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Aix-en-Provence, France

IAU’s global flagship campus is in Aix-en-Provence, a town located in the southern region of France. The city of Aix (pronounced like the letter “X”) provides traditional French culture in an intimate setting while offering the charm and elegance of a large metropolis. The historic town is known for its beloved painter, Paul Cézanne, who painted the surrounding rolling landscape. Local excursions during both semester and summer programs provide students with an enhanced awareness of Provençal culture while giving them a unique and unparalleled French experience. While abroad, students explore Aix and the surrounding regions through courses, field studies, and cultural activities.


Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year, Summer, J-Term, Custom

Schools: Centre d’Études Françaises, School of Art, School of Business, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of International Relations

Cohort Programs: Marchutz Core Arts Program, Mediterranean Core Arts Program, French Honors Program, Wine Studies Certificate Program

Disciplines: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Art History, Business, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Environmental Science, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Finance, French, History, Literature, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Philosophy, Photography, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Wine Studies

Internships: Adapting to a new culture involves not only learning the language and culture but also gaining a better understanding of the work environment and how methods and habits may differ from the student’s home setting. Students in the Business and French Honors Program will receive priority placement in internships and can expect to earn three credits.

Student Life: Students have opportunities to participate in weekly lectures, open-mic nights, cooking classes, language partner exchanges, talent shows, wine tastings, and other cultural events with other IAU students and students from the local French universities.

Field Studies & Study Tours enable students to expand their understanding of Provence. The cost of field studies and study tours is included in the program fee and, as such, students are strongly encouraged to participate. Students travel to areas in the region on field study tours that complement classroom learning. Academic study tours may include Paris, Geneva, Arles, Isle sur la Sorgue, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Les Baux de Provence, Avignon, Marseille and Nîmes. Some courses include field studies to other parts of France, Europe, and North Africa.

IAU has an on-campus Wellness Program that gives students access to a staff psychologist and counselor. IAU staff have office hours that are available to students as drop-ins or by appointment.

Housing: A French homestay is considered the best form of housing because it provides an immediate introduction to life in this new place. It is an incomparable opportunity for those who seek knowledge that is neither superficial nor secondhand. It provides an introduction into the community 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.

“I learned to see the world through a non-American lens, and it was extremely eye-opening for me. It was definitely the most worthwhile experience I've ever had. There's nothing about my college career that I loved more than my experience at IAU.” – Manar Z., Baylor University

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Barcelona, Spain

IAU offers both semester and summer study abroad programs in the lively and beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. Located along the western shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona allows students to experience the culture of Catalunya. The mild climate, famed cuisine, and breathtaking arts give the Mediterranean region a distinct feel, unique from anywhere else in the world. IAU’s campus in Barcelona is centrally located near the downtown Plaça de Catalunya area in the l'Eixample district, which is close to many of Barcelona's famed attractions. The facilities have been completely renovated with modern amenities to suit the needs of today’s college students. IAU Barcelona employs a full-time student affairs and academic affairs staff to support those participating in semester, year-long, and summer programs. 


Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year, Summer, J-Term, Custom

Specialized Programs: Spanish Honors Program

Disciplines: Architecture, Art, Art History, Business, Communications, Economics, Environmental Science, Film Studies, Finance, Geography, History, International Relations, Literature, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Wine Studies

Field Studies and Study Tours: All courses at IAU are complemented by local field studies around Barcelona and the Catalunya region. The Barcelona program includes activities that integrate Spanish cuisine, music, dancing, language, and culture. Students meet daily with professors, local artists, and scholars. Study tour sites may include: Montjuic, Parc Güell, Center for Contemporary Culture, MACBA (Modern Art Museum), the Gothic Quarter, the Born District, the Museum of the History of Barcelona, Picasso Museum, and the Sagrada Familia Basilica. Study tours in the region may include: Costa Brava, Cadeques, Montserrat, Sitges, Tarragona, Tossa del Mar, or Figueres.

Student Life: IAU offers an enriching and engaging Student Life Program during all academic terms. Students have access to optional extracurricular activities such as excursions, service learning, lecture series, conferences, workshops, discussion groups, events with local university students, and more. In addition, students have a full program of activities integrated into their coursework including field studies, credit-bearing internships, and regional trips.

