Wellesley College: Aix-en-Provence - Wellesley-in-Aix

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Wellesley-in-Aix is  located in Aix-en-Provence a lively, charming city of 145,000 inhabitants located in southern France within easy distance of the Mediterranean coast and France's second largest metropolis, Marseille.  Home to Aix-Marseille Uni... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.1
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March 26, 2020 Growth
I learned a lot about myself as a person - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained and learned so much. I learned how independent and resilient I am. I made wonderful friends that I will stay in touch with for years to come. I advanced my French skills immensely. I challenged myself each and every day to expand my comfort zone and take full advantage of the experience before me. I got to travel and ex... - Williams College View Entire Review
I gained near fluent levels of French, great friendships, amazing food experiences, and a European fashion sense. - Williams College View Entire Review
YES! My French dramatically improved and I became a lot more independent. - Syracuse University View Entire Review
I learned that I am able to integrate myself into French culture, and was able to make lifelong friends with my host family. I learned that Sciences Po has difficult courses. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I could go on forever about all I gained from this abroad experience. It was truly the most valuable part of my college years to date where I learned the most about myself and what it means to live in another culture so far from home. I grew much stronger in my French language abilities, I learned how to connect and form relatio... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Improved language skills and greater cultural understanding - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was definitely a worthwhile experience and I completed my goal of becoming better at French. However the program made it very difficult to integrate. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Better French language skills and confidence - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Improved language skills and independence. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes my experience was very worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a comfort with speaking in French throughout the day and cooked a lot more, which brought me a lot of joy. It was worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I got so much better at French, and even if I didn't make close local friends, I made friendships in the program that will last, and that's ultimately what is so important to me. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I definitely think that my experience abroad was worthwhile. I believe that I gained a lot of independence and a greater understanding of myself. The thing that I am the most proud of is how much my language skills improved over my months abroad. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to be a bit more independent and my French skills improved a lot. - Grinnell College View Entire Review
I learned to step outside my comfort zone. It was scary stepping into classrooms with hundreds of French students and not knowing anyone, but I made friends. It was definitely worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 30, 2020 An Amazing Semester
I learned that I was able to feel comfortable living in a new country, and that I am capable of balancing academic, social, and personal responsibilities. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 05, 2020 Immersive
Knowledge of French culture and more fluency with the language - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Language would be the biggest component, and also an appreciation for the difficulty of mastering a language and how different other cultures are from ours. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Both my ability and confidence in speaking and understanding spoken French improved dramatically. However, because many courses in France had little work during the semester (and then big papers or exams at the end) I got much less practice reading and especially writing than I did taking French classes in the US. I loved the ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I made lifelong friends that I may not have met otherwise. - View Entire Review
I was kinda recovering from a previous abroad experience so I didn't immerse myself in French culture as much as I could've. But I made amazing French friends and bonded with students from other American schools, which alone made it worthwhile. Wish I could've improved my French more, though, as I feel it actually regressed. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I did learn some cultural differences through my host family. My French level did improve a little but not as drastically as I had hoped. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
again, massive language gains, and definitely cultural knowledge too. a very fun time - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 12, 2019 Bienvenu En France!
I learned how to live in France! Being in Aix taught me the ways of the French (both the good and bad). I got to do a lot of traveling, both in France and around Europe, and gained a second family that I will be staying in touch with. I feel way more confident speaking French. I had to fight for these things but it feels worthwh... - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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Wellesley-in-Aix is  located in Aix-en-Provence a lively, charming city of 145,000 inhabitants located in southern France within easy distance of the Mediterranean coast and France's second largest metropolis, Marseille.  Home to Aix-Marseille University (AMU), the largest public university in France, Aix has a significant student population, including numerous international students enrolled at AMU and the Institute of Political Science also know as Sciences Po.  Wellesley-in-Aix is an immersion program designed for students in the humanities and social sciences with solid French skills who wish to increase their mastery of the language and knowledge of French culture via direct enrollment in the French university system and a homestay option.  All courses are in French, and students are expected to communicate in French with WIA staff and other participants.  Fall, Spring & Full-Year sessions are offered and include orientation sessions in Paris and Aix.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • African Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language, Literature
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • International Relations
  • History
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1980
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