2020 Spring Semester Program: The French Honors Program at IAU

Spring 2019 Regular Start Semester – Aix-en-Provence, France $17,690* Arrive Jan. 26, 2019 – Depart May 12, 2019 APS
Spring 2019 Early Start Semester – Aix-en-Provence, France $18,840* Arrive Jan. 19, 2019 – Depart May 12, 2019 APSES
Spring 2020 Regular Start Semester – Aix-en-Provence, France $18,595* Arrive Jan. 25, 2020 – Depart May 10, 2020 APS
Spring 2020 Early Start Semester – Aix-en-Provence, France $19,795* Arrive Jan. 18, 2020 – Depart May 10, 2020 APSES


Language Eligibility: open to all levels of French.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 15-18 semester credits per semester

Final transcript is issued by IAU (Institute for American Universities). Classes are taken with other American students.

If your college or university requires an official transcript from an accredited U.S. institution, you are able to receive one from Truman State University for an additional fee of $500. (If you require a TSU transcript, please be sure to notify us at least 3 months prior to departure.)

*Some classes carry additional fees which are not included with the ASA program fee, to cover course-specific materials or mandatory academic excursions.  Details are below.

Aix-en-Provence, France: Spring 2020 Course Offerings – The French Honors Program at IAU

The French Honors Program is an academic track within the IAU School of Humanities and Social Sciences for students with an advanced level of French. It is designed for advanced French students and French majors as an opportunity to live and study in a 100% French-speaking environment. This program offers students full immersion into their classrooms, French homestays, excursions and optional internships!

To participate in the French Honors Program, students should have taken at least 4 semesters of college level French (or equivalent).

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.
  • 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 where you are paired with a local French university student to practice your language skills.
  • Optional stage (internship) based on your academic background and career goals.


Courses and Academics

Semester students on the French Honors Program must take a mandatory French Honors seminar course plus 4 additional classes taught in French at the 300- or 400-level (total 16 credits).

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.

All students MUST get a total of 8 classes approved by their home institution, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. That way, if a class is full or cancelled, or if 2 of the classes you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll already have back-up classes that you know your school will accept. When you pre-register for classes (this happens after you’re accepted), you will have to list a total of 8 possible classes on your registration form, in order of preference.

All courses with course number FRE are taught in French. All other courses are taught in English, unless otherwise noted.

Classes are assigned on a first come, first served basis, so it is best to apply early!

CLICK HERE for Spring 2019 Course Offerings & Class Schedules! (Spring 2020 Course Offerings and Class Schedules will be posted as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please refer to the Spring 2019 Course Offerings, as course offerings are similar from year to year.)

CLICK HERE for Course Descriptions/Syllabi

Course offerings and schedules are subject to change.

*SOME CLASSES CARRY ADDITIONAL FEES, WHICH ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH THE ASA PROGRAM FEE.  Students who enroll in a Studio Art course will incur an additional $260 materials fee.  Students who enroll in a Wine Studies course will incur an additional $150 materials fee.  Students who enroll in a Photography course will incur an additional $150 materials fee.  Students who enroll in a Sculpture course will incur an additional $260 materials fee.  Students who enroll in a Filmmaking course will incur an additional $150 materials fee.  Students who enroll in “French Civilization in Provence” will incur an additional $150 fee for mandatory academic excursions.  Students who enroll in “Exploring Impressionism” will incur a $775 fee for a mandatory academic excursion (Paris, overnight).  Additional courses besides these may carry additional fees; if so, this will be indicated at the Course Offerings link above.  

Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities are available for students on the French Honors Program. For more information about internship opportunities in Aix-en-Provence, please CLICK HERE!

Early Start Program

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.

For full details on the Early Start Program, please click here!