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Study Abroad - Aix: The School of Business & International Relations

The IAU Business & International Relations Program gives all semester and summer students the opportunity to take business courses while studying abroad in France. IAU business courses are approved by Fairfield University, an IAU partner institution whose Dolan School of Business is accredited through AACSB, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  

Through the Business & International Relations Program, students will have the unique opportunity to learn about international business strategies and procedures with a specific focus on the global market. Disciplines taught include, but are not limited to, economics, finance, international business, management and marketing. 


Students participating in the Business & International Relations Program will have access to unpaid, for-credit semester-long internships at local French enterprises. They receive priority placement in internships and can expect to receive three credits. Find more information about the application and the internships IAU currently has to offer on our Internships page.

Semester and Summer Courses

Students enrolled in the School of Business and International Relations are able to take a wide variety of courses in business, finance, economics, political science, international relations, as well as French, humanities, art, and more. Click below for the most recent Business and International Relations course offerings:

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January Term Courses in Business and International Relations

American Diplomacy - Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Casablanca, Rabat, Paris, Brussels

This program is for students interested in learning about modern American diplomacy and the people who make it happen. Students will go behind the scenes at U.S. embassies in Europe and North Africa to meet U.S. diplomats at the forefront of American engagement. Cultural visits, Embassy briefings and academic lectures by IAU scholars and resident experts will place U.S. policies in their historic and geographic context, provide real-world examples of how American diplomats work, and explore the economic, security and environmental issues they face.

Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • Political Science 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century
  • International Relations 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century
  • Peace Studies 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century

Europe and the Islamic World Seminar - France, Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco

IAU’s January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, Gibraltar and Spain. The academic component consists of a series of briefings from leading academic, literary and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic World. Participants will spend 17 nights in 12 cities and will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars from IAU in addition to local guides and experts in the field of politics, art history, history and culture. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications.

Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • Art History 395: Classical Islam and the European Renaissance
  • Cross Cultural Studies 395: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World
  • French 395: Cultural History of France and the Islamic World
  • History 395: Cultural History of Europe and the Islamic World
  • Political Science 395: European Politics and the Islamic World
  • Religious Studies 395: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World
  • Spanish 395: Cultural History of Spain and the Islamic World

French Wine Studies - France (Paris, Reims, Burgundy, Lyon, Provence)

The wine industry continues to develop as a global market force and France has long been considered the heart of wine production. Traveling to six major wine regions, this seminar examines the individuality and expression of this uniquely French product. Topics include the international influence of the French wine market, globalization of wine, economic and trade aspects along with cultural influences. Students will have the opportunity to speak directly with winemakers, vineyards, wine associations, retailers and restaurateurs to fully experience the vast diversity of the wines of France. Through guided visits and tastings, students will gain an understanding of the French concept and marketability of “Terroir” in regions, varieties and styles.

Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • Business 306: The Global Wine Industry: A French Immersion
  • Wine Studies 306: The Global Wine Industry: A French Immersion
  • Economics 303: Regional Wine Trade & Economics
  • Geography 303: Regional Wine Trade & Economics