French Language & Culture

French Language & Culture

Available Sessions





1/6/20 - 4/18/20



Estimated Credits:

12 - 17


Apply by Still Open Withdraw by 11/15/19


  • $300 Confirmation Deposit
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Transcript - Unofficial


High School Graduate
Foreign Language Proficiency:
All Levels
Minimum GPA:

About the Program

Program Description

Immerse into French language and culture as you attend class alongside other international students. Choose from a range of elective courses that deepen your understanding of French culture and complement your language learning; along with your language course, you’ll choose from elective courses in subjects like culture, European politics, literature, music, phonetics, translation, and writing workshops. Designed for students at beginning to advanced French language levels, all courses are taught in French in order to help hone your language proficiency, increase your understanding of French culture and history, and enhance your immersion experience.

Program Structure

Each semester, beginning French speakers enroll in 2 language courses and 1-2 elective courses. High-beginner, low-intermediate, and high-intermediate speakers enroll in 2 language courses and 1-3 elective courses. Advanced and above speakers enroll in 1 language course and 2-4 elective courses.

Language courses meet for 26-182 contact hours/2-12 credits; elective courses meet for 26-40 contact hours/2-3 credits per semester. You may earn 12-18 credits (up to 260 contact hours) per semester and 24-36 credits (up to 530 contact hours) per academic year. Language courses meet 4-5 days per week; elective courses meet once per week.

You'll take a language placement exam before you arrive in Aix and a brief oral placement exam once you arrive in Aix. Based on the results, you'll be placed in a language class and select electives at your particular language level. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternativecourses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. To ensure that you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home school pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for France. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.

Where You'll Study

Aix Marseille University was founded in 1409; its Service Universitaire de Français Langue Etrangère is known as one of the country’s best French-language teaching centers. The school is a 15- to 20-minute walk from the Cours Mirabeau and hosts international students from more than 25 countries. 

Where You'll Stay

When you study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, you can choose standard CEA housing or arrange your own independent housing. Assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.

Studying Abroad in Aix-en-Provence with CEA

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, cultural engagement to other exciting opportunities, our inclusions make studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence easy!

Life-Long Benefits
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.

Garret Swinton
Grand Valley State University,
Spring 2014 , Aix-en-Provence, France

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