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Featuring CCIS Programs

IAU Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence, France (Europe)

Quick Facts


Early Start Program (Optional):  arrival January 14
arrival January 21 – depart May 14
Application Deadline: September 20

$ 18,665 Demi-Pension Homestay
$ 17,995
Residence Halls/Apartments
$ 18,765
Cost with optional Early Start Program: add $ 1,330

*A non-refundable deposit of $800 is due within two weeks of acceptance to the semester program. This deposit is applied towards the program cost and paid to the College of Staten Island. 

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Click here to see the robust offering of merit scholarships, grants, and need-based assistance that IAU offers.

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
Stephen Ferst
Executive Director

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 2023 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.  For application requirements, it might be helpful to point out the specific requirements for internship placements. To apply for an internship for-credit during the semesters or summers, students must submit a resume (in English) to and response to the internship questionnaire. Internship applications for the Summer terms are due by March 1st (all other Summer program application deadlines are March 15th).

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.  Click here to read more about semester courses offered.
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!

IAU prioritizes homestay placements for students due to the cultural and language advantages they offer; however, given the changes in availability and willingness in host families, it is important that students maintain flexibility and an open mind when it comes to housing placements. Moreover, as a result of the reduced number of families available to host students at this time, it will be necessary to place some students in student residence apartments. Students should be prepared that they may not receive their first preference for housing. Note that the costs of all meals, laundry, and cleaning supplies for the student residence apartment are the responsibility of the student.

Students are housed in the homes of French host families when possbile. 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. 
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.

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.


Duration & Costs



Spring 2023 Semester 

Early Start Program Arrival (optional) 

Saturday, January 14 


Saturday, January 21 


Monday, January 23 - Tuesday, January 24 

Classes Begin 

Wednesday, January 25 

Exam Period

Monday, March 6 - Friday, March 10

Spring Break 

Saturday, March 11 - Sunday, March 19

Last Day of Class 

Monday, May 8 

Exam Period 

Tuesday, May 9 - Friday, May 12 


Sunday, May 14 

No classes – April 10
No classes 
– May 1

Fall 2023 Semester

Early Start Program Arrival (optional) 

Saturday, August 26


Saturday, September 2 


Monday, September 4 - Tuesday, September 5

Classes Begin 

Wednesday, September 6

Exam Period

Monday, October 9 - Friday, October 20

Fall Break 

Saturday, October 28 - Sunday, November 5

Last Day of Class 

Friday, December 8

Exam Period

Saturday, December 9 & 
Monday, December 11 - Wednesday, December 13


Thursday, December 14

No classes – November 1

Spring 2024 Semester 

Early Start Program Arrival (optional) 

Saturday, January 13


Saturday, January 20


Monday, January 22 - Tuesday, January 23

Classes Begin 

Wednesday, January 24

Exam Period

Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 15

Spring Break 

Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 24

Last Day of Class 

Friday, April 26

Exam Period 

Monday, April 29 - Tuesday, April 30 &
Thursday, May 2 - Friday, May 3


Sunday, May 5

No classes – April 18


Early Start Program (Optional):  arrival January 14
arrival January 21 – depart May 14
Application Deadline: September 20

FALL 2023
Early Start Program (Optional): arrival August 26
arrival September 2 – depart December 14
Application Deadline: March 15


Spring 2023

$ 18,665 Demi-Pension Homestay
$ 17,995
Residence Halls/Apartments
$ 18,765
Costs with optional Early Start Program: add $ 1,330

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.


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 non-refundable deposit ($800 for Semesters and $500 for Summer and January Intersessions) is due within two weeks of acceptance. This deposit is applied towards the program cost and paid to the College of Staten Island. 

Click here to see the robust offering of merit scholarships, grants, and need-based assistance that IAU offers.

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:    September 25

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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