Multiple Locations +3
  • France
    • Aix-en-Provence
  • Spain
    • Barcelona
    • Madrid
  • Italy
    • Florence
52+ weeks
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, Work study, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding

Program Details

Academic Year Fall Spring Summer Winter Year Round
Apartment Host Family
Primary Language
Age Min.


Price Details
Gap Year students follow IAU’s typical program fee structure, but are offered a special scholarship to make the Gap Year experience more accessible:

Gap Year Grant - IAU offers a $5,000 grant to qualified students who enroll independently at IAU (not through another university) for a gap year (two full consecutive semesters), whether that is between high school and college, between undergraduate and graduate programs, or simply between life and career changes. The $5,000 scholarship will be applied against the student’s spring semester invoice. All gap year students who maintain a 3.0 IAU GPA after their first semester will automatically qualify to receive the grant for their second semester.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Some Meals Tour Guide Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Visa
Aug 16, 2023
Jun 03, 2020
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About Program

IAU is pleased to offer an incredible Gap Year Abroad opportunity to students from all backgrounds. This unique program draws on IAU’s expertise in experiential-based learning and offers a learning environment that fosters creativity and personal growth for the independent-minded student looking for a cross-cultural experience abroad before embarking on their next chapter. The Gap Year Abroad at IAU is perfect for the student who would like to earn credits towards their college degree while forging long-lasting friendships, discovering new passions, exploring different surroundings, and delving into the culture and language of their host country. Students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through courses, internships, and volunteer opportunities while sharpening their ability to become an independent thinker, analytical problem-solver, and cross-cultural communicator.


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Program Highlights

  • Study business and international relations, fine arts, social sciences, and a variety of other disciplines
  • No previous college experience or language experience required
  • Homestays, apartments, and residence hall options available
  • Opportunities to thrive in Spanish, French or Arabic language immersion
  • Highly encouraged to cave out your own path and design a unique gap year experience that fits your individualized interests and needs

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Yes, I recommend this program

My 1.5 Semesters at IAU Aix

Just a quick note, my time in Aix may be a bit different from most people's, as I was a student at the art school, which is outside of town. The walk between IAU, my host house, and the art school never felt too long, and I never considered getting a bike or a bus pass. My experience at Marchutz turned out far better than I expected. I wanted to try a full semester of heavy focus in the arts, and I was finally able to do that at IAU, as well as improve my French greatly and study regional art history at the source. The program was mostly full of juniors and seniors in college, but also a few adult students, a retiree, and a few people with families of their own. It was a pretty good mix of personalities and interests. Everything went so well that I decided halfway through that there was no way one semester was going to be enough, and I applied for a second semester in the spring.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would definitely go to more school events and take advantage of all the things they offered. I missed out on quite a bit the first semester, but I went to things for the part of the second semester that I was able to stay for.
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