Included cultural excursion examples (subject to change and depending on season): 

  • Day trip to Tarragona
  • Day trip to Montserrat
  • Weekend in Valencia
  • Weekend in Costa Brava
Additional cultural trips that are optional and associated with added costs (subject to change and depending on season):
  • Multi-day trip to Morocco
  • Multi-day trip to Italy

Housing Options: Students can be housed in shared homestays with Spanish families, which include daily breakfast and dinner, or shared apartments where they will be responsible for their own meals.

“My host was amazing. They treated me like I was truly a part of their family. The meals my host mom made were delicious, and my host siblings always included me in their plans with their friends. I still keep in contact with them. I really couldn't have asked for anything better.” - Summer Student, West Chester University

Wellness: The safety and wellness of study abroad students is IAU’s top priority. All students at the IAU Barcelona Center have access to services offered by both the on-site team (accessible 24/7), including IAU’s on-site psychologist, and local medical providers. 

Internships: Adapting to a new culture involves not only learning the language and customs but also gaining a better understanding of the work environment and how methods and habits may differ from one's home setting. IAU provides access to unpaid, for-credit internships at a wide range of businesses and organizations throughout the city of Barcelona. Students work with the IAU Internship Coordinator to prepare a resume in Spanish, to practice interviewing skills and techniques, and to prepare for placement in a Spanish business or organization. Students complete a weekly seminar directed by the Internship Coordinator in tandem with their internship experience, where they engage in dialogue about challenges and successes as well as complete a final semester project.

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Madrid, Spain

The IAU Madrid Program offers courses from a variety of disciplines including Spanish, art, business, history, political science, and religious studies, as well as an early start language and culture program. During the semester, students take a full academic load, which is a combination of courses taught by IAU and IAU's Spanish partner's faculty. The IAU Madrid Program’s administrative office is centrally located, making support staff easily accessible to students on a daily basis.


Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year, Summer, J-Term, Custom

Specialized Programs: Spanish Honors Program

Disciplines: Architecture, Art, Art History, Business, Communications, Economics, Film Studies, Finance, History, International Relations, Literature, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish

Internships: Students have access to internships in a variety of fields (in Spanish) throughout the city of Madrid.  Those participating in this field experience will earn academic credit and take the accompanying internship course to support and facilitate learning. Internships are 120 credit hours.

Field Studies and Study Tours: All courses have a required field studies component, where faculty use the city of Madrid as their classroom. These field studies include visits to museums, historical and cultural sites, and local businesses. For example, class sessions of the Great Masters of the Prado course will often be held in this world-famous museum.  Students also will participate in a variety of activities and study tours that enrich the academic and cultural experience of the program. The study tours are day trips for the entire student cohort to cities like Toledo, Segovia, and Valle de los Caídos, while weekend study tours may be to international destinations such as Morocco or France. Cultural activities include visits to world-famous museums, language exchanges with local students, and thematic walking tours to familiarize students with different areas of the city. IAU also offers a lecture series, where local faculty share their expertise through presentations and engaging dialogue. 

Cultural Excursions (subject to change and depending on season):

  • Weekend in Barcelona
  • Day Trip to Avila and Segovia 
  • Day Trip to Toledo

Housing Options: Housing options available to students include homestays or residence halls. Homestays include daily breakfast and dinner, weekly laundry service, and have the benefit of ongoing cultural and language exchange.  Students in residence halls will be responsible for their own meals or will have the option to purchase a meal plan. Please note that some universities require their students to stay in homestays.

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Paris, France

Opportunities to study abroad in Paris can be accessed through IAU's peer institution, American University of Paris (AUP). Further details including information about housing, application deadlines, costs, etc. will be released soon.

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Tangier, Morocco

Through a collaboration with the University of New England (UNE), IAU offers summer and J-Term programs in the vibrant and historic city of Tangier, Morocco. The program is held on UNE's newly constructed campus in the heart of the city and has been specifically designed to support study abroad for students in the sciences. The campus boasts state-of-the-art lab facilities, including an organic chemistry lab, microbiology lab, and neuroscience lab. Additional campus resources include residence halls, sports facilities and exercise gym, library, study spaces, and a cafeteria.

