Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Aix-en-Provence:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
Give back to your host community through volunteering opportunities in Aix. The following opportunities are available during Fall and Spring sessions only:
I made friends I will have for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about not only France, but who I am and what I am capable of. Everybody should have the chance to study abroad because there are so many benefits.