Institute for American Universities (IAU)
Institute for American Universities (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.
Academic Programs & Courses
IAU offers a wide breadth of courses taught in English and French in the following disciplines: Art, Art History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Arabic, Business, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Drawing, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Finance, French, French Studies, Film Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Journalism, Literature, Marketing, Neuroscience, Psychology, Painting, Political Science, Photography, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sculpture, Sociology, Theatre, Wine Studies and more.
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January Term Courses
IAU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences allows students to enroll in liberal arts courses designed for all majors and levels of French proficiency. The school is comprised of a variety of course disciplines including archaeology, anthropology, art history, studio art, business, communication studies, cross-cultural studies, economics, finance, marketing, education, literature, history, political science, international relations, psychology, theatre, film studies, and French. IAU classrooms are full equipped with wifi, and students have access to reading rooms, on-campus libraries, computer rooms, faculty offices, and a student lounge.
IAU's School of Business & International Relations gives all semester and summer students the opportunity to take business courses while studying abroad in France. IAU business courses are approved by Fairfield University, an IAU partner institution whose Dolan School of Business is accredited through AACSB, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Through the Business & International Relations Program, students will have the unique opportunity to learn about international business strategies and procedures with a specific focus on the global market. Disciplines taught include, but are not limited to, economics, finance, international business, management and marketing.
The Marchutz School of Fine Arts Core Arts Program takes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to learning and creating fine art. Students will learn from a myriad of available resources including masterworks, architecture, figure and portrait work, landscape and cityscapes. Students attend class at a studio alongside the historic Route de Cezanne and coursework is complemented by local and regional excursions. Studio work is enhanced by museum excursions, seminar discussions and on-site painting sessions.
The French Honors Program is designed for French Majors or other students with demonstrated advanced-level French, interested in a comprehensive linguistic and cultural immersion program. The French Honors Program comprises three components which are complementary and aim to enable students to make the most of their studies in Aix-en-Provence.
- A weekly French Honors course (FRE/LIT/ ART 411/412)
- One hour per week follow-up session which integrates the themes of the student's chosen course with current sociocultural-political events in France
- Integrated activities and field studies
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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.
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.
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.
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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Education Abroad Coordinator
Program Coordinator, Global Education, The College of Arts and Sciences
Courses and Credits
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
- Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
- Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
- Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher to apply. Prior French experience is not required. Students participating in autumn, spring, or academic year programs are required to enroll in at least one french course.
Students who are interested in participating in the French Honors Program must submit a French professor recommendation (if their original recommendation letter was not from a French professor) and have the permission of their French Department. French Honors Program applicants also complete a language placement evaluation with their online application. When completing the online application, French Honors Program applicants must submit their personal essay in French.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must meet OIA's General Eligibility
Requirements and Conditions for Participation.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students will pay the IAU program and application fee ($85)
and Geoblue insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019. The IAU program fee includes tuition, housing, breakfast daily and six evening meals per week, activity fee, orientation, textbook rental, health, liability and repatriation insurance, excursions and scheduled cultural activities. Additional student costs include round trip airfare, some meals and personal expenses.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. Both the OIA and IAU applications must be submitted by the Ohio State deadline. The IAU application can be found iaufrance.org
. All IAU application materials must be submitted directly to IAU.
Please review IAU's scholarship page
for additional funding opportunities.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
(travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel
(pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria
, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.