Program Overview

On our January European Culture program, you’ll 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. You’ll attend lectures and study with distinguished, expert scholars and local guides. At the end of this seminar, you’ll have a better appreciation for how art and literature have shaped Europe and the people who live there.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
October 1
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 U.S. credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
  • 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
  • All program-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US) included
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



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.


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


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.


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.


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Life in Rome, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, London, and Prague

Welcome and 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 and 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)!

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.

students behind pillars in Rome

Local Life

  • 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: 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.
  • Field-Based Studies: 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!

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Latin America, Scotland, & Italy

Travel Tip: When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Learn more about Hadley

Barbara Castaldo

Travel Tip: Everyday we have many activities scheduled, classes in the morning, visits in the afternoon, so it is very important that you come prepared.

Learn more about Barbara

Student Feedback

Over the course of a little over two weeks, I saw such an impressive arrangement of great cities. In each city, our professors brought the literature and arts we studied about in the classroom to life when we visited museums, operas, and went on neighborhood tours. My study abroad adventure was made complete by a great group of friends. We keep in touch to this day, even if we’re half a world apart.

Rebecca Baron, January European Culture: Rome, Aix, Marseille, Paris, London, & Prague, Brooklyn College

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • January 2020
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    December 28
    December 28
    Classes Start
    December 29
    Classes End
    January 12
    January 14

CIS Abroad 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:

  • 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
  • Housing
  • 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