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
SpringSeptember 30mid 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.

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Program Costs

For Students Going for the Summer: (Semester students, scroll down further)


  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. Once there, you will find the estimated expenses. Note that the "Program Fees" include tuition, housing, breakfast daily and six evening meals per week, activity fee, orientation, textbook rental, health, liability and repatriation insurance, excursions and scheduled cultural activities. Additional costs for the student will include round trip airfare, lunch and personal expenses.
  4. Last, add in the "Study Abroad Fee" of $600 for summer programs and account for the costs for airfare, lunch meals, and personal expenses.



For Students Going for a Spring/Fall Semester:

  1. Go to IAU's "Degree Program Tuition & Fees" website.
  2. Scroll down and find the "Total Undergraduate/Graduate Tuition Cost" for the Fall/Spring semester AND the cost of the "Housing" option you are selecting (i.e. homestay, residence halls, etc.).
  3. Last, add in the "Study Abroad Fee" of $1,500 along with accounting for the cost estimates for airfare, meals, and personal expenses.
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