Tangier sits on the northern tip of Morocco, just 8 miles across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain, Tangier has served as an important gateway between Europe, Africa, and the Arab world across many centuries. Tangier's status as an international port city and an economic hub of Morocco draws cultural visitors and business interests alike.  Students studying in Tangier will experience firsthand the diverse cultural history of Morocco and its complex identity and society through academic excursions, site-specific learning, and the opportunity to engage with the local community through participation in internships.


Terms: Summer, J-Term, Custom

Disciplines: Arabic, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Creative Writing, Cross-Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Physics, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology

Student Life & Housing: Students in Tangier will be housed in student residence accommodations. The residence halls are spacious, modern, and well-appointed, built in a modern style that reflects the famous architecture of Morocco. Students can expect to share their room. In the residence halls, students will have access to a cafeteria, study spaces, and a fitness and studio space. Included in the program are local site visits and cultural activities in and around Tangier.

Internships & Volunteer Opportunities: Students are encouraged to participate in the wide range of internships available in Morocco. Additionally, opportunities to volunteer are abundant and widely enjoyed by both IAU students and those they serve and support.

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Florence, Italy


Multi-Country January Term Seminars

January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminars allow students to visit many cities and countries throughout Europe and North Africa during the short winter term. The world becomes the classroom as students experience learning in a new, high-impact environment. Join IAU for experiential learning at its best.


IAU offers programs in a variety of locations and disciplines:

Diplomacy & Human Rights in the Mediterranean
France, Spain, Morocco
Human Development / Human Rights / International Relations / Political Science

Europe & the Islamic World 
France, Spain, Morocco
Art History / Cross-Cultural Studies / French / History / Political Science / Religious Studies / Spanish

Great Cities
France, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy
European Studies / Anthropology / Literature / Communications / Geography

Mediterranean Basin
Greece, Italy
Art History / History / Archaeology / Cross-Cultural Studies / Religious Studies

Theatre Alive - Studies in Theatre, Drama & Performance
United Kingdom
Theatre / Literature

Wine, Gastronomy & Sustainability of the Mediterranean
France, Spain, Italy
Business / Wine Studies / Marketing / Geography / Hospitality Management / International Relations / Environmental Studies

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Virtual Global Programs

Since Summer 2020, IAU has been pleased to offer Virtual Global Programs during the semester and summer terms for students from all backgrounds. These virtual programs draw on IAU's expertise in experiential-based learning while taking advantage of IAU’s wide network of professional contacts in France, Spain, Morocco, the United Kingdom, as well as countries in Latin American and Asia. Students who are interested in pursuing a Virtual Global Experience Program with IAU should contact our office directly for more information. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Students will choose from global internships and consulting projects to customize their virtual experience.

“I was proud with not only what I was able to produce for the company, but also how much I have grown since the beginning of the internship in June. It was wonderful receiving good feedback on the videos I created and on my translation of documents, as it showed that the time I dedicated to them was worthwhile. I was then both proud and surprised to see how much my French speaking skills had improved in such as short amount of time.” – Virtual Global Internship Student, Summer 2020


Customized program options are available on a case-by-case basis. Program options include:

Virtual Global Internships (3 credits):This experience is designed to immerse students in a multicultural professional space through virtual means. A special effort is placed on helping students develop the skills required to enter the professional world and navigate cross-cultural entrepreneurial environments. This hands-on experience is complemented by an academic component, which guides students through the experience and helps them strategically reflect on challenges, accomplishments, and personal and professional development. Students are intentionally placed based on interests and skillsets in organizations in France, Spain, and other European countries with the aim to build their professional network through industry-specific training. While fluency in French/Spanish is not required, some placements may require some knowledge of these languages while others may require more advanced levels. The 3-credit internship is a total of 120 hours.

Virtual Consulting Projects (3 credits): Students will engage in an industry-specific consulting project led by a professor in partnership with international organizations, where the organizations present a problem for the students to solve. Students apply strategic consulting practices to provide recommendations on how the organization might solve the issue/problem at hand. At the end of the course, students share their recommendations with the organization through a virtual professional presentation. 

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