|Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Program Sponsor:||IAU College|
|Restrictions:||F&M applicants only|
|Language of Instruction:||English, French||Minimum GPA:||2.5|
|Housing Options:||Homestay||Term:||Academic Year, Fall, Spring|
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|IAU||Program Advisor:||Dean Sue Mennicke|
|Program Type:||Direct Enrollment at Local University, Internship Opportunities, Study Center|
Institute for American Universities (IAU) is an American institution of higher learning located in southern France offering opportunities/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.
- Included excursion costs
- Semesterly lecture series, open-mic nights, cooking classes, language partner exchanges, talent shows, wine tastings and other cultural events
- On-campus wellness program
- Early Start: a week-long option for students enrolled in IAU's semester program
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's School of Business & International Relations gives all semester and summer students the opportunity to take business courses while studying abroad in France. 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
Adapting to a new culture involves 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.
Living in a French home is considered the best form of housing because it provides an immediate introduction to life in this new place. 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. The room is cleaned weekly.
Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours. If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).
Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.
Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the College. If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.
Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, homestays, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.
Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.
Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study. This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants. In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses. Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.
Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.