TU in France - IAU College, Marchutz School of Fine Arts (courses taught in English)
The Marchutz School of Fine Arts is a studio art school with an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to art education. The mission of the Marchutz School is threefold: to enhance awareness of the
relationship between perception and imagination, to develop historical and
critical perspectives, and, above all, to develop the student's capacity to see.
Students at Marchutz look around them as well as within themselves until their
artistic expression springs from a union of sight and insight.
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: The program combines fine arts, studio classes, seminars, liberal arts courses, intensive French language, extensive museum excursions and off-site study for artists at all levels. 15 U.S. credits (five courses) per semester / 6 U.S. credits (two courses) per summer. Summer participants may take an additional 3 credit course (for a total of 9 credits) which will be taught over a three week period during the regular summer program.
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.
IAU is registered with the French Ministry of Education and recognized by the Rectorat of the Université d’Aix-Marseille. Visit the IAU College website for additional accreditation information.
TU students may receive Honors College credit for their study abroad experience.
Program Dates: Spring: January - May Fall: September - December Summer (options I and II): June - July
Housing: Students live with a local host family who provide daily breakfast and six dinners per week.
Costs:* Spring 2013: $16,450 SummerOption I 2013: $6,900 Summer Option II 2013: $8,100 Fall 2013: $16,700 Early Start Program + Fall 2013: $17,550 Spring 2014: $16,700 Early Start Program + Spring 2014: $17,550
Cost includes academic credit, housing, daily breakfast and six dinners per week, textbooks, program excursions, scheduled cultural activities, health insurance, orientation, and art supplies. 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.