Study Abroad - Aix Semester Study Tours

Spring 2016: Students on a January weekend ski trip to Vars in the Hautes-Alpes.

(Left) Emily Murphy, Shakhnoza Nasriddinova, Madison Ryan, and Elayne Deelen take in the mountain air after a gondola ride; (Center) Liam Maguire, Emily Scott, Lauren Butler, and Nate Goldman snap one last photo after eating lunch on top of the mountain; (Right) Emily Scott takes a moment to enjoy the view at the top of slopes. (Photos taken by Liam Maguire)


Marseille is a vibrant and exciting city in France, which is why it was chosen to be the European City of Culture 2013! This is a title no other French city can hold for another 10 years. Music, art, exhibitions and the reopening of the city’s refurbished museums will dominate France’s oldest city. Visit Fodor’s “Provence: Places to Explore” to learn more! 

Cassis is a small fishing village near Marseille, where you can inculdge in five can’t-miss experiences:

1. Experience the Calanques: Small coves lined with steep, dramatic walls of white limestone. Experience them by boat, on foot, by kayak or on a climb.

2. Eat bouillabaisse and sample Cassis’ famed white wines: A local French must-have meal.

3. Take a walk in the Harbor: Take photos of the boats and pastel-painting buildings.

4. Hike or Drive Cap Canaille: Enjoy the stunning views of the Gulf of Cassis, olive trees, calanques and vineyards.

5. Enjoy the local shops and markets: Experience and shop like locals.

Learn more by visiting Fodor’s “Insider’s Guide to the South of France: Cassis” for more information!

Le Luberon
The Luberon region, named after a mountain range north of Aix, is renowned for its natural beauty and picturesque scenery. 

The village of Lourmarin at the foot of the Montagne du Luberon is dominated by its château. Albert Camus, the author of The Plague and The Stranger, is buried in the village cemetery.

The village of Lacoste is a typical hillside village; from its terrace, there is a lovely view of the Calavon valley, the hilltop village of Bonnieux, and, in the background Mont Ventoux.

The village of Roussillon stands on an unusual site on the highest of the hills between the Coulon valley and the Vaucluse plateau. The striking hills surrounding the village are composed of ochre rock of many different shades which also color the village's buildings.


Les Baux de Provence & Fontaine de Vaucluse
Les Baux de Provence is a Provencal village with a spcial charm. Come enjoy the small squares, shady sidewalk cafes, narrow streets and shops. Learn more online!

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a medieval village tucked in a valley at the southwestern corner of the mountainous Plateau de Vaucluse, just east of Avignon. A main feature of Fontainede-Vaucluse is the truly amazing and unique sight of a river gushing up out of the ground. See what else the Vaucluse has to offer.