France: Aix-en-Provence Summer

CCIS Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France

Program Overview

Aix-en-Provence (pop. Approx. 130,000) has an informal Mediterranean quality; its residents are insistently out and about year round. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, is a very beautiful old town, rich in history and local tradition. It is considered on of the finest examples of the famed Provencal style of architecture, and a walk through the streets is a lesson in artistic control, in form, composition, rhythm, and beauty. Within a few miles of the center of Aix, original motifs of many great artists remain intact. Aix-en-Provence allows easy access to Paris, Geneva, London and other major European cities. With Italy and Spain only hours away by train, Aix-en-Provence is located for students planning to travel during vacation periods. Overlooked by hills and Mont Sainte Victoire, Aix lies in a natural basin and is famous for its fountains, winding streets and sunny squares, monuments and churches, universities and thermal waters. The many concerts, the summer Festival d'Art Lyrique, libraries, museums, churches, bookstores, markets, and cafès have earned Aix its reputation as one of France's most engaging cities. A wealth of cinemas, restaurants, discothëques, and sports facilities welcomes Aix's students. Aix-en-Provence is, especially during the summer, one of the most popular and sought after cities in France.


Academic Profile
Academic Profile

The Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence

The Institute for American Universities is located in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. With a population of 130,000, Aix is one of the major university, legal, and cultural centers of France. Its lovely winding streets and sunny squares, lined with churches, cafes, and theaters, have captured the attention of many artists. Aix has easy access to Paris, Geneva, London, and other major European cities. The Institute for American Universities, chartered by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York, was founded in 1957 under the auspices of the Université d'Aix-Marseille, and is one of the oldest and largest education abroad programs in Europe.

Course Offerings

Students may choose 1, 2, or 3 classes (up to 9 credits) from any of the following summer sessions. 

Session A - students may choose 1 or 2 courses///Classes in English:  International Intercultural Management and France During the Occupation, 1939-1945  Classes in French:  Archaeology of Ancient Provence, Francophone Literature, Provence in Literature and Movies///French Language Classes:  Beginning French I & II, Intermediate French I & II, Advanced French I & II

Session B - students may choose 1 course from Session B or Session C///Classes in English:  Creative Writing and the Intercultural Experience and Sculpture.  French Language Classes as listed in Session A

Session C - students may choose 1 course///Classes in English:  Photography, Environment and Community:  Installation.  French Language Classes as listed in Session A with the addition of France Today.  


Academic Highlights

A traditional six week summer term at Aix and Marchutz, including the French Honors Program, Two three-week sessions of intensive French language (all levels) Students will take one course for 3 credits.  Those in the traditional six-week program can enroll in either the first or second session, for a total of 9 credits during the 6 weeks OR students can simply enroll in either or both three-week sessions (for a total of 3 or 6 credits).

Two three-week sessions of supplemental fine art courses including sculpture, creative writing, and photography.  Marchutz or Aix students can also choose to enroll in one of these courses during the first or second three-week offering (during their six-week program at Aix or Marchutz), again, for a total of 9 credits.  Unlike the intensive French courses, students will not be allowed to enroll in just the three-week supplemental art courses. 

Students will also be allowed to take one course during the six week program, plus one or two of the three-week course options (whether in French and/or the supplemental art courses.)


Activities and Opportunities
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Aix-en-Provence is a major cultural center, hosting the International Music Festival: jazz, pop, classical, opera. Cinemas, restaurants, cafes, and discotheques, as well as a variety of sporting events, are available to students.


IAU expects students to live with French hosts, and almost all do.  This firsthand experience with another culture is an integral part of the education abroad experience because it facilitates language acquisition and successful adaptation to France.  Living in a carefully selected French home is an invaluable opportunity not found in many study abroad programs.  Naturally, all students must accept the constraints and responsibilities such arrangements entail.

Students share daily continental breakfasts and six dinners per week with their hosts; they manage their own lunches and the one dinner per week not taken in the French home.

Those IAU students who wish to live in independent lodgings for dietary or other reasons need to request Permission to do so.  They should be aware that short-term furnished rentals are in limited supply.  Students are ultimately responsible for locating their own lodgings, arranging the terms of the rental, and handling all related issues.

Alumni Feedback

"This is a first-time eye-opening experience! I have made wonderful friends. I find the program exciting, the staff helpful, and I have learned a lot, especially about myself!"
- Alan Houot, Washington State University

"Last year I studied in a program in a French university. In Aix, there is a difference in organization, courses and activities. At the CCIS program at IAU, I feel very secure in knowing that if I ever have a problem, there will be several people willing and able to help. I feel that the courses themselves are challenging. Overall, a wonderful experience in a wonderful place. IAU staff are very helpful and patient. "
- Brian Crookes, University of Rhode Island

"I came to Aix. I spoke French. My ideas became realities and experience became my teacher. I am ready to never stop traveling!"
- Alexander Friend, Colorado State University


Program Details
Aix-en-Provence Summer Program Details


Session A (6 or 9 credits): June 4 - July 17, 2016 

Session B (3 credits) June 4 - June 25, 2016

Session C (3 credits) June 25 - July 17, 2016 


Application Deadline(s)

April 15

Eligibility Requirements

Freshman through senior standing


3 week/3 credits French Session B or C = $3,154 CCIS//$3,854 non-CCIS

6 week/6 credits = $5,173 CCIS//$5,873 non-CCIS

6 week/9 credits = $6,308 CCIS//$6,608 non-CCIS 

6 week/9 credits = $6,123 CCIS//$6,423 non-CCIS

“All prices, dates, courses are subject to change without prior notification.”

Truman requires a $350 deposit, deducted from total amount due, upon acceptance to the program, but does not have an application fee.


Costs Included

Instructional costs, CCIS and sponsor fees, health insurance

Costs Not Included

Estimated costs:  Airfare ($1,200), personal costs (1,200), refundable damage deposit ($100) 3 week = Housing $1,135; Activity Fee $210; 6 week = Housing $1,945, Activity Fee $295, if student enrolls in sculpture or ceramics as their 3rd course, a $100 fee will be incurred.

Entry Requirements

2.5 GPA is required, one letter of recommendation, transcript

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

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Your Summer Adventure in France Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Program Sponsor:

Rosa Virginia Mendez, Study Abroad Advisor

Truman State University
Center for International Education Abroad
Grim Hall 202
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4076
(660) 785-7473 (Fax)


To apply through Truman State University:


Please send the following materials to or the address listed above by the application deadline.

1. CCIS Online Application & Instructions

2. CCIS Online Student Recommendation (2)

3. Official copy of transcript

4. Color copy of passport

5. Housing and Course selection forms (links will be sent electronically to student once the CCIS application is received) 


To download the application and recommendation forms, click "save as" then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, you must SAVE IT FIRST. DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to  

(Students: DO NOT send the recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL) 


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All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.