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French Language & Culture J-Term Seminar

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions and health risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, IAU has canceled J-Term traveling programs for January 2021. IAU plans to instead host Maymester traveling seminars in May 2021. More information about these programs will be posted as it becomes available at Please see below for program details for J-Term 2022.


December 29, 2021 - January 15, 2022

IAU's French Language and Culture January Term Program is designed for students interested in a language and cultural immersion experience in the Mediterranean region of Southern France. IAU's exceptional out-of-classroom experiences include homestays, regional field studies, and extracurricular activities such as wine tastings and cooking courses. Students receive intensive language instruction and have an immersive experience in the local culture during this three-week program.

The many libraries, museums, churches, bookstores, markets, and cafès have earned Aix its reputation as one of France's most engaging cities. A wealth of cinemas, restaurants, discothëques, and sports facilities welcomes Aix's students. With its charm and Mediterranean climate, Aix-en-Provence is one of the most popular and sought-after cities in France.


Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • French 101: Beginning French I
  • French 102: Beginning French II

J-Term 2022 Itinerary

Example group activities may include:

  • Cooking class
  • Day trip to Marseille
  • Fondue group dinner
  • Savon de Marseille soap-making workshop
  • Winery visit
  • Mixer with local French students

The 2022 itinerary will be available soon! View details of the J-Term 2021 itinerary here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

Program Fees and Inclusions

January 2022: $4,985

Program fees include tuition for 3 credits, lodging with homestays, insurance, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, transportation for program-related excursions, daily breakfast and six dinners per week.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence or Barcelona consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their spring semester invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the Early Start Program during the week between the end of the January Term Seminar and the start of the spring semester. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French or Spanish language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.