UMW in France
Summer at IAU Aix-en-Provence
|Spend your summer in France with Dr. Brooke Di Lauro at IAU College in beautiful Aix-en-Provence. Discover the colorful countryside of the south of France while earning credits towards your degree.
Students will stay in a student residence hall with access to a furnished kitchen, common area, and laundry facilities. WiFi, bed linens, and towels are included. Meals are not included.
Alternatively, students will have the option to participate in “demie pension” homestays with local families in Aix. Daily breakfast and six dinners per week are included. Priority for homestays will be given to those practicing the French language. The homestay accommodations come at an additional cost:
OPTION A – 3 WEEKS, 1 COURSE: Students will earn transfer credit for a 3-credit French Culture course taught in English by Dr. Di Lauro at IAU College, Provence.
Course Description – “From Bordeaux to Lyon: Cultural Landscapes of Southern France”
This course will be a veritable cultural tour of France. The program satisfies the Experiential Learning/Beyond the Classroom or Global Inquiry/Diverse and Global Perspectives general education requirement by contract with the professor.
OPTION B – 6 WEEKS, 2 3-CREDIT COURSES or 1 6-CREDIT COURSE – Students may choose to stay in Aix for six weeks to earn a total of 6 credits. Students will enroll in either one 6-credit course or two 3-credit courses from IAU’s Summer Session Catalog. Courses available in the following disciplines: Studio Art, Art History, Business, French, Psychology, Gender Studies, Political Science, and International Affairs. If students wish to participate in the 2 3-credit course option, Dr. Di Lauro’s course can be one of their selections.
If students opt for one of the following IAU Summer Courses, there are additional fees due with the final balance:
Optional Week in Paris
Students interested in experiencing the urban side of France, with some of it’s most famous historical and cultural icons, can follow up their time in Aix-en-Provence with one week in Paris for an additional fee of $1000. The optional week in Paris will take place after coursework has been completed for either Option A or Option B, and would be entirely extra-curricular. Included are a TGV (rail pass) from Aix to Paris, housing at Three Ducks Hostel (or similar), a week-long metro pass, free entry to all museums and churches (using your IAU student cards), one cabaret, two dinners, and two lunches. There is no set itinerary for this portion of the program—we will organize the activities according to the interests of the group.
Requirements & Prerequisites
There are no specific prerequisites for this program. Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to participate. As per UMW credit transfer policies, a grade of C or above is required for courses taught abroad to transfer back to UMW. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study. It is also open to non-UMW students.
Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).
See the program fees and payment due dates in the right column. Use the Make a Payment button below to pay your deposit and regular program payment. Use the Special Payment option to pay a special amount (such as additional insurance or payment in a different amount as a result of a scholarship award).
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