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Blog: Fall 2020 in Aix-en-Provence

Welcome to the blog site for IAU-ACM's Fall 2020 cohort in Aix-en-Provence, France. Read below to find out what this courageous class has been up to during their semester in Aix. Want to see more from IAU? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook. Twitter, and YouTube


Students in the French Honors Program Share About Their Experience in Aix

Date: October 13, 2020

This Fall 2020 semester we have three students in the French Honors Program: Sophie Roth from the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adrienne Lakey from Wheaton College, and Ana-Maria Poole from Carnegie Mellon University. Follow along on the French Honors Program Facebook page as these three students navigate their new home and immersion into the French language in Aix-en-Provence.

Follow along throughout the semester at this link to see student and professor posts about the French Honors Program: 

The first of the posts, from Dr. Muriel Cros, Dean of the French Honors Program, is below:


Nous voilà sur les marches du palais de Justice d'Aix-en-Provence où il y a le "grand" marché tous les mardis, jeudis et samedis... C'est la vie des aixois et des aixoises... !!
BIenvenues aux étudiantes de ce semestre et un IMMENSE salut convivial à tous les anciens étudiant.e.s... !! Prenez bien soin de vous et revenez nous voir !!! Dr. Muriel Cros"


Photos from Fall 2020 Student Madison McAllister

Date: October 7, 2020

Each term, a group of IAU students elect to share photos, videos, and experiences with the IAU community. We will be featuring photos and stories from a group of IAU students throughout the fall 2020 semester. First up, Madison McAllister, a student from Western Michigan University participating in IAU's Marchutz School of Fine Arts. Thanks for sharing your photos, Madison!


President's Update - Fall 2020

Date: September 29, 2020

Dear IAU Community,

Since 1957 IAU has never missed a fall orientation. Although we had to send students home in the spring of 1968 during the protests and this last spring during the first months of the pandemic, we have never had to fully cancel a program.  This year was no different and we were not going to allow a pandemic to stifle our dedication to international education.  As you might see from the pictures, we had an unconventional but successful orientation with students wearing masks and most of the faculty and staff presenting themselves via Zoom on the big screen.

Life has certainly changed over the last few months and we are all learning how to adapt to our new reality. The students understand their role in all of this and we congratulated each and every one of them for their courage and fortitude in making the trip to France to continue their studies.

We are happy to have a total of 45 students on IAU programs this fall semester. 29 of those students are with us in-person for the Fall semester 2020 in Aix. 12 of those are IAU study abroad students and 17 are ACM degree-seeking students. Additionally, we have 16 students from various partner institutions in Virtual Courses, Consultancies, or Internships.

We have maintained extensive COVID protocols for students arriving in-person in Aix. Students could not board planes without negative test results. The entire staff and faculty were required to have negative test results before the arrival of students on September 23rd. Host families had all been tested as per our requirements and reported their negative results before the arrival of the students. The entire student body will again be tested in ten days.  As the local and national authorities have prescribed, everyone is wearing masks in the streets and in all IAU buildings.

I cannot say enough about how professional and gracious the faculty and staff have been both in Aix and in the US.  They remind me each day why I chose this profession and they are a true testament to the excellent work we do as educators to change the world one student at a time. I am always so edified by their strength of character, their resolve, and their creativity to see beyond this current crisis and plan for our future as an institution of higher learning.  They have truly risen to the occasion in every way and I am so very proud of the energy they bring to the table each day with new and fresh ideas to keep our institution moving forward with new innovative programs.  This has not been an easy year for any of us and they have faced many challenges, yet they continue to be positive and optimistic about our future. 

Please rest assured that IAU and ACM are holding strong and we are looking ahead to the spring semester and beyond for better days to come. Wishing you and your families good health and strength to get through these next few months. 

Carl Jubran, PhD
President, IAU & ACM

Fall 2020 Orientation Kicks Off

Date: September 28, 2020

On Monday, September 28th, IAU and ACM students gathered in the Main Hall of the Centre d'Etudes Françaises for a socially-distanced student orientation. Joined by President Carl Jubran and Vice President Philip Breeden in person and from the rest of the staff and faculty via Zoom, students learned about IAU's programs and policies, including housing, the wellness program, opportunities to get involved, student activities, the fall calendar, and more. All students got a city tour of Aix and were oriented to IAU-ACM's buildings and campus resources. Bienvenue a Aix, tout le monde!


IAU-ACM Hosts the Early Start Program in Aix-en-Provence

Date: September 26, 2020

IAU and ACM were proud to welcome many students in the Fall 2020 cohort to Aix-en-Provence several days early to participate in the Early Start Program. Students got the opportunity to explore Aix-en-Provence, climb Mont Sainte-Victoire, visit the Mediterranean Sea, and experience a local winery. See below for photos of the Fall 2020 cohort becoming acclimated to their new environment.