Feature Program
Language Immersion

Winter: Rutgers- Learn French in Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, France

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Winter 2023
Dec 26, 2022
Jan 15, 2023
Oct 01, 2022
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Immerse yourself in southern French culture and strengthen your French language skills in this small city, styled with historical architecture and bursting with cafes and farmer’s markets

"Rutgers in Aix” has grown from a collaboration between the French Department, Rutgers Global--Study Abroad, and IAU College, Aix-en-Provence’s oldest study abroad institution. The program takes place during winter break and consists of a three-credit language course (Intensive Elementary French I OR Intensive Elementary French II) designed to maximize immersion in French life, and an array of excursions and activities.



Aix en Provence

Program Location


Aix en Provence

Aix-en-Provence is located in the southern region of France. While the historic city offers access to traditional French culture in an intimate setting, it still maintains the charm and elegance of a large metropolis. The quaint town is known for its beloved painter, Paul Cézanne, who painted the surrounding rolling landscape. There is much that students will be able to explore in Aix-en-Provence, a town established 2000 years ago! And with Marseille a short bus ride away, there are even more opportunities for exploration.  



This course offers two academic tracks:

* 420:100 Intensive Elementary French I is the functional equivalent of French 101 and allows students with no prior French knowledge (or up to one year of high school French) the ability to practice their language skills in a friendly, yet intensive setting. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to enroll in French 102 upon their return to campus.

* 420:128 Intensive Elementary French II is the functional equivalent to French 102. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to enroll in French 131 upon their return to campus.

Every morning, our small classes will meet in a beautifully renovated mansion located in the heart of the historic district. Afternoons will be devoted to discovering French culture through guided visits of museums and landmarks, both in Aix-en-Provence and its neighbor Marseille, France’s second largest city and 2013 European Capital of Culture. We will make sure, however, that you are left with plenty of time to experience provençal life in a town filled with coffee shops, artisan bakeries, and spectacular farmers markets! You will also stay with local French families to strengthen your language skills and expand your cultural knowledge.

To view the program’s 2018 syllabus, please click here . Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change. 

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.


Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.


Late December

Mid January

Housing and Meals

Students will stay with local French families, who will provide breakfast and dinner each day. The cafes, bakeries, and restaurants of Aix-en-Provence are all wonderful options for lunch, though they are not covered by the program fee.

Student Housing: 

Homestay accommodations, which include: 

  • Daily breakfast 

  • Six evening meals per week 

  • Access to laundry facilities or laundry service once per week 

  • Access to Wi-Fi 

  • Note: individual rooms can be requested via IAU’s housing questionnaire but cannot be guaranteed 


Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $3,390 $3,780
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Most meals
•    Excursions
•    In-country transportation
•    Airport pickup from Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)
•    Administrative Fees
•    Emergency Medical Access Abroad

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,100
Additional Meals $150
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,450.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.


Faculty Leaders

Carole Allamand

Dr. Carole Allamand is an Associate Professor of French and author of several books.