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Academics in Aix

IAU offers semester, summer and January-term study abroad programs in the historic Provençal city of Aix-en-Provence, France. Located along the Mediterranean Sea, IAU allows students to experience the culture of the south of France. The mild climate, famed cuisine and the arts give the Mediterranean region a distinct feel, unique from anywhere else in the world. While the city of Aix offers access to traditional French culture in an intimate setting, it still maintains the charm and elegance of a large metropolis. The quaint town is known for its beloved painter, Paul Cézanne, who painted the surrounding rolling landscape. Local excursions during both semester and summer programs provide students with an enhanced awareness of Provençal culture while giving them a unique and unparalleled French experience. 

IAU’s campus in Aix is centrally located just a few doors down from local French universities, shops, cafes and more in the historic part of town. The facilities have been completely renovated with modern amenities to suit the needs of the 21st century college student. IAU Aix employs a full-time student affairs and academic affairs staff to advise, place, house, and otherwise support incoming students for full semester, year-long, summer and January-term programs. 


The School of Humanities & Social Sciences

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in the beautiful old section of Aix-en-Provence, once a medieval village, is the only study abroad center in the region that offers classes in both French and English.  The School prides itself on the diversity of its course offerings in both languages, which enables students with any background in French language the ability to gain access to a study abroad experience. The multiple course offerings allow students to fulfill many of their general education requirements and complete major and minor requirements linked to areas in the humanities, social sciences, education, and the arts.  Students find courses in subject areas such as psychology, political science, comparative literature, art history, studio art, business, economics, philosophy, education, history, archaeology, civilization, theatre, government and the French language from the beginning to the advanced levels.   

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum places emphasis on enhancing the spoken, written and comprehension of the French language; acquiring knowledge of the distinctive characteristics of the arts and cultures of France and Europe; understanding attitudes, ideas, values, and behaviors in one’s own culture and that of others; and gaining international awareness and sophistication.

The School welcomes students with diverse academic backgrounds with varying language abilities.  Those who have considered this program have been students who are serious about gaining an international perspective on culture, government, arts, and learning, and who are interested in an integrative approach.  This may include those interested in studying the French language, those interested in gaining insights on European perspectives, and/or those interested in exploring the evolution of historic and contemporary relationships and practices.

Instructors are from a variety of nationalities but mainly French, American, and British.  This in itself gives a strong international flair to the learning environment and helps foster understandings that expand the mind through their comparative nature.

The School of Art

The School of Art is open to students of all majors and backgrounds.  It offers a variety of courses in drawing, painting, art history, museum studies, archaeology, photography and sculpture. Students enrolled in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or the School of Business and International Relations may take courses at the School of Art along with their other courses. A studio fee may apply. Please see the Summer Course Page or the Semester Course Page for the most recent offerings.

The School of Art offers two Core Art Programs:

The Marchutz Core Art Program is open to students of all majors, skill levels, and backgrounds, and offers an immersive experience in painting, drawing, art history, and art theory, with excursions to Paris, Giverny, Venice, and the Vaucluse.

The Mediterranean Core Art Program (NEW! Starts Fall 2022) is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural program, which combines studio art, art history, museum studies, language and culture.  It is open to students of all majors and backgrounds.  Classes take place on our campus in Aix-en-Provence and field studies take the students to Spain and Morocco.

The School of Business & International Relations

The IAU Business & International Relations Program gives all semester and summer students the opportunity to take business courses while studying abroad in France. IAU business courses are approved by Fairfield University, an IAU partner institution whose Dolan School of Business is accredited through AACSB, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  

Through the Business & International Relations Program, students will have the unique opportunity to learn about international business strategies and procedures with a specific focus on the global market. Disciplines taught include, but are not limited to, economics, finance, international business, management, and marketing.

The French Honors Program

The French Honors Program is designed for French Majors or other students with demonstrated advanced-level French, interested in a comprehensive language and cultural immersion program. The French Honors Program comprises three components which are complementary and aim to enable students to make the most of their studies in Aix-en-Provence.

  • A weekly French Honors course (FRE/LIT/ART 411)
  • One hour per week follow-up session which integrates the themes of the student's chosen course with current sociocultural-political events in France
  • Special activities and field trips

Additionally, students will be expected to keep a daily journal in French. This journal will be examined and discussed on a regular basis in the weekly seminar meeting. 

Students Study French Theatre with Professor Muriel Cros