Aix-en-Provence

 
Quick Facts

QUICK FACTS

 
 
HOST INSTITUTIONIAU: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The French Honors Program, and The Marchutz School of Fine Arts – Semester, Academic Year, Summer

Semester students have the option to participate in the Early Start Program, where you arrive a week early to brush up on your French and get to know your new city. If you haven’t taken French in a while, are unsure of your language skills, or would just like some extra time to settle in, Early Start is the perfect opportunity to gain confidence and get a leg up on your peers!
LANGUAGE & ACADEMICSCourses are available in English and French. Subject areas include: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Business, Communications, Economics, Education, Fine Arts, French Language and Culture, History, International Relations, Literature, Photography, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Wine Studies.
HOUSINGAll students live with French host families. Daily breakfast, 6 dinners per week, Internet, and 1 load of laundry per week are included.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESSemester students in Aix-en-Provence will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities (not for credit). A minimufm Intermediate level of French is required to participate in volunteer activities.
SAMPLE DAY EXCURSIONSNice, Luberon Valley, Isle sur la Sorgue, Gorges du Verdon, Arles & Saint Remy
SAMPLE OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONS (Marchutz School of Fine Arts only)Giverny, Paris, Venice
PROGRAM CALENDARSClick here!
The City

Aix-en-Provence is located in the south of France in the region of Provence, along the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can experience traditional French culture in an intimate, accessible setting.

Provence is a breathtaking mixture of rolling countryside and medieval towns and cities. Not only is it a place of amazing beauty, but it is also known for offering some of the best cuisine in the world, using the freshest local ingredients. Provence is one of the wealthiest regions of France, its famous resorts attracting tourists from all over the world. Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Provence has a beautiful, mild climate, and an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, creating a sense of light and warmth, as well as a very relaxed atmosphere.

A quaint yet elegant university town, Aix-en-Provence was founded by the Romans in 123 BC. It has been an important educational center in France since the 1400’s, a tradition that IAU carries on in their varied offerings for American students. Aix-en-Provence is also known for its beloved painter, Paul Cézanne, whose works were inspired by the landscape surrounding the city.

Summertime in Aix-en-Provence is filled with music, when two annual festivals gather world-class musicians and directors. You can find classical, jazz, and popular music emanating from outdoor theatres and venues throughout the city.

Host Institution

HOST INSTITUTION

IAU (Institute for American Universities)

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 (Institute for American Universities) is one of the oldest education abroad programs in Europe. In addition, IAU is registered with the French Ministry of Education and recognized by the Rectorat of the Université d’Aix-Marseille.

IAU offers several different semester and summer program options in Aix-en-Provence: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the French Honors Program, and The Marchutz School of Fine Arts.


The School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is open to students with any level of French, from beginner to advanced. Classes are available in both English and French in a variety of subject areas. It is mandatory for semester students to take at least one French language class. It is not mandatory to take French during the summer sessions.


The French Honors Program

The French Honors Program is available during both semester and summer terms at The School of Humanities and Social Sciences and is designed for advanced French students and French majors as an opportunity to live and study in a 100% French-speaking environment. This program gives students a full immersion experience, plus optional internships. To participate, students must have and advanced level of French and have taken at least 4 semesters of college French or equivalent.

All French Honors students (both semester and summer) take a mandatory seminar course in French called “Crossing Spaces in the Intercultural Context.” It explores literary and artistic themes related to the notion of space, both internal and external, and the tensions created by crossing between spaces.

In addition to the mandatory seminar course, semester students enroll in 4 additional classes. Summer students take 1-2 classes in addition to the seminar course. Semester students may take 1 class in English (the rest must be in French). Summer students must take all their classes in French.

French Honors Program Highlights:

  • Students sign a contract to only speak French and will be spoken to only in French by IAU faculty and staff.  In addition, students will be placed in homestays where only French is spoken.

