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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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
I did improve my french! Now I can understand most spoken and written french. Also I've improved my writing greatly. I can hold conversations with french people without much difficulty. I still have a long way to go with grammar but I'm happy to have made the progress. I think it was helpful and eye-opening. I was definitely ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was incredibly worthwhile. I learned how to manage conflict and advocate for myself. I learned how to stay cool while I had to give a presentation in French to a bunch of other French people. It boosted my confidence. I made some amazing friends; everyone on the program was hardworking, interesting, and just lovely people to ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I got really good at French and tested out what a life in France would be like. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
July 12, 2018 Aixperience
The main thing I have learned is to not take life seriously. It was worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Big question. Woah. It was a good experience to expand my comfort zone, Aix was beautiful, and my French improved so much. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was worth while. I gained fluency in a language that I had been studying and struggling to master for a long time. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 07, 2018 A Chance To (Aix)Hale
I'm so happy to have had the chance to go abroad and finally put my language skills to the test! - 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
October 05, 2018 Fabulous!
Language and cultural skills - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A second family, great friends, an international perspective - Wellesley College View Entire Review
July 12, 2018 Learning Abroad
I improved my language skills significantly, learned how to adapt to a different living situation and be more understanding of cultural differences, and learned more about the French way of life. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned to navigate a foreign country whilst speaking a foreign language. To add on to that, I learned how to express myself and find myself in a language that I was not comfortable in - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned about another culture and my language skills improved. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a new language and the challenges of trying to express yourself when you are speaking a foreign language. I feel like my speaking capabilities not only in French but also in English have improved, and my classes even come more easily to me now since they're no longer in French. It was totally worth it. - 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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