A French homestay is considered the best form of housing because it provides an immediate introduction to life in a new place. It is the best way to immerse oneself in a new culture in a way that is neither superficial nor secondhand. It provides an introduction to the community of Aix-en-Provence and is a great incentive for learning the language.
IAU’s hosts come from a cross-section of society; they belong to no particular professional or social milieu, but all are carefully chosen, and many have hosted American students for several years. The homestays are approximately a 15-to-35-minute walk from classes. When living in French homes, students are on a demi-pension plan, which includes daily breakfast and six dinners per week.
- IAU's on-site housing coordinator matches students with hosts based on students' answers to a housing questionnaire that students complete as part of the application process. Health accommodations, allergies, and dietary preferences are taken into account first; then, preferences on roommates, distance from IAU's campus, and other factors are considered.
- Students living in homestays receive daily breakfast and six dinners per week from their host.
- All linens (towels and sheets) are provided to the student by the host family.
- All homestays are equipped with WiFi.
- Students will receive their homestay assignment 1-2 weeks prior to their scheduled arrival to Aix-en-Provence.