January in France, England, the Czech Republic and Italy


This travelling program emphasises the great cities of Europe through visits to Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, and Paris, France; London, England; Prague, Czech Republic; and Rome, Italy. Soak up these world-class cities’ art, architecture, culture and history as you explore each city as a living, breathing “classroom.”

Program Overview

Enjoy the culture and cuisine of France, lose yourself in London, delight in the emerging nature of Prague, and admire the architecture and history of Rome. This program utilises the cities themselves as your classroom, also utilising local experts and guides to provide authentic insight into what makes each city unique (and also similar) in their status as European hubs of art and culture.

Best of Europe

This study tour showcases some of the best of Europe. Students explore six major cities using literature and the arts as a guide to understanding the rise and establishment of the urban setting. Through readings and media studies, students examine the artistic process from inspiration to creation. Site visits and guided tours then allow students to experience the historical, geographical and demographical foundations that inform the fictional representations of European cities and their impact on perceptions of those cities today.

Winter Wonderland

Escape the Aussie heat and sun to the fabulous European winter and snow. What better way to enjoy winter than to study the history and culture of cities like Rome, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Paris, Prague and London. Get cosy with a European cappuccino and appreciate the literature, cinema, music and art that has cultivated these impressive cities.

The Professor

Dr. Leigh Smith has a PhD in comparative literature, has worked in the area of study abroad and has also studied abroad himself. His experience and expertise will be fundamental to your experience and learning of European history and culture.

What else the cities have to offer

This study tour offers a mix of cities – students will enjoy strolling through the buzzing streets of Rome, one of the world’s great art cities. It has so much to offer, from the enthralling art and culture, to the delectable food and wine, to the ancient ruins and historical sites. Just over a week in the stunning French cities will be a sight for sore eyes, with amazing architecture, elegant and sophisticated boutique-laden streets, classic sites, gorgeous landscapes and so much more. To add to the diversity, Prague is truly beautiful and fascinating, exuding a mix of historic, dark, gothic and chic elements. And what’s not to love about London?

Want more? 

This January academic travelling program finishes in mid-January, allowing you time to set off for another adventure and explore some of the same locations in more detail or explore new horizons. The opportunity to travel and explore in Europe is endless, with affordable and accessible transport systems (train).


Here are some of the highlights you can expect throughout this unique travelling study program:

  • Visit several of Europe’s major cities
  • English-speaking support services staff
  • Mingle with the local European students
  • Experience a diverse mix of art and culture
  • Lust after the fabulous European landscapes
  • Compliment your studies by taking the opportunity to travel and explore further during January and February

Sample Itinerary

A tentative itinerary has been put together (subject to change). This program is largely travel-based and offers a blend of academic, social, cultural and recreational activities. The free time you have can be spent exploring your host cities with other students.

Please do not make any travel or academic arrangements until you’ve received a confirmed itinerary from CISaustralia.

Arrive in Aix-en-Provence 28 December
Aix-en-Provence, France 28-31 December
Trip to Marseille, France 29 December
Paris, France 31 December – 3 January
London, England 3-7 January
Prague, Czech Republic 7-10 January
Rome, Italy 10-14 January
Program departure 14 January

Choose Your Course

The January in France, England, the Czech Republic and Italy program is hosted by IAU College, France.

GPA Required: To qualify for the program students must have a sound academic standing with a GPA of 4.0 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to find a suitable program.

Course Load: 1 course (equivalent to one full-time academic course)

  • Depending on your Australian university, you may refer to “courses” as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program overseas is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview, and the contact hours.
  • Although you will only take one course in the January program, it is best to get 2 – 3 courses approved by your university before you go overseas. This gives you some flexibility. Why not consider opting for an interesting elective if your degree allows?
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

Course Descriptions:

The following are the proposed courses for January 2020:

  • European Studies 303: Europe and the Urban Space
  • Anthropology 301: The Artist and the City
  • Literature 375: The European City in Literature
  • Communications 375: The European City in the Visual Arts
  • Geography 201: Europe and its Cities

The syllabus for this program remains the same regardless of which course the student undertakes. As students are visiting the same sites, attending the same lectures, partaking in the same activities, etc. they are learning the same content. The difference is in their assessment pieces. The topic and focus of a student’s assessment pieces will be based on what course they have chosen.

Great Cities: Students explore major cities across Europe using literature and the arts as a guide to understanding the rise and establishment of the urban setting. Through readings and media studies, students examine the artistic process from inspiration to creation. Site visits and guided tours then allow students to experience the historical, geographical, and demographical foundations that inform the fictional representations of European cities and their impact on perceptions of those cities today. Students have the opportunity to learn from and exchange their observations with experts as well as distinguished on-site scholars and local guides in order to frame their own perception of the cities and these cities’ representation through the arts.

This course will explore the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilisation. Literature and the arts will serve as the focal point. The course will concentrate primarily on the late nineteenth-century up to the contemporary setting, more specifically on Aix-en-Provence/Marseille, Paris, London, Prague and Rome. Students will explore a variety of media: novel, poetry, cinema and the fine arts.

View the 2019 course syllabus

Program Facilitators

Dr. Leigh Smith has lived in Provence since 1999 and has worked in the field of study abroad since 1998, beginning with his first work with the University of North Carolina’s Paris program while still a graduate student.  While working there as on-site assistant to the program director, he met his future wife and eventually returned to France.  He and his wife settled in Provence where their three children were born. He completed his dissertation while abroad and received his Ph.D. in comparative literature. He has since gone on to teach at the Université de Paul Cézanne and at the Université de Provence in Aix and in Marseille.  His first position in Aix was as academic advisor with the American University Center of Provence.  He has taught courses in literature and French culture at the IAU since 2005.  He served as interim director of The Aix Center over the 2008-2009 academic year and assumed the role of Academic Director at IAU in April 2011.


There is so much to see during this fun and exciting program. Possible places to visit include French chateaus, the famous Louvre, Palais Royal, the Rijksmuseum, Kafka’s Prague castle, and so much more! This January study tour is sure to be jam-packed with adventure and learning.

Other possible excursions include:

  • The Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain
  • The Colosseum
  • Eiffel Tower
  • The Champs-Élysées
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • The Latin Quarter
  • The Moulin Rouge
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Big Ben


Explore some of the classiest and classic cities in Europe, including*:

  • Aix-en-Provence: 3 nights
  • Paris: 3 nights
  • London: 4 nights
  • Prague: 3 nights
  • Rome: 4 nights

*NOTE: Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

The University

The academic host for this program is IAU College, France. Located in Aix-en-Provence, it’s one of Europe’s premier academic centres with a strong emphasis on immersion in French language and culture. IAU College will bring experts from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to provide students with the greatest insight into each visited location throughout this academic travelling program.


During this program you could stay in a combination of local 3-star hotels, guest houses, hostels and / or serviced apartments. All rooms are same gender shared rooms – usually 2 students per room. You will share your room with other program participants. Details will be provided as part of your final detailed itinerary closer to the program start date. Accommodation will vary according to availability in each city.

Program Fee & Dates

January 2020
Application Deadline27 September 2019
Arrival Date28 December 2019
Departure Date14 January 2020
Program Fee A$ 7,999
OS-HELP A$ 6,791


Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast daily and some dinners
  • Entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues
  • Health and medical insurance
  • CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • On-site orientation
  • Intra-European travel to each city during the program
  • IAU College official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

What is not included:

  • Flight to the program starting location
  • Return flight from the program ending location
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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