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Aix-en-Provence, located in the south of France, is known for its picturesque vistas, Mediterranean climate, and sense of history. A wonderful place where the city and university meet, Aix-en-Provence has been a center of study for French students since its first university was founded in the 15th century. More than forty thousand students live and study in the city. Institute for American Universities (IAU) School of Humanities and Social Sciences is located in the heart of this academic community – in the oldest part of town, next to the Institut d'Etudes Politiques and opposite the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur.
Not only is Provence noted for its spectacular landscapes and climate, it is renowned for its regional cuisine, wines, and autonomous culture. World-famous Provençal cuisine is characterized by the use of locally produced vegetables and native spices.
Upon arrival, all students will participate in a comprehensive orientation program to help familiarize them with their local surroundings, discuss health and safety as well as acquaint them with university and program resources.
Students will attend classes at Institute for American Universities (IAU), which offers a variety of courses. Students are required to take a French language course and 3-4 additional content courses taught in English, for a total of up to 15 credits. Students have the opportunity to replace one of their courses with a for-credit internship.
Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. All students will receive a Fairfield University transcript with letter grades.
Internship opportunities are available to all students for 3 credits. This opportunity provides practical work experience and insight into the French workplace in a variety of professional fields.
Students live in comfortable, furnished homestays in and around the center of Aix, within a 15-30 minute walk to school. Students will have a private bedroom (shared bath) in an apartment or house with a French host. All hosts are carefully vetted and chosen by IAU, and have hosted American students in the past. Students will be provided breakfast daily and six dinners per week. Homestays are equipped with bedding and Wi-Fi access is provided.
SEMESTER PROGRAM COST INCLUDES
• Airport pick-up and transfer
• Comprehensive orientation
• Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance
• Cultural excursions
• Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
This program is open to all sophomore, junior, or senior students who are in good academic and social standing at their home institution and who can certify a grade point average of at least a 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.