France: IAU College Aix-en-Provence

Students on this program offered through IAU College will experience life in a picturesque small city in Southern France with ample opportunities for cultural immersion!

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Overview

IAU College is located in beautiful Aix-en-Provence, a city in Southern France rich in history and well known for its connection to the arts. The IAU College program offers courses in French language at all levels, as well as a range of courses taught in English in Business, Fine Arts and Humanities.  Program activities, course field trips and homestays provide students with ample opportunities to engage with French culture and language.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • No previous French required unless applying to the Honors Program and/or internship track

Additional Requirements for the Internship

  • Juniors and seniors
  • Priority given to students in the French Honors Program and Business School tracks
  • Minimum of 4 semesters of college-level French
  • Some majors have specific course pre-requisites for the internship; contact your faculty advisor or International Programs for more information.

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • Sept 9: Required Arrival Date
  • Sept 11 - 12: Orientation
  • Sept 13: First Day of Classes
  • Oct 16 - 27: Mid-Semester Exams
  • Oct 28 - Nov 5: Fall Break
  • Dec 14: Last Day of Class
  • Dec 15 - 19: Exam Period
  • Dec 20: Program End Date

Spring 2018

  • Jan 20: Required Arrival Date
  • Jan 22-23: Orientation
  • Jan 24: First Day of Classes
  • Feb 26–Mar 2: Mid-Semester Exams
  • Mar 3-11: Mid-Semester Break
  • Apr 15-22: Spring Break
  • May 7: LastDay of Classes
  • May 8-11: Exam Period
  • May 13: Program End Date

Getting There

Flight and Orientation

Students are responsible for booking their own flights.  The closest airport to Aix-en-Provence is Marseilles, which is easily accessible by train.  In addition, there are fast trains that run between Paris and Aix (approximately a three-hour journey). Upon arrival, students will be introduced to one another. The orientation will include a meeting with the Housing and Academic directors. The students will also be briefed on the local social and recreational activities at their disposal like sports, ski trips, local gyms, and excursions. Past trips have included the Alps, Morocco, Barcelona & Amsterdam. The students will also have a French partenaires linguistiques that will show students around the city, and answer any questions they might have.

Visa

US citizens are required to obtain a student visa from a French consulate in the US prior to departure.  The French visa process is complex and lengthy and involves an online component as well as an in-person visit to the consulate. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page

Academic Information

IAU College

IAU College was founded in 1957 and chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, making it one of the oldest and largest study abroad programs in Europe. IAU College is comprised of The School of Humanities and Social Sciences & The Marchutz School of Fine Arts.  Aix-en-Provence is located in southern France close to Marseilles and the French Riviera.

Students will be able to participate in the Early Start Program , a week long 1- credit program before the start of the semester which includes cultural activities, language practice, and tips in getting acclimated to French culture.

Courses

All IAU College semester students are required to enroll in one French language or culture course taught in French.  In addition, students have the option of choosing from different program tracks as follows.

Full French Immersion (for French minors)

  • The French Honors Program is designed for students with demonstrated advanced-level French and an interest in comprehensive language and cultural immersion.
  • Students take four courses in French including language courses, one content course, chosen by the student, and an additional seminar-style class meeting each week. This hour-long weekly seminar will integrate the themes of the student's chosen course with current sociocultural-political events in France. Students will be expected to keep a daily journal of thoughts, feelings and experiences in French.
  • Required: Four semesters of college-level French and GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Additional advanced courses in French in a variety of subject areas are available at local French universities.

Business Administration Track

  • Students take two mandatory core courses in Business Administration and two other content courses taught in English.

Fine Arts Track

  • IAU offers a wide variety of fine arts courses including (but not limited to) painting, drawing, photography, creative writing and art history.
  • You'll have the unique opportunity to study fine arts in the south of France and experience the sights and sounds that inspired artists such as Cézanne, Van Gogh and Monet.
  • Students take two mandatory core courses in Fine Arts and two other content courses taught in English in areas such as art history, fine arts, and fashion.

General or Open Track  (Listed as Humanities and Social Sciences on IAU's website)

  • Students select courses from the wide range of offerings at IAU including options in the social sciences, the humanities, business and/or the arts
  • All courses have an emphasis on Provence, France, and Europe
  • Full List of IAU Courses

J-Term Course Option (Spring Only): Spend the first 3-weeks of the semester participating in an intensive academic traveling seminar offered prior to the start of the traditional 15-week spring semester. Contact IP for more information as scholarship opportunites for this experience are available. 

Transfer of Credit

Students participating in this program are required to take at least 15 credit hours. Most classes at IAU, unless otherwise noted, are worth 3 credit hours each. Students will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Truman State University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing & Meals

Housing

Students live with local hosts to experience daily life in Provence and hone their conversational French skills. Each student has his or her own room, own key, and is treated as an independent adult. Most of the hosts have been with the program for many years and IAU places students only with hosts who have been highly rated by past participants.

Meals

When living in a French homestay will be on a demi-pension “plan.” This includes daily breakfast and six dinners per week. Students eat lunches and one dinner out at the many wonderful cafes and restaurants in Aix.

Student Life

Activities

IAU College offers a wide range of cultural activities including a lecture series, social events, events connecting students with French students from the University of Aix, wine tasting, cooking workshops and more!  Students can take advantage of the beautiful location of province and go biking, hiking, take dancing classes, and engage in other outdoor activities.

Excursions

The program usually includes a field trip to Nice/Monaco/Antibes. In both fall and spring, the program includes day trips to Provence, Loire Valley, and Normandy. Some courses include specific field trips to locations related to the course.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition, on-site transportation and airfare, health insurance, orientation program, and all course related field trips.

Does not include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,200 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: $150 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses: $600 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1,200 - $2,000
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Discount on Student Account

In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program. The discount should cover normal, basic costs for lunches and one dinner out per week. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Becky Johnson (rejohnson@rollins.edu) to schedule an appointment. Walk-in advising is for informational purposes only.