinator will check in with you throughout the internship program, and make sure you’re doing okay. Finally, you’ll receive an official transcript after you return home.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? Scholarship and grants are awarded for everything from applying early to blogging about your intern abroad experience to taking photos of the fabulous scenery on a weekend excursion or volunteering with a local green organization!

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Aix (pronounced “ex”) en Provence is a gorgeous city in southern France. It has some of the best universities in the country, and is warm and accepting of international students. A growing international business market has increased the city’s multicultural feel.

Aix provides the lively atmosphere of a university town. There are tons of concerts, summer festivals, libraries, museums, bookstores, markets, and cafés to explore during your down time. You can easily be engaged by this charming city for any amount of time!

The highly accessible city is small enough so that you can walk across the main part of town in 15 minutes. Don’t worry about getting bored, though- Aix’s location near the Mediterranean Coast means you can get out and enjoy beaches and other seaside towns. There is also a great public transportation system of buses, trains, and taxis that can get you to the nearby Marseille/Provence airport for low-cost flights to the rest of Europe and northern Africa!

You will study at IAU College during your time in Aix en Provence. IAU is one of the oldest and biggest study abroad sites in Europe, and is known for providing quality academics and support for international students. The university is located in the historic old section of Aix en Provence, and provides an array of humanities, social science, and fine arts courses in both French and English. No matter what your level of French proficiency is, you’ll be able to find a course to fit your needs.

At IAU, you’ll have access to a student union, a gym, a medical center, and a library on campus. The staff at IAU works hard to make you feel safe and secure in your new home!

You will have excellent support throughout your study abroad experience in Aix en Provence. Your CISabroad on-site staff will be with you every step of the way, from meeting you at the airport to academic advising and cultural counseling while in France.

The program will begin with an in-depth orientation that will acquaint you with IAU College and Aix en Provence. You’ll get information about housing, adaptation, safety, banking, and a guide to the many social and recreational activities available in your new city. These could include a language exchange program, sports teams, ski trips, gyms, and the excursions included in your CISabroad program.

Another great way to get involved is to participate in the campus service-learning program, which sets you up with volunteer activities in the community. Previous volunteers have helped local schoolchildren with English, picked olives and trimmed olive trees, and planted trees around the city.

On Semester in Aix en Provence, you will be living in a home stay. Living in a French home is the way to go, because you get an immediate, in-depth introduction to life in this new place. Not to mention, they'll feed to delicious southern French cuisine! Hosts come from a cross section of society and belong to no particular professional or social milieu. All are carefully chosen and many have hosted American students for several years.

Most of the home stay locations will be a 15 to 35 minute walk from classes at the school. Your home stay will include either a single or double bedroom, breakfast daily and 6 dinners per week; bed linens, pillow, and blankets will be available for students to use, although towels will need to be brought from home or purchased after arrival. The room will be cleaned each week and hosts will generally provide one machine wash load per week. Internet access may be available for students in the home stay, and students will have access to Internet cafes around Aix.

Many students feel that living in a home stay is preferable to living independently. By living in a home stay and becoming a part of that family, you will have countless opportunities to work on your French language skills, and can increase your awareness of current events and cultural customs, which can only enhance your study abroad experience!

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost and inclusions for Study Internship in Aix en Provence can be found on the Price and Dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program Fees for Study Internship in Aix en Provence are due on December 1st for Spring term and July 15th for Fall term. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

1. The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

2. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms. 

3. The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

4. Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program-specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Study Internship in Aix en Provence can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you do need a passport to travel to France. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Study Internship in Aix en Provence, you WILL need a Long-Stay Student Visa. You will receive specific visa instructions with your acceptance packet.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. For Study Internship in Aix en Provence, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

Study Internship in Aix en Provence offers homestays with families throughout Aix en Provence.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. Are the internships paid positions?

No, the internships are not paid positions, but they are an irreplaceable way to build your resume! If you are interested in receiving academic credit for your internship, you should contact your academic advisor or education abroad advisor to see if your university offers course credit for internships.

9. What is the internship matching process?

We custom match each intern with the organization that best meets the interests, skills, and goals of the intern. To best accomplish this, all interns must go through the application process, which includes indicating their top two fields of interest.

10. What is the difference between an Intern Abroad and a Study Internship program?

The difference between an intern and a study intern with CISabroad is that a study internship allows you to take classes, earn credit, and participate in an internship in the same program! The intern program is solely focused on your professional experience and may or may not include credit.

11. Can I intern in my major?

Yes! It is possible to intern in your major. The process is highly individualized so that your placement is the best match! For the Study Internship in Aix en Provence program, check out the placement and credit page to see sample placements.

Term: Fall 2016
Arrival Approx. Early Start with Intensive French: August 29; General Arrival: September 5
CISabroad Orientation September 7 - September 8
Classes Start September 9
Classes End December 10
Departure December 17
Application Deadline April 15
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival Approx. Early Start with Intensive French: Mid January; General Arrival: Late January
CISabroad Orientation Late January
Classes Start Late January
Classes End Mid May
Departure Mid May
Application Deadline October 15
Term: Fall 2016 Price: $16,995** more info
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $17,990

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees Housing (daily breakfast and 6 dinners per week) 
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program 
  • Academic advising Financial aid counseling 
  • Assistance with travel arrangements 
  • Predeparture orientation 
  • Airport pickup 
  • 2 day trips
  • On-site support IAU 
  • College official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide
  • CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities