Program Overview

Spend your semester in beautiful Southern France! On our Semester in Aix-en-Provence program, you’ll live in this tree-lined, cobble-stoned cultural heart of France while studying at Institut Américain Universitaire (aka IAU College). To maximize your experience, opt for a certificate program in Global Wine Studies, Fine Arts, or French Honors (at a low additional cost). Or, consider adding an internship.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Fall: April 15
Spring: October 1
Avg Course Load
5 Courses (15 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and French
Highlights
  • Diverse course offerings in English and full-immersion French studies
  • Volunteer opportunities including teaching English, olive picking, olive-tree trimming, and tree planting
  • Homestays with locals
  • Orientation in Paris, and trips to Nice, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Les Baux, and Le Luberon
  • Small, safe community in the stunning southern France
  • Optional French Honors Program & academic internship
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.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

IAU College allows you to study abroad in the South of France, where you can enjoy an excellent education near the Mediterranean Sea. Since 1957, IAU has offered one of the longest-running education-abroad programs in Europe. Students respect the program for its intellectual substance and international focus. The campus is nestled in the charming, chic city and former medieval village of Aix-en-Provence, or “Aix,” as the locals call it.

You’ll have your pick of classes in humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. And, you can choose to take courses in English or French. Campus will certainly be your home away from home, which has a bustling student union, computer labs, and a medical center. Aix has become a university city, and another institute called the Sciences Po is located just across the cobblestoned street from IAU. This means you’ll easily meet local and international students literally on every corner! At breaks and mealtimes, a flood of university students hit the streets and congregate in the small, charming squares to discuss current events and grab their next espresso.

IAU holds an Absolute Charter awarded by the Regents of the State University of New York. Additionally, it is registered with the French Ministry of Education. The College is comprised of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Marchutz School of Fine Arts, the School of Business and the French Honors 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.


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. 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.

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.

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

Course Information

Semester in Aix-en-Provence is housed at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS). SHSS offers a wide variety of French language, literature, and culture courses, as well as content courses taught in English and French in the following disciplines: archeology, art history, business, civilization, comparative literature, economics, education, film, government, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, studio art, and theater. 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, enroll in the French Honors Program, or take part in an academic internship.

Course descriptions and catalog: To see a list of courses offered at IAU College for the Spring 2019 semester, please click here.

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). If you’ve never taken French, you’ll need to take a 6-credit introductory course, because we want you to know enough French to make the most of your time abroad!

Academic Internship:
If you have four or more semesters of college-level French language (some exceptions considered), you might consider adding an academic internship. The program places you in a field related to your studies at a local business or organization in Aix-en-Provence. You would spend roughly 12 – 15 hours per week at your host organization, which, when combined with an internship seminar and roughly two hours per week of internship-related academic activities, awards three academic credits. Please ask your CISabroad Global Advisor or Program Coordinator for details.

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

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Ardeche

Escape to the Ardèche region in the fall semester for a literal breath of fresh air from the enduring summer temperatures in the south. Students may go rock climbing, caving, canoeing, hiking, swimming, or just amble through the beautiful forest.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program alpes france excursion

Vars in the Hautes-Alpes

Enjoy a weekend in the mountains during your spring semester. Students have the choice to go skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or just to enjoy the cozy lodges in the mountains.

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Moustiers & Gorges du Verdon

This summer excursion heads east into the Department of the Var, stopping to discover Moustiers Sainte Marie, a medieval village at the base of rocky cliffs. We’ll head to Lac de Sainte-Croix, a beautiful man-made lake at the entrance to the Gorges du Verdon, known for its beaches and water sports. On our return route, you’ll see some of the famous lavender fields that cover the plateau.


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.

Juliana Casella
Program Enrollment Coordinator

Travel Tip: Start walking and don’t be afraid to get lost, that is how you begin to understand your surroundings. If the culture is slow – be slow! Take hours to enjoy a coffee and connect with a friend. If the pace is fast, jump in! Be patient with yourself as you adjust. Start a journal and write everything down. It’s incredible to look back and remind yourself of who you were at a time of growth and discovery!

Learn more about Juliana

Christelle Le Gars
Site Director in Aix-en-Provence

Travel Tip: If speaking French is a bit of a challenge, remember that a Bonjour or a Merci beaucoup from a smiling person always works out here in Aix! The light is just amazing in Provence: bring your camera, sketchbook or others to create great visuals from the South East of France. Marseille Provence Airport is next door – make the most of your stay by travelling during the weekend in Europe!

Learn more about Christelle

Student Feedback

I went to France knowing very little French… It was when I started learning little by little with my host family that I started improving on my French. Since I got back from my study abroad experience, I’ve become much more independent and confident. I’ve made some of my best friends, and I’ve gained some of the most amazing experiences of my life. If it wasn’t for my time abroad I would not be the person I am today.

Cynthia Rebeil, Semester in Aix-en-Provence, Wagner College

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.

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

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Looking for both the academics AND work experience while you’re abroad? Consider adding an internship in a local business or organization in Aix! You’ll need to have close to four semesters of French or equivalent proficiency. You can expect to spend about 12 – 15 hours per week at your internship, for which you’ll earn 3 credits. Contact a global advisor for more info.


Interested in extending your stay? You could earn up to a $1,000 discount!

Many students wish they could extend their time abroad. It’s often easier to do so before your program starts, rather than when you’re on site. From doing a full-year program to adding an internship or even combining two programs in different countries, there are many ways we can help you. Ask your global advisor for more info.

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:

  • On-site orientation in Paris
  • 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
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • 2 day trips
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • IAU College official transcript