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Featuring CCIS Programs

IAU Aix-en-Provence, France Summer

Aix-en-Provence, France (Europe)

Quick Facts

Session A
  June 2  - July 15 (6 or 9 credits)

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2018
6 credits:
$5,320 CCIS Member | $6,292 Non-Member
9 credits: $6,242 CCIS Member | $7,392 Non-Member

Session B
  June 2 - June 23 (3 credits)

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2018
Costs:  $3,581 CCIS Member | $4,181 Non-Member

Session C
  June 23 - July 15 (3 credits)

Application Deadline:   April 1, 2018
Costs:  $3,581 CCIS Member | $4,181 Non-Member

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Program Overview

Aix-en-Provence (pop. Approx. 130,000) has an informal Mediterranean quality; its residents are insistently out and about year round. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, is a very beautiful old town, rich in history and local tradition. It is considered on 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 located for students planning to travel during vacation periods.

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 cafès have earned Aix its reputation as one of France's most engaging cities. A wealth of cinemas, restaurants, discothëques, and sports facilities welcomes Aix's students. Aix-en-Provence is, especially during the summer, one of the most popular and sought after cities in France.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Truman State University
Rosa Virginia Mendez
Assistant Director

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(660) 785-4076

This program is sponsored and administered by Truman State University.

Academics & Program

The Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence 

The Institute for American Universities is located in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. With a population of 130,000, Aix is one of the major university, legal, and cultural centers of France. Its lovely winding streets and sunny squares, lined with churches, cafes, and theaters, have captured the attention of many artists. Aix has easy access to Paris, Geneva, London, and other major European cities. The Institute for American Universities, chartered by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York, was founded in 1957 under the auspices of the Université d'Aix-Marseille, and is one of the oldest and largest education abroad programs in Europe.

Course Offerings 

Students may choose 1, 2, or 3 classes (up to 9 credits) from any of the following summer sessions.

Session A: Students may choose 1 or 2 courses
Classes in English: International Intercultural Management and France During the Occupation, 1939-1945
Classes in French: Archaeology of Ancient Provence, Francophone Literature, Provence in Literature and Movies
French Language Classes: Beginning French I & II, Intermediate French I & II, Advanced French I & II

Session B: Students may choose 1 course from Session B or Session C
Classes in English: Creative Writing and the Intercultural Experience and Sculpture.
French Language Classes as listed in Session A

Session C: Students may choose 1 course
Classes in English: Photography, Environment and Community: Installation.
French Language Classes as listed in Session A with the addition of France Today

Academic Highlights

A traditional six week summer term at Aix and Marchutz, including the French Honors Program, two three-week sessions of intensive French language (all levels)

Students will take one course for 3 credits.

Those in the traditional six-week program can enroll in either the first or second session, for a total of 9 credits during the 6 weeks OR students can simply enroll in either or both three-week sessions (for a total of 3 or 6 credits).

Two three-week sessions of supplemental fine art courses including sculpture, creative writing, and photography. Marchutz or Aix students can also choose to enroll in one of these courses during the first or second three-week offering (during their six-week program at Aix or Marchutz), again, for a total of 9 credits.

Unlike the intensive French courses, students will not be allowed to enroll in just the three-week supplemental art courses. Students will also be allowed to take one course during the six week program, plus one or two of the three-week course options (whether in French and/or the supplemental art courses.)

Student Life & Housing

Student Life
Aix-en-Provence is a major cultural center, hosting the International Music Festival: jazz, pop, classical, opera. Cinemas, restaurants, cafes, and discotheques, as well as a variety of sporting events, are available to students.
IAU expects students to live with French hosts, and almost all do.  This firsthand experience with another culture is an integral part of the education abroad experience because it facilitates language acquisition and successful adaptation to France.  Living in a carefully selected French home is an invaluable opportunity not found in many study abroad programs.  Naturally, all students must accept the constraints and responsibilities such arrangements entail.
Students share daily continental breakfasts and six dinners per week with their hosts; they manage their own lunches and the one dinner per week not taken in the French home.
Those IAU students who wish to live in independent lodgings for dietary or other reasons need to request permission to do so. They should be aware that short-term furnished rentals are in limited supply. Students are ultimately responsible for locating their own lodgings, arranging the terms of the rental, and handling all related issues.

Duration & Costs


Summer 2018
Session A: (6 or 9 credits) June 2 - July 15, 2018
Session B: (3 credits) June 2 - June 23, 2018
Session C: (3 credits) June 23 - July 15, 2018

Summer 2018
Session A (6 or 9 credits) :
6 credits: $5,320 CCIS Member | $6,292 Non-Member
9 credits: $6,242 CCIS Member | $7,392 Non-Member
Session B (3 credits) :  $3,581 CCIS Member | $4,181 Non-Member
Session C (3 credits) :  $3,581 CCIS Member | $4,181 Non-Member

All prices, dates, courses are subject to change without prior notification.

Costs Included: Instructional costs and CISI health insurance
Costs Not Included: Estimated costs: Airfare ($1,200), personal costs (1,200), refundable damage deposit ($100) 3 week = Housing $1,135; Activity Fee $210; 6 week = Housing $1,945, Activity Fee $295, $200 enrollment fee, if student enrolls in sculpture or ceramics as their 3rd course, a $100 fee will be incurred. Please note that these are fixed costs and a $1,000 deposit is required at the time of your acceptance, payable directly to the IAU College; this amount will be deducted from your housing fee.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadline(s)
April 1

Eligibility Requirements
Freshman through senior standing
Entry Requirements
2.5 GPA is required
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!


Supplemental Application Material

Your CCIS application has two parts, 1) you will complete an online application form with general information and 2) each program may have supplemental forms that need to be completed and submitted via email. Please download the supplemental application materials to your computer.

Do not fill forms out in your web browser. Submit the completed supplemental application material directly to your study abroad advisor or to the program sponsor. Make sure to check with your study abroad office to learn how they want applications submitted.

Two academic references
Official copy of transcript
Color copy of passport
Course selection form (sent to student once CCIS application is received)

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

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!"

Brian Crookes

"Last year I studied in a program in a French university. In Aix, there is a difference in organization, courses and activities. At the CCIS program at IAU, I feel very secure in knowing that if I ever have a problem, there will be several people willing and able to help. I feel that the courses themselves are challenging. Overall, a wonderful experience in a wonderful place. IAU staff are very helpful and patient. "