IAU College (IAU) is an American institution of higher learning located in southern France offering study abroad opportunities and degree programs in various fields including Business Administration, International Affairs, Art & Art History and French Studies. Its main campus is in Aix-en-Provence, France, and satellite programs span throughout Spain, Morocco, and the United Kingdom. Established in 1957, IAU was one of the first American-style, English language, liberal arts educational institutions in Western Europe. It is chartered by the Regents of the State University of New York and is recognized by the Rectorat of Aix-Marseille University and the French Ministry of Education. IAU is often considered the oldest and largest study abroad program in Europe and the first institution to offer a study abroad program to those studying programs other than French language.
Aix-en-Provence is located in the southern region of France and is home to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Marchutz School of Fine Arts, The School of Business & International Relations and The French Honors Program. While the city offers access to traditional French culture in an intimate setting, it is still able to maintain the charm and elegance of a large metropolis. The quaint town is known for its beloved painter, Paul Cezanne, who painted the surrounding landscape. Local excursions during both semester and summer programs provide students with an enhanced awareness of Provencal culture while giving them a unique and unparalleled French experience.
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||IAU has the feel of a quaint town in a small city.
||Students at IAU live in homestays. See housing section below for more information.
IAU offers a wide breadth of courses taught in English and French.
All studies studying at IAU for the full fall or spring semester are required to take at least one French language course.
Find a full list of IAU courses here. If the term you want to study abroad is not yet posted, refer to the same semester of the previous year.
Internships: Adapting to a new culture involves not only learning the language and culture but also a better understanding of the work environment and how methods and habits may differ from student’s home setting. Business students will receive priority placement in internships and can expect to earn three credits. Visit our web site to see a list of internship opportunities.
Early Start: IAU offers a week-long, early start option for students enrolled in IAU's semester program. Students who enroll will be able to meet local French and foreign students through IAU, attend lectures on local culture, participate in a hands on learning environment with small classes and personal attention and jump start the French immersion process.
Adelphi requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 to study abroad. IAU also has a 2.5 GPA requirement to be admitted into their program. If you do not meet these requirements and hope to study abroad, please email email@example.com.
Housing & Meals
IAU students live in homestays. Living in a French home is considered the best form of housing because it provides an immediate introduction to life in this new place. It is an incomparable opportunity for those who seek knowledge that is neither superficial nor second hand. It provides an introduction into the community and is a great incentive to learning the language. IAU’s hosts come from a cross section of society; they belong to no particular professional or social milieu, but all are carefully chosen and many have hosted American students for several years. Most of the rooms available with the hosts are approximately a 15 to 35 minute walk from classes. When living in French homes, students are on a demi-pension “plan.” This includes daily breakfast and six dinners per week. Bed linen, pillow, and blankets are provided, but not towels, and the room is cleaned weekly.
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Excursions enable students to expand their understanding of Provence. The cost of excursions is included in the program fee and as such, students are strongly encouraged to participate. Students have the opportunity to travel to areas in the region on field trips and day excursions that complement classroom learning. Previous excursions have included trips to Paris, Geneva, Arles, Isle sur la Sorgue, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Les Baux de Provence, Avignon, Marseille and Nîmes.
Students also have opportunities to participate in semesterly lecture series, open-mic nights, cooking classes, language partner exchanges, talent shows, wine tastings and other cultural events with other IAU students and students from the local French universities.
IAU has an on-campus Wellness Program that gives students access to a staff psychologist and counselor. IAU staff have offices and office hours available to students as drop-ins or by appointment.
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Application Procedures and Deadlines
Students are required to submit an online application through the CIE website and must also complete a separate application to the study abroad university to which they are applying.
The application process can seem overwhelming, but here are some guidelines to follow:
- Attend a group advising session at the Center for International Education to obtain an overview of the study abroad process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Complete the Adelphi study abroad application. Click the APPLY NOW button on this page. If you are not sure of which program you want to apply for, complete the general application here.
- Schedule a mandatory meeting with a study abroad advisor by emailing email@example.com.
- Meet with your academic advisor to explore programs and course options. It is important that the school you are interested offers the courses you need to take in order to graduate on time.
- Select the courses you are interested in enrolling in and fill out the AU Course Equivalency Form. Courses must be approved before you depart for your program.
- Apply directly to IAU. Find the IAU application online.
Adelphi Application Deadlines:
Fall - March 15
Spring - October 15
IAU Application Deadlines:
Fall - May 1
Spring - October 1
Students are responsible for their own travel documents, including obtaining a passport and researching entry regulations.
- All students need a valid passport with an expiration date at least six months after your return.
- If you are a citizen of another country, please work with appropriate consulate general for study abroad destination in order to identify and obtain appropriate entry documents. Email the Center for International Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need assistance.
- For students maintaining F-1 international student status, interested in participating in a study abroad program, the following must be completed:
- Contact the Office of International Student Services in order to review your I-20, passport and F-1 visa for review and guidance for participation.
- Request a travel endorsement signature valid for re-entry into the United States.
- Maintain valid F-1 status
- Students pay tuition and fees directly to Adelphi University. All other costs, including housing, are paid directly to the appropriate entity.
- Students should carefully review their finances when considering a study abroad opportunity. Please set up an appointment with Adelphi University's Student Financial Services (basement of Levermore) to understand how studying abroad will impact your financial aid and scholarship package.
- Read the full Study Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarships policy here.
- Adelphi Univeristy offers several study abroad tuition scholarships. Find more information here.
- Students who receive a Pell Grant are eligible to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which offers up to $5,000 in scholarship funds for study abroad.
- The Steven J. Rubin IAU Study Abroad Scholarship: $2000 will be awarded to an Adelphi University student planning to study abroad at the Institute for American Universities (IAU) in Aix-en-Provence, France ($1000 applied to tuition and $1000 applied to housing at IAU).
Adelphi University requires all students studying abroad to have international health insurance coverage. Adelphi University has a contract with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), which provides worldwide health insurance coverage. Contact the Center for International Education for more information.
Health and Safety
- Students are responsible for their own physical and mental health while studying abroad and are encouraged to meet with a healthcare provider prior to travel.
- Find updated travel advisories and alerts posted by the U.S. Department of State here.
- For updated health information pertaining to your study abroad destination, visit the CDC.
- All study abroad students are advised to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. Department of State that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.