American University Center of Provence

Why choose American University Center of Provence?

Want your best chance at French fluency? Want a study abroad experience that's different from the rest? The American University Center of Provence (AUCP) offers advanced French immersion study abroad programs in the South of France — Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

With an all French-speaking environment, you can learn from a dynamic team of top French university professors, understand the nuances of French language and culture, become part of a French host family, lend a helping hand to your host community, enjoy friendships with local French students and join a club with French locals that share your interests. Take on the AUCP challenge: Live with and like the French!



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Yes, I recommend this program

Life-Changing Year in Marseille, France

I was looking for a way of living in a Francophone city but continue my study of Arabic (my college major). Marseille definitely was the answer, and this inter-cultural relations program with AUCP was amazing.
Not only was it an advanced-level program--which doesn't seem to be as common as those that offer beginning-level classes--but all of the students were very dedicated to benefitting from the experience to the max. Everyone in the program adhered to the language contract; additionally, the program provided language partners (volunteers from the local community interested in the cultural exchange with an American).
I became good friends with my language partner, who brought me to a soiree with her friends my first weekend in France. From that weekend til my last 9 months later, this group of Marseillais became my core social group, which accelerated my language skills exponentially.
The program was well organized and well though out. The courses offered were interesting and taught by French professors. I especially loved the mandatory Arabic class--it was new for all of the other students but I got a class on my own due to my level. During the semester, we took a week-long 'field trip' to Fez, Morocco which was amazing.
I could write about AUCP Marseille for days but it's hard to zero in on all that I loved about this program. In the end, leaving was extremely hard. I went back in July 2014 to visit my friends and a couple of them came to visit me in DC in September. I am already planning my next trip for Summer 2015 and speak with my friends in Marseille about once a month.

What would you improve about this program?
No program is perfect but there's nothing that immediately comes to mind for something AUCP needs to change. Perhaps the only thing I noticed was that the requirements for a full-year student seemed like they still needed a bit of hashing out, as they'd only had a couple of full-year students in Marseille prior to my year.
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Fantastic Year Abroad Becoming Fluent in French!

When I studied abroad at the AUCP, initially I was supposed to stay just the Fall semester, but I had such a great time that I ended up staying for Spring too. I spent that Summer abroad too!
I really enjoyed my professors and classes. They were so helpful with my French, and it improved a ton. When I left Aix, I spoke French fluently, and people would often say that I sounded like a native speaker! I also met a lot of French students via the AUCP's French Language Exchange. I was able to hangout with French students, see how they lived and learn at the same time. I still keep in touch with my host mom and my french friends from when I was a student. My year at the AUCP was one of the best years of my life, I have no regrets.

What would you improve about this program?
I honestly had a great time, I can't think of anything that I'd want to change.


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