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 having hosted American students for several years. Most of 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 one week prior to their scheduled arrival to Aix-en-Provence.