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What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Aix-en-Provence:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Europ Assistance Travel Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.

Apartment - Shared Room

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All CEA students studying in Aix-en-Provence have the option of living in apartments while abroad. Generally located in the town center, these apartments cater to the independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience Aix just as the locals do. Cook tasty French meals with your roommates in your kitchen, explore the personality of the neighborhood that surrounds you and make your new Provençal apartment a home.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Office in Aix-en-Provence: 10-15 minutes
  • Aix Marseille University: 15-25 minutes
  • Institute for American Universities: 5-15 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

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ROOMMATES

  • 2 students per room
  • 2-5 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared Full Kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Partial bed linens included
  • Internet Access
  • Washer Only
  • Space Heaters
  • Fans provided
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Shared Studio – Residence Hall

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An ideal apartment choice for students living in France for the first time. The Residence Mirabeau complex is located in the center of town, in the historical Quartier Mazarin a two minute walk from the main street, the Cours Mirabeau and a 10 / 15 minute walk to the 2 schools in Aix. Residence Mirabeau is made up of forty studios on three floors. CEA manages six of the studios - the other studios are occupied by French and international students studying in Aix. You will be sharing a studio with another CEA student.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Office: 5-10 minutes
  • IAU school: 10 minutes
  • University Aix Marseille: 15 - 25 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

ROOMMATES

  • 2 students per room
  • 40 studios in building housing French and some international students

Unit Amenities

  • Kitchenette Available
  • Shared bathroom
  • Partial bed linens included
  • Internet Access
  • In-building laundromat
  • Space heaters
  • Fans Provided
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Shared Apartment - Single Room

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All CEA students studying in Aix-en-Provence have the option of living in apartments while abroad. Generally located in the town center, these apartments cater to the independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience Aix just as the locals do. Cook tasty French meals with your roommates in your kitchen, explore the personality of the neighborhood that surrounds you and make your new Provençal apartment a home. Students choosing this option will have a single room in a shared apartment with 2 to 5 other CEA students. (Additional fees apply)

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Office in Aix-en-Provence: 10-15 minutes
  • Aix Marseille University: 15-25 minutes
  • Institute for American Universities: 5-15 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

N/A

ROOMMATES

  • 1 student per room
  • 2-5 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared Full Kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Partial bed linens included
  • Internet Access
  • Washer Only
  • Space Heaters
  • Fans provided

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • $300 - $500 (semester)
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Homestay

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Engage in Aix-en-Provence’s vibrant culture firsthand when you live in a homestay with a French family. For the culture-seeking type whose study abroad goals include improving French language skills and cultural understanding, homestays provide the opportunity to dive headfirst into the daily lives of Aix-en-Provence locals. (Additional Fees apply)

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Office in Aix-en-Provence: 20-30 minutes walking
  • Aix Marseille University: 20-30 minutes walking
  • Institute for American Universities: 20-30 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

  • 2 meals per day – Breakfast & Dinner (M-F)
  • Breakfast served on Weekends

ROOMMATES

  • 1 student per room
  • 1-3 students per Homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Limited Kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet Access
  • Washer Only
  • Central heating or space heaters

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • $350-$700 (summer)
  • $600-$900 (semester)
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Independent Living

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While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Aix-en-Provence housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.


Use the online or paper housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

N/A

MEALS INCLUDED

N/A

ROOMMATES

N/A
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Excursions

Excursions are offered for all semester, year, and summer programs. Students taking courses at Aix Marseille University participate in CEA-organized excursions and receive a calendar of specific excursions offered for their program during orientation. Students taking courses at IAU participate in IAU excursions; IAU will inform students of the excursions offered for their program during orientation and/or the first week of class. Please note that IAU excursions may vary by program and are tied to courses. Here are some of the day trips and weekend tours offered in the past:

Avignon and the Pont du Gard
Visit the Papal Palace in Avignon, one of Europe's largest, most important medieval Gothic buildings. Once a fortress and palace, the papal residence was the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century. Next, explore the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the 1st century. The Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and among the best-preserved.

Les Baux de Provence
First stop: Baux de Provence, a medieval fortified town with breath-taking views, to tour a hilltop chateau and learn about medieval Provence. Next, experience a mind-blowing audiovisual art show projected on limestone quarry walls at Les Carriéres. Enjoy a group lunch at Mas de la Pyramide, a quarry dating from Roman times that's now an agricultural museum featuring three centuries of farm life and trades.

