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
April 1
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

Key Program 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 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.

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.

Life in Aix-en-Provence

Welcome and Orientation

Orientation to Aix-en-Provence kicks off with a welcome “apéritif” on the Sunday following arrival, during which students, staff and host families meet and mingle. On Monday students are greeted by IAU’s President, Deans and Directors, and spend the day learning information such as adapting to living with your host family, staying safe while going out, joining sports teams and clubs, obtaining a cell phone or SIM card, adjusting course schedules, and getting to know your way around both the city and campus.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to France.

Housing Options

During your Summer in Aix-en-Provence, you’ll live in a homestay. Living in a French home gives you an immediate, in-depth introduction to life in this new place. Not to mention, your host family will feed you delicious southern French cuisine! All hosts are carefully chosen and many have hosted American students for several years. Most of the home stay locations are a 15 to 35-minute walk from classes at IAU College.
Some features of your homestay include:

  • Either a single or double bedroom
  • Breakfast provided daily and six dinners per week
  • Bed linens, pillow, and blankets; however, you’ll need to provide your own towel
  • Your room will be cleaned each week
  • One load of laundry per week (usually)
  • Usually internet access is available; you’ll also have access to internet in cafés around the city

After studying abroad, many students report that homestays are their favorite part of the experience. You’ll become a part of the family, be able to improve your French, and get insider tips for how best to enjoy Aix-en-Provence.

sun soaked buildings in aix en provence

Local Life

  • Marseille: Take a bus to Marseille, France’s second-largest city with a diverse and vibrant culture. From there you can take a boat to the Chateau d’If, an ancient fortress-turned-prison that was the setting for The Count of Monte Cristo.
  • Lavender fields: Visit the lavender fields in the summer, and try lavender ice cream or lavender honey.
  • Drink pastis: Drink pastis, the local spirit made from star of anise. Just be sure to drink it the proper way and mix with water!
  • Route de Cezanne: Follow the Route de Cezanne, the path of the famous artist inspired by the landscapes of Aix and admire the views from the same spot where he painted Mont Saint Victoire countless times.
  • Mont Saint Victoire: Climb Mont Saint Victoire mountain, the major landmark of the Aix Region and Cézanne’s muse, which reaches an altitude of 1011 m.
  • Place des Prêcheurs: Explore the open-air market in the Place des Prêcheurs that features produce and products from the region.

More About Aix-en-Provence

While Aix-en-Provence has always been at a crossroads, it remains an ancient yet youthful place of discovery. The city boasts one of the best universities in France, which warmly welcomes its students. Due to a growing number of international businesses planting themselves in the city, there's been an influx of people from all over the world.

As a university town, Aix (pronounced like the letter "X") naturally provides an intellectual environment. Aix has a reputation as one of France's most engaging cities thanks to its concerts, summer festivals, libraries, museums, bookstores, markets, and cafés. Additionally, don't forget a visit the spot where post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne was born and created many beautiful works. In June and July, mark you calendar for the jazz and opera festivals that take over the city's courtyards, outdoor theaters, and streets.

The city is easy to navigate. You can walk across the main part of town in fifteen minutes! Since Aix is close to the Mediterranean coast, you can enjoy beaches and seaside towns. If you want to travel the area, Aix-en-Provence offers a comprehensive system of trains, buses, and taxis. Furthermore, the nearby Marseille/Provence airport lets you take advantage of low-cost flights to the rest of Europe and Northern Africa.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and 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.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program moustiers gorges du verdon france excursion

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.


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 - Wagner College

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

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.

Joan Perreault
Manager of Programs - Europe and Latin America

Travel Tip: Drink coffee the local way. Dine with a host family. Eat some recommended street food. Drink fresh juice from local fruits. Find that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that will probably serve the best meal of your time abroad (and it will likely cost less too!). Food and drink can be an excellent inroad to getting to know another culture.

Learn more about Joan

Meghan
Site Director in Aix en Provence, France

Travel Tip: Embrace the unknown, the strange, the slightly uncomfortable. Studying abroad teaches you to adapt to new circumstances, so what first seems bizarre will eventually become familiar, and chances are you may even miss these strange things once you leave.

Learn more about Meghan

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.

  • Summer 2019: Session 1 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    June 1 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    June 2 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 3 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    June 21 (Estimated)
    Departure
    June 22 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,190 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2019: Session 2 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    June 22 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    June 23 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 24 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    July 12 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 14 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,190 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2019: Sessions 1 & 2 (6 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    June 1 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    June 3 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 4 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    July 12 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 14 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $7,890 - $8,690 (Estimated)

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-ON

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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • IAU College official transcript