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Aix-en-Provence, France

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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.

Programs to love in Aix-en-Provence

Programs to love in Aix-en-Provence

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Liberal Arts & Business

Study abroad in the south of France while participating in an American form of university education. Choose from a wide range of electives in subjects from business to communication, art history to psychology, education to humanities. Most elective courses are taught in English, allowing you to take full advantage of IAU College’s offerings.

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  • Starting at $8,195
Study + Internship in Aix-en-Provence

Put your French skills to use and immerse into local culture while gaining the hands-on experience that employers value!  The Study + Internship program in Aix-en-Provence allows you to make steady progress toward your academic degree while developing practical skills in fields such art, art history, business, communication, education, journalism, history, museum studies, sustainability, tourism, and more. The program incorporates a professional internship placement as part of your studies abroad. Courses are taught in English and French. Learn more about the benefits of a CEA internship.

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  • Starting at $8,895
French Language & Culture

French Language & Culture

Aix Marseille University

Immerse into French language and culture as you attend class alongside other international students. Choose from a range of electives that deepen your understanding of French culture and complement your language learning.

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  • Starting at $13,495
Studio Art

Studio Art

IAU College

IAU’s Marchutz School of Art offers a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to studio art for students from a range of art backgrounds and experiences. Off-site visits enhance the studio art curriculum and enhance immersion into local culture.

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  • Starting at $8,195
Intensive French Language

Intensive French Language

Aix Marseille University

Improve your French skills in a short amount of time in this intensive summer language program. Spend the morning learning French and spend your afternoons practicing your new language skills as you explore Aix-en-Provence.

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Mediterranean Basin Traveling Seminar

Travel to Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy; Amalfi Coast, Italy; Florence, Italy; and Aix-en-Provence, France! This traveling seminar allows you to explore a variety of Mediterranean sites and eras, from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. Visit iconic sites like Pompeii and Olympia, led by local guides and experts in the fields of history, art history, and archaeology.

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Wine, Gastronomy & Sustainability Traveling Seminar

Travel to Aix-en-Provence, France; Bordeaux, France; and Barcelona, Spain! As you visit local vineyards to gain a greater understanding of the business of wine, we’ll emphasize the branding, production, marketing, and selling of wine. You’ll explore various cultural sites in France and Spain and attend special lectures on winemaking and food pairing, led by master chefs and sommeliers.

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Internship in Aix-en-Provence

Put your French skills to use and immerse into local culture while gaining the hands-on experience that employers value!  The Internship Only program in Aix-en-Provence allows you focus on developing the practical skills you need to complement your academic studies when you graduate.  Internships are available in fields such art, art history, business, communication, education, journalism, history, museum studies, sustainability, tourism, and more.  This full-time internship program is open to all students, though a high-intermediate and above French language level is encouraged. Learn more about the benefits of a CEA internship.

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International Business Traveling Seminar

Travel to Marrakesh, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco; Tangier, Morocco; Aix-en-Provence, France; Brussels, Belgium; and Frankfurt, Germany! Investigate the economic systems of select countries in Europe and Northern Africa. Interact with public officials who oversee economic policy to solidify understanding in fundamental business concepts. This traveling seminar allows you to visit major multi-national organizations as well as locally-run businesses to build a well-rounded understanding of the global market. Course content will be delivered through multiple site visits, guest lectures, and in-class meetings. You’ll have the opportunity to select the subject area that best meets your needs from the list of courses available. Check out the latest program itinerary for more details.

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Mediterranean Ecology Traveling Seminar

Travel to Marseille, France; Aix-en-Provence, France; Nice, France; and Barcelona, Spain! Explore the Mediterranean Basin; the largest example of the Mediterranean biome. This area boasts 25 thousand plant species, about 15% of all known plant species on earth, and serves as the perfect ecology classroom. In this program you’ll examine the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Basin as well as the human-derived impacts on the region. Course content will be delivered through multiple site visits, guest lectures, and in-class meetings. You’ll have the opportunity to select the subject area that best meets your needs from the list of courses available. Check out the program itinerary for more details.

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What's included in your Program'

What's included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • 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
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Avignon and the Pont du Gard

Les Baux de Provence

Arles

The Luberon

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.

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).

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

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

  • 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.

Mobile Journalist Program
Want to build your digital portfolio 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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Aix-en-Provence Housing

Available:

Semester
Summer

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 walking
  • Aix Marseille University: 15-25 minutes walking
  • IAU College: 5-15 minutes walking

Meals Included

  • N/A

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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Semester
Summer

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 / 25 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 in Aix-en-Provence: 5-10 minutes walking
  • IAU College: 10 minutes walking
  • University Aix Marseille: 15-25 minutes walking

Meals Included

  • N/A

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 paying laundromat
  • Space heaters
  • Fans Provided
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Available:

Semester (subject to availability)

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. (Single rooms are subject to availability and additional fees apply).

Typical Commute

  • CEA Office in Aix-en-Provence: 10-15 minutes walking
  • Aix Marseille University: 15-25 minutes walking
  • IAU College: 5-15 minutes walking

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

  • $400 - $1,000 (semester)
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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
  • IAU College: 10-25 minutes walking

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

  • $500-$1,000 (summer)
  • $700-$1,000 (semester)
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Accommodations on J-Term Traveling Seminars vary based on location and duration of stay. Most accommodations are in hotels or residences in double or triple rooms. All breakfasts and some group dinners are included in program fees. Students are responsible for purchasing their own lunches, and IAU staff and guides will bring students to appropriate areas to find lunch. Exact inclusions are outlined in final itineraries to allow students to plan and budget accordingly.

Typical Commute

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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 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.

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Institutions

Aix Marseille University
Aix Marseille University

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.

Accreditation

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

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


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.

Amenities
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Health Services
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Student ID
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Language Learning Services
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
IAU College
IAU College

Founded in 1957 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 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.

Since its inception, IAU has worked with more than 20,000 students and 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. While IAU does issue its own transcripts, it understands that some institutional policies require students to obtain their study abroad credit from regionally accredited U.S. institutions. For these cases, IAU has an agreement with a U.S. school of record.  

Accreditation

IAU is charted as an institution of higher education by the Regents of the State University of New York, and is recognized as an institution of higher learning by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the French Ministry of the Interior, and the Rectorat of Aix-Marseille University.  IAU issues its own transcripts as a not-for-profit institution of higher education. 

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, however all grades will be converted to letter grades on the transcript.

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%


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.

Amenities
  • Student Lounge
  • Counseling Services
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Printing Facilities
  • Student ID
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Language Exchange with Local Students
  • Cultural Engagement
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