The mission of the Institute for American Universities is to provide excellence in international education, inspire intercultural awareness, and prepare students for success in a global community through the study of European and Mediterranean history, languages, cultures, and contemporary issues.
IAU is a full-service study abroad college with full-time academic and administrative leadership teams abroad and in the U.S. IAU is a non-profit organization in both the U.S. and France and is recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education. As part of each IAU program, all students receive holistic support from IAU, including application and pre-departure advising, airport pick-up, on-site orientation, housing, cultural visits, academic field studies, and health and wellness resources.
IAU By the Numbers
- Alumni: 23,090
- Faculty: Student Ratio: 12:1
- Annual Enrollment: 1,000
- Average class size: 8
- Percent of full-time faculty with PhD or terminal degree in their field: 80%
“I want to experience more than one linear way of thinking. The world is becoming more and more connected by the day and I want to be a part of it. I’ve always had a deep desire to discover, and I believe IAU is the perfect place for me to begin.” - Megan W., University of Colorado Boulder
History of IAU
The Institute for American Universities (IAU) in Aix-en-Provence, France was founded in 1957 by academics and former diplomats such as Dr. Herbert Maza, who also served as its first President, Dr. Evron Kirkpatrick, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, and others who wanted to provide a platform for Americans interested in studying diplomatic relations with related interests and careers in the foreign service and the State Department. It was established as one of the first American-style, English language, liberal arts
By 1966 IAU had an enrollment of approximately 150 students and in 1984 it incorporated The Marchutz School of Fine Arts (founded by Leo Marchutz) into its offerings. In 2012, IAU continued to expand its program offerings, curriculum, and support services to further mirror those found at U.S. institutions. In 2013, IAU expanded to include a summer program option in Barcelona, Spain and also began offering multi-country January term/intersession seminars in Europe and North Africa. In doing so, IAU demonstrated the duty it felt of leveraging site specificity - specifically the Mediterranean region - in the education of its students. Shortly thereafter, IAU began welcoming U.S. faculty-led programs to support U.S. professors seeking a customized study abroad experience for their students. A resident fellows program that supports university faculty on