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  • Locations: Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Program Terms: Summer, Summer I, Summer II
  • Restrictions: Non-Fairfield applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer II 2019 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 TBA TBA
Summer I 2019 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 TBA TBA
Summer 2019 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Nomination Required: No
Housing Options: Home Stay Minimum GPA: 2.80
Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Sophomore Credit Type: Fairfield Credit
External Students: I am a non-Fairfield student wishing to study on a Fairfield Program
Program Description:

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About Aix-en-Provence The Campus Orientation Academics Community Engagement Housing

Visa Application and Deadlines Admission Program Fees and Cancellation Insurance

About Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, located in the south of France, is known for its picturesque vistas, delightful Mediterranean climate, and rich sense of history.  An easy-going yet chic 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. Today, more than forty thousand students live and study in the city.  IAU College 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 world-famous cuisine, wines, and autonomous culture. Particularly in summer, locals embrace living the good life, strolling its many pedestrian-only neighborhoods and perusing the bountiful outdoor markets. Provence’s beautiful vistas have famously drawn artists here for generations including Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Matisse. Aix-en-Provence is, especially during the summer, one of the most popular and sought after cities in France.

The Campus

IAU College campus buildings are scattered across the charming city of Aix-en-Provence. The Humanities and Social Sciences building and School of Business & International Relations are located in the beautiful old section of the city. Facilities are equipped with the most modern technology and Wi-Fi while still holding all the old charms of southern France.
IAU College Fine Arts courses are housed in the Marchutz School of Fine Arts' studio. Situated on the outskirts of Aix on the renowned 'Route de Cézanne,' the school's location in Aix-en-Provence has many advantages, among them its light-filled space, the studio's proximity to the famed Chateaunoir and Sainte Victoire and most importantly, its calm and contemplative atmosphere conducive to sustained, artistic concentration. The studio itself was designed by architect Fernand Pouillon.


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 are introduced to one another, to IAU and to Aix-en-Provence. They meet with the Housing and Academic Directors and with the staff. During this period, the academic policies of IAU are explained and information is given about housing, cross-cultural adaptation, safety and security, and banking options. New students are briefed on social and recreational activities such as sports, local gyms, and excursions. French "partenaires linguistiques" show students around the city, answer questions about life in France, and introduce their new American friends to "les jeunes Aixois."  


Students will attend classes at IAU College, which offers a variety of courses.  IAU College (IAU) is a study abroad program located in Aix-en-Provence, France, for undergraduates attending American colleges. Courses in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts are offered in French and English. The study abroad programs at IAU College provide students with an international education that inspires intercultural awareness and prepares them for responsible roles in the global community. It is through these study abroad programs that students are able to gain an understanding of European and Mediterranean history, languages, cultures, and contemporary issues.

Students may attend a three- or a six-week session. Students who participate in a three-week session take one course for three credits, while students who participate in the six-week session may enroll in two courses for six credits.  A complete list of 2018 summer courses can be found here.

Session 2018 Dates Duration Credit Load
 A (Summer) June 2 - July 15 6 weeks 6
B (Summer I) June 2 - June 23 3 weeks 3
C (Summer II) June 23 - July 15 3 weeks 3
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.

Service/Community Engagement

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. Many students chose to enhance their experience in Aix by volunteering in the local community. Find out more here


Students live in comfortable, furnished homestays in and around the center of Aix, within a 15-45 minute commute to school. Students will live 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.
Living in a French home 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 second hand. It provides an introduction into the community and is a great incentive to learning the language. With very few exceptions, IAU alumni feel that living in a French home is far preferable to living independently.
Students have a private bedroom (shared bath) and will be provided breakfast daily and six dinners per week. Homestays are equipped with bedding and Wi-Fi access is provided. Each host will generally provide one machine load of wash per week.
For more information please visit their website


Visas are not required for U.S. students to participate on the summer programs in France.


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.  

Application Procedure and Deadlines

This application serves the three different sessions available in Aix. Please select the applicable term when beginning your application. If you selected the wrong term, or would like to switch terms during the application process, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.  In order to participate in this program, each student must first complete all application requirements at their home university. Each university has different application requirements so be sure to speak to your study abroad advisor.

After the initial application has been processed by the Study Abroad Office, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps.
Application Deadline: February 1
Program Balance: March 1


Program Fees

Program charges will vary, depending on the IAU session selected and the courses taken. The cost for Fairfield students to attend this program is outlined below. The entirety of this payment will be due to Fairfield by March 1. Payment instructions are listed in each application.

Program cost includes:
•           Tuition
•           Housing
•           Breakfast daily, six dinners per week
•           Textbook rental
•           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

Course type Program Length
3 weeks 6 weeks
Humanities & Social Sciences or French $5,225 $8,345
Fine Arts $5,395 $8,700

Program Cancellation

After the program balance deadline, students who withdraw are subject to a cancellation fee.
The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad after a review is conducted of the non-refundable expenses that have already been incurred. These direct non-refundable expenses will begin to incur as soon as commitment is made to the study abroad program; they may include tuition, housing, and orientation fees. The cancellation fee may be as high as $5,000 or more.


All students participating in the IAU program will be automatically enrolled in a supplemental insurance package, included in the program cost. Students are covered by ACE American Insurance Company with arrangements being made by CMI Insurance, a FrontierMEDEX Company. With this insurance, all medical-related expenses are paid out-of-pocket, and are reimbursed at a later date. With CMI Insurance, students receive medical, accidental death and dismemberment, repatriation and liability coverage. If students do not have personal liability insurance, they are required to purchase it upon arrival in France at a cost of approximately 30 Euros. Proof of insurance stating that you are covered for your semester in France, which is needed in order to apply for a visa, will be sent to you by e-mail.

The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.

This program is currently not accepting applications.