Semester in Aix-en-Provence, France

If you’re looking to escape the busy hustle and bustle of city life, Aix-en- Provence is the perfect, sun- drenched city in the south of France for you! Picture yourself sitting on a terrace sipping on a local red with your new friends, before heading off to enjoy a three-hour dinner of slow- cooked daube de boeuf Provençale, followed by French pastries or crème caramel. This is merely a glimpse of your program in Aix-en- Provence.

Program Overview

The Semester in Aix-en-Provence will be like a scene out of a movie. Picture a charming french city where the locals come out to the markets every weekend and shop for their fresh produce. The atmosphere is buzzing. Couples stroll down the street testing the freshly picked rasberries, older ladies chat under a parasol in the sun with steaming espressos, while the kids play in one of the many fountains found in Aix-en-Provence. Life will be blissful. Start getting excited about:

  • Stunning location – This city located in the South of France is known for its beauty, Mediterranean climate and art schools and universities. There is no better place to study if you’re looking to meet people your age in a typically relaxed French city.
  • Walk or ride everywhere – One of the best things about living in Aix-en-Provence is that you can walk through the town in 15 minutes. Don’t be fooled, this chic old town offers plenty to see, do and eat!
  • University Town – Despite being a smaller city, Aix-en-Provence is a university town. Well known for it’s art schools and university, it is full of young students all wanting to enjoy the south of France.


The CISaustralia study abroad program in the South of France is unique for many reasons, including:

  • Learn French in France, while supported by your on-site CISaustralia team
  • Organised day trips to surrounding towns and cities – immerse yourself in the real French lifestyle
  • Opportunities to give back within the local community
  • Live with locals hosting English speaking students
  • A semester in the south of france in the charming, easy-going city of Aix-en-Provence
  • Close to nearby seaside towns and beaches – there’s always something new to discover
  • Follow the footsteps of actor Bradley Cooper – he spent six months studying in Aix-en-Provence back in 1995!

Choose Your Course

Semester in Aix-en-Provence is located at IAU College. IAU College offers a wide variety of courses taught in English and French, as well as French-language classes. Disciplines include: archeology, art history, business, civilization, comparative literature, economics, education, film, government, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, studio art, theater, and the French language (beginner to advanced).

In addition, if your French is advanced (at least 4 university semesters of French or the equivalent), you may be eligible to take courses taught in French at the University of Aix-Marseille or enroll in the French Honors Program.

Academic Requirement
To qualify students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement please contact us to discuss your situation. We will do what we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
This is the fun part. Once we have received your application we will send you a CISaustralia Course Selection Worksheet. The instructions provided will assist you through the steps involved in selecting your courses.

Course load: 4 or 5 courses. If you wish to take fewer than 5 courses, you may require approval from your home university in Australia prior to going overseas.

Course approval: Before you spend a semester overseas we encourage all students to have at least 7 – 8 courses at your host institution approved by your home university in Australia. This will allow some flexibility in your class schedule. A semester overseas is also an opportunity to take some interesting electives if your program allows.

Course descriptions and catalogue: Please contact CISaustralia to receive a list of available courses on offer.

You will be notified of what courses you are registered for approximately 30 days prior to the beginning your program.

Helpful information
You will be required to take at least one French-language course (you are living in France, after all). If you’ve never taken French, you’ll need to take an introductory course, because we want you to know enough French to make the most of your time abroad!

*Please note: An additional fee will be charged to all Semester in Aix-en-Provence students enrolling in a Marchutz studio art course.


During your suemester in Aix-en-Provence, you will have the chance to take a number of day excursions to explore the stunning sights France has to offer. These may include:

St Remy
Surrounded by picturesque valleys, ancient cobblestone streets, rolling fields and the ruins of several civilizations, there is something for everyone in this charming provincial town. Don’t forget to pick up some local cheese, wine or sweet treats in this town!

Les Baux
With a castle built in the Middle Ages and gorgeous scenery, Les Baux one of the most picturesque villages in France. Here, you’ll be amazed at the incredible views of the Alpilles Mountains and the valley.

Lourmarin is a bustling Mediterranean village nestled among olive groves, vineyards and almond trees. Home to 15th and 16th century castles as well as provincial churches and traditional French farmers markets, Lourmarin is the perfect place to absorb some spectacular sunshine and culture.


The city of Aix (pronounced “ex”) en-Provence will provide you with the perfect overseas study experience. Well known for hosting some of the best students and universities in France, this town is welcoming of all

The University

IAU College is one of the oldest international universities in Europe and provides a variety of courses for you to study, both in English and French.

While French courses are not a requirement, the College gives you the opportunity to take a French course if you wish, no matter your proficiency level (beginner to advanced). At CISaustralia, our goal is to truly immerse you in the local culture, therefore we encourage you to study the language!

The University is located in a beautiful rustic section of Aix-en-Provence allowing you to learn all about the town’s incredible history. Get to know the locals at your favourite café and find out everything there is to know about the town that was founded in 123 BC.

As a new international student, CISaustralia organises a full orientation upon arrival. You will discover everything there is to know about your new town – from housing, cultural adaptation, money and banking, to sporting, food, safety, excursions, the best restaurants and places to hang out! Local students will also take you on a tour of the city and answer any questions you may have about France.

Program Fee & Dates

Semester program
Please contact CISaustralia for comprehensive program fees and dates. Semester 1 is from mid-January through mid-May. Semester 2 is from early-September through mid-December.
Program Fee A$ 25,499
OS-HELP A$ 6,791


Program fees include the following:
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Arrival orientation
  • Predeparture orientation materials
  • Airport pick-up
  • Academic advising
  • Full-time tuition fees
  • Apartment accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner 6 days per week
  • On-site support
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISaustralia support services before and during the program
  • Financial advice
  • Optional Local excursions
  • Official University transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

Please note that you also need to budget for flights, meals and personal travel expense. We can provide a realistic sample of expected additional expenses so you can be fully prepared for all expected costs and budget accordingly.

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

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.

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