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The Many Faces of France | Maymester Traveling Seminar

Multi-City Traveling Seminar in France

May 17 - June 2, 2022


Join IAU for this multidisciplinary Maymester traveling seminar that will explore various regions of France, researching its history as well as contemporary society and France’s position on the world stage. Students will focus on the cultural foundations that make up the complexities of France as we know it today. The program will run in both French and in English and is suitable for students with all levels of French. 

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Application Deadline

April 1, 2022

Itinerary & Destination Themes

  • Aix-en-Provence/Marseille and the Region of Provence: Ancient France and its Mediterranean Heritage
  • Lyon: A Confluence of Diverse Regions
  • Paris:  Intellectual, Diplomatic, and Economic Hub
  • Strasbourg: France and the European Project

The full itinerary will be available soon! Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change. 


This program is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience throughout various regions of France. Students explore major cities and cultural sites across the country focusing on cultural heritage and diversity of backgrounds as a guide to better understanding the complexity of France and its position on the world state. Through lectures, readings and media studies, students reflect on and experience portraits of France that might not always seem apparent from a distance. Site visits and guided tours will allow students to experience the historical, geographical, and demographical foundations at the heart of France's cultural and linguistic variety, economic standing and diplomatic as well as political preeminence in today's global environement. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and exchange their observations with experts from IAU as well as distinguished on-site scholars, diplomats and local guides in order to frame their own perception of France's identity and role in today's global environment. 

Students can choose one of the following 3-credit courses: 

  • FRE/HIS/ARH 375/575: The Cultural, Historical, and Artistic Roots of the French Identity (in French)

A sample syllabus and itinerary can be viewed HERE.

About the Professor

Professor Durand leading a group of IAU studentsDr. Aurore Guitry is the Coordinator, Center for French Studies since 2022. She is a writer, translator, and Professor of literature, French and translation at ACM since 2016. She holds a Master in Literature (Women and imagination in Shakespeare’s plays: King Lear, Richard III and Macbeth), and a PhD in creative writing from Aix-Marseille University. She has written six novels, some of which are translated into Italian, German and Russian. Her work and research explores the problem of identity and the relation between text and image. As a ghostwriter, she wrote several biographies for politicians or business figures. She has also translated a dozen American novels, biographies, art books, etc. She is fluent in French and English and speaks Thai.

Program Fees and Inclusions

Maymester 2022 Program Fee: $5,845

Program fee includes tuition for three credits, lodging, daily breakfast, some group lunches and/or dinners, intra-program transportation (by plane, train, or bus), entrances/fees for all scheduled cultural activities and academic visits, orientation fee, and health, liability, and repatriation insurance. Additional student costs include round-trip airfare, most lunches/dinners, textbooks, and personal expenses.

For students invoiced by IAU directly for the program deposit, the first program deposit of $750  is due by the application deadline. Applications will not be considered complete or submitted for review until the deposit has been received. The second $750 program deposit is due upon admittance. The deposit confirms the student's course registration, housing, and international travel arrangements. These arrangements will not be secure until this payment is made You can pay your deposit by check or credit card. Details on refunds and cancellations can be found on the Financial Policies page If for any reason the student is not accepted to IAU, the first deposit will be refunded.

Students who enroll in the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence or Barcelona and Maymester Seminar consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their Maymester invoice. Students who enroll in a Maymester Seminar and a summer program in Aix, Barcelona, or Tangier consecutively are eligible to receive a $1,000 grant credited to their summer invoice.

Program Combination Grant Amount
Spring semester (Aix or Barcelona) + Maymester $2,000 credit to Maymester invoice
Maymester + Summer term (Aix, Barcelona, or Tangier) $1,000 credit to summer invoice

Travel Logistics

Passports & Visas
For programs that are less than 90 days, students who hold a U.S. passport do not currently need a visa to visit France. Students who hold a passport from other countries, please reference our visa resources page for additional information and instructions.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
IAU recommends that all students register with the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  By enrolling in this system, the U.S. Embassy can keep students updated with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help family and friends get in touch during an emergency. For more information and how to register, please visit the STEP website.

A detailed arrival plan will be shared with students approximately two weeks prior to the arrival date. Students will be requested to arrive within a specified window of time on the official arrival date. Students can expect to either be met by IAU staff within that reception window and assisted with transportation to accommodations, or to receive detailed instructions on how to reach accommodations to meet up with IAU staff and faculty.

Students should note that they are responsible for booking both their arriving and departing flights according to the program itinerary.

Travel Changes
All travel changes, delays, or cancellations must be communicated to IAU, either at or by contacting the numbers provided in the arrival information sent approximately two weeks before arrival day. If we are not informed of travel changes, we will not be able to assist you when you arrive.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage does not make it with you, report this immediately to the airline and to the program coordinator and/or faculty member. Give the airline the hotel's address and phone number, or that of your host family, which we urge you to have with you.

Early/Late Arrivals
Students who arrive prior to or after the official arrival day are responsible for their own lodging and transportation up until the program start date. Students who arrive outside of the reception window on arrival day will be responsible for their own transportation to the program accommodations. Students who arrive after the program start date will be responsible for their own transportation to the program accommodations and/or the appointed meeting location. Any student who arrives early or late must contact the program coordinator and/or faculty member to organize a time and place to meet. Please note: given the intense and compact nature of these programs, IAU strongly discourages arrivals after the official arrival date. Students may face academic penalties for arrival after the program start date. 

Students who are arriving either independently or after the reception hours should contact for information and suggestions on transportation to the appointed meeting place.

Departure Day
IAU does not organize departures or provide transportation on the program departure date. Students should plan to leave their accommodations by no later than 11:00am. Students are welcome to stay in Europe after the departure date but must note that they are responsible for their own lodging after this date.

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