Aix-en-Provence
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Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence

When you study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, stroll down the graceful Cours Mirabeau, studded with sparkling fountains and gorgeous aristocratic buildings. Stop to sip an espresso at Les Deux Garçons—Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola’s favorite hangout—before browsing the quirky boutiques and galleries of Vieil Aix. With our two partner universities providing an integrated, authentic student experience, you’ll find programs designed to meet your academic and career interests in Aix-en-Provence. Courses are taught in English or French and take advantage of the culturally rich, visually stunning surroundings through activities like volunteering and excursions to Avignon, Arles, and Camargue. Studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence allows you to explore the traditional aspects of French culture in this idyllic town where cafés, theaters, farmers' markets, sunshine, blue skies, and a warm welcome await.

About the Country

France

Study abroad in France and discover why this country is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. France is home to some of the most iconic monuments on the planet. In Paris alone, you can see Le Pantheon, L’Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the ultimate symbol of France, the Eiffel Tower. Stop at Le Pantheon, an 18th century Gothic cathedral turned mausoleum, to visit Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, Emile Zola, and other great French citizens buried there. Drive past L’Arc de Triomphe, a famous monument honoring French veterans killed in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, at the equally well-known Champs-Élysées avenue. The Notre Dame Cathedral, a 13th century architectural masterpiece and the inspiration for Victor Hugo’s Hunchback novel, welcomes you to admire its stained-glass windows and hear the ringing of its bells. Snap a photo of yourself with new friends next to the one-of-a-kind Eiffel Tower or better yet, climb to the top of it for a view of the French capital that can’t be beat. You can find just as much French history beyond Paris as in it. The extravagant Palace of Versailles, once the home of Queen Marie Antoinette, looks much the same as it did in the 18th century. Walk through its Hall of Mirrors and around the ever-beautiful gardens on the palace grounds, in the footsteps of French royalty. To go all the way back to ancient times, picnic on the riverbank next to the Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct outside Avignon. Visit the beaches in Normandy where a decisive World War II battle took place.  

Vivienne Hamill, Program Director, Aix-en-Provence

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. More

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Local Highlights

Hiking Ste. Victoire Mountain

Students love the fact that they can hike to the top of Ste Victoire mountain on Aix’s doorstep in an afternoon (don’t worry, it’s a mere climb of 670 to 3,336 feet!) and be rewarded with breathtaking views. You may recognize Ste. Victoire from artist Paul Cezanne’s paintings and sketches. Jump on a local bus in town center and 30 minutes later you’re at the foot of the mountain... and back in Aix for tea time!


Crepe a Gogo

Don’t miss Crepe a Gogo in the walkway under the Cours Mirabeau, known for its addictive, take-away crepes. It’s the crepe institution in Aix.


Patisserie Bechard

Speaking of delicious, irresistible treats, the best croissants in all of France (et oui…) come from Patisserie Bechard on the Cours Mirabeau. The regular croissants are to die for and the ones stuffed with almond paste make you think you’re already arrived in gastronomic heaven.


Day Trips by Bus

Get a free Ticket 13 bus pass and enjoy day trips for just 2€ in the area. Jump on a local bus and head down to the Mediterranean for a dip or check out the amazing museums in Marseille.


La Torse Park

Go jogging in La Torse park —a 10-minute jog from the main street—with its river and trees. Don’t forget to take a baguette for the ducks! It’s the perfect place to picnic and sunbathe after class.


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