Study Abroad - Aix Early Start Program

Students are invited to join IAU for an optional week-long, early-start program before their fall or spring semester abroad. Students from The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The French Honors Program and The Marchutz School of Fine Arts are all encouraged to participate. Review the weekly schedule for the Early Start Program to learn more!

Students can expect to:

  • Earn one course credit
  • Jump-start the French immersion process and ease into the new and exciting culture
  • Gain confidence in their language skills and feel comfortable in everyday communication with locals
  • Participate in a hands-on environment with small classes and personal attention
  • Learn to navigate the city of Aix-en-Provence through local excursions in a fun and relaxed setting
  • Attend lectures on local culture to get the most out of their abroad experience
  • Begin their French homestay a week early
  • Learn important intercultural differences such as body language, etiquette, do’s and don’ts, French homestay expectations, stereotypes and misunderstandings
  • Meet local French and foreign students through IAU
  • Learn where to buy the best croissant in town
  • Become a French insider!

Student Reviews

Learn more about the Early Start Program by reading our students' blogs!

"The Early Start Program was an amazing introduction to life in France. In the morning classes we focused on French language and culture, and in the afternoons we went on a variety of excursions that were incredible. The wine tour and hiking were both personal favorites!"
- Julia Watterson

"This program was extremely useful and a perfect way to start the semester. Having a week to adjust to the time change before classes began was great too!"
- Courtney Carroll

"My French language skills improved during the Early Start Program, and I became more confident using my French to navigate this new city. I feel lucky to be here and am ready to start my semester."
- Klevisa Kovaci

Dates and Fees

The Early Start Program fee provides week-long housing with a French homestay, breakfast daily and six dinners, local excursions, language instruction and one course credit.

Students participating in the Early Start Program will be housed with their assigned French host for both the Early Start Program and the following semester. Travel details can be found on the Travel Logistics website. All dates and fees subject to change.

*Students who attend both the J-Term and Spring semester can attend the Early Start Program for a reduced fee.*

Registration

To enroll in the Early Start Program you'll need to submit this Registration Form. Once this form is received IAU will begin the registration process. Please note that the program does have a maximum capacity, and we accept registrations on a rolling basis. You can expect to hear from IAU shortly after this form is submitted regarding your enrollment in the Early Start Program. Your registration is not complete until you have received confirmation from IAU College.

Early Start Program Students visiting Mont Sainte Victoire