Program Overview

The world is your classroom in this traveling program, where you visit some of Europe and Africa’s most culturally and economically important cities. During our January International Business Program, you’ll explore four incredibly different countries, each with their own unique history and culture. With stops in nine cities, you’ll sample a vast variety of cuisines, traditions, and business policies. You’ll travel to Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Brussels, Frankfurt and Nurtigen. This program will truly give you global business sense.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
2017: October 1
Avg Course Load
1 Course (3 U.S. credits)
Language(s) of Instruction

Key Program Highlights

  • Opportunity to meet local business leaders and public officials
  • Well-recognized professor who is an alum of both Harvard and Oxford
  • Visits to Daimler Benz (producer of Mercedes cars) and the European Central Bank
  • Hands-on study tour of nine cities

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Life in Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Brussels, Frankfurt and Nürtingen

Welcome and Orientation

This travel-study program allows for the perfect blend of guided activities, field courses and independent study and free time. The program begins with a group orientation to familiarize all students with each other and the program leaders, as well as rules of conduct, recommendations, and social and cultural guidelines. Because the program will keep you moving from one location to another, program leaders and local guides will introduce you to your ever-changing surroundings, providing a “lay of the land” in the form of lectures and city tours.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Parting is such sweet sorrow! After a few weeks of traveling, living, learning, socializing and experiencing so much together, it may be hard to bid adieu. You’ll enjoy one final meal together to reflect on all that you’ve seen and done, exchange contact details, and thank your professors and program leaders. With such an intensive travel-based program as this, don’t be surprised if it takes you months to fully understand and appreciate what you’ve experienced. And don’t worry if you’re having a hard time readjusting and feeling engaged in your home culture; your “reverse culture shock” may seem even more powerful than even those surprisingly “unpleasant” smells in the Moroccan market.

Housing Options

Housing will be shared rooms with up to four people per room. Students will stay at hotels, hostels, student dorms, and/or homestays in each location. Breakfasts will be included most days.

on the lawn of the eiffel tower

Local Life

  • Markets in Morocco: Expect a bit of a sensory overload in the vibrant, traditional markets of Morocco! Very different from the Western supermarket and "big box" store experience, markets are a place of gathering, socializing, trading and selling - a huge hub of activity for old and young, rich and poor alike, in places like Marrakesh. Expect to find everything from locally-produced textiles to modern electronics and everything in between as you wind your way through a labyrinth of unique sights, sounds, and smells!
  • Quaint Mediterranean Towns: Yes, they still do business by the Mediterranean in southern France, despite strong desires to idle by the sea and stroll through fields of lavender... Southern France's traditional cities and towns have largely subsisted on local produce and goods due to its favorable climate, giving the region a very different feel and slower pace than places like Paris.
  • Bustling European Business Hubs: Despite each country having its own "cultural identity," you'll find that multi-national businesses and the cities in which they operate tend towards a broader European/Western identity. Don't be surprised to hear (American-accented) English in Frankfurt, or to become fully engaged in American political discussions with locals in Brussels that know more about your home country's politics than you do.

More About Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Brussels, Frankfurt and Nürtingen

Visit four countries and nine cities during your January term. As you explore international business and economics, your program will take you to the powerful cities that model trade, cooperation, and international policies to succeed in our interconnected world. You’ll learn about international business while traversing throughout Europe and Africa. Far from your typical study-abroad experience, this program rarely stands still.

You'll visit some of Europe and Northern Africa’s most beloved cities in France, Morocco, Belgium, and Germany. Your passport will include stops in Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Brussels, Frankfurt, and Nürtingen. You’ll experience a vast variety of cultures, cuisines, traditions, and business policies. And, you'll embark on an unforgettable personal and academic journey. The two professors leading this trip are French and Moroccan natives, giving you local experience and expertise. Additionally, guest lecturers will speak about culture differences as related to the business world.


GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Students can choose one of the following courses:

International Management
International Business
International Marketing
Doing Business in Europe

The University

IAU College, a not-for-profit institution of higher education, has been operating study abroad programs for US college and university students since 1957. IAU College has received students from more than 700 colleges and universities, with over 20,000 participants over its long history. The oldest and largest American institute in southern France, IAU College has recently expanded program offerings outside of France to compare and contrast the languages, cultures, landscapes, and contemporary issues within and between broader European and African locations and contexts.

With operation bases in both the US and France, as well as staff and faculty who travel to and research throughout much of Europe and Africa, IAU College's programs offer a unique cross-cultural perspective. While proud of their French foundation, IAU College are equally enthusiastic about their multi-disciplinary and comparative multi-country study abroad programs. Through intensive study, travel, and reflection, IAU College's thematic traveling programs allow students to gain leaps and bounds personally, academically, socially, and culturally. IAU College continually strives to deliver on its mission of providing "an international education that inspires intercultural awareness and prepares students for responsible roles in a global community through the study of European and Mediterranean history, languages, cultures, and contemporary issues."

CISabroad is proud to collaborate with IAU College to offer this unique "traveling seminar" or travel-study program.

Accreditation(s): IAU College (formerly the Institute for American Universities) holds an Absolute Charter awarded by the Regents of the State University of New York, is registered with the French Ministry of Education and recognized by the Recteur of the Université d’Aix-Marseille.

Student Feedback

The best part of a J-term program is that it is packed into 3 weeks. The places we visited were rich in culture and religion, details that I would miss if I visited on my own. If I had the opportunity, I would definitely go again.

Lakshmi N. - Saint Josephs University

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • January 2018
    Application Deadline
    Oct 1
    Jan 1 (Estimated)
    Jan 21 (Estimated)
    $5,390 (Estimated)

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • All lodging, breakfasts, and some dinners
  • Entrance fees to all museums
  • All program-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US)
  • Tuition and fees
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • On-site orientation
  • 3 Credits
  • IAU College transcript (US university)
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program