Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France

A PLU Featured program, IAU offers semester and year-long study abroad programs in the historic provincial city of Aix-en-Provence, France. IAU’s campus in Aix is centrally located just a few doors down from local French universities, shops, cafes and more in the historic part of town. The facilities have been completely renovated with modern amenities to suit the needs of the 21st century college student. IAU Aix employs a full-time student affairs and academic affairs staff to advise, place, house, and otherwise support incoming students.

Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Full Year Program 

Academic Features

Students typically earn 16 credits in a wide range of fields. Students choose one academic track when they apply:

  • The French Honors Program
  • The School of Business & International Relations
  • The Marchutz School of Fine Arts
  • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences

PLU students have the opportunity to participate in the “Early Start Program” where they will earn one academic credit and jump start the French immersion process.

Learn more here about IAU academic areas.

For course listing links, click here.


IAU internships require 4 semesters of college French. Past placements have included internships in Business, Communications, Education, Law, Library Science, Museum Science, Theatre, Tourism, and more. For more information, see IAU’s internship page.

PLU Course Equivalency

As PLU students choose this program, a Course Equivalency Guide will be built and uploaded to this webpage.

Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU’s Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.

Course and study tour offerings are subject to change.

Study Tours

Study tours vary by program and semester. Excursions and scheduled cultural activities are included in the program fee. Some previous study tours include:

  • La Coitat and Parc du Mugel
  • Le Luberon
  • Les Baux de Provence & Fontaine de Vaucluse

Learn more about study tours here.


Students live with French families, usually within a 25 minute walk from the IAU campus. Homestays will provide seven breakfasts and six dinners per week; students are responsible for providing their own lunches. All requests (i.e., dietary, allergies, medical, preferences) are taken into consideration.


  • Single or shared bedroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Internet access
  • Laundry access

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing, meals (homestay & meal stipend), study tours, study abroad insurance, visa fees* and laundry). To find the current comprehensive fee for one semester, divide the total full-year cost listed on the Admissions website by two. Please note that the comprehensive fee varies each year, and the cost of this program will be based on the year in which you study away. Financial aid applies.

*The Wang Center will reimburse you for your visa fees up to $300; such fees can include: visa processing fees, consulate fees, online application fees. Reimbursement does not include: domestic travel costs for in-person submission, postage costs.

Out-of-pocket Expenses

Some air travel, books/supplies, personal excursions, domestic travel*/postage for visa processing, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

*Be sure to research your visa requirements as you may have to go in-person to a consulate or visa processing center. Depending on the country, there may or may not be a local consulate, and you may have to fly to another US state.

IAU Scholarships

IAU offers a variety of scholarships for students studying away at Aix-en-Provence. Click here to view the list of scholarships, application details, and deadlines.

Contact Us

Holly Peterson, Study Away Advisor and Semester Program Liaison

Dr. Rebecca Wilkin
Aix-en-Provence – PLU Faculty Liaison, Associate Professor of French

Contact IAU here.


Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must have a minimum 2.7 G.P.A. Must be a student in good standing.

Prior French experience is not required, though the French Honors program does have additional requirements. See the IAU website for more information.

Application Deadline

Fall, Spring and Full Year applications are due March 15

A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application.

Each academic year the current application is made available during International Education Week in November.

Applicants must also complete IAU’s application. After a student is approved by the Wang Center, a staff member will direct them on how to apply to IAU.

Application Components

  • Short essays
  • Faculty Recommendation Form
  • $50 Non-refundable Application fee
  • Advising appointment
  • Online applications for both PLU and IAU

Aix-en-Provence Website

Visit Aix-en-Provence IAU’s website to learn more.

Program Highlights

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
  • Live with a host family in Aix-en-Provence
  • Improve your French skills through immersion
  • Take courses in Business, International Relation, Humanities, or Social Sciences
  • Internships available for students with advanced French skills