IAU - Le Centre d'Aix

Aix en Provence
IAU - Le Centre d'Aix
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
Academic YearApril 15late Augustlate May
SummerFebruary 15early Junemid July
FallApril 15early Septembermid December
SpringOctober 15mid Januarylate May
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • French
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay
  • Program Type
  • Third-party provider
Program Overview

The IAU College program in Aix-en-Provence offers courses in both French and English in a variety of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, education, and the arts. Program classes are with students from colleges and universities around the US. IAU is a full service program provider offering housing placements in local homestays, excursions, academic advising, and a range of support services for study abroad students.


IAU College offers a wide variety of courses taught in English and in French to meet the needs of the diverse group of students who come to IAU every semester. Courses in subjects ranging from Art and Archeology to Political Science and Psychology allow virtually any student to study abroad in France while still completing the courses needed for graduation from their home institution. A minimum of 15 credits per semester is required and constitutes a normal full-time load. To take fewer credits, written permission is required from the student's home institution prior to arrival. All students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course in French language.

Qualified students may take one or two courses at the French university. In order to enroll at the Faculté des Lettres, Université de Provence—Aix-Marseille I, the student must be attending the Institute for American Universities for the entire academic year or for the spring semester, and must respect the university academic calendar. Final exams are given in late January and in late May.


Home to numerous multinational corporations and a primary European hub for industries such as Fashion and Textile, Aeronautics, Optronics, Biotechnologies and the Food Industry, Provence is the perfect place to study trade, industry, commerce, business and law with an international perspective. Students benefit greatly from the close proximity of this diverse group of companies and organizations.

Outside Paris, you have direct access to the traditional culture. In addition to experiencing society's contemporary revolution, it is still possible to find the "real" France. In the south, alongside the historic Provençal civilization high technology and advanced service-sector industries are growing rapidly.

Despite the current change and growth, France remains a deeply romantic country whose people celebrate individuality and equality, aesthetic style and attitude, the importance of art in every-day life, the senses, the stomach, and who demand time from the day to ensure that freedom of/for civilized indulgence/living survives.


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. Living in a French home is seen universally as an invaluable opportunity not found in many study abroad programs. Naturally, all students must accept the constraints and responsibilities that such arrangements entail. Whenever possible, IAU accommodates students' stated housing preferences.

Daily continental breakfasts and dinners 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.

Links of Interest

Program Costs

If interested in studying with IAU for a semester:

  1. Go to IAU's "Study Abroad - Program Fees" website.
  2. Scroll down and find the term you plan on attending for Aix-en-Provence. List the course fee in the field below. Add estimates for round trip airfare, lunches, and personal expenses.
  3. Be sure to include the Study Abroad Fee - which is $1,500 for a semester program, a 1% administrative service fee that averages $170 for a semester, and international health insurance that averages $160 for a semester. Please double these amounts for an Academic Year.

If interested studying with IAU in Aix-en-Provence for the summer:

  1. Go to the "Summer in Aix-en-Provence" website.
  2. Click "Program Fees" and find the correct session and school you are applying (i.e. Session A: The Marchutz School of Fine Arts).
  3. List your program's estimated expenses using the IAU Summer Cost Sheet provided below.
  4. Add in the "Study Abroad Fee" of $600 for summer programs along with cost estimates for airfare, meals, and personal expenses used in the example below.
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