Fall / Spring Semester Program
Aix-en-Provence, on the main road from northern France to Italy, allows easy access to Paris, Geneva, London, and other European capitals. Both a university town and a legal center, Aix offers an intellectual environment beneficial to all students. René d'Anjou, Mirabeau, Cézanne, Zola, and Milhaud are among the natives who have left their mark on the city and its inhabitants. Music festivals, libraries, museums, churches, markets and cafés attract tourists and students alike.
The Institute for American Universities, now IAU College, is designed for U.S. college students spending a semester abroad. It is located in a restored 17th century chapel. Classes are offered in English and French, which you will take with students studying abroad from the United States. Class sizes range from 10 to 35 students and often use experiences around the city as part of the course.
View the Pre-Approved Aix-en-Provence Course Equivalencies to learn more about the IAU course equivalents at USD. NOTE: Core Curriculum designations on this list pertain to the OLD Core only.
Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in taking that is not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alana Franklin.
All students must take at least one class instructed in French. Students choose courses from Aix's many offerings that best meet their individual academic and personal needs. Students with an advanced proficiency in French may elect to enroll in the French Honors Program
(available fall and spring semesters) or classes with local French students at the Université d'Aix-Marseille (only during the spring semester).
Students also have the unique opportunity to enroll in an internship course. Please click HERE to learn more about the internships offered in Aix-en-Provence.
IAU College also offers an Early Start program just before the start of general semester abroad activities. Students will enroll in a one-credit course and have an in-depth introduction to life in Aix-en-Provence. Please feel free to check out the Early Start option online! Note: there is an additional cost to participate in the Early Start option. This expense will be billed to your USD Student Account and should be paid directly to USD.
Students are housed in home stays with local families. Living in a French home is considered the best form of housing; it provides an introduction into the community and is a great incentive to learning the language. All home stay placements are made on the students' behalf by IAU College. IAU's hosts are carefully chosen and many have hosted American students for several years.
USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. The Program Fee is also assessed via the USD Student Account and includes the cost of housing. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.
Note: All program expenses are included in the billable subtotal of the Budget Sheet on our Program Cost link with the exception of the Early Start program option. For details on the Early Start option, please visit the IAU College webpage on Early Start and view the cost in the notes section of our Budget Sheet webpage. This expense will be billed to your USD Student Account and should be paid directly to USD.
Supplemental Course Fees: Students will be responsible for paying any/all supplemental course fees charged by the provider. This includes but is not limited to art studio fees, lab fees, etc. This will be billed via USD Student Accounts and should be paid directly to USD.
A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, students will need to register through CampusFrance online as well as apply for a French student visa. Your study abroad advisor will review this process with all admitted students during the pre-departure orientation. The French student visa application is a lengthy process which requires that students be without their passports for quite some time. As such, students are highly discouraged from making any international travel plans within 90 days of the start date of their program.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
Check out a list of the IAU College Extracurricular Activities.