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Education Abroad Office

Institute for American Universities (IAU)

Area: Global Direct
Location: Aix-en-Provence
Country: France
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year, Summer

IAU offers semester, summer and January-term study abroad programs in the historic Provençal city of Aix-en-Provence, France. Located along the Mediterranean Sea, IAU allows students to experience the culture of the south of France. The mild climate, famed cuisine and the arts give the Mediterranean region a distinct feel, unique from anywhere else in the world. While the city of Aix offers access to traditional French culture in an intimate setting, it still maintains the charm and elegance of a large metropolis. The quaint town is known for its beloved painter, Paul Cézanne, who painted the surrounding rolling landscape. Local excursions during both semester and summer programs provide students with an enhanced awareness of Provençal culture while giving them a unique and unparalleled French experience.

IAU's campus in Aix is centrally located just a few doors down from local French universities, shops, cafes and more in the historic part of town. The facilities have been completely renovated with modern amenities to suit the needs of the 21st century college student. IAU Aix employs a full-time student affairs and academic affairs staff to advise, place, house, and otherwise support incoming students for full semester, year-long, summer and January-term programs.

Cost: IAU tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA

Students will pay IAU directly for the program fee. Extra fees may be associated with certain courses that have additional requirements. This program fee will include tuition, housing, daily breakfast/dinner (homestays only), activity fee, textbook rental, orientation, health, liability and repatriation insurance, excursions, and scheduled cultural activities. Additional student costs include round-trip airfare, lunches, and personal expenses. There are many IAU scholarships that you can apply for to help offset these costs.

UofSC students will receive the following automatic discounts for IAU programs:

  • SEMESTER PROGRAMS: 22% off tuition (except Tangier, Morocco program: 10% off tuition)
  • SUMMER PROGRAMS: 15% off tuition
  • VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES/INTERNSHIPS: 20% off tuition (semester, summer) 

UofSC students who receive Federal Pell Grants will receive the following automatic discounts:

  • PELL GRANT MATCH PROGRAM - This is intended for students who participate in a semester or year-long program (must be in-person; excludes virtual experiences). IAU will match student’s Pell award up to the maximum semester equivalent. The minimum award that a student can receive is equal to 25% of tuition. Students who receive the full Pell semester award will receive an exact match from IAU in the form of a grant.
  • GO BEYOND GRANT - This grant is intended for Pell-eligible students participating in a short-term program (summer, January Term) or virtual experience (semester, summer). The awards are as follows:
    • SUMMER PROGRAMS: 25% off tuition
    • JANUARY TERM PROGRAMS: 25% off tuition
    • VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES (semester, summer): 25% off tuition

Programs include: School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Marchutz School of Fine Arts, French Honors Program, and School of Business and International Relations.

Semester courses can be found HERE

Summer courses can be found HERE

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

IAU offers its students in Aix-en-Provence, France, dozens of opportunities to explore and maximize their time abroad. From cultural and linguistic immersion opportunities to athletic sports, lecture series to soirées with students from the local French universities, IAU has something to meet the needs and interests of its diverse student body.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Students in Aix will live in a French homestay, which is a challenging yet enriching experience. Students must learn to adapt to the family's personal and cultural lifestyles, which are naturally quite different from student's own habits.

IAU's hosts come from a cross section of society; some are families with young or grown children, others are single retirees. Some work busy schedules while others may spend most of their days at home. Some of our hosts have several rooms that they rent out to students, and some have just one room.

IAU's calendar follows the US Academic Calendar from Jan. to May for Spring and September to December for Fall semester. There are three different summer sessions students can choose from.

Orientation takes place shortly after incoming students arrive and is designed to help them become familiar with their new environment. Students are introduced to one another, to IAU and to Aix-en-Provence. They meet with the Housing and Academic Directors and with the staff. During this period, the academic policies of IAU are explained and information is given about housing, cross-cultural adaptation, safety and security, and banking options. New students are briefed on social and recreational activities such as sports, ski trips, local gyms, and excursions. French "partenaires linguistiques" show students around the city, answer questions about life in France, and introduce their new American friends to "les jeunes Aixois."

Students who attend IAU for a semester or Academic Year are required to apply for a French visa. More information on the visa application process can be found HERE.

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