Explore European culture in the world's greatest cities.
On our January European Culture program, travel throughout several of Europe’s most famous and illustrious cities, including Rome, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, London, and Prague. This three-week program explores each city’s historical art and literature. Expect to absorb an academic foundation about each location, and take a deep dive into the cities’ culture, literature, cinema, music, and art. Attend lectures and study with distinguished, expert scholars and local guides. You’ll finish with a better appreciation for how art and literature have shaped Europe and the people who live there.
What to Expect:
Average Courseload: 1 course (3 U.S. credits)
GPA Requirement: 2.5
- Great support services with English-speaking staff
- Various academic focuses, including anthropology, communication studies, European studies, geography, and literature
- Trips to famous landmarks, fun outings, and unique tours
- Visit four countries and six cities in one trip
- All program-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the U.S.) included
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.”
CIS Abroad 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.
Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available
- Art & Design
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Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get two or three 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:
The following are the expected courses for January 2022:
European Studies 303: Europe and the Urban Space
Anthropology 301: The Artist and the City
Literature 375: The European City in Literature
Communications 375: The European City in the Visual Arts
Geography 201: Europe and its Cities
For details or syllabi, please contact your designated CISabroad staff or a study abroad advisor.
Why Life in Rome, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, London, and Prague
This three-week program is absolutely packed with travel and exploration. You’ll visit four countries and six cities so you can experience a wide range of European cultures. Expect to see and do things that provide genuine insight into the places you’re visiting.
The program kicks off in Aix-en-Provence (or just “Aix”), a lovely university town and great place to get oriented to your fellow participants and program staff. Aix also happens to be one of the most charming cities in France. The winding streets of Aix are often filled with visitors from around the world. In spite of its global appeal, Aix feels quaint, and you can walk across the center of town in just fifteen minutes. From your home base in Aix, you’ll also spend some time in Marseille, the largest port on the Mediterranean coast.
We’ll then hop a train up to Paris. Famous for its romantic atmosphere, rich history, and incredible influence on fashion, design, art, cuisine, and culture, Paris provides the perfect location to dial up the program energy a bit! This densely populated city is the capital of France and considered a cultural capital internationally. While in Paris, you can visit iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral (to witness the restoration efforts), and the Tuilerie Gardens. Just strolling along the Seine River and watching life go by can be a magical experience in Paris.
We’ll fly over to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Widely considered one of the European continent’s most beautiful, best-preserved cities, Prague is small enough to avoid being overwhelming, yet large enough to hold many treasures. From the hill-top Prague Castle, you can see Charles Bridge over the Vltava River and the city beyond.
The final destination on this epic jaunt around Europe is the “Eternal City” of Rome. If you’ve ever wanted to glimpse the past while also enjoying the thrills of a modern city, you’ve come to the right place. Rome offers countless historical attractions alongside a vibrant cultural scene. As the hub of European politics, art, and fashion, it’s an appropriately culminating stop on a tour of Europe’s great cities.
Live La Vida Local
Rich Culture, Then and Now
This program was designed to emphasize the cultural richness of each destination visited. It shouldn't come as a surprise that cities renowned for their cultural heritage dating back a couple centuries still maintain a certain sense of pride and rich cultural traditions nowadays. "When in Rome" (or any of the other program's culturally-rich cities) do as the locals do, whether that is strolling the promenade, sipping espresso at a streetside cafe, lounging in the park, enjoying a fine meal, or simply people-watching in the plaza.
Awe-Inspiring Monuments: From the Colosseum and Pantheon to Fascist-era architecture, Rome alone will allow you to visit a wide range of landmarks of historic and cultural significance spanning a wide timeline. Enjoy a glimpse back in time while walking through places like the old town of Prague. Equally inspiring are more contemporary places like Palais Garnier in Paris, and Soviet-era remnants in Prague.
In other words, ditch those books for the real thing! This study-tour type program not only moves frequently between destinations, but also within each impressive city. Enjoy tours of historic districts, archaeological sites, palaces, gardens, museums and just about anything of aesthetic, historic, and/or cultural significance. Bring extra memory and charging capability for your preferred photo capturing devices!
Housing for your program
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.
Inclusions and Amenities
- Double Room
- Triple Room
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Cities on itinerary are Rome, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, London, and Prague
- Visits to museums, galleries, and historical monuments
- All program-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US)
- Breakfast daily and most dinners
- Medical and accident insurance
- CIS Abroad support before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Pre-departure orientation
- On-site orientation
- Tuition and fees
- IAU College official transcript
- La Vida Local cultural program
Welcome & Orientation
This traveling study abroad program packs a lot in a short amount of time. That said, it’s of utmost importance that students respect and can confide in the professors and program leaders. We’ll start building good rapport among all program attendees and establish expectations through a comprehensive orientation. We’ll cover local topics such as culture and language, as well as rules, regulations, guidelines, and expectations of the program in general.
Since we’ll be moving at such a quick rate, we’ll typically provide a briefing of each location before or upon arrival, as well as city tours and tours of various places of interest. While you can’t expect to learn your way around each new city, you’ll always have resources and the program staff and local guides of whom to ask questions about each location. Program activities are sufficient, allowing you to see most iconic sights. However, you’ll also have free time to explore, and with just a bit of preparation you can be sure to make the absolute most of your time!
Farewell & Re-Entry Program
While your academic and personal learning and growth will continue long after this amazing and engaging program is over, we’ll have to part ways eventually… Swap contact details and plans to share your treasured memories in digital form, and plan a European reunion with the friends you’ve made. We’ll also provide resources so you’ll know what to expect upon your “return to reality,” which will likely come with a dose of “reverse culture shock.” Not to worry though, as you’ll have plenty of resources to continue to process your experience, whether that’s through involvement at your school, through our ambassador program, or by planning your next study abroad program with CIS Abroad (for which you’ll get a discount!). If friends and family can’t appreciate all that you experienced, we know of some great “support groups” (one being us)!
Your Support Staff
You’ll be supported every step of the way!
Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.
Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!
Everyday we have many activities scheduled, classes in the morning, visits in the afternoon, so it is very important that you come prepared.
We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.
We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.
On-Site Program Modifications
We are excited to offer you this program after many months of travel restrictions! Just as you’ve experienced at home, many aspects of day-to-day life and program components may be altered to keep you and the community you are visiting safe. These may include single accommodations, certain academic offerings being delivered online, safety protocols such as mask-wearing, and other changes.
While some excursions and activities we’ve offered in the past may not be available, we do know that you’ll still be able to soak in the beauty of the country and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Prices and dates are subject to change based on any changes that are required to accommodate changing local laws and guidelines.
See our COVID-19 page for more information. Speak to your Program Coordinator or Advising Team for the most up to date information about any changes to this program.
Dates & Prices
ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.
- Application Deadline: Oct 1 (Estimated)
- Arrival: December 28 (Estimated)
- Departure: January 14 (Estimated)
- Price: $6,290 (Estimated)
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.