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Featuring CCIS Programs

IAU Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence, France (Europe)

Quick Facts


Early Start Program (Optional): APPROX. February 1 - 7
APPROX. January 21 – May 14
Application Deadline: October 1
Costs:  $17,335
Costs with Early Start Program: $19,205

FALL 2023

Early Start Program (Optional): APPROX. September 23 - 26
APPROX. September 2 – December 14
Application Deadline: March 15

Costs:  $17,335
Costs with Early Start Program: $19,205

*A required non-refundable deposit of $800 is due within two weeks of acceptance to the program. This deposit is applied towards the program fee. 

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The Fall 2023 application cycle will open in January 2023 – you can click Apply Now then to get started for those terms.


*Scholarships available. Apply HERE*

Click here for IAU Aix-en-Provence Summer Programs


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, nightclubs, 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 during vacation periods.



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

View the Fall 2022 Course List and Spring 2022 Course Schedule - future terms will have a similar course offering.

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 semester 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 
Designed for all majors, IAU 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 and social science courses taught in both English, French, or Arabic, has opened the doors of cross-cultural learning to thousands of students. For an additional per course fee, advanced French language students may be eligible to take courses at l’Université de Provence Aix-Marseille.
Credits: 15
Instructor's Language: English, French or Arabic


Student Life & Housing

Student Life
Aix’s location provides numerous travel opportunities 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.
Field study trips are also embedded into many courses; several others are organized by IAU 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.

Study Abroad - Early Start Program
Students are invited to join IAU for an optional week-long, early-start program before their fall or spring semester abroad. Students studying in France or Spain are encouraged to participate. Please review the
 weekly schedule for the Early Start Program in Aix-en-Provence as an example to learn more!

Students can expect to:
·       Earn one course credit
·       Jump-start the French or Spanish immersion process and ease into the new and exciting culture
·       Gain confidence in their language skills and feel comfortable in everyday communication with locals
·       Participate in a hands-on environment with small classes and personal attention
·       Learn to navigate the city of Aix-en-Provence or Barcelona through local excursions in a fun and relaxed setting
·       Attend lectures on local culture to get the most out of their abroad experience
·       Begin their French or Spanish accommodation a week early
·       Learn important intercultural differences such as body language, etiquette, do’s and don’ts, French or Spanish culture and housing expectations, stereotypes and misunderstandings
·       Meet local and foreign students through IAU
·       Learn where to buy the best croissant or paella in town
·       Become a French or Spanish insider!

Students are housed in the homes of French host 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 option 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. 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


Spring 2022
Early Start Program (optional): APPROX. February 1 - February 8
Dates:  APPROX. February 8 – May 8

SPRING 2023 dates and costs will be similar to SPRING 2022.  We will post updates when available.

Fall 2022
Early Start Program (optional): APPROX. September 23 – September 26
Dates:  APPROX. September 26 – December 19


Spring 2022
Costs:  $17,995
Costs with Early Start Program: $19,205

Fall 2022
Costs:  $17,995
Costs with Early Start Program: $19,205

Please note that if you see dates or costs for a prior term above, that future terms will have similar dates and costs.  We will update info as soon as it becomes available.
The Fall 2023 application cycle will open in January 2023 – you can click Apply Now then to get started for those terms.


Costs Included: Tuition and fees, homestay, most meals (breakfast daily and six dinners), 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, passport/visa fees, and personal expenses ($2,500 - $3,000), courses that may incur an additional lab fee ($150 – $260)

A required non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due to IAU College separated into a $200 pre-acceptance deposit, and an $800 post-acceptance deposit due within two weeks of acceptance to the program. This deposit is applied towards the program fee. For the fall 2020 and spring 2021 terms, IAU will allow for a 100% refund of the $1,000 non-refundable deposit if students cancel 30 days or more prior to the program start date.
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 the 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

Eligibility Requirements
- 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

Entry Requirements
France requires a visa for students studying during the spring or fall semesters. Please allow ample time (6-8 weeks) to apply for your visa starting with the
Campus France visa application. Upon acceptance, you will be provided with detailed instructions on the visa application process. Additional information is available on the IAU Passports & Visa page.

Applications to Include
- Official transcripts

- One letter of recommendation from a teacher who knows the applicant from a classroom setting
- Statement of purpose

Application Deadlines
Fall:         March 15
Spring:    October 1

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!"

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. "

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