The institute for American Universities is one of the oldest education abroad programs in Europe. It provides students with academic program of intellectual substance and international focus in the fertile foreign setting of southern France. Founded in 1957, IAU offers a compelling combination - the assurance of a rigorous American form of education thoroughly integrated into all that is exceptional and powerful in French culture. In smaller cities like Aix, where Americans are not quite so common a sight, it is easier to meet residents and other university students spontaneously, and to speak French. A variety of academic options accommodate beginning, intermediate to advance / bilingual French speakers. You will learn about French traditions and gain insight into the culture through your homestay family.
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Being a university town, Aix provides a natural intellectual environment from which the Institute for American Universities benefits and to which it contributes. The many concerts, summer festivals, libraries, museums, bookstores, markets, and cafés have earned Aix its reputation as one of France's most engaging cities. This is a city whose diverse offerings are easily accessible for students-it is small enough that one can walk across the main part of town in 15 minutes. Aix is emphatically not, however, a sleepy village. It bustles with pedestrians, cars, mopeds, and the voices of its inhabitant.
Country and/or City Information
Aix-en-Provence is the city of art, and a city of light and activity. Aix is also a home of art schools and several universities, including some American, attracting a youthful population that sparks the atmosphere. The center of Aix is the old town (vieille ville), ringed by a circle of boulevards and squares. Cours Mirabeau is the center and the heart of Aix. The Cours Mirabeau is a beautiful tree-lined avenue, with one side lined with wonderful terrace cafés and bookshops. Large plane trees overhang the length of the avenue, giving day-long shade on hot days.
2.8 GPA, Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Field of Study:
- Art History
- Business Administration
- Religious Studies
- Studio Art
- IAU College: https://www.iaufrance.org/programs/humanities/courses
- Marchutz College of Fine Arts: https://www.iaufrance.org/programs/finearts/marchutzcourses
Students will live with a homestay family located near the Center, approximately a 15 to 35 minute walk from class. Homestay is a great form of housing because it provides an immediate introduction to French life and the community, and is a great incentive to learn the language. Homestay is also an incredible opportunity to form lifelong relationships with a host family.
If you are a student at one of the U.S. Lasallian universities or colleges, you will remain enrolled at your school and pay tuition and program fees there. Tuition is based on your campus tuition rates and may include an additional surcharge depending on the program. Contact the person on your campus responsible for study abroad.
Fall semester - September through December
Spring semester - January through May
Fall semester - March 1
Spring Semester: October 1
Must complete SMC online application and Institute for American Universities (IAU) application..
- For instructions on how to complete the IAU application, please go to:
- To assess the IAU application go to:
- Make sure you submit all application materials to your Home Campus by the application deadline.