Visit four countries and 12 cities in three weeks. Experience everything
the markets of Morocco to the museums of Madrid on this engaging
Term travel-study program. Focus on European-North African relations as
you take a comparative approach to study abroad.
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
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.
Study French in Paris or take courses instructed in English at Institute Catholique de Paris.
In Paris, you will truly fall in love with "The City of Light" and live in
one of the most cosmopolitan and romantic cities in the world!
Spend 4-8 weeks this summer in Paris and strengthen your French language skills.
you are majoring in French or have just always wanted to learn the most romantic language
on the planet, summer in Paris is for you.
Why Study Abroad in France
When you study abroad in France with CISabroad, you’ll have several different options to choose from.
You can study abroad in Paris, a world-class city full of art, culture and delicious cuisine, for either a semesteror a summer. Here, you’ll get to study French abroad and learn more about fine arts in the most ideal setting possible: an art and culture institute in central Paris, close to the Louvre!
If you're looking for full French language and cultural immersion in idyllic southern France, you can also choose the smaller and more historic city of Aix en Provence, where you can study abroad for a semester or a summer. Participants of these programs enjoy a study abroad center designed specifically for American students studying French language and culture, while also having the option to enroll at a French university and immerse in a more traditional French environment.
Both locations will give you incredible opportunities to learn in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, while having fun and meeting other international students and locals.
What Else Should I Know Before Studying Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France?
What can you expect during a summer or semester studying in Aix-en-Provence? Sun-bathed golden walls, bright blue skies, cobblestoned streets, and the subtle scent of lavender in the air. If you’re still unsure about where to study abroad, or anxious about making that final decision, keep reading to ease your mind. Life in France is simple, and armed with a little French 101, a market schedule, and the right state of mind, a summer or semester in Aix-en-Provence with CISabroad might be just what you’re looking for.
The French have consistently been stereotyped as rude or snobbish, insisting that you speak to them in French or not at all. This is not even close to reality in France, especially in Aix. The French are all about la politesse (politeness, good manners), so it’s crucial to know the do’s and don’ts of navigating life in Aix. In a French cafe, you won’t be able to eavesdrop on the conversation one table over, and they shouldn’t be able to hear your conversation either. Keep your voice down so as not to disturb others, in fact after 10 p.m. quiet hours are enforced throughout the city.
Contrary to popular belief you won’t need to be fluent in French in order to study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, or anywhere in France. However, they do appreciate an effort, so knowing key phrases in French and when to use them will make life in Aix easier to adjust to:
Bonjour/Bonsoir - it’s important to greet shop owners or employees as you walk into a shop. Remember that after 4 or 5 p.m. switch bonjour to bonsoir
Au revoir - saying goodbye as you leave a shop is also important. An alternative to au revoir is bon journée or bon soirée in the evening
Merci - an oldie, but a goodie, always say thank you for service, a good “Merci, au revoir!” goes a long way.
These three phrases are standard fare in beginning French, and they’re the first you learn for a reason, they’re important! Life in Aix will be a breeze and you’ll be well on your way to conversational French in no time.
Markets - What, Where, and When
Aix is famous for it’s markets, and knowing which markets are where and when will make planning your weekly shopping trips that much easier. There is a different market for every day of the week at different locations around town, here are the big five:
Marché du Jour et Place Richelme occurs daily, it’s the best place to get fresh fruits, vegetables, and cheeses, you’ll be able to get most of your shopping done here Place de Prêcheurs is a flower market on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and a fresh produce market Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday Place du Verdun in front of the Palais du Justice, this market sells collectibles, antiques, crafts, and new and secondhand clothes Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday Place de l’Hôtel de Ville is another flower market that takes place Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday Cours Mirabeau on Tuesdays and Thursdays the famous Cours Mirabeau is transformed into a huge clothes market
If you’re in Aix during fall semester, in December the Cours Mirabeau becomes a wonderful Christmas market, lined with small wooden chalets selling different crafts and gifts, you can even stop by and get some hot wine to enjoy on your shopping trip.
Revel in the Routine
The first few weeks of your summer or semester in Aix-en-Provence are all excitement. Experiencing the new sights and smells in this little Roman town is like walking through a dream, but eventually routine will set in. This is when the real fun begins. The day-to-day in Aix is what makes studying abroad such a wonderful experience. Soon you will feel like a true Aixois (Aix native) with your panier (tote basket) at the market picking up your groceries for the week, maybe grabbing a few more bars of lavender soap or sachets for friends and family back home, then taking your homework down to the Parc Jourdan to sit in the sun and study before meeting up with friends or your favorite French conversation buddy at the cafe.
Really knowing your host city inside and out is what makes the best memories. You’ll love telling the story of that rainy day at the market, or maybe that kooky laundry mishap. Not every day abroad is a grand adventure, but that’s what makes it such a beautiful experience, because it’s real.