TU in France - IAU College, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (courses taught in English and French)
Located in the university town of Aix-en-Provence, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is designed for liberal arts majors with beginning to advanced French language skills.
Voted by the French as "the most desirable French town in which to live," Aix-en-Provence is referred to as the 'city of a thousand fountains' characterized by cobblestone streets and beautiful old buildings. The city is located just 15 miles north of Marseille in the Provence region of France and has inspired many great writers and painters including Paul Cézanne. Though small, Aix is a bustling town rich in history and local tradition yet equipped with all the modern facilities of a larger city.
Academic Information: 15 U.S. credits (five courses) per semester / 3-9 U.S. credits (one to three courses) per summer.
IAU College is registered with the French Ministry of Education and recognized by the Rectorat of the Université d’Aix-Marseille. The Business Administration Program is accredited by the AACSB and Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business. Visit the IAU College website for additional accreditation information.
TU students may receive Honors College credit for their study abroad experience.
Students with advanced French language skills may take all
of their courses in French. Students without prior background
are typically required to take at least two introductory
courses per semester in French language in addition to their
courses conducted in English. The program also
offers a language partners scheme which provides the basis
for an exchange of English and French between IAU students
and French students.
Qualified students may take one or two courses at the local
French university. In order to enroll at the Faculté des
Lettres, Université de Provence—Aix-Marseille I,
the student must be attending IAU College for the entire academic year or for the spring
semester, and must respect the French university academic
calendar. Final exams are given in late January and in late
May. This opportunity is made possible on the basis of 50-50
cost-sharing between IAU and the student for the additional
tuition fees charged by the French university. Please note
this in your application if you are interested in this option.
French Majors or other students with demonstrated advanced level French, interested in a comprehensive language and cultural immersion program, can participate in the French Honors Program. The dates and fees for the French Honors Program are identical to those of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The French Honors Program is also available during the summer term.
All semester students may enroll in an optional week-long, Early-Start Program that takes place before the semester begins. Students who enroll in this program will earn an additional course credit, move in with their French homestay a week early, and learn to navigate the city of Aix-en-Provence through local excursions and attend lectures on local culture.
Semester students have access to unpaid internships available at local enterprises. Interested students should have at least four semesters of college French and provide their resume before the start of the semester.
Summer Option I: 3 U.S credits (one intensive French language course or one fine arts course / 3 weeks) Summer Option II: 6 U.S. credits (two courses / 6 weeks) Summer Option III: 9 U.S. credits (two courses plus one intensive French language course* or fine arts course* / 6 weeks)
* Taught over a three week period during the regular summer program.
Language of Instruction: English and French.
Program Dates: Fall: September - December Spring: January - May Summer (all options): June - July
Housing: Students live with a local host family who provide daily breakfast and six dinners per week.
Costs:* Spring 2013: $15,150 Summer Option I 2013: $3,900 Summer Option II 2013: $6,550
Summer Option III 2013: $7,600 Fall 2013: $15,600 Early Start Program + Fall 2013: $16,450 Spring 2014: $15,600 Early Start Program + Spring 2014: $16,450
Cost includes academic credit, housing, daily breakfast and six dinners per week, textbooks, program excursions, scheduled cultural activities, health insurance, and orientation. Additional costs include all other meals, passport and visa fees, airfare, personal expenses, and the TU Study Abroad Fee ($150 summer, $300 Fall/Spring). The Early Start Programs includes
week-long housing with a French homestay, breakfast daily and six dinners, local excursions, language instruction and one course credit.
*The Towson University Study Abroad Office reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise.
Eligibility: Must be a full-time undergraduate degree-seeking student with an overall GPA of 2.5. No previous knowledge of the French language required. Students must have a cumulative French GPA of 3.00 in order to participate in the French Honors Program. Sophomore/Junior/Senior status.
Application Process: Fill out the application and submit it to the TU Study Abroad Office. $50 application fee. Non-TU students must also submit a completed Non-Degree Enrollment Application.