Program Overview

Venture down to the south of France to experience the traditional French way of life and enjoy the Mediterranean climate. Engage in rich academic courses covering humanities, social sciences, and fine arts offered in both French and English. Study at Institut Américain Universitaire in the beautiful, old section of Aix-en-Provence, once a medieval village. No matter what your level of French is, you will be able to take advantage of all that Southern France has to offer. Expand your understanding of the region through class field-trips and included day excursions. Campus will certainly be your home away from home, which has a bustling student union, computer labs, and a medical center.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 15
Avg Course Load
1 Course per session (3 US credits) | Up to 3 courses (9 U.S. credits) if you do both sessions
Language(s) of Instruction
English and French
Highlights
  • Close proximity to Mediterranean coast, beaches, and seaside towns
  • Past excursions to St. Remy, Les Baux, and Lourmarin
  • Fifteen minute walk across the city center
  • IAU College, one of the oldest study abroad sites in Europe
  • Homestays with locals experienced in hosting English-speaking students
  • Diverse course offerings in English, and full-immersion French studies
  • Optional: Add an 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

Summer in Aix-en-Provence is housed at Institute Américain Universitaire (aka IAU College). IAU College offers a variety of French language, culture, and civilization courses, as well as content courses taught in English and French in the following disciplines: art, business, communications, history, international relations, psychology, and a few others depending on the session you choose. The program offers two 3-week sessions that you can combine into one 6-week trip to the lovely south of France. In addition, if your French is advanced (at least 4 college semester of French or the equivalent), you are eligible to enroll in the French Honors Program.

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 4-6 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: To see a list of courses offered at IAU College, click here.
To find full course syllabi please click here.

Helpful information:
While French-language courses are not mandatory for summer study, we do recommend that you consider one, especially if you are new to the language.

You will be notified of what courses you are registered for approximately a month before the beginning of your program.

*Please note: An additional fee of $100 will be charged to all Summer 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 am a completely different person 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, Summer 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.

EXTEND YOUR STAY

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:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Breakfast and dinner 6 days a 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
  • Day excursions
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • IAU College official transcript