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France

IAU - Study in the South of France, in Aix-en-Provence

Travel to Aix-en-Provence and enroll in world-class courses at the IAU College. While we are based in southern France, we offer programs in different study locations. We

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IAU - The Marchutz School of Fine Arts

Study for a semester, summer, or academic year at The Marchutz School of Fine Arts. The School offers interdisciplinary courses suitable to students of all levels with the...

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IAU - January Term Traveling Seminars

Experience a highly enriching study abroad program, J-term Traveling Seminars, which take place every January. Offered by IAU, these have varied duration and location. Its...

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IAU - The School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Travel to France and attend IAU, where you will sign up for a program that matches your study major and French proficiency. Take liberal arts courses in French and English...

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IAU - The French Honors Program

This is an ideal program if you have French Majors and can demonstrate advanced proficiency. It is a comprehensive language and cultural immersion program that involves enrollment...

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IAU - Semester in Barcelona

Join our semester program in Barcelona at IAU College. The city’s location along the Mediterranean Sea gives you an authentic experience of Catalonian culture. You will...

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IAU - Spanish Language and Culture in Barcelona

IAU is pleased to offer an intensive summer program in Barcelona, Spain. Students will earn up to six academic credits (90 contact hours) and can choose from a variety of...

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Institute for American Universities (IAU) Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    8

Discoveries: personal and intercultural

The French Honors Program is the best way to maximize the semester (or even a year) with IAU College. From the casual picnic in the gardens of the Pavillon Vendome to the excursions to cultural sites, the honor's program lets participants explore Provence while discovering their relationship with the French language. In addition to the honor's course, participants enroll in either 4 other French courses or 3 other French courses and an internship; I did the latter to push myself beyond the "American bubble" that studying with other American students creates.
Even though the workload is a little heavier (it is an honor's program afterall), the grading was easier in the honor's course than in my other 400-level course at IAU. As long as you can form a few sentences in French, you're ready for the honor's program and you will not regret participating.

Program: IAU - The French Honors Program

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

J term to remember

I will never forget my IAU study abroad trip! I went on the Mediterranean Basin trip, and we visited France, Italy and Greece. I loved the professors, and quickly made friends with the 40+ other students on the trip. All of the hotels we stayed in were very nice, and some were also historical which was fun to learn about. The days were long, but it was necessary to have it that way as there was a lot of information to go over in a short amount of time. My professor, Guillame Durand was intelligent, funny and clearly enthusiastic about the material we were learning.

The only thing I would change would be to have more tailored courses. Many of the students were technically taking different classes, but we all received mostly the same information. I think it would be more efficient to have specific groups for each of the classes.

Overall I had an incredibly positive experience on the trip, and I can't wait to go back to Europe as soon as I can.

Program: IAU - January Term Traveling Seminars

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Jump in

As with any experience, The Marchutz School is what you make of it. My advice is to jump in with both feet. I thought about being a part time art student in the afternoon classes, but after meeting John and Alan, the alumni fellows, Pauline, and a few of the students I took a chance on being a full time student. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I went from thinking I would only be there in the afternoons, to camping out in the studio with my classmates. Meeting new people and sharing unbelievable experiences through our daily work, afternoon excursions into the landscape, and trips abroad. I spent more time there than I did with my host in Aix.

If you are looking for a place that will plunge you into a transformative experience, look no further. You will not simply learn how to use a pencil and a paint brush, you will learn how to see, how to listen, how to share your ideas, and how to create, all at a higher level.

Whether you are there for a term, a year, or signing up for the MFA program all you need to do is jump in. It will bring out the best in you.

Program: IAU - The Marchutz School of Fine Arts

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Amazing experience

I had an absolutely amazing experience during this traveling seminar. I was able to see many historical and interesting cities in such a short amount of time. Not only were the places we visited beautiful to see, but the educational experience was fantastic. It was so exciting to learn about important aspects of history while standing in front of the artwork or archaeological site we were discussing. I felt very fortunate to have the staff that was provided to us. They were knowledgeable, and their interest and excitement surrounding the subject matter made it an even more enjoyable experience.

Program: IAU - January Term Traveling Seminars

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Working with French

My main goal in studying in France was to work on my capacity to speak French. The French Honors Program at IAU College has been a perfect place to really learn the language. The entire course load is in French. There are plenty of classes to choose from. As a Writing major, I was able to take an entire semester of classes based on literature, writing, or linguistics. This includes a class of creative writing in French.
Because these classes are with other students learning French, it’s not nearly as intimidating as speaking French in front of French students. This also means that the professors are willing to really work on the language with us. They’ll mark the grammar mistakes on papers and go over small rules if it’s necessary. And everyone at the university is incredibly patient with French learners. I really found the opportunity here to take my knowledge of French and work on weeding out the small errors.
The French Honors Program has worked with the French language just as much as it provides an opportunity to find new perspectives and ways of thinking. There are small excursions and activities throughout the semester that have showed us places and experience around Aix-en-Provence that we might not have seen otherwise. This semester, we had excursions to a nearby art museum and a small Provencal town. These were also times to be around other non-native French speakers to practice speaking with. Overall, the French Honors Program and IAU College in general has been a safe space to really work with the language.

Program: IAU - The French Honors Program

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