CEA Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France

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Honey in a crêpe, like a white button-down or a thank you note, is never a bad idea.
Honey in a crêpe, like a white button-down or a thank you note, is never a bad idea.
Our first weekend in Aix, new friends in the program and I hiked this beautiful mountain overlooking Provence!
Our first weekend in Aix, new friends in the program and I hiked this beautiful mountain overlooking Provence!
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Aix En Provence, France
Aix En Provence, France
Aix En Provence, France
Aix En Provence, France
Aix En Provence, France
Aix En Provence, France
Study Abroad in Aix En Provence, France
Study Abroad in Aix En Provence, France
Aix En Provence, France
Aix En Provence, France

About

Located just 19 miles north of Marseille, the country’s second-largest city and primary commercial port, Aix-en-Provence is a small, walkable city in the south of France with tree-lined boulevards, historical public squares, artisanal shops, cafés, churches, historic mansions, and over 20 fountains that reflect the city’s origin as Roman spa town. It is an ideal location for day trips to the Mediterranean coast, the French Alps, and Paris.

Our Aix program is designed for students at a high-intermediate or above French language proficiency. Although courses are offered in English and French, four semesters of French are required; intermediate students are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

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Highlights
  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions

Scholarships

CEA Scholarships
CEA Scholarships and Financial Aid

Studying abroad will change your life, improve your employability, and enhance your global competence. That's why we commit more than $2.0 million each year to our financial and scholarship programs.

Value
$400 - $3,000

Questions & Answers

Reviews

97%
based on 46 reviews
  • Academics 8.4
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.5
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Matthew
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Support and fun

Towards the end of my semester, I really wanted to go to the Camargues. By expressing this wish to Vivienne, one of the coordinators, I got my wish. Not only did she help me figure out which bus to use, she also talked to one of her former students who lived and worked in the area and got us a free wildlife tour. My friends and I had so much fun, and none of it would be possible if it weren't for the great work of our coordinators.

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Virginia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Favorite 3 Months of My Life

I was skeptical at first, when I decided to study abroad because I had never been out of the country before, or away from my friends and family for that long. However, the CEA Aix-en-Provence staff quickly made me feel at home, helping me with any questions I had. All the event they had planned, fit in perfectly, and helped me get to know my fellow classmates as well as the city itself. I learned so much and experienced so many new things in this short amount of time abroad, and it would not have been possible without the help of CEA Aix-en-Provence. I went places and met people that I will never forget. I cannot wait to return one day

What would you improve about this program?
I thought it was perfect
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Nick
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful

Everything about Aix was amazing. Aix is smaller in comparison to other French cities, but we never ran out of things to do. Our program directors, Nancy and Vivienne, were amazing and did everything they could to make sure we had a great time. The entire CEA program bonded really well, we made a lot of lifelong friends :). The excursions we went on through CEA had a lot of variety, from going to Mont Saint Victoire or visiting vineyards. It was a wonderful Aix-perience.

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Leticia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great AIXperience

I would love to start off by saying Aix-en-Provence is a beautiful town in the South of France. It is not to big to get lost, but also not to small to get bored. There are many things to do in this town, but if that is not enough you can get on the Cart Treize bus and see the beautiful city of Marseille. There is so much rich history for all Provence area, and people are really nice. The program directors in Aix were also amazing. I loved them so much, and they are always on top of their things especially when it comes to the safety of the students in the program. I would recommend everyone to at least visit this town!

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Paris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best excursions!

CEA gave us a ton of cool excursion options but my favorite by far was when we went to Nice and Monte Carlo! In Nice we were able to walk around and explore the city on our own, looking in all the shops and even hiking to the beautiful chateau, and then CEA got us tickets to the Bataille des Fleurs for Carnaval. This was probably the coolest thing I did the whole semester, it was a huge parade where everyone kept handing you gorgeous flowers! Then we went to Monte Carlo and got dressed up for a delicious dinner and hung out at the casino and other cool places! The next day we had free time to see all the sites of Monte Carlo! This trip was so much fun and I'm so glad CEA planned it for us!

What would you improve about this program?
I think it was perfect!
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Megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Aixcellent!

Studying abroad with CEA in Aix en Provence was the best decision I ever made! Leaving your home for 3 months to a year can be scary but the CEA staff and the friends you make really do become your family. I love Vivienne and Nancy; they are amazing and super helpful if you ever need to make a doctor's appointment or even just a haircut. I have made lifelong memories and friends through my experience with CEA and I cannot recommend this program enough!

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Makenzie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overexposed Dream

This program changed my life.
The courses were extremely rewarding. I took a photography class and a global fashion marketing class. The photography class was incredible. My professor tailored the class based on what kind of camera each student had. She taught us how to use OUR cameras, instead of using blanket terms for everyone. I would also say that the class had a philosophy of photography component to it. We talked not only about photographers, but about why. The global fashion marketing class was also extremely rewarding. We did an in depth market analysis of a french brand. My was Sézane, and I challenged myself more than I ever have before to get to know that company, who they were trying to reach, their product lines, and the overall aesthetic.
The city was also incredible. The architecture was so intricate it was paralyzing. I often found myself unable to walk because I was so immersed in the beauty surrounding me. The weather was perfection. The people in the community were very kind, and I always felt safe walking around the city alone. I highly recommend spending time at CocoBoheme, or any other small local shop you find. I made some lasting friendships with some french students there. Make international friends.
When you go on incursions, or explore your own city, think like a tourist, but act like a local. Learn everything you can about the history, any story about a building. Do the touristy things, but once you do spend 2 hours at a cafe soaking the beauty in around you. Struggle to speak the language, listen for the Aixoise accent. Try to seem like a local.
You get out what you put in. This program gives you the resources you need to have the greatest summer of your life, I have left you some tips on how to make your AIXperience as great as possible, now it is up to you to take the risk. You will love every second, I promise.

