France: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Aix-en-Provence
Founded in 1958, the Institute for American Universities (IAU) is one of the oldest and largest international education programs in Europe. At IAU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, students from all majors may take courses and earn between twelve and eighteen credit hours per semester. Students find courses in subject areas such as psychology, political science, comparative literature, art history, studio art, business, economics, philosophy, education, history, archeology, civilization, theatre, government, and the French language from the beginning to the advanced levels. Courses are taught in both English and French. No previous knowledge of French is required; however, all students are required to take at least one French course. Beginners are required to enroll in six units of French language. All courses are taught by French faculty from local universities and by adjunct faculty from the UK and US.
IAU College is located in Aix-en-Provence on the Mediterranean coast. Aix-en-Provence is one of the major academic, legal, and cultural centers of France with easy access to Paris, Geneva, London and other major European cities.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.
IAU College, The School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Aix-en-Provence (pop. Approx. 130,000) has an informal Mediterranean quality; its residents are insistently out and about year round. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, is a very beautiful old town, rich in history and local tradition. It is considered on of the finest examples of the famed Provencal style of architecture, and a walk through the streets is a lesson in artistic control, in form, composition, rhythm, and beauty. Within a few miles of the center of Aix, original motifs of many great artists remain intact. Overlooked by hills and Mont Sainte Victoire, Aix lies in a natural basin and is famous for its fountains, winding streets and sunny squares, monuments and churches, universities and thermal waters.
Designed for all majors, IAU College is renowned for its founding philosophy of making it possible for students with beginning French language skills to study in France. The structure of its program, which combines French language study with a range of liberal arts courses taught in both English and French, has opened the doors of cross-cultural learning to thousands of students who would otherwise have been denied the opportunity to study abroad. IAU College requires all students without prior background in French to take at least two introductory French language courses per semester in addition to their courses conducted in English. Intermediate-level French students complete at least one language course with liberal arts courses taught in English or French, while students with advanced French competency may elect to take all of their courses in French.
Semester and summer programs available.