  • Semester students must take the mandatory French Honors seminar course plus 4 additional classes taught in French at the 300- or 400-level (total 16 credits). Semester students who do not wish to take all their classes in French may take 1 class in English. (At least 13 credit hours per semester must be taken in French.) Classes are taken at the IAU School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Summer students must take the mandatory French Honors seminar course plus 1 or 2 additional classes taught in French (total of 6 or 9 credits). Summer students enrolled in the French Honors Program must take all their classes in French.  Classes are taken at the IAU School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Students will keep a daily journal of thoughts, feelings and experiences in French.  This journal will be examined and discussed in the weekly core class.

  • Exclusive receptions, cultural activities and excursions, all in French.

  • Lecture series in French on topics such as politics, journalism and cultural history.

  • French Language Partner Program with local French university students.

  • Semester students have the option to be placed in a stage (internship) based on their academic background and career goals.  (Internships are not available during summer sessions.)

  • Semester students may take up to 2 of their courses at the University of Provence Aix-Marseiles I with French students (additional fee of approximately $750 applies).  (Not available during summer sessions.)


The Marchutz School of Fine Arts

The Marchutz School of Fine Arts offers an interdisciplinary and holistic fine arts program that is open to students with any level of art background and any level of French. Through this unique program, studio art production is combined with study in the liberal arts disciplines. Your art studies will include spontaneous perceptual painting and drawing, intensive critical dialogue, extensive museum visits, and a community of students and artists at all levels.

Located on the “Route de Cézanne,” the school’s location on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence has many advantages. Among them are its light-filled space, the studio’s proximity to the famed Chateaunoir and Saint Victoire, and, most importantly, its calm and contemplative atmosphere, conducive to sustained artistic concentration.

The goal of the Marchutz art program is to help you develop a holistic approach to the study of art and art making. It will enhance your capacity to see and your awareness of the relationship between perception and imagination. You will form an integrative relationship between knowledge and intuition, perception and concept, and self-expression and global awareness.

You will draw and paint – every day, if possible, working from models, children, musicians, and dancers. You will interrelate figure drawing, portraiture, landscape, and still-life with interpretive copies of master works, memory work, and sketchbook journals. Study in museums and reading/writing assignments explore the correspondences between natural and artistic forms, and, finally, group and individual critiques are integral to each student’s process.

Excursions and museum visits are an integral part of the Marchutz program and are included with your program fees. Students will visit small towns and villages, such as St. Remy, Arles, and the Luberon Valley. In addition, semester students typically go on a longer painting trip to Paris, Giverny, or Venice.

Semester students attending the Marchutz School of Fine Arts will take 3 mandatory core art classes: Painting, Drawing, and Art Criticism and Aesthetics. In addition, you’ll take 1 French language class and 1 elective of your choosing at The School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Summer students at Marchutz will take 2 core art classes: Art Criticism and Aesthetics, and a Painting & Drawing class. In addition, summer students may take an optional 3rd course of their choosing at The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (additional fee required).

Early Start Semester

EARLY START SEMESTER

ASA is pleased to offer an Early Start Program in conjunction with our Fall and Spring Semester programs in Aix-en-Provence. The Early Start Program begins one week before the semester starts and is designed to help students at any French level get the most out of their semester. Early Start is an opportunity for students to brush up on their French in a fun and relaxed environment. In addition, you’ll have an extra week to settle in and get adjusted to life in France. If you haven’t taken French in a while or are just feeling unsure about your language ability, the Early Start program will help you feel more comfortable. Students who participate in Early Start will earn 1 credit, consisting of 15 in-class hours.

Early Start Highlights!

  • Jump-start the language immersion process in a fun and relaxed setting

  • Have extra time to ease into French culture and get to know the city of Aix-en-Provence

  • Move into your homestay a week early

  • Earn one course credit

  • Gain confidence in your language skills and feel more comfortable communicating with locals

  • Small class sizes with lots of personal attention in an interactive, hands-on class environment

  • Learn to navigate the city of Aix-en-Provence through local excursions

  • French culture lectures so you can get the most out of your semester

  • Learn about important culture differences, such as body language, etiquette, do’s and don’ts, French homestay expectations, stereotypes and misunderstandings

  • Meet local French and foreign students through IAU

  • Learn where to buy the best croissant in town

  • Become a French insider!

