CEA: Aix-en-Provence, France

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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 4.3
Based on 6 Reviews
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Mental and probably physical strength Flexibility Communication skills Scheduling skills Language skills - Soka University of America View Entire Review
My experience as absolutely worthwhile. It was the best semester of my life, and I am so thankful I was able to go. - University of California - Berkeley View Entire Review
The best things I gained were amazing friends and a great experience. I was able to travel frequently independently and with my program, visiting Europe and the south of France, which is beautiful. - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
Gained language experience, travel skills, street smarts and social skills, stepped out of my comfort zone and stayed outside of it. - Miami University View Entire Review
Past Review Unforgettable!
I became much more independent, and learned how to reach out to people from all different cultures. It was definitely worthwhile! - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
Travel and meeting new people has opened my eyes to the bigger world. It was the best decision I've made in my college career. I learned that there are more important things to focus on other than what others want of you. - Miami University View Entire Review
I was able to see how other cultures view Americans. While it made me appreciate many things from my own culture more, there are also things that I know I will change moving forward. - Iowa State University View Entire Review
I learned that you have to self engage yourself to truly learn the language. But the overall area I stayed and the program itself was amazing. - Pennsylvania State University - University Park View Entire Review
Past Review Memorable
I learned how open and welcoming the world can be and just how far you can go with a little bit of bravery - Willamette University View Entire Review
What didn't I gain? I went to another country, and not only learned about another culture and language, but also about myself. I've discovered more about what I want out of life and how I'm going to achieve all of these new goals I have for myself. Worthwhile? Yes. God yes. It was the best experience of my life. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
better at French, understand the culture better. absolutely worth it! - SUNY - Binghamton View Entire Review
I gained a lot of independence and confidence, but above all lifelong friends, by being abroad. It was definitely difficult at times, but looking back now I can see how much I grew from the challenges and from the experience as a whole. - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
Past Review Aix En Provence
yes, very valuable to see other cultures and get outside bubble - University of California - Berkeley View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: Aix-en-Provence, France
I definitely improved my French! It's so important to actually be immersed in a culture to learn the language. I learned how to be more independent, without the support of my family, and how to keep calm in difficult situations. I gained the most amazing group of friends. It's crazy to think that we didn't know one another be... - Carthage College View Entire Review
I learned a lot more of the French language and I gained many new friends from all over the world. DEFINITELY worthwhile!! - University of Oregon View Entire Review
. Budgeting, travelling in some very roundabout ways, and dealing with difficult situations, I learned to take care of myself and become independent in a way I never was before. I met some wonderful people from all over, and really came to fall in love with the whole region. - Georgia State University View Entire Review
If given the ability to see the world you should take it. There are places and things you should see for yourself and much more that you can learn than your textbook. - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent. I learned that America is an awesome country and we have a lot to be thankful for. I learned that I am extremely blessed and have a lot of potential. I learned that the world is a big place and lots of different cultures are out there. And it was extremely worthwhile, one of the best experiences ... - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
I learned to try new things, get out of my comfort zone, and say yes to adventures. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever had the chance to experience. I would definitely do it again! - Appalachian State University View Entire Review
I gained so much from my study abroad experience. I gained a sense of freedom and independence that I never knew before that I believe you can only get from completely throwing yourself outside your comfort zone. I learned I was way more self-sufficient than I ever thought I could be. Normally I am very clingy to my family and f... - Miami University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about France and I learned more french, but I also was able to learn more about the world and how things are different in other countries than they are in America. I also learned a lot about myself, and I gained some amazing friends. - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
I have learned so much about so many things, its impossible to put it into words! - Colorado State University View Entire Review
My French skills improved, my self-confidence and independence grew, I made new friends, and I fell in love with French food and the culture. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Past Review Perfect
I learned so much about myself during the program while improving my French skills greatly. Studying in Aix-en-Provence was the best decision I have ever made. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
I am a competent adult. I really grew up and learned so much about myself. I gained an international understanding of the world. I gained a comprehension that taking the time to just enjoy nature and history is worth more than any type of monetary experience. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania 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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