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Announcements Related to COVID-19

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Announcement: Summer 2020 Virtual Experiences Launched

Date: April 24, 2020

IAU is pleased to announce its Virtual Experiences Program for Summer 2020 that will take the place of normal on-the-ground summer abroad programs. This 6-week virtual program will draw on IAU's expertise in experiential-based learning while taking advantage of our wide network of professional contacts in France, Spain, Morocco, and beyond. Students will choose from academic courses, global internships, consulting projects, and social impact practicums/experiential learning projects to customize their summer virtual experience. 

Academics: As part of this experience, students have the option to take either 3 or 6 academic units comprised of the following options: 

Calendars: The 6-week virtual programs take place in June, July, and August 2020. An overview of the program calendars is as follows: 

Virtual Experiences
Summer 2020
Virtual Orientation
Wednesday, July 1
Courses/Projects Begin
Thursday, July 2
Professional Development Webinar
Wednesday, August 5
Last Day of Class
Tuesday, August 11
Final Exams/Presentations
Wednesday, August 12

Please note the difference in program dates for the Virtual Global Internship, below:

Virtual Global Internship ONLY
Summer 2020
Virtual Orientation
Monday, June 22
Internships Begin
Tuesday, June 23
Last Day of Internship
Thursday, July 30
Final Presentations/Projects
Friday, July 31

Program Cost: The cost of the program will depend on the number of units in which students decide to enroll during this 6-week program:

  • 3 units: $1,250 (Internship, Consulting Project, Social Impact Practicum or Course)
  • 6 units: $1,800 (Combination of Internship, Consulting Project, Social Impact Practicums, and Courses)

Fees & Deposit

  • No application fee
  • Enrollment Deposit: $250 after acceptance to hold space in the program

Refund Policy

    • 15 days or more prior to program start date: full refund of all fees paid (including enrollment deposit)
    • Within 15 days of program start date: 75% of tuition will be refunded
    • As of program start date or after: no tuition refunds

Announcement: Fall 2020 Revised Calendar & Related Updates

Date: April 21, 2020

We hope this message finds everyone in good health during the current pandemic. We would like to announce that after careful consideration, and with the safety, security, and health of the students as a top priority, we have decided to revise the fall academic calendar at each of our locations and to delay the start of the semester by three weeks. Our hope is that the current situation abates soon and current travel and on-the-ground restrictions are lifted in the not-too-distant future. If that is the case, we want to be ready to support our students. In the current climate, the only thing we can control are academic calendars, deadlines, and refund policies, and below you will find related updates concerning those items. This information has been shared with all fall applicants we currently have on file.


Aix-en-Provence (September 26 - December 19, 2020)

 Early Start Program Arrival (optional)  Wednesday, September 23
 Arrival  Saturday, September 26
 Orientation  Monday, September 28
 Classes Begin  Tuesday, September 29
 Orientation Study Trip  Saturday, October 3
 Mid-Semester Exams  Monday, November 2 - Friday, November 6
 Fall Break  Wednesday, November 11 - Sunday, November 15
 Last Day of Class  Tuesday, December 15
 Final Exams  Wednesday, December 16 - Friday, December 18
 Departure  Saturday, December 19

Barcelona, Spain
 (September 25 - December 13, 2020)

 Arrival (Early Start - Optional)  Tuesday, September 22
 Arrival   Friday, September 25
 Orientation & City Tour  Saturday, September 26
 Study Tour to Tarragona  Sunday, September 27
 Classes Begin  Monday, September 28
 Study Tour to Montserrat  Friday, October 9
 Mid-Semester Exams  Monday, November 2 - Thursday, November 5
 Weekend Study Tour to Madrid  Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8
 Thanksgiving - No Classes (IAU Center Open)  Thursday, November 26
 Last Day of Class  Tuesday, December 8
 Final Exams
 Wednesday, December 9 - Friday, December 11        
 Farewell Ceremony  Friday, December 11
 Departure  Sunday, December 13

Contact Hours:
 The requisite contact hours for a full semester (12-18 credits) will remain intact during this shortened semester through a combination of extended class periods, additional class meetings, and incorporated study tours. Our dedication to experiential learning remains strong and will continue this fall through field study tours, course trips, volunteer and service-learning opportunities, and our internship program.

Reduced Fees: Housing options will remain the same in each location (in Aix, students can reside in a homestay with meals while in Barcelona students can select a homestay with meals or an apartment with no meals), and the overall program fees have been reduced according to the fewer number of days. The program fees include tuition, housing, activities, and student health and repatriation insurance. 

IAU’s robust scholarship program, which includes merit, diversity, and on-campus work-study awards (which go toward housing costs), will remain in force. Even with the reduced pricing, we understand that cost remains a barrier to studying abroad and IAU is committed to doing all it can to address those needs.

Visa Requirements: Reducing the amount of time in the typical fall semester not only buys us more time in the face of the pandemic, but it eliminates the student visa requirement for U.S. passport-holding students (and many other nationalities as well) since the number of days for each program is under 90.

Updated Refund Policy: In an effort to support students and families in making decisions about studying abroad, IAU has made changes to the refund policy to allow for more flexibility. The updated refund policy is as follows:

  • Withdrawals 30 days or more prior to program start date: full refund of all fees paid (including enrollment deposit)
  • Withdrawals within 30 days of program start date: 75% of tuition and 75% of housing will be refunded
  • As of program start date or after: no tuition or housing refunds

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: 
The application deadline for Fall 2020 programs is now June 1st (previously May 1st). 

New Social Distancing Protocol Measures:
 While IAU will strictly follow country and local government health guidelines, IAU’s administration is currently drafting plans as to how its classes, lodging arrangements, activities, and trips will be carried out to help protect the health and safety of our students and community. Among other things, we will reduce the enrollment cap per classroom, increase time between courses to minimize cross-traffic, increase the availability of hand sanitizer in all facilities, and provide specific mandates of spacing while on chartered modes of transportation. The full plan will be released to our fall applicants and their universities once finalized. For now, and at a minimum, we hope this plan can restore a bit of hope and confidence that a return to normal – whatever that may look like – is not too far off.

Please direct any questions about the revised Fall 2020 program calendars, fees, and policies to Kurt Schick, Dean of Admissions.