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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
Based on 8 Reviews
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Past Review Life Changing !!
It determined the course of my life over the past 5 years. If I hadn't done the program, I wouldn't have lived in France the past 5 years, I wouldn't have had these amazing incredible adventures there, I wouldn't be the expert in olive oil and have the career that I have today. I feel very connected to CEA. - Baldwin-Wallace College View Entire Review
I became much more mature and much more open to people that I would have never thought twice about. I have become much more accepting of other people, cultures, etc. I learned how difficult it is to plan a trip. It was definitely worthwhile, I wouldn't trade this experience for anything in the world. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
Past Review Wonderful
I gained more proficiency in the language of French and wonderful friends. Yes I would recommend it to anyone I know. - Clemson University View Entire Review
Past Review It Was Amazing!
cultureshock: I learned that everyone is different for very different reasons. You just have to laugh and embrace the craziness when you're overwhelmed with just how different people can be and you'll enjoy your stay much more! - Texas A&M - College Station View Entire Review
It was ABSOLUTELY worthwhile. I feel so much more independent after my experience abroad, and I know now that I'm capable of travelling by myself and having a great time. My French skills certainly improved, along with my understanding of French cultural. I had an amazing time! - Wayne State University View Entire Review
yes - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Absolutely. - Colgate University View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and how important it is to travel and see the world. I can't wait to go back. - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
I became very close to my classmates who later on became my best friends. We keep in touch often now even though we live in different parts of the U.S. and the world. Traveling together was amazing and made every trip and every experience that much more memorable. Aix-en-Provence is a beautiful city. I will be coming back here f... - University of Redlands View Entire Review
I had just turned 18. I was so young and I feel so lucky to have had those life experiences I had while abroad. It completly changed my way of thinking, opening up my eyes to all sorts of possibilites in life I never knew were out there. - College of Saint Catherine View Entire Review
- Gained opportunity to immerse myself in French culture and practice the language on a daily basis - Learned about French traditions, values, food, culture etc. - Gained some of the best memories that I'll carry with me for life - McGill University View Entire Review
You'll never want to leave, and like me, will be looking for a way to come back soon... - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
I went out of my comfort zone, and I learned how to push myself to be the best I can be and to keep a positive attitude at all times. This experience showed me what kind of people I enjoy spending time with and that I place great value in deep friendships. I was forced to truly rely on myself and I learned to craft my time in... - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
I feel like a better version of myself after being abroad. Overall, I got everything I wanted out of this, and more. My time abroad will definitely be my glory days, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. - SUNY - Binghamton View Entire Review
I became more independent and it opened up my eyes to new experiences. - University of Arizona View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing
I learned French. I went from an intermediate level of French to being bilingual. My own host mom forgot that English was my first language. I learned about the culture and made awesome friends. Absolutely worthwhile, I miss Aix en Provence everyday and I'm counting the days till I can go back! - Capital University View Entire Review
it was worthwhile. I improved my language skills and learned a lot of things you can't learn in a classroom in America. I loved experiencing a new culture. - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University View Entire Review
I gained language skills, self reliance, and a whole different view on the world and life in general. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA Global Education: Aix-en-Provence, France
Studying abroad put a whole new emphasis on perspective and patience. Being in Aix for five months (I stayed longer after my program ended :)) was eye-opening and insightful. I learned to appreciate buying fresh produce daily (and to like vegetables!), to slow life down and take it in, and to be willing to see things from a diff... - Iowa State University View Entire Review
Past Review I Love France
I am more responsible and mature. - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
I gained a stronger understanding of the world and of myself. I learned to view things from a wider perspective. The language and knowledge gained abroad landed me with my first job out of college with a French company and I still use the skills today in my current job. - University of Maryland - College Park View Entire Review
Yes it was worthwhile! - University of Washington View Entire Review
I had an amazing experience in Aix. My only regret is that I did not stay longer. Studying there gave me a deeper appreciation for the European culture, learning different languages, and meeting new people. It really opened me up to how many opportunities there are without overwhelming me. It was a very exciting time and it ... - University of Richmond View Entire Review
I was able to go and do what I wanted. I was very passionate everyday about living in the dream I set up for myself; study-abroad. I explored, I traveled, I immersed myself, and not for a moment was I ever bored. Even when I went to class, I had fun just hearing the language. Being surrounded by foreignness was a wonderful thing... - University of Georgia View Entire Review
This experience changed my life and opened my eyes to not only French & European culture but also to who I am as an independent and capable person. I know, after all the traveling & backpacking I did during that year, after navigating my way across numerous countries in which I didn't speak the language, and after having lived i... - Iowa 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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