INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES
The Institute for American Universities is located in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. With a population of 130,000, Aix is one of the major university, legal, and cultural centers of France. Its lovely winding streets and sunny squares, lined with churches, cafes, and theaters, have captured the attention of many artists. Aix has easy access to Paris, Geneva, London, and other major European cities.
The Institute for American Universities, chartered by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York, was founded in 1957 under the auspices of the Universite d'Aix-Marseille, and is one of the oldest and largest education abroad programs in Europe.
Academic Program Highlights
Courses offered at the Institute for American Universities in Aix are comparable to those offered in universities in the United States; subjects include art history, fine arts, European studies, French language and literature, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, business, and economics. No previous knowledge of French is required, but two French courses, one of which must be French grammar, are required of all students each semester.
Students are housed in French homestays, which provide breakfast and dinner five days a per week; semi-independent lodging is available upon request. Cinemas, restaurants, cafes, and discothéques, as well as a variety of sporting events, are available to students in the town of Aix-en-Provence.
Shortly after arrival, students are linked with an animateur/trice, a French student who works with the students throughout the semester to foster integration into the community and improvement of French language skills. Various tours are offered as an integral part of the academic program.