Institute for American Universities (IAU): The School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Aix-en-Provence, France

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Institute for American Universities (IAU) has been providing high quality study abroad opportunities for U.S. college and university students for over 52 years. It remains one of the oldest and largest education abroad sites in Europe as it provid... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.7
Based on 12 Reviews
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A student studying abroad with Institute for American Universities : Aix-en-Provence - Institute for American Universities Aix Center
I feel like I truly grew up during my experience abroad. You learn who you are as a person, apart from the influence of close friends and family, and what you're capable of achieving completely on your own. Studying abroad is the most important thing I've done so far in my life. I would do it again in a heartbeat. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile - I was able to experience firsthand the cultural aspects of France I've only read in textbooks or articles. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I feel like a totally different person, you see the world outside of your comfort zone and become so much more knowledgeable and respectful of other cultures. I encourage every single person to study abroad while they have this opportunity. If you go during a semester, you forgo your expenses at your home university and it makes... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Studying abroad has definitely made me want to pursue international opportunities in my future career. - Bryant University View Entire Review
YES - Ithaca College View Entire Review
Yes, very much so. I went because I wanted to learn the language better and I did. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Yes! I gained so much from this experience. I feel confident about my French skills. I have made friends from all over the U.S. and France. - Longwood University View Entire Review
Past Review Iau Avignon
My experience was incredibly worthwhile and I learned to be more confident and culturally aware than I was when I arrived. I discussed politics and culture with all sorts of people and learned not to judge books by their cover. I speak French more easily now and have seen many many beautiful places because of my time abroad. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile - I met the greatest people and traveled to beautiful places. We were independent and free to make our own choices at the spur of the moment, while still being responsible and managing for ourselves. I learned so much about the French culture and cannot wait to go back for a longer period of time. EVERYBODY... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
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This experience was amazing; I could not have asked for a better summer. I loved getting to know everyone on the program, meeting locals, learning about French language, food, culture, and history. I feel much more culturally aware and my French language skills have vastly improved after completing this program. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
It was worth while, and I wish I stayed for a year instead of one semester. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
Past Review
Definitely worthwhile. I have been dying to travel to Europe since I was about 10 years old, so this trip was the fulfillment of that dream. I saw sites in France, Italy, and London that I will never forget and feel privileged to have witnessed. When you go abroad, you are totally stripped of everything that defines you- your us... - Rice University View Entire Review
Past Review Merveilleux!
Absolutely worth while! I gained lifelong friendships with my host family, and with my fellow American students. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
It was amazingly worthwhile. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review France: The Life
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My experience was absolutely worthwhile. I loved the people I met there from different parts of the country, and I loved my host family. - Bryant University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Institute for American Universities : Aix-en-Provence - Institute for American Universities Aix Center
Yes! I got a lot of great research and language skills! I will visit IAU Aix in the future and the French friends I made there are coming to visit me here! - Towson University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Institute for American Universities : Aix-en-Provence - Institute for American Universities Aix Center
I believe that my study abroad experience was invaluable to my growth as a person as well as a student. If another opportunity to study abroad presents itself to me, I would take it in a heartbeat. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I had a wonderful experience. I learned about a different culture, which was much different than I had originally expected. - SUNY Purchase View Entire Review
I learned to appreciate more of what I already have. The entire experience was a wake up call to get my life at home in order. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I have a better understanding of politics and the relationships between the US and France, as well as a better cultural understanding. I gained more self-confidence to do things on my own and explore. Of course the language improvement was worth it too! View Entire Review
I would like to return to France, but stay for a longer time. I am more confident in speaking French. I enjoyed the French lifestyle and would like to incorporate it into my own. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Yes it was "worthwhile" I gained an understanding of the type of art I want to create, the views of another culture, and I started learning independence being isolated from everything familiar. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
I would do it again in a heartbeat. The sights I saw and people I met is just priceless. - Ithaca College View Entire Review