If you are already accepted to the ASA Aix-en-Provence Regular Start Semester program and are interested in adding the Early Start option, simply speak with ASA to see if we can switch you over!

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

IAU: THE SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES & THE MARCHUTZ SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS
- Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.50. Must be at least 18 years of age and have graduated from high school. Open to students with any level of French.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.50 or above: ⇒ Online Application. ⇒ $150 payment. ⇒ Transcript (unofficial is ok). If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit a transcript from each institution. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ French Language Questionnaire (accessed through our online application). ⇒ Digital ID photo. ⇒ Students with previous art experience who are applying for The Marchutz School of Fine Arts should submit a portfolio. (Portfolio not required for The School of Humanities and Social Sciences). ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.**

  • Additional Requirements for students below 2.50: ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants below 2.50 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!


IAU: THE FRENCH HONORS PROGRAM
- Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.50. Open only to students with an advanced level of French who have completed at least 4 semesters of college French or equivalent.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.50 or above: ⇒ Online Application. ⇒ $150 payment. ⇒ Transcript (unofficial is ok). If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit a transcript from each institution. Transcript from current institution must show courses currently in progress if any French classes are in progress at the time of application. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ Letter of recommendation from a French professor. ⇒ French Placement Test (accessed through our online application). ⇒ Digital ID photo. ⇒ Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation written in French (300-700 words) describing: Why did you choose to apply to IAU? What will you bring to the academic environment in terms of commitment to personal growth and to the total group experience? What aspects of your character, personality, and education do you feel will contribute to a positive exchange with the French population and culture? What are some of your expectations of the experience and once you return home, what will you like to have gained from your time abroad? ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.**

  • **Passport: A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!

 
Internships

INTERNSHIPS

Students with an Advanced level of French have the option of earning 3 U.S. credits for an internship while completing a semester or academic year abroad at IAU in Aix-en-Provence, France. Internship opportunities are available in the following fields: CommunicationsTheaterEducationTourismSalesMarketingLaw, and Business. Interested students must have completed at least 4 semesters of college French (or equivalent) and are asked to provide a CV (résumé) prior to the beginning of the semester. The placement process will begin after arrival with an interview during your first week abroad. Your placement will have a 10-day trial period to make sure it’s a good fit for both you and the company or organization. As this internship is credit-bearing, you will be required to write periodic reports throughout the semester. The cost of the internship is included with your ASA program fees! 

Housing

HOUSING

Students live with French host families. Daily breakfast, 6 dinners per week, and 1 load of laundry per week are provided. Rooms are double or single occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room. Bathrooms are shared. Host families generally host 1-3 students a time. All ASA student housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from school.

HOUSING FAQ

+ Can I room with a friend?

Yes, if there are no major differences in your and your friend's dietary needs and allergies, we are usually able to accommodate requests to live with a same-sex friend. Please keep in mind that roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back! You will complete a detailed Housing Questionnaire after being accepted to the program, and on this form you can request a roommate.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program. If there is another ASA student in your housing we will include their name and email address.

+ What if I don’t like my host family?

If it is a problem with the family and not a language or cultural misunderstanding, ASA will move you to a different family right away. We have on-site staff in every city who are there to help students with any issues they encounter while abroad, and who check in periodically with students throughout their stay to ensure all is well.

+ Will my host family speak English?

No, but there’s no need to worry! Living in a homestay is the best way for you to learn French, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will improve. Also, don’t forget that your host family has hosted international students before, so they understand that you are there to learn their language and want to help you.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Rooms may be double or single occupancy.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins. Please consider bringing a small gift for your host, such as a candle, kitchen towel, chocolates, etc.

+ What is the food like?

The food is great and will be typical of your host country. Be prepared to try new things! If you have any food allergies or dietary needs, please let ASA know as soon as possible and we'll be happy to advise you on your options.

+ How far will I live from school?

Most host families are located a 15-35 minute walk from school. Please rest assured that we place a high priority on location, and all ASA students live within a reasonable distance from their classes!

