AUCP - American University Center of Provence
Immerse yourself in French language and culture for a semester in Provence. Students make record progress in French through multi-faceted full French language immersion.
Do you love French, but can't find a way to go abroad for a whole semester? Spend six weeks fully immersed in the French language with the AUCP in Aix-en-Provence! Open...
Living in Marseille and AUCP - Enriching, Exciting, Challenging
Submitted by Luke N - Wake Forest University | March 08, 2016
Take your traditional idea of France, and throw it out the window. Here you'll find not only a beautiful, gritty urban landscape surrounded by the incomparable region of Provence, but a city with cultural diversity like no other. As someone who really wanted to live like the French, I'm so glad that I did a homestay. I was immediately immersed in the day to day of my French family and their friends. I was particularly happy with my professors at the AUCP - they realize that you are in a new, strange environment and help you take advantage of it. Many of them have spent time stateside and can help you adjust. They truly care about your progress in French and other academic subjects, but also your general well-being.
Overall, my experience at the AUCP was enriching, exciting, challenging and truly once-in-a-lifetime. If I had wanted to go to a carbon copy of my school in a European city with all of the same kids, I would have picked a different program. I chose to immerse myself in all aspects of French culture and the best choice for that is the AUCP.
Happy with my Immersion Experience Abroad
Submitted by Jacob - Linfield College | March 08, 2016
I came to France to improve my French language skills, but I gained a lot more. I've come to realize a lot about my own cultural heritage, especially from living with a host family for a semster. Thanks to the class on French society, I understand a lot more about French culture. I didn't feel like the program provided much about travel know how, becuase I had to figure that out on my own. I've grown tremendously this past semester, my level of independence and ingenuity has increased exponentially, especially after travelling since I'd never been to Europe before or travelled alone.
I miss Aix and the AUCP!!!
Submitted by Elizabeth - Linfield College | March 08, 2016
I have nothing but good things to say about my experience studying abroad at the AUCP. My French progress feels surreal. Before, I could barely speak in French and was never sure how to say things. Now, I can have full conversations with my host mom and always understand...she said my French, and my accent has gotten so much better.
I learned so much, not only about French culture, but also about my own culture. I really enjoyed learning about why things are the way they are in France, especially in terms of secularism, religion, socialism and politics. I wish that we had had less homework, but I do feel like I had to do more work than everyone else because my French level was lower.
While it was definitely a challenge, I absolutely adored my time in France, and will do my best to find a way to come back!
An Unforgettable Experience at the AUCP
Submitted by Gabby - Tulane University | March 08, 2016
Studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence with the AUCP was 100% worthwhile. While I haven't reached full fluency, it is truly INCREDIBLE how much progress I've made in the last four months. I'm truly comfortable speaking French in my everyday life and my writing and comprehension has dramaticaly improved as well.
Living with a host family, making French friends and just always interacting with people from a diffrent culture has enriched my appreciation for other cultures and countries in general. My experience living with my host family was the cornerstone of my study abroad experience. My French improved drastically thanks to the kindness and patience of my host mom particularly. Learning how to immerse yourself in French culture and tradition by becoming a functioning member of a French household was invaluable.
Part of me thinks that the AUCP should have given us more freedom to organize our leisure time - but having the requirements to do an activity or volunteer for an organization helped push us to engage in the community, and I am truly grateful for that. In the beginning, it was challenging to feel integrated, but the cultural learning at the AUCP was extremely helpful - it made me conscious lf my own American identity and helped me to try to function as part of French culture, not just an observer. Provençal people are super friendly if you make the effort to speak French and connect with them on a personal level. Once I started to make friends, I began feeling more and more seamlessly integrated with the local culture, and I'm confident that the connections I've made will continue to be a part of my life.
The professors were extremely qualified and approachable. The content was challenging, especially considering it was all in French, but the workload was ultimately manageable. I now realize how unique and once-in-a-lifetime an experience like this is. Living with a host family and taking classes in such a supportive and nurturing environment are definitely opportunities you can't take for granted. It was truly an invaluable experience.
Becoming French thanks to the AUCP
Submitted by Caroline F - George Washington University | March 08, 2016
The AUCP program truly brough an international dimension to my education. Knowing so much about French culture, sociology, etc has mae me much more curious and passionate about the language. My host mom has commented that, not only has my French speaking improved, she thinks that I've begun to think in French! I'm 100% certain that I will adopt French ways of life into my US life, and I am much more aware of how I act and things I do on a daily basis.
I'm so proud of my French progress, and I'm excited to be more active in the French-speakjing community at GW and continue to take more French courses. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to do it over again, the AUCP was the perfect program for me.