What would you improve about this program?
I made local friends by going out of my comfort zone and making conversation with locals. It would be nice if the school offered a social, or some other activity, for students to meet other local students.
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Lue
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Love in Aix!!

Life time opportunity. A must do and must have experience. From north Minneapolis to the southern part of France, one must experience it. I would recommend making friends with other international student and share contacts. Regret not sharing contact sooner. Made lifetime friends and will one day visit them. Would make the recommendation to all friends and family. CEA did a fantastic job. Love, love, love and miss the staff from Aix en Provence.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing. Keep the staff..!!
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Wesley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AIX IS THE GREATEST

So many people only know of big towns in european countries like Paris or London or Milan. The same was true of me in the beginning of my search for a study abroad program. But after randomly choosing Aix because the classes coincided with ones that would transfer back to my university, I am beyond happy that I didn't choose a big city. During my travels I have gone to cities like London and Paris and it was so overwhelming. I felt like the people were meaner, the food was more expensive, and my feet hurt more from walking. In Aix, I can walk from on side of centre-ville to the other in 20 minutes. If I struggle with French, people actually help me. And the food, well it's some of the best that I've had in my whole life. I'm so glad I chose Aix because when I return to my home-stay after a weekend excursion or day trip, it truly does feel like a home.

What would you improve about this program?
I love the program and Nancy and Vivienne because they have been so helpful throughout this entire process. But I guess if I had to change one thing it'd be the language in which we speak. At the beginning, when I didn't really know french, it was very helpful to speak in English. But now, I can hold a conversation, and obviously not all the time, but sometimes it'd be nice to just listen and have to respond to french commands and questions.
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Sara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a lifetime experience

I had the time of my life in Aix-en-Provence. I had the best host family and they were so generous to me. It was so nice to have support from our Program Director and staff, making friends from all over the U.S., and traveling together to Nice, Monte Carlo, etc.

I loved walking on Cours Mirabeau, going to bakeries, eating Pizza Capri, watching movies, and traveling to other cities and countries.
The food in France is so good and I was lucky to have the best host family and have home cooked meals.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have studied abroad and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.

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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Place to Immerse Yourself in French Language & Culture

When I studied in Aix in 2010, it was my first trip to Francd EVER. I had considered Paris, but I really wanted to become more fluent in French, so I chose a smaller city with fewer English speakers. I was not disappointed. Plus my teacher, Monsieur Tissot, was fantastic at improving our language skills in a fun, engaging way. At the same time, Vivienne and her staff were there to help when we needed it--my roommate and I blew a fuse in our apartment at 10pm one night, and they were there to help in less than an hour. Most importantly, the people I met in the program have become my lifelong friends. We have attended each other's weddings and visited each other all over the United States. The stories we tell about our time in Aix never get old. Choose Aix if you are looking for everything there is to love about French culture without the stress of big-city life! You will NOT regret it!

What would you improve about this program?
I really can't think of anything I would improve about CEA Aix. I have zero negative memories of this experience.
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Michelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Aix-cellent!

Aix-en-Provence was an truly an amazing experience, and CEA was a large part in making it so memorable. I took part in the French Immersion program in the Summer of 2015 and through it I came to know the beauty of the French culture and people. Aix-en-Provence is the most picturesque town and for a few months you arguably live in a postcard. What is great about living in Aix is that it is the perfect size and you are able to become familiar with the town and form relationships with locals. All the excursions were great, I highly recommend them (you might not always know where you are going but trust George).I recommend Aix because it has so many things to offer and Vivienne and Nancy are very helpful and always know the best places to visit! I recommend Aix to anyone who wants to be able to immerse themselves in a culture, and explore the South of France. Honestly the best part about Aix is that at the end of the day you get gelato and sit by a fountain for hours...so it really is Aix-cellent.

Joe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fall semester - Aix en Provence

I really loved this study abroad program. Especially when I arrived and received an incredible amount of help and advice from Vivienne, the program director. I made tons of new friends there that I still talk to this day. One thing about being there for the Fall semester I really enjoyed were the activities leading up to Christmas and New Years. With the other students, I was able to try vin chaud for the first time and feel the mistral during walks through the city. The area is bound with ancient history that we could learn about when we visited Avignon and Arles as part of excursions. The location of Aix in the South of France meant that slightly longer than weekend trips were doable to Italy, Monaco, and Spain. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could in order to do things I wasn't able to do when I was there.

What would you improve about this program?
I'm not sure.
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Darby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved it!

I loved my stay in Aix-en-Provence. Vivienne was wonderful, and I only wished I had stayed longer! Great people, great education, and the most beautiful place on earth. I was ok in french when I got there, but definately still a beginner. I improved tremendously... the people in Aix gladly let you practice your French with them. The nightlife was a lot of fun as well, and I loved the people who went with me, of which I knew nobody before going!

What would you improve about this program?
That I could have stayed longer!
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Kendra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Go to Aix!

Aix was the most amazing city to study abroad in. You had plenty of people that don't know English, which is perfect for learning French. People are extremely accepting of foreigners in Aix, which separates it a lot from the atmosphere in Paris. Vivienne was the most amazing CEA staff member. She was always there to help us though any situation, from housing to travel plans, to planning our excursions. You will not regret choosing Aix!

What would you improve about this program?
I don't know. It was an excellent program.