About IAU

Founded in 1957 under the auspices of l'Université d'Aix-Marseille, chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, the Institute for American Universities is one of the oldest and largest education abroad programs in Europe. IAU has served as an academic center for more than 700 colleges and universities and more than 16,000 students-its present annual enrollment overall is at more than 400-and continues to make study in France available to students who recognize the life-long value of living in and exploring a culture other than their own.

IAU History

IAU founder Herbert Maza with the class of 1959


IAU Mission Statement

The Institute for American Universities (IAU) is a study abroad program located in Aix-en-Provence, France, for undergraduates attending American colleges. Courses in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts are offered in French and English. Students are encouraged to live with French families. In the context of Provence's rich Mediterranean heritage, IAU delivers the highest quality curriculum and guides students, both French majors and non-French majors, to cultural competency while fostering a life-long affinity for the culture, language and people of France.