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Featuring CCIS Programs

IAU Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence, France (Europe)

Quick Facts

Spring 2019
Dates:  January 19 – May 11 (early start program January 12 - May 11)
Application Deadline:  October 1, 2018
Costs:  $11,259 CCIS Member | $12,559 Non-Member
(early start program $12,409 Member | $13,859 Non-Member)

Fall 2018
Dates:  September 1 – December 15
Application Deadline:  May 1, 2018
Costs:  $11,109 CCIS Member | $12,559 Non-Member


Program Overview

IAU College, The Institute for American Universities in 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 ideally 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 IAU College, 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 theatres, have captured the attention of many artists. Aix has easy access to Paris, Geneva, London, and other major European cities.

The IAU College, chartered by the Board of Regents of The State University of New York, was founded in 1957 under the auspices of the Universitè d'Aix-Marseille, and is one of the oldest and largest education abroad programs of its type in Europe.

Course Offerings

Designed for all majors, IAU College is renowned for its founding philosophy of making it possible for students with beginning French language skills to study in France. The structure of its program, which combines French language study with a range of liberal arts courses taught in both English and French, has opened the doors of cross-cultural learning to thousands of students who would otherwise have been denied the opportunity to study abroad.

IAU College requires all students without prior background in French to take at least two introductory French language courses per semester in addition to their courses conducted in English. Intermediate-level French students complete at least one language course with liberal arts courses taught in English or French, while students with advanced French competency may elect to take all of their courses in French.

The neighboring French university, the Universite d'Aix-Marseille I, provides additional enrichment opportunities. Local university students participate with IAU College students in a language partners program of mutual English and French improvement, and with the approval of IAU College's academic dean, qualified IAU College students may enroll in courses at the university.

From their first encounter, Anglophone and Francophone students help one another by sharing their expertise in their native tongues. Students from the IAU Collegemay also take advantage of volunteer opportunities in local elementary schools. At the Aix Center, the principal areas of study 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 (busineses, comparative literature, economics, education, government, history, philosophy, political science, and psychology).

View Fall 2018 available courses here.

Credits: Semester credits vary
Instructor's Language: English or French

Student Life & Housing

Student Life

There are an enviable amount of travel activities for students studying in Aix-en-Provence. 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.

Many courses include trips in their curriculum; many others are organized by IAU College staff. Students are also encouraged to strike out on their own and explore their new surroundings. Provence is known for its sunny, temperate and generally dry climate, so sunshine and outdoor activities abound. Beaches, hiking, skiing in the nearby alps, traveling to European destinations, as well as cinema and theatre, museums, lectures and concerts are just some of the possible activities for students.

Students enrolled in the program also have the opportunity to participate in language partner and volunteer programs, as well as additional excursions, field trips and cultural activities.


Home stays: Students are generally housed in the homes of French host families, though independent living arrangements can be made when necessary. Living in a French home is considered the best form of housing because it provides an immediate introduction to life in this new place. 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 option offers students room and half board. Daily continental breakfasts and five dinners a week are taken in the student's French home. Students are responsible for lunches. 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.

Housing costs for the homestay are $4,580 for the fall and spring sessions and $1,645 for the summer. Those IAU College students who wish to live in independent lodgings for dietary or other reasons shold be aware that these are in limited supply and often can only be arranged upon the student's arrival in Aix.

Students are ultimately responsible for locating their own lodgings, arranging the terms of the rental, and handling all related issues. In addition, IAU College offers its own regional excursions, and students are strongly encouraged to participate. These excursions provide excellent opportunities to see and learn more about other places in the south of France. 

Duration & Costs


Spring 2019: January 19 - May 11, 2019 (early start program January 12 - May 11, 2019)

Fall 2018: September 1 - December 15, 2018
*Early arrival on August 25 is available.


Spring 2019: $11,259 CCIS Member | $12,559 Non-Member
(early start program $12,409 CCIS Member | $13,859 Non-Member)
Fall 2018: $11,109 CCIS Member | $12,559 Non-Member

Costs included: Instructional costs abroad and CISI health insurance

Costs Not Included: Fixed Costs: Books ($255), activity fee ($695), room and half board ($5,130), a refundable damage deposit of $100. 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.
Estimated Costs: Airfare ($1,200), personal and food costs ($2,500), additional $260 fee for Aix students who are taking courses at Marchutz, $200 enrollment deposit. 

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)

Fall: May 1
Spring: October 1

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA: 
A 2.5 GPA is required, along with transcripts and one letter of recommendation

Class Standing: Students of freshman through senior standing are eligible

Entry Requirements A valid passport is required to study abroad as in any country. France requires a visa for students studying during the spring or fall semesters.

Note that due to new regulations by the French Consulate, all students are required to be physically present at the consulate that holds jurisdiction in their state. Students can no longer send for a visa via mail. Please allow ample time (no less than a month) to apply for your visa starting with the Campus France Application.

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. "