Have you ever thought about studying in France, but you’ve never taken any French? Have you already taken a few years of French and really want to improve your language skills? Whatever the case, we have the perfect program for you! Semester in Aix en Provence gives you all the academic flexibility you’ll need to make your semester in France a perfect fit.
Life in southern France – It’s said that southern France is the most beautiful part of the country, and it’s no wonder. With a mild Mediterranean climate, striking scenery, historic sites, and some of the best restaurants, it’s easy to fall in love with the area when you study abroad in France.
Academics for every need – Whether you want to start taking French, polish already excellent language skills, or simply take some courses, we’ve got the program for you. Semester in Aix en Provence has flexible academic offerings taught in English and French to ensure that you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Plenty of ways to get involved – Semester in Aix en Provence offers numerous service-learning opportunities that will get you involved both on campus and in your local community. What better way to truly immerse yourself in your new home?
An engaging, easy-to-navigate French city – Aix en Provence is a great place to live and study! The city is small enough that you can walk through the downtown area in about 15 minutes, but big enough to offer plenty of places to eat, shop, and explore.
Semester in Aix en Provence is housed at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS). SHSS offers a wide variety of courses taught in English and French, as well as French-language classes, in the following disciplines: archeology, art history, business, civilization, comparative literature, economics, education, film, government, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, studio art, theater, and the French language (beginner to advanced). In addition, if your French is advanced (at least 4 college semesters of French or the equivalent), you are eligible to take courses taught in French at the University of Aix-Marseille or enroll in the French Honors Program.
GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.
How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.
Course load: 5 classes (15 US credits). If you wish to take fewer than 5 courses, you must receive approval from your home university prior to going overseas.
Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 7–8 classes approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Course descriptions and catalog: To see a list of courses offered at IAU College, visit the homepage.
You will be notified of what courses you are registered for approximately a month before the beginning of your program.
You will be required to take at least one French-language course (you are living in France, after all). If you’ve never taken French, you’ll need to take a 6-credit introductory course, because we want you to know enough French to make the most of your time abroad!
*Please note: An additional fee of $260 will be charged to all Semester in Aix en Provence students enrolling in a Marchutz studio art course.