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 4.3
Based on 73 Reviews
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September 06, 2017 Wellesley In Aix
My French language skills and my knowledge of French cultural attitudes greatly improved. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
August 15, 2017 Adventure
some of it was - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I drastically improved my French speaking and comprehension skills, and got to explore various corners of Aix, France, and Europe with incredible people who I know I'll be friends with for the rest of my life. - Colby College View Entire Review
July 17, 2017 Amazing Experience
Yes! I improved tremendously in my French skills and got the chance to immerse myself in the culture. Definitely worthwhile! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Great experience. I improved my French so much, made new friends, traveled a lot, and learned about a different university system! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a new culture and became much more fluent in the language. Very worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to cook, so it is good. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
December 27, 2016 Wellesley In Aix
My French improved dramatically, which was my main reason for studying abroad, and I learned a lot about how race and other cultures are viewed in Europe. It was absolutely worthwhile because of, as I said, my wonderful host family. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained personal lessons. Yes, it was worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to be alone, and how to communicate fluently in a different culture and country. There are so many cultural differences between France and the US that I had to learn to negotiate. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that I'm pretty adaptable to whatever circumstances I'm in, but that I'm not invincible and am prone to depression. I'm not sure if it was worthwhile yet. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned more about myself and my tendencies and how I live by myself. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that I can handle scary situations on my own. I handled health issues, being stalked and harassed, meeting people in a foreign language, international travel, etc. I'm really proud of myself and it was definitely worthwhile. Study abroad for me wasn't about having the most fun time, it was about gaining life experien... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
September 05, 2017 Great Experience
Wow, everything I gained cannot be quantified. I learned so much about myself, about French culture, American culture, the world, the French language, the English language. It was really unlike anything else I've done. - Colby College View Entire Review
August 14, 2017 Whatever I Made It.
Definitely worthwhile. I learned to be more independent. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
July 21, 2017 A Year In Provence
This experience was definitely worthwhile. I knew it was important to me to improve my French to fluency, and that the best way to do that was to practice it every day by going to France for as long as possible. What I was not prepared for was how I would evolve over this year. I can't say everyone will feel the same way as I do... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained experience speaking and writing in French. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Understanding of another culture, particularly political views, and systems, a new level of capability in the language, and a unique look into how we learn language as children and adults. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 23, 2017 Baguetting By In France
I learned a lot about myself, and different European cultures. I can say that I am much more comfortable being alone, travelling alone, and talking to others. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained valuable insight into other cultures, which was very worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Totally worthwhile. The complete immersion we have here really helps to work on your French. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained more than I can possibly write in this little box!! Language skills, new friends, confidence, independence, self-care and mental health skills, a renewal in my religious faith, lots of recipes...I had the best year of my life here, and I know I'm a different person now than the one I was going in. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
This experience was incredibly worthwhile. It helped me think more deeply about France and French culture, and how I fit into it as an American of Asian descent. I met some wonderful people: French, American, Polish, Guinean... the list goes on! I have made lifelong friends and gained a deeper understanding of and interest in th... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself. I met some incredible people. I still cannot put into words how dramatically my perspective has transformed and how much I feel I have grown - personally, academically, professionally. While it was undeniably exhausting at times, I am endlessly grateful to have had the opportunity to live and stud... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
How to travel alone and be more responsible and independent and rely on myself. - 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):
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • French Language, Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • African Studies
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1980
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