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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Announcement: IAU Adjusts Spring 2021 Semester Calendar in Aix-en-Provence

Date: October 29, 2020

As the uncertainty about the COVID pandemic continues on, IAU has updated our spring 2021 calendar in Aix-en-Provence to give our students and their families as much flexibility as possible when planning for their semester abroad. Therefore, we will be offering two calendar models to our spring students, one over 90 days (student visa required) and one under 90 days (student visa not required):

  • Extended Semester Abroad – Early Start Program + Semester Courses: this calendar will run from Monday, February 1 (arrival day) through Saturday, May 8 (departure day). Students who choose this calendar will participate in IAU’s long-running Early Start Program, which is a very popular program each semester where students get to jump-start their immersion into French culture by arriving to Aix-en-Provence one week ahead of the start of the semester.  Students in the Early Start Program go on field study trips, explore the region of Provence, start brushing up on their French, and get to know their new classmates with plenty of time before classes begin. Students opting for this extended calendar will need to secure a French student visa for entry into France.
  • Semester Courses Only: this calendar will run from Monday, February 8 (arrival day) through Saturday, May 8 (departure day). Students will participate in our typical orientation day and start of classes shortly thereafter. Students opting for this calendar will not need to secure a French student visa for entry into France. Please note that if you opt not to secure a student visa and participate in this under-90-day calendar, you will not be able to travel before or after the program, as you will only be allowed to remain in France for 90 days.

We understand that many students have already begun the visa process for the spring semester. We still encourage them to continue the process of obtaining their student visa, as it will give them the fullest experience of their semester abroad, and the ability to stay in-country and/or travel before or after the IAU program dates. However, we also understand that in our exceptional current moment, applying for a visa and traveling for a visa appointment can be difficult and expensive, so we want to make sure to accommodate our students as best as we can and make it possible for them to come to France in the spring without a student visa.

Please view details of the updated academic calendar for Spring 2021 on our Academic Calendars page.


Announcement: J-Term 2021 Programs Postponed to Maymester 2021

Date: October 22, 2020

Due to the uncertain nature of the current COVID-19 pandemic and with the hopes that the springtime will bring some relief to the travel restrictions and health risks Europe and the rest of the world are currently facing, we have decided to postpone this year’s January Term seminars to the month of May 2021, when we plan to host Maymester traveling seminars. IAU hopes that this will allow us to provide fuller and richer experiential traveling programs for our students. Details on these Maymester traveling seminars will be forthcoming.


Announcement: Application Deadline for J-Term and Spring 2021 Extended

Date: September 21, 2020

Due to the uncertainty students, universities, and parents may be feeling about study abroad programs in 2021, IAU has decided to extend its application deadline for J-Term programs until October 15th. For spring semester programs, applications are due for Aix-en-Provence, France and Madrid, Spain by October 30th, and for Barcelona, Spain and Tangier, Morocco by December 1st.

As always, we will accept applications on a space-available basis after this deadline. Students interested in applying after the deadline should contact the U.S. Office of Admissions by email or by phone at 800-221-2051. For complete information about application deadlines and adjustments, please visit the Admissions Requirements webpage.


Announcement: IAU Publishes COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and Student Guide for Fall 2020 in Aix-en-Provence, France

Date: September 9, 2020, Updated September 14, 2020

IAU is thrilled to welcome students to its campus in Aix-en-Provence, France this Fall 2020 semester. IAU’s goal is to provide a safe learning environment for its students, faculty, staff, and administrators. While the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects will continue to evolve both in the U.S. and abroad, IAU is putting plans into place to best respond to the needs of its community. Through transparent protocols and measures, IAU aims to work towards a common goal of institutional preparedness that will inspire confidence for international travel amongst partner universities, students, and families. The plan assumes that international borders are open, travel restrictions have been loosened, and on-the-ground restrictions continue to ease. IAU will reevaluate and update the plan on an ongoing basis using the guidance of national and local government officials and health professionals in France. 

Please find the latest version of the IAU-ACM COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and Student Guide below:


Announcement: Updates to Fall 2020, J-Term 2021 and Spring 2021

Date: August 5, 2020

IAU plans to host in-person courses for fall 2020, J-Term 2021, and Spring 2021. Calendars for all upcoming terms can be viewed here.