Arles
A key headquarters for Roman military campaigns and center of the Christianization of Gaul, Arles offers windows to a colorful past. The Roman Empire's influence can still be seen in Arles; architecture, baths, aqueduct, mills, amphitheater, and more. Walking between the remnants of pillars and arches, it's easy to forget you're visiting an ancient part of Provence, especially when the ferias and other bull festivals charge the air with excitement.

The Luberon
The Luberon is a lush, green national park where mountain ranges surround a sweeping valley dotted with castles and unbelievable fairy-tale villages thought to be among the most beautiful in France. Stroll along the Sorgue River, which flows from an unknown source deep under Fountaine-de-Vaucluse; hike the red/orange/yellow ochre hills of Roussillon; and explore Gordes, a local commune. Can you discover the café where Russell Crowe filmed his scenes with Marion Cotillard for the movie A Good Year?

Camargue
Oddly enough, many modern Camargue traditions were actually modeled upon Texas and rodeos (the French love Westerns). However, this wild land looks more like Argentina, with the Camargue bull reigning as king. Brave a horseback ride on one of the wild white Camargue horses, following a guardian (cowboy) through the marshlands to get up-close glimpses of pink flamingos. Don't leave Camargue without witnessing the local version of a bullfight, where it's all sport and no violence.

Cultural Engagement

Visit Cezanne’s Workshop
Tour Paul Cezanne's Aix workshop with a local art historian/art professor and create your own rendering of Ste. Victoire mountain (immortalized by Cezanne 86 times!) in one of the spots where Cezanne used to paint. You’ll take home an amazing souvenir of Aix’s iconic mountain.

Dîner chez Christine
Dîner chez Christine is one of CEA Aix’s favorite cultural activities! Christine is a delightful lady who works at the local Post Office and loves cooking for international students. No dinner with Christine would be complete without a lively discussion of French culture, politics, and daily life en francais bien sur!

The Art of Wine Tasting
Discover the wonderful world of French wine. Explore color, aroma, and palate with a local wine expert as you taste and analyze a selection of French wines.

Cheese Tasting
In 1962, Charles de Gaulle proclaimed, “How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?” Today, that number has grown — there are more cheeses than there are days in a year! (That’s a lot of cheese.) Learn all about French cheeses and sample a selection.

Café Hour
Once a week, CEA hosts Café Hour in a local café, where you’ll get a chance to catch up with your fellow students. Enjoy the opportunity to taste frog legs, snails, and other local specialties. Locals are also invited, creating the perfect opportunity to practice your French skills over calissons and biscotins.

Lavender Fields
If you come to Aix in June and July, you won’t want to miss a visit to the lavender fields, where you’ll take in an endless sea of bluish purple waving in the wind. Learn about the distillation process and the many homeopathic uses for these feathery, fragrant flowers, including headaches, bug bites, and help falling asleep.

Cooking Class
Spend a lunch hour taking a class in an Aix cooking school. In this hands-on Aixperience, you’ll prepare food with a local chef, then enjoy the results of your labor as everyone eats together around a big table.

Le Camp des Milles
Take a guided tour of Le Camp des Milles, France’s only internment, transit, and deportation camp. Here, you’ll learn about the darker side of Provence through a compelling collection of displays, audiovisual pieces, and illustrations. The museum recounts the complex history of the Camp des Milles and of the men, women, and children who experienced it during WWII (1939-1942).

Other Opportunities

Volunteering
Give back to your host community through volunteering opportunities in Aix. The following opportunities are available during Fall and Spring sessions:

  • Tutoring French students in English
  • Serving breakfast to the homeless

Lecture Series
Join your fellow CEA students and IAU students to learn from the experts at a lecture series, offered through IAU College.

French Language Certification
You've worked hard to hone your French skills, now get certified! French language certifications offered through Aix Marseille University include:

  • TCF (test de connaissance du francais), recognized by the French Higher Education Authority
    DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue), official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education.

Language Exchange
They'll help you with your French, you help them with their English! Join a language exchange with local Aix Marseille University and IAU students. These opportunities are available during Fall and Spring semesters:
Conversation workshops at Aix Marseille University
- Buddy program through IAU College

Mobile Journalist Program
Want to build your digital portfolio and earn $500 while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program
Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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