The City of Aix-en-Provence
The city of Aix-en-Provence is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France, in the Bouches-du-Rhone department, and is known for its Mediterranean climate, beautiful fountains, and vibrant daily markets throughout the town. It is about 20 miles north of Marseille, is serviced by the Marseille-Provence airport and the Aix-en-Provence TGV train station, and has a population of around 143,000 people.
While the city 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 and famed Mont Saint-Victoire, just miles outside of Aix. Originally founded by the Romans, Aix still has architectural and archaeological details dating back to the Middle Ages and prior, including Roman baths, walls, and roads. Local excursions provide students with an enhanced awareness of Provençal culture while giving them a unique and unparalleled French experience.
Aix-en-Provence is known for being a bustling university town, with French students enrolled at neighboring Sciences-Po, Aix-Marseille University, and other nearby universities. As the second largest college town in France, Aix-en-Provence is the perfect backdrop for IAU to provide an American-style education in a genuinely French setting. Combining this ideal location with accomplished and engaging faculty, small class-sizes, and access to a multitude of resources around Europe, IAU is the perfect place to study abroad.