Study Abroad - Aix Field Studies

Field studies allow students to learn outside of the classroom. Classes will travel to archaeological sites in the south of France, museums in Paris and even to the U.N. in Geneva, depending on the course curriculum. IAU curriculum focuses on site specificity, and field studies are incorporated into coursework in a meaningful and intentional way. Students experience the world as their classroom in conjunction with regular coursework. Please see below examples of field studies done each semester in Aix.

Fall 2016 Field Studies Calendar

Prof. Durand with students in Arles, France
Prof. Durand with students in Arles, France

IAU students enjoying a picnic during their Field Study



Le Luberon

The Luberon region, named after a mountain range north of Aix, is renowned for its natural beauty and picturesque scenery. This is the typical Provençal countryside Peter Mayle describes in his best-seller “A Year in Provence,” consisting of hilltop villages, stone houses, dovecotes, vineyards, olive groves, lavender fields and sunflowers.

Lourmarin is a beautiful provençal village, its densely packed old homes with tiny courtyards maintained and planted with care.

A Renaissance château sits on a small rise to the west. As a fortress it once defended this strategic vantage point. Now concerts and art exhibitions are hosted during the summer season at this very fashionable town. Albert Camus maintained his last home here and is buried in the village cemetery.

Prof. Durand leading an IAU Study Tour

Moustiers & Gorges du Verdon
We head east into the Department of the Var, stopping to discover Moustiers Ste Marie, a medieval village at the base of rocky cliffs. You can browse the picturesque streets and walk up to the 12th century chapel for a fantastic panoramic view. We’ll head to Lac Ste. Croix, a beautiful man-made lake at the entrance to the Gorges du Verdon, known for its beaches and water sports. On our return route you’ll see some of the famous lavender fields that cover the plateau.

Cooling Off in the Gorges du Verdon

IAU students enjoying a picnic during their Field Study

The U.N. Building in Geneva
The U.N. Building in Geneva