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 23 Reviews
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Yes! Living with a host family was the best experience. I learned other ways of living and my French really really got better. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I found myself surprised and sometimes shocked at French people's attitudes on things, which made me appreciate my own culture so much more. I do think it was worthwhile because it gives you a different perspective on how foreigners are treated outside their country. Being somewhere where people do not speak your first language ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I got to travel to several different countries, meet the people, and visit my extended family. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that I am able to live independently. It was a fun experience as well, to be away from the stressful environment at Wellesley. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Great
Better level of French, worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned so much about the French culture and people. What Aix lacked in its academics it more than made up for in the quality of life and the joie de vivre of the people. It was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Wellesley College: Aix-en-Provence - Universite de Provence (Aix-Marseille I)
My experience abroad was definitely worthwhile. Living in a foreign country was absolutely wonderful for learning about a new culture first-hand. Even if it may seem cliche, it honestly was able to offer me a new perspective on life and the world. Living in a different country and culture and being surrounded by a different lang... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
N.B. I said I wouldn't choose the same program not because I hated WIA, but because I was deciding between WIA and Sciences Po Paris and think that Paris might have been a better fit for me. The program was certainly worthwhile, but I felt like I wasted a lot of time. Maybe that's because I get really irritated whenever I fee... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. I learned a tremendous amount about living on my own, how to take care of myself, and how I react to new situations. The language immersion was wonderful, which I didn't think I'd enjoy before I left for France. The courses at the FAC were an experience, probably most useful for highlighting differences in... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a much greater understanding of the French language and of French culture. It was definitely worthwhile! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
French language competency, college credit. Many other things, I had a wonderful time. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Improved my language and interpersonal skills, became well-versed in french culture, and met a wonderful host family who became part of my real family to me. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a great deal of confidence and undeniably improved my command of French. I'm very glad I went to Aix for the semester--the pace of life is relaxed and slow, and I really felt that I enjoyed life. Lovely food and the beautiful weather. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My french improved greatly (fluency and understanding), I was exposed to a different learning style in the French university system, and I made many valuable and important connections. It was 100% worthwhile! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I advanced very significantly in my language skills, and feel that I developed personally a lot along the way. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I became much more fluent in French and learned how to live independently in a different culture. It was very much worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Wellesley In Aix
Definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was a good break from the rigorous academic setting and I got to learn about a different culture. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned to slow down and really enjoy life. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review A Year In Aix
I learned that I am capable of adapting to a different way of living. I thoroughly enjoyed my year abroad and hope to live in France again after I graduate. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained lots of independence, learned a lot about myself, had a lot of downfalls, grew stronger as a person, and learned how to cook. It was worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned so much about France that I cannot fit it all in this box. I learned French history, which allowed me to understand the French more. I watched TV shows that gave me talking points with my neighbors and host parents. I traveled and got to experience different cultures that put into perspective the differences with Frenc... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Wellesley In Aix
It was worthwhile: I made leaps and bounds in my French abilities (which was my goal for going abroad). However, I didn't really enjoy Aix as a city and would have preferred going somewhere else 2nd semester. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
The experience of being abroad in general is so worthwhile, and exploring it all in a different language and culture is just insanely beneficial. No matter what your major, life direction/career path, whatever, living in a country where you really need to change your focus is soooo helpful. And you won't know it until you get th... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing
Certainly worthwhile. So many things I learned outside of the classroom that I could not have learned anywhere else. - Tufts University View Entire Review

About

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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