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Spend a summer, a semester, or an academic year in Aix-en-Provence and discover for yourself why the French refer to Aix as the most desirable French city to call home. It may be small, but Aix boasts all the amenities of a larger city, while stil... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.4
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A student studying abroad with CEA: Aix-en-Provence, France
I learned a lot about myself and about others, taught me to appreciate my own culture as well as other cultures, more. - Colorado State University View Entire Review
It was so worthwhile, I learned the importance of seeing. And seeing in the way of not just watching my surroundings but attentively searching for details and the reasons behind why things exist around me in the way that they do. I have a new set of eyes. - Southern Illinois University - Carbondale View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I wish everyone could study abroad. There is no better way to learn a new language / culture than to actually go to that country. - Covenant College View Entire Review
I gained so much from the experience. Aside from the obvious language and culture training, I met lifelong friends. My roommate from Aix will even be in my wedding next summer! But most importantly, I learned how to function completely on my own. - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
language skills and living on my own. it was worthwhile. - Wheaton College, IL View Entire Review
I became much more confident and independent and my French improved a lot. Absolutely worthwhile! - Ohio Wesleyan University View Entire Review
I gained a lot from this. It was so great being in this beautiful city with great people and amazing program directors. They were so helpful and available for us! Being in another country for 4 months is really rewarding in so many ways. - Auburn University View Entire Review
People that study abroad are all similar in a way. I found that everyone was a "yes" kind of person. They said yes to last minute planned weekend trips, once in a life time experiences, and things that scare them. I had been searching for people like that all my life and I found them! As for Aix, you have my heart. The constant ... - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and my peers from being abroad. As well as improving a lot in my French skills. My semester in France was definitely worthwhile! - Montclair State University View Entire Review
I learned to branch out! - Frostburg State University View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent while learning the French culture. It was worth my while. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania / IUP View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: Aix-en-Provence, France
I learned a lot of things about how I interact in new situations and my ability to communicate with others in general. I found the experience to be completely worthwhile. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: Aix-en-Provence, France
I can't put into words everything I learned and gained from this experience. To name some, I learned a lot about the French language and culture in Aix and surrounding cities, learned how to assimilate into a foreign culture, gained a lot of new friends, and had experiences that I will remember forever. It was definitely worth... - Iowa State University View Entire Review
December 22, 2018 Life Is Wonderful In Aix!
I really enjoyed my language course because I was in such a diverse class, which gave me such a distinct experience. There were students from at least four different countries, from youth to middle-aged students who were all there to learn French for different reasons, not just to study abroad. It made me open my eyes and feel e... - Soka University of America View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: Aix-en-Provence, France
February 17, 2018 Wouldn't Change A Thing!
I had not really left the country before. In addition to that, I had not done a lot of traveling outside of the north eastern states. I was meeting a lot of people like me, who have had similar experiences to me. Spending an extended period of time nearly 4,000 miles away from everything I have known for the past 21 years really... - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
I learned to be more independent and became more confident in speaking French - Covenant College View Entire Review
Again....BEST TIME OF MY LIFE. I realized while abroad that just like when learning languages, you have to work hard in life for what you love. Working hard for those things will always be worthwhile! Always! - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and gained confidence in traveling alone. It was the best experience of my collegiate career so far I wish I could do the semester over again. - Seton Hall University View Entire Review
As dramatic/cheesy as it may sound, my summer abroad in France was the best summer of my life. I knew it would likely be a very neat experience, but I underestimated just how life-changing it would actually turn out to be. My linguistic skills improved dramatically - in ways that I am not sure would have been possible without im... - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
I got the opportunity to meet students from all over the world. I learned how to get by in a country where I only minimally spoke the language. I learned how to problem solve and be independent. It was definitely worthwhile. - Northeastern University View Entire Review
This was absolutely a worthwhile experience. I feel like I gained a lot of independence/just became generally better at taking initiative and doing things for myself. It is a testing time, you're away from everything that is familiar to you. This forces you to make new bonds and forge new connections with all kinds of people, wh... - Soka University of America View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and the world around me while abroad. I was able to experience so many different points of views and ways of life. My language skills improved and I felt like I was able to do so much. Everything was worthwhile! - James Madison University View Entire Review
I gained a new confidence living abroad. Knowing that I could adapt to living in a foreign county has helped me realize that I can adapt to any new situation. - University of Georgia View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. I can't put into words everything I learned from this experience. It was the best decision of my college experience to spend a semester in Aix. - University of Kansas View Entire Review
amazing, totally worthwhile - Colorado State University View Entire Review

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Spend a summer, a semester, or an academic year in Aix-en-Provence and discover for yourself why the French refer to Aix as the most desirable French city to call home. It may be small, but Aix boasts all the amenities of a larger city, while still retaining all of its charm. With a student-centered atmosphere, stunning natural scenery, winding streets lined with cafes and boutiques, and enough festivals, pubs, concerts, and theaters to keep residents busy year-round, it's easy to see what makes Aix the ideal setting in which to hone your French language skills and immerse in local culture. At our partner institution, Aix-Marseille University, you'll attend classes -- taught in French -- with other international students. At Institute for American Universities (IAU), you'll join French and other international students to take liberal arts or studio arts courses to meet your academic, career, and personal interests. Take full advantage of your surroundings through hands-on cultural activities like volunteering and excursions to sites such as Avignon, Arles, and Carmargue.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Business
  • Education
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Social Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1997
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CEA Scholarships

For CEA students who seek a global learning experience.

$400-$3000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (found on the CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; An original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing why it is important to gain “a new way of seeing things” and how you will achieve this while studying abroad: "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." – Henry Miller

For CEA students who are interested in pursuing a career with global ties.

$400-$2000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 3.0; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (both found on the CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; An original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing your career goals and how the skills and attributes you hope to gain while studying abroad will support your professional endeavors: "All major hiring companies need global citizens. Global sensitivities, global perspective, global insight, along with maturity and a capacity for risk-taking, are exactly the skills every major organization is looking for – in every industry." – Kevin Gill, Global Director of Staffing for Honeywell

For CEA students who wish to study abroad in France and are involved in co-curricular activities centered on multi-cultural or international issues at their home campus. CEA studying at our sites in Aix-en-Provence, Paris, the French Alps, and the French Riviera are eligible to apply.

$1,000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (found on CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; An original 400-500 word essay describing your involvement in co-curricular activities centered on multi-cultural and international issues

For CEA students who demonstrate a high need for additional funding.

$500-$1000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (found on CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; and Financial Need Scholarship Form (Found on CEA website -- work with the financial aid office at your home institution to complete the form)

For CEA students who excel academically.

$750-$3,000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 3.7; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (both found on CEA website); and an original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing how you look forward to ‘learning, unlearning, and relearning’ and how you will accomplish your learning/unlearning goals during your study abroad experience: "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." – Alvin Toffler

For CEA students from diverse backgrounds or students who have had a personal experience with diversity

$400-$2,000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application & Recommendation Form (both found on the CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; and an original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing how your experience with diversity has prepared you for your study abroad experience: "Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." – Maya Angelou

CEA has partnered with the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative that strives to double the number of U.S. college students who study abroad, to offer this scholarship to CEA students

$400-$750

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application & Recommendation Form (both found on CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; and an original 400-500 word essay reflecting on how you plan to utilize your international experience to connect your home community and other international communities before, during, and after your time abroad.

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