Study + Internship in Aix-en-Provence

Available Sessions





8/30/18 - 12/15/18



Estimated Credits:

15 - 18


Apply by Closed Withdraw by 7/1/18

Internship Career Field(s)

Accounting, Advertising, Anthropology, Arts, Communication, Culinary Arts, Culture, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Exercise, Finance, Hospitality, Journalism, Law, Life Sciences & Resource Management, Marketing, Museum Studies, Performing Arts, Public Relations, Sales, Social Services, Sustainability, Teaching, Theatre, Tourism


  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Advisor Approval Form
  • Complete Application
  • Cover Letter in Host Language
  • CV/Resume in Host Language
  • Transcript - Official


Minimum GPA:
Course Prerequisites:
Some courses may have prerequisites.
1 Year of College
Some students may attend US colleges/universities already affiliated with this host institution and therefore will not be eligible to attend this CEA program. Please call CEA for further details regarding eligibility specifics.
Foreign Language
High Intermediate And Above
Course Prerequisites:
Students must have completed at least 4 semesters of language at the college level and must demonstrate oral and written proficiency in foreign language.

About the Program

Program Description

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.

Program Structure

You'll enroll in an internship seminar course that includes an academic seminar and an internship placement. Your internship seminar meets for 112 hours and you'll spend 12+ hours per week at your internship placement. Together, your seminar and internship placement are worth 3 credits/112 contact hours. You'll also enroll in 1 French language course and 3 elective courses. Language courses meet for 45-90 contact hours/3-6 credits, and elective courses meet for 15-90 contact hours/1-3 credits. You may earn up to a total of 15-16 credits (292-307 contact hours).

Your internship placement hours may take place Monday-Friday; the exact time of day and days of the week will be determined after you arrive. Elective courses meet Monday-Friday and class times vary.

We strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible. Internship positions are both limited in availability and competitive; employers give priority to those who submit early!

The majority of internships require a telephone or in-person interview with the employer before placement is confirmed. All placements will be confirmed upon arrival and will each have their own set of internship guidelines for the position. We'll do our best, but we can't guarantee placement at a particular site.

Before you leave for Aix, you'll submit an IAU course selection form and an IAU language questionnaire that estimates your language knowledge. An IAU advisor will evaluate your language questionnaire and transcript and either enroll you in courses or schedule a language placement exam that you'll take before your program starts. After you arrive on-site, French faculty will determine if you're the in correct language level; you'll have two weeks to add/drop if necessary.

It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses 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 university 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

Founded in 1958, IAU College is one of France’s oldest and largest education abroad institutions. Courses in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts are taught in your choice of French or English; you’ll attend alongside students from around the world. 

Where You'll Stay

When you study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, you can choose standard CEA housing—in an apartment, shared studio, or homestay—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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