Study Abroad - Aix Extracurricular Activities

IAU offers its students in Aix-en-Provence, France, dozens of opportunities to explore and maximize their time abroad. From cultural and linguistic immersion opportunities to athletic sports, lecture series to soirées with students from the local French universities, IAU has something to meet the needs and interests of its diverse student body.

Fall 2016 Lecture Series
Main Hall 2bis rue du Bon Pasteur 

Silicon Provence: Founders' Stories in the French Start-Up Ecosystem
Dr. Amaury Khelifi Senior CTO, Out of Tech 
Thursday, 29 September - 6 :30pm

Ethics in the Corporate World
Professor Carolina Serrano Institution d’Administration d’Entreprises, Aix-en-Provence 

Monday, 3 October – 6:30pm 

Traduire La Voix : Textes et Personnages (in French)
Professor Audrey Coussy  IAU College 
Tuesday, 11 October – 6:30pm

An American Entrepreneur in France
Richard Harrison Real estate investment advisor and developer  
Thursday, 13 October – 6:30pm 

The Climate is Changing: Food and Agriculture Must Too 
Materne Maetz Senior Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 

Tuesday, 18 October – 6:30pm 

Behind the Scenes of the UK Press Coverage of Brexit
Christopher Grimes Financial Times Analysis Editor 

Thursday, 20 October – 6:30pm

Low Cost Airline Strategies and Misadventures   
Dr. Richard Lewin Rollins College 

Thursday, 27 October – 6:30pm 

The Rise of Euro-Trash Cinema: Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face
Dr. Antonio Barrenechea University of Mary Washington 

Wednesday, 9 November – 6:30pm  

Passer d'une langue à l'autre: les enjeux de Plurilinguisme (in French)
Dr. Noëlle Mathis IAU College 
Tuesday, 15 November - 6:30pm

Moonlit Walks with Proust: Alterations of the Perceptible World 
Dr. Patricia Locke St. John’s College 

Wednesday, 16 November – 6:30pm 

One-Man Play: Stefan Zweig’s "The Chess PLayer" 
Dr. Richard McElvain Fitchburg State University 
Wednesday, 23 November – 6:30pm 

Creation of ITER, A Cutting Edge Collaboration
Moustafa Moteleb ITER Organization 
Thursday, 1 December – 6:30pm 

Making Films in the South of France
Vassili Meimaris Director, Paca Regional Commission
Thursday, 8 December – 6:30pm 

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)

Please contact IAU College's Student Life Coordinator, Ms. Margaux Hofstedt, for inquiries regarding the below opportunities. 

French Language

  • Meet French students through IAU College's Buddy Program: a cultural and French/American language program allowing all IAU students to have regular contacts with French students while in Aix. Students are paired with local French students from Political Sciences University and other Universities in Aix. This is one of the best ways to make your study abroad experience worth your while. IAU College regularly invites French and American students to various events such as buffet dinner parties, live music parties, talent shows and much more!

  • Over 60 American students are a part of this French-English language partnership. French students study at local universities such as The Institute for Political Studies (l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques) and the Aix-Marseille University (L'Institut Universitaire de Technologie de l'Université d'Aix-Marseille). IAU students help tutor French students in English and help them prepare for their English oral and written exams.

  • Some recent activities that the Buddy Program has been involved in include: a trip to Montpellier with students from the IEP, celebrating Valentine's day and playing billiards with students from l'IMPGT and an international dinner with students from IEP.

Explore Provence

  • Visit a winery and participate in a winetasting at Château Lacoste.

  • Olive picking in the Fall: Check out photos from a trip to the olive gardens! 

  • Visit lavendar fields in the summer: Visitors from all over the world come to Provence in June and July just to walk through acres of lavender fields, all 5 senses enlightened by this wonderful flower. You will be learning about the distillation process and the many uses of lavender essential oil.

  • Cooking workshops at l’Ane à Nageoires.

  • Join a local church/synagogue/mosque while studying in Aix and meet French and foreign students from all over the world.

Traveling in Europe and the Mediterranean Region
WSAEurope: IAU is a partner with WSA (Weekend Student Adventures), an organization that helps students travel safely in the region.

Physical Activities

  • Hike to the summit of the jewel of Provence, Mount Saint Victoire, Paul Cezanne's favorite motif. A 2-hour easy climb to a chapel-marked top offering an outstanding 360° panorama. 

  • Learn to play the typical pétanque. A perfect way to spend your afternoons in local parks!

  • Go skiing or snowboarding for the day in the Spring with our partner Bivouac Travel agent.

  • Spend an afternoon at Indian Forest Sud Aix rope park.

  • Mountain bike around Mount Saint Victoire with our partner Aixprit.

  • Rockclimb, hike and Nordic walk with our partner Evana.

  • Take dance classes – ballet, modern dance, Zumba, and MORE with our partner Aix City Ballet. Additional resources include: Dance in AixFestival d’Aix and Dance Studios in Aix

  • Take salsa and swing dance classes with French students (free admission).

  • Attend free rehearsals at Pavillon NoirAix Contemporary Dance National School.

  • Schedule a weekend trip with Discovery of Provence!

  • Attend pilates classes.

  • Sports and Fitness - Around 50 different individual or collective sports are available for IAU College students. IAU College has a special agreement with Aix-Marseille University sport organization allowing IAU College students to attend all sport activities and join French University teams. Sport categories: soccer, American football, basketball, handball, swimming, waterpolo, martial arts, tennis, running, athletics, fencing, horseriding, squash, badminton, hockey, sailing, Frisbee, golf, and gymnastics. To inquire and to enroll for activities contact the Student Activities Coordinator.

  • Swimming - Students interested in swimming while abroad can locate a pool using the Aix-en-Provence Office of Tourism Swimming website

Working while Abroad

  • Job opportunities with French Families - Students can work as tutors, babysitters and English teachers for families in Aix, which will help them meet French people and make money on the side. Job placement cannot be guaranteed by IAU. Part-time jobs in Aix-en-Provence can be hard to find and require students to complete the OFII Form during the long stay student visa application.

Student Conferences

IAU Students Attending a Local Festival