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Featuring CCIS Programs

IAU Aix-en-Provence, France Summer

Aix-en-Provence, France (Europe)

Quick Facts

SUMMER 2022 

Session A
Dates:  APPROX. June 5 – July 18 (6 credits)
Application Deadline: March 15
Costs: $ TBD
Session B
Dates:  APPROX. June 5 - June 26 (3 credits)
Application Deadline:  March 15
Costs:  $ TBD
Session C
Dates:  APPROX. June 26 - July 18 (3 credits)
Application Deadline: March 15
Costs:  $ TBD

Session A + B +/or C
Dates:  APPROX. June 5 – July 18 (9 credits)
Application Deadline: March 15
Costs: $ TBD

Dates: May 22 - July 18 (6 credits)
Application Deadline: March 15
Costs: $ TBD

A required non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due to IAU separated into a $200 application deposit pre-acceptance, and an $800 post-acceptance deposit within two weeks of acceptance to the program. This deposit is applied towards the program fee. 

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Program Overview

The Institute for American Universities (IAU) is located in Aix-en-Provence (pop. Approx. 143,000) situated on the Mediterranean coast. The program offers courses in French language and a variety of other liberal arts and social sciences courses, making it an ideal study abroad location for any major. Homestays and a strong program of cultural activities complement the academic program to ensure students have a complete immersion into French culture.
Aix is a very beautiful old town, rich in history and local tradition. Overlooked by hills and Mont Sainte Victoire, Aix lies in a natural basin and is famous for its fountains, winding streets and sunny squares, monuments and churches, universities and thermal waters. The many concerts, the summer Festival d'Art Lyrique, libraries, museums, churches, bookstores, markets, and cafés have earned Aix its reputation as one of France's most engaging cities. A wealth of cinemas, restaurants, night clubs, and sports facilities welcomes Aix's students.
In Aix-en-Provence, you can find one of the finest examples of the famed Provencal style of architecture, and a walk through the streets is a lesson in artistic control, in form, composition, rhythm, and beauty. Within a few miles of the center of Aix, original motifs of many great artists remain intact. Aix-en-Provence allows easy access to Paris, Geneva, London and other major European cities. With Italy and Spain only hours away by train, Aix-en-Provence is ideally located for students planning to travel on the weekends.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

College of Staten Island, CUNY
Russell Davis
Senior Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(718) 982-2100

This program is sponsored and administered by the College of Staten Island CUNY.

Academics & Program

See here the Summer 2022 Course Schedule.  Course descriptions and syllabi are available on IAU's website.

The Institute for American Universities (IAU) in Aix-en-Provence, France is chartered by the Board of Regents of The State University of New York and was founded in 1957 under the auspices of the Universitè d'Aix-Marseille. It is one of the oldest and largest education abroad programs of its type in Europe.
IAU offers four programs of study in Aix-en-Provence: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The School of Business and International Relations, The French Honors Program, and
The Marchutz School of Fine Arts

In addition to the above programs of study, IAU provides access to unpaid, for-credit internships available at local enterprises for 8-week summer term students. Interested students should have at least four semesters of college French and must provide their resume before the start of the semester. While placement cannot be guaranteed for those without upper-level French language experience, it is possible for students with lower-level French to be placed.  These situations are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Course Offerings 

Students may choose 1, 2, or 3 classes (3 – 9 credits) from the flexible summer sessions. The summer terms include a six-week session and two three-week sessions.

The principal areas of study offered in the summer program are French language and culture (introductory through advanced levels of language, civilization, and literature); art and archaeology, including art history and studio art; and European/international studies and social sciences (business, comparative literature, economics, education, government, history, philosophy, political science, and psychology). 


Student Life & Housing

Student Life

Aix-en-Provence is a major cultural center, hosting a summer International Music Festival featuring jazz, pop, classical, and opera. Cinemas, museums, parks, restaurants, cafes, and night clubs, as well as a variety of sporting events, are available to students. The region is known for its sunny, temperate and generally dry climate, so sunshine and outdoor activities abound. 
Aix’s location provides numerous travel opportunities for students. Field study trips are embedded into many courses; several others are organized by IAU staff. Additionally, students are also encouraged to strike out on their own and explore their new surroundings. Marseilles, the Mediterranean and the Maritime Alps are only an hour away, and Nice, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Saint Tropez, Paris, Milan, Rome and Geneva are all within one day of travel, perfect for a weekend trip.

Students are housed in the homes of French families. Living in a French home is ideal as it provides an immediate introduction to life in Southern France. Host families come from a cross-section of society; they belong to no particular professional or social milieu, but all are carefully chosen, and many have hosted American students for several years.
The homestay offers students room and half board. Daily continental breakfasts and six dinners a week are provided by the host family. Students are responsible for lunches and other meals. There is a multitude of affordable cafés, brasseries, small sandwich and grocery shops from which to choose. Many other food markets are available around town during the week.
Bed, linen, pillow and blankets, are provided, and the room is cleaned weekly. Students must bring their own towels, and they are provided with one machine load of wash each week. You can request to be placed with another IAU roommate in the host family setting.

Duration & Costs


Session A: APPROX. June 5 - July 18
Session B:
APPROX. June 5 - June 26
Session C:
APPROX. June 26 - July 18
Session A + B +/or C:
APPROX. June 5 - July 18
APPROX. May 22 - July 18


3 credits: 
6 credits: $ TBD
9 credits: $ TBD
Internship: $ TBD

Costs included: Tuition and fees, homestay (breakfast daily and six dinners included) or apartment (without meals), pre-departure advising and orientation, textbook rental, insurance, field study tours, and scheduled cultural activities.

Costs not included: Airfare ($1,200 - $1,500), some meals (homestay option) or all meals (apartment option), passport/visa fees, and personal expenses ($1,000 – 1,500), courses that may incur an additional lab fee.
A required non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due to IAU separated into a $200 pre-acceptance deposit, and an $800 post-acceptance deposit within two weeks of acceptance to the program. This deposit is applied towards the program fee.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Eligibility Requirements
- Prior French language is not required, except for internship.
- Minimum class standing - students must have completed at least one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application.
- 2.5 GPA or higher
- Students must be at least 18 years of age

Applications to Include
- Official transcripts
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher who knows the applicant from a classroom setting
- Statement of purpose

Application Deadline
March 15

Entry Requirement
A valid passport is required. U.S. citizens do not require a visa for the summer program. Students with other nationalities may be required to apply for a visa. If this is your situation, please allow ample time (6-8 weeks) to apply for your visa starting with the
Campus France  visa application. Upon acceptance to the study abroad program, you will be provided with detailed instructions on the visa application process, if necessary. Additional information is available on the IAU Passports & Visa page.

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

Alan Houot

"This is a first-time eye-opening experience! I have made wonderful friends. I find the program exciting, the staff helpful, and I have learned a lot, especially about myself!"

Alexander Friend

"I came to Aix. I spoke French. My ideas became realities and experience became my teacher. I am ready to never stop traveling!"

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