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Study Abroad in France
Aix-en-Provence At A Glance

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City: Aix-en-Provence, France

Small city of 130,000

Host Institutions: The Aix Center and The Marchutz School of Art - Semester/Academic Year and Summer program

Eligibility Rules: click here. To learn about our application process, click here.

Students can earn 6 semester credits during a summer session and 15-18 semester credits per semester.

French Language courses and some electives are taught in French; all other classes are taught in English. The Aix programs are open to all levels.

Academic Focus:
French Language and Culture, Archeology, Art, Art History, Business, Economics, Education, French Civilization, French Political Science, History, Literature, Philosophy and Psychology.

The Aix Center semester students are expected to take 5 courses of their choosing for a total of 15 credits, but must take at least one course in French language. Advanced students attending a Spring semester or Academic Year may take up to 2 of their classes with French students at l'Universite d'Aix-Marselle. Summer students at The Aix Center take 2 classes for a total of 6 credits.

Marchutz semester students take 9 credits of core art classes taught at the Marchutz school, plus one art history course and one French language course, taught at The Aix Center. Marchutz summer students take 2, 3-credit art courses and a French language "survival course," which is not for credit.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Semester students in Aix-en-Provence will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities (not for credit). A minimum Intermediate level of French is required.
- English language tutor for schoolchildren ages 9-14
- English language tutor for adults ages 19-28 who are going back to school to try and pass their BAC
- Trimming olive trees on local farms
- Planting trees on Mte. Ste Victoire (Spring semester only because of planting season)
- Volunteering in a soup kitchen (December only)

All students live with French host families. Daily breakfast, 6 dinners and one load of laundry per week are included with the home-stay.

What's Included: click here

Sample Day Excursions (Summer and Semester programs): Luberon Valley, Isle sur la Sorgue, Gorges du Verdon

Sample Overnight Excursions (Semester programs only): Cote d'Azur, St. Tropez, Nice and Cap d'Ail
*Click What's Included above to find out how many excursions are included with this program. Excursion locations may vary by term. Click Program Itinerary above to see detailed itineraries of our most recent Aix-en-Provence programs.

Why Aix-en-Provence?
1/3 of Aix's population is made up of students
Has a unique Mediterranean feel, breathtaking scenery and nature
Fantastic open-air farmer's markets
School buildings are located in the oldest section of town
One of Europe's centers of learning for Law, History and the Arts

ASA Guide to Study Abroad - click here (PDF file)
Helpful info for all students and parents, both prospective and accepted!
On the index page, you can click on a topic, such as:
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  • Travel Arrangements / Airport Pick-up
  • What to Pack
  • Orientation
  • Safety
  • And more!
Location-specific Guide, Aix-en-Provence - click here (PDF file)
Covers topics specific to your program location, such as:
  • Student Visa
  • Housing
  • Cell Phones
  • Internet access
  • And more!
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