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Institute for American Universities (IAU) has been providing high quality study abroad opportunities for U.S. college and university students for over 52 years. It remains one of the oldest and largest education abroad sites in Europe as it provides students with academic programs of intellectual substance and international focus in the fertile foreign setting of the south of France. Any student open to learning and willing to grow will return home after their experience at IAU — changed in unexpected ways.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in the beautiful old section of Aix-en-Provence, once a medieval village, is the only study abroad center in the region that offers classes in both French and English. The Aix Center prides itself on the diversity of its course offerings in both languages, which enables students with strong French language ability and those with not so strong language ability to gain access to a study abroad experience. The multiple course offerings allow students to fulfill many of their general education requirements and complete major and minor requirements linked to areas in the humanities, social sciences, education, and the arts. Students find courses in subject areas such as psychology, political science, comparative literature, art history, studio art, business, economics, philosophy, education, history, archaeology, civilization, theatre, government and French language from beginning to advanced levels. In addition, students who have an advanced level of French proficiency (at least the equivalent of 4 college semesters of the French language) are eligible to take and transfer credits from the University of Aix-Marseille.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • January Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • French Language, Literature
  • Business
  • Social Sciences
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Psychology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Political Science and Government
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1957
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Direct Enrollment/Exchange Scholarships

This is a merit-based scholarship available to students with outstanding academic achievement. Students applying for this scholarship should have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $2,500 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $1,500.

Up to $2,500

Deadlines:
Application Deadlines For the Spring Semester: November 1st For the Summer & Fall Semester: April 1st

Guidelines/Requirements:
Students applying for this scholarship should have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

IAU College’s Diversity Scholarship recognizes the academic achievement and potential of students who, through sharing their varied cultural perspectives, will enhance the education of all IAU students and the excellence of IAU College. Open to students who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status. It would also include first generation college students, students from low income families, and students with a history of overcoming adversity. Selected recipients receive up to $2,000 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $1,000.

Up to $2,000

Deadlines:
Application Deadlines For the Spring Semester: November 1st For the Summer & Fall Semester: April 1st

Guidelines/Requirements:
This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status. It would also include first generation college students, students from low income families, and students with a history of overcoming adversity.

IAU offers two merit-based scholarships per semester and one per summer to students majoring in political science, international relations or global studies. Students applying for this scholarship should have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $2,000 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $1,000.

Up to $2,000

Deadlines:
Application Deadlines For the Spring Semester: November 1st For the Summer & Fall Semester: April 1st

Guidelines/Requirements:
Students majoring in political science, international relations or global studies. Students applying for this scholarship should have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

IAU College offers an endowed scholarship in honor of Dr. Constantin Christofides, retired Distinguished Professor of Humanities at IAU College. This is a merit-based scholarship available to semester and summer students majoring in art or art history. Students applying for this scholarship should have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $1,000 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $500.

Up to $1,000

Deadlines:
Application Deadlines For the Spring Semester: November 1st For the Summer & Fall Semester: April 1st

Guidelines/Requirements:
Students applying for this scholarship should have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

IAU offers a $1,000 grant in honor of Dr. Herbert Maza, co-founder and first President of IAU, to qualified students who enroll for an academic year (two full semesters). The $1,000 scholarship will be applied against the student’s spring semester invoice. Depending on the billing arrangement IAU has with the student’s home institution, IAU will either credit the student’s spring semester invoice or provide the student with a check for $1,000 on-site. All students who spend a semester in Aix and maintain a 3.0 IAU GPA after their first semester will automatically qualify to receive the grant.

Up to $1,000

Deadlines:
Application Deadlines For the Spring Semester: November 1st For the Summer & Fall Semester: April 1st

Guidelines/Requirements:
All students who spend a semester in Aix and maintain a 3.0 IAU GPA after their first semester will automatically qualify to receive the grant.

IAU College’s Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students with exceptional academic ability who also have demonstrated outstanding out-of-classroom and co-curricular involvement and leadership. Students applying for this scholarship should have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $5,000 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $2,500.

Up to $5,000

Deadlines:
Application Deadlines For the Spring Semester: November 1st For the Summer & Fall Semester: April 1st

Guidelines/Requirements:
Students applying for this scholarship should have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

In honor of Amos Booth, esteemed teacher, director, and second President of IAU College, IAU offers a merit-based scholarship to eligible semester students who have been accepted into the French Honors Program. Students applying for this scholarship should have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $1,500 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $500.

Up to $1,500

Deadlines:
Application Deadlines For the Spring Semester: November 1st For the Summer & Fall Semester: April 1st

Guidelines/Requirements:
Students applying for this scholarship should have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

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