Study Abroad - Aix French Honors Program

The French Honors Program is designed for French Majors or other students with demonstrated advanced-level French, interested in a comprehensive language and cultural immersion program. As part of the program, students will take a required four unit French honors course which will include one fall or spring semester content course, chosen by the student, as well as an additional seminar-style class meeting each week. This hour-long weekly seminar will integrate the themes of the student's chosen course with current sociocultural-political events in France. Students will be expected to keep a daily journal of thoughts, feelings and experiences in French. This journal will be examined and discussed on a regular basis in the weekly seminar meeting. Please click here for more information about the seminar and course curriculum. 

In addition, students will:
  • Be placed in a homestay where only French is spoken
  • Be spoken to solely in French by IAU faculty and staff
  • Enroll in all courses taught in French
  • Opt to take up to two courses at the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille, with French students (typically during the spring semester only)
  • Attend special receptions, cultural activities and excursions in French Participate in a lecture series in French by local experts in politics, journalism and cultural history of the region
  • Engage in a French Language Partner Program with French students from the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille
  • Opt to be placed into a for-credit 'stage' (internship) based on their academic background and career aspirations
  • Upon full completion of the program, students will be awarded a Certificate in French Honors Abroad.

French Honors Program Course Requirements

  • French Honors Seminar (FRE 411) from Session A - 3 credits
  • Two courses taught in French from Session A, B or C - 6 credits

6 Credit Summer Term - Course Requirements:

  • French Honors Seminar (FRE 411) from Session A - 3 credits
  • One course taught in French from Session A, B or C – 3 credits

(Click here to see the Semester Course Catalogue for complete and up-to-date course offerings)

Students take the French Honors Seminar FRE411 + four upper level French classes (exceptions can be made for one class in English according to home college credit needs.

FRE/LIT/ART 411 : Crossing Spaces in the Intercultural Context - French Honors Seminar – 4 credits :
This course proposes an exploration of literary and artistic themes related to the notion of space, both personal (internal) and geographic (external), and specifically the tensions created by the crossing (“Traversée”) between one space and another.

Choose four upper level French classes. See the most recent course offerings and descriptions in the semester course catalogue.

Read what past French Honors students experienced in Aix on our blogs from Spring 2015 & Summer 2015!

ollow along with French Honors students on the IAU French Honors Fracebook page!