SEMESTER VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES
IAU is pleased to annoucned its Virtual Experiences Program for the fall and spring semesters. will draw on IAU's expertise in experiential-based learning while taking advantage of our wide network of professional contacts in France, Spain, Morocco, the United Kingdom, as well as countries in Latin American and Asia.  Students will choose from academic courses, global internships, consulting projects,  social impact practicums/experiential learning projects, and virtual courses to customize their virtual experience. All details of our Virtual Experiences can be found here.

J-TERM ITINERARY PLANS
IAU is sensitve to the ever-changing landscape of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to continue to run our J-Term programs and have created alternative options for each program so that we are ready to pivot should travel restrictions and health guidelines not allow the original program itineraries to run. Each progam has two itinerary plans: Itinerary A (original itinerary) and Itinerary B (modified itinerary). All itineraries can be viewed on the individual J-Term program pages. Students should keep in mind that these two itinerary possibilities exist for each J-Term program. IAU will decide on one itinerary by no later than October 15.

PROGRAM FEES
Program Fees vary by program so we encourage you to visit the Program Fees page. For information on making payments to IAU, payment options, and deadlines please visit our Payments Page.

ENROLLMENT DEPOSITS
Students are responsible for a $1,000 enrollment deposit due with their application ($1,500 for J-Term applicants). This amount will be deducted from the total tuition portion of the student’s final invoice. Please see the Cancellation Policies section below for additional information regarding deposit refunds.

CANCELLATION POLICIES
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IAU has created greater flexibility for students and partner institutions by modifying its cancellation policies for Fall 2020, J-Term 2021, and Spring 2021 applicants to all IAU programs including Aix-en-Provence France, Barcelona Spain, and Madrid Spain. Please note, these policies will not necessarily be extended to future terms. Additional cancellation information will be posted soon for terms after Spring 2021.

Note: Enrollment Deposits are now fully refundable up until two weeks prior to the Program Start Date for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 and up until three weeks prior to J-Term 2021.

To cancel enrollment in a program, semester, summer and J-Term applicants - or their sponsoring institution - must send an email to enroll@iau.edu outlining the reasons behind the cancellation. Financial policies related to student cancellation or program suspension are as follows:

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Applicants:

      • Student Cancellation: Program Start Date refers to the Arrival Date listed on the Academic Calendars page
        • Up to one month prior to program start date: full refund of all monies paid, including the enrollment deposit
        • Between one month and two weeks prior to program start date: full refund of all monies paid, excluding $200 of the enrollment deposit
        • Within two weeks of the program start date: full refund of all monies paid, excluding the $1,000 enrollment deposit
        • As of program start date or after: only recoverable expenses will be refunded
      • Program Suspension:
        • Prior to Program Start Date: If the program is suspended prior to the start of the program, IAU will make every effort to conduct its programming virtually. Any housing payments will be fully refunded. If IAU is unable to provide its program virtually, all program fees paid will be refunded.
        • After Program Start Date: If the IAU program is suspended after the start of the program, courses will continue remotely. Recoverable housing and other fees (activities, field studies, etc) will be refunded.


J-Term 2021 Applicants:

      • Student Cancellation: Program Start Date refers to the Arrival Date listed on the Academic Calendars page
        • Up to one month prior to program start date: full refund of all monies paid, including the enrollment deposit
        • Between one month and three weeks prior to program start date: full refund of all monies paid, excluding $500 of the enrollment deposit
        • Within three weeks of the program start date: full refund of all monies paid, excluding the $1,500 enrollment deposit
        • As of program start date or after: no refunds 
      • Program Suspension:
        • Prior to Program Start Date: If the Program is suspended prior to the Program Start Date, IAU will issue a full refund of all monies paid.
        • After Program Start Date: If the Program is suspended after the Program Start Date, IAU will refund a prorated amount for student support services including insurance. At this stage, refunds for lodging and other travel-related expenses are not possible. Coursework would continue remotely.


DEFERRALS/TRANSFER OF MONIES PAID
Accepted students may defer their enrollment and monies paid for up to one year (from their original intended term of enrollment). Students who defer are not required to submit additional paperwork, but IAU reserves the right to contact the sending institution to confirm the student is still in good standing. Students may transfer monies paid to a future program.

EXCEPTIONS
Exceptions for illness, accident, or anything else out of the control of the student can be made. A written explanation along with supporting documentation must be sent to 
IAU's Dean of Admissions. Their decision is final.


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.

REVISED FALL 2020 CALENDARS

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. 


Scholarships: 
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.