Office of International Programs

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!

Experience Provence!

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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.


  • Spring 2020 Deadline: September 30, 2019
  • Fall 2020 Deadline: March 6, 2020

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Spring 2020

  • Jan 18: Optional Early Start Program Arrival
  • Jan 25: Required Arrival Date
  • Jan 27-28: Orientation
  • Jan 29: First Day of Classes
  • Mar 9-13: Mid-Semester Exams
  • Mar 14-22: Spring Break
  • Apr 10-13: Holiday Break
  • May 4: Last Day of Classes
  • May 5-8: Exam Period
  • May 10: Program End Date

Fall 2019

  • Aug 31: Optional Early Start Program Arrival
  • Sept 7: Required Arrival Date
  • Sept 9-10: Orientation
  • Sept 11: First Day of Classes
  • Oct 14- Oct 25: Mid-Semester Exams
  • Oct 26 - Nov 3: Fall Break
  • Dec 12: Last Day of Class
  • Dec 16-17: Exam Period
  • Dec 18: 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. 


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.


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 opportunities 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


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.


When living in a French homestay, students 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


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 Provence and go biking, hiking, take dancing classes, and engage in other outdoor activities. Students are welcome to take advantage of available local social and recreational activities like sports, ski trips, local gyms, and more. The students will also have a French partenaires linguistiques that will show students around the city, and answer any questions they might have.


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. Past trips have included the Alps, Morocco, Barcelona & Amsterdam.


Program Fee

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

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room and Board: $6,800.00


Tuition, on-site transportation and airfare, health insurance, orientation program, breakfasts, and six dinners per week, and all course related field trips.

Does not include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,200 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: $150 (estimate)
  • Additional meals: $1,275 (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

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 is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12:30pm - 2:30pm 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 student program alumni who would be happy to share their experience 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 to schedule an appointment. Walk-in advising is for informational purposes only.