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Aix Marseille University

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Accreditation

Aix Marseille University is recognized by the French Ministry of National Education as a degree-granting institution.

Aix Marseille University, one of the oldest universities in France, boasts many prominent government leaders among its alumni. The university is centrally located near the famous Cours Mirabeau.

You’ll take courses through the Service Universitaire Français Langue Etrangère (SUFLE), the university’s French language school. Founded in 1953, SUFLE is regarded as one of the best French-language teaching centers in the country and hosts about 1,000 students from 65 countries.

SUFLE offers instruction in French at all levels—from beginning to advanced—and prepares students for the diplomas of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and other diplomas and certificates. At SUFLE, you won’t just learn French language: you’ll also gain an understanding of and appreciation for France's literature, history, and culture.

Classroom and Information

  • Language and elective courses are taught by international faculty at SUFLE, an extension of Aix Marseille University for international students who wish to learn French.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams are administered.
  • Attendance of classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Class size ranges between 10 to 30 students, allowing for personalized attention.
  • You’ll take classes with other international students of an equivalent language level, not with native French students.
  • The French style of teaching may differ from that in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations for your school.

Grading

The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades in France are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20, although grades of 8 and 9 may indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is severe and can vary from one institution to another, and from one course to another.

The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:

French Number Grade

U.S. Letter Equivalent

14-20

A

12-13.9

B+

11-11.9

B

10.5-10.9

B-

10.1-10.4

C+

10

C

9-9.9

C-

8-8.9

D

0-7.9

F


Finally, French diplomas often include one of the following five “mentions”:

Très Bien

Outstanding

A

Bien

Very Good

A to B+

Assez Bien

Good

B to B-

Passable

Passing

Passing

Ajourné

Failing

D to F


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IAU College

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Accreditation

IAU College is a not-for-profit institution of higher education. As an independent, non-degree granting institution, IAU issues its own transcripts. Because it does not grant its own degrees, the Institute is outside the scope of regional accrediting bodies. Since its inception, IAU has worked with over 700 U.S. public and private colleges and universities, many of which are familiar with the high standards of Institute programs and which accept Institute recommendations for the direct transfer of academic credit to the home institution. A number of American universities and colleges have signed direct affiliation agreements and provide for direct transfer of academic credit.

Founded in 1958 under the auspices of l'Université d'Aix-Marseille and chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, IAU College is one of Europe’s oldest and largest education abroad programs. IAU has served as an academic center for more than 18,000 students from more than 700 colleges and universities. Its present annual enrollment overall is around 300 students.

IAU College welcomes undergraduates from U.S. colleges and universities. Courses in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts are taught in French and English. In the context of Provence's rich Mediterranean heritage, IAU delivers curriculum that guides students to cultural competency while fostering a life-long affinity for the culture, language, and people of France.

Classroom and Information

  • Language and elective courses are taught by international faculty.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams are administered.
  • Attendance of classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Small class sizes allow for personalized attention.
  • You’ll attend class with other CEA participants and U.S. students.

Grading

IAU instructors carefully evaluate your work and progress throughout the term. When calculating final grades, instructors consider written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation and performance on exams, in addition to other curriculum-appropriate criteria.

The following grading system is in use at IAU; some French professors may grade according to the French system:

Note IAU

Note française

US

A

17-20

95-100%

A-

16

90-94%

B+

15

89%-88%

B

14

84-87%

B-

13

80-83%

C+

12

79%-78%

C

11

74-77%

C-

10

70-73%

D+

9

69-68%

D

8

64-67%

D-

7

60-63%

F

6-0

59-0%


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CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

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Aix-en-Provence, France
As the Program Director for Aix-en-Provence, Vivienne Hamill is responsible for day-to-day management including student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, program academics, and student evaluations. Vivienne also advises students on issues related to academics, cross-cultural information, and health and wellness, assists in management of city finances, and hires and trains staff.
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