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

No.

 

 
Excursions

excursions

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences semester program includes 2 day excursions. The Marchutz School of Fine Arts semester program includes 1 overnight excursion plus museum visits. 6-week summer programs include 2 day excursions, and 3-week summer programs include 1 day excursion. Destinations may vary term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Le Luberon (day excursion) – Renowned for its natural beauty, Le Luberon is a typical Provençal countryside featuring quaint hilltop villages, stone houses, vineyards, olive groves, and fields of lavender and sunflowers. In the village of Lourmarin, a Renaissance chateau that was once a fortress now hosts concerts and art exhibitions in this very fashionable town.

  • Moustiers & Lac de Sainte Croix (day excursion) – Moustiers Ste Marie is a medieval village where you can explore the picturesque streets and enjoy a fantastic panoramic view from a 12th century chapel. We’ll also visit the Lac de Saint Croix, a lake known for its beaches and water sports.

  • Giverny / Venice (overnight trip- Marchutz School of Fine Arts only) – The Marchutz School of Fine Arts includes one unforgettable, multi-day painting trip every semester. Fall semester students typically enjoy a trip to Giverny, where they will paint and draw in Monet’s garden. Spring students typically visit Venice, where they will paint and draw along the famous canals and lagoon.

Course Offerings
Cost & Dates

COST & DATES

Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link for your program to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Please do not book a flight until you are accepted to an ASA program and receive written confirmation of your program’s arrival and departure dates.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences & The French Honors Program at IAU

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Spring 2019 Regular Start Semester Arrive Jan. 26 – Depart May 12$17,690Oct. 1, ’18Oct. 30, ’18APS
Spring 2019 Early Start Semester Arrive Jan. 19 – Depart May 12$18,840Oct. 1, ’18Oct. 30, ’18APSES
Summer A 2019 (6 credits) Arrive June 1 – Depart July 14$8,495Extended to March 8, ’19March 15, ’19APSUA6
Summer A 2019 (9 credits) Arrive June 1 – Depart July 14$9,495Extended to March 8, ’19March 15, ’19APSUA9
Summer B 2019 (3 credits) Arrive June 1 – Depart June 22$5,595Extended to March 8, ’19March 15, ’19APSUB
Summer C 2019 (3 credits) Arrive June 22 – Depart July 14$5,595Extended to March 8, ’19March 15, ’19APSUC
Fall 2019 Regular Start Semester Arrive Sept. 7 – Depart Dec. 18$18,595Extended to April 15, ’19April 30, ’19APF
Fall 2019 Early Start Semester Arrive Aug. 31 – Depart Dec. 18$19,795Extended to April 15, ’19April 30, ’19APFES
Spring 2020 Regular Start Semester Arrive Jan. 25 – Depart May 10$18,595Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19APS
Spring 2020 Early Start Semester Arrive Jan. 18 – Depart May 10$19,795Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19APSES

The Marchutz School of Fine Arts at IAU

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Spring 2019 Regular Start Semester Arrive Jan. 26 – Depart May 12$18,899Oct. 1, ’18Oct. 30, ’18MSAS
Spring 2019 Early Start Semester Arrive Jan. 19 – Depart May 12$20,049Oct. 1, ’18Oct. 30, ’18MSASES
Summer A 2019 (6 credits) Arrive June 1 – Depart July 14$8,895Extended to March 8, ’19March 15, ’19MSASU6
Summer A 2019 (9 credits) Arrive June 1 – Depart July 14$9,895Extended to March 8, ’19March 15, ’19MSASU9
Fall 2019 Regular Start Semester Arrive Sept. 7 – Depart Dec. 18$19,695Extended to April 15, ’19April 30, ’19MSAF
Fall 2019 Early Start Semester Arrive Aug. 31 – Depart Dec. 18$20,895Extended to April 15, ’19April 30, ’19MSAFES
Spring 2020 Regular Start Semester Arrive Jan. 25 – Depart May 10$19,695Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19MSAS
Spring 2020 Early Start Semester Arrive Jan. 18 – Depart May 10$20,895Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19MSASES