CEA Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France
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(40 Reviews)

CEA Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France

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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  • 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
Program Type
Subject Areas
Art History
Cultural Studies
Liberal Arts
Theater, Drama and Dance
Visual Arts
Degree Level
High School Diploma
Academic Year
Host Family
Online Application
GPA Requirement
Starting Price
Price Details
Included: Personalized Pre-departure Advising; Tuition & Registration; Travel Medical Insurance; On-site Orientation; Housing; Volunteer Opportunities; On-site Staff Support; Excursions and Cultural Engagement; Host Institution Services & Amenities and more. Scholarships available.

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Program Reviews

based on 40 reviews
  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.4
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A Program Sweeter Than A Pain au Chocolat

I think it would be hard to go to Aix and not like it, but Vivienne, Nancy, and the CEA program helped me love every day of my time in France. I'm sure that they've had so many students come through their program over the years, but they did an incredible job of establishing a personal connection with every student, and their amazing kindness and support went a long way towards really helping me feel at home in Aix. Not only were they super helpful with ideas, details, and logistics for great adventures, but they were totally committed to doing their best to help during tougher times. I had my wallet stolen, and without their support I would have had a really tough time getting everything figured out. Instead, Vivienne spent much of her Sunday working to help me out, and I was quickly back on my feet. I would use kind and committed to sum Vivienne and Nancy up in two words, and they become just as much of a major part of my fondness for France as croissants and rosé.

Yes, I recommend
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Amazing Experience!

I did not think my study abroad experience would be better then the day dreams I had before I left, until I was abroad with CEA. Aix-en-Provence was a amazing and magical place, but what really made me fall in love was the staff at CEA. They were the best people to have by my side while learning a new culture. From the flower markets to the parks Aix is by far my favorite place in the world. I would never have thought there would have been people as caring and wonderful as Viv and Nancy. They are truly incredible people, and I am lucky to have had them by my side. Aix has everything at your finger tips from small boutiques to fantastic hikes. I would never trade my experience in Aix or with CEA for anything in the world.

How can this program be improved?

I do not think there is anything I would change about the program.

Yes, I recommend
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Culturally, academically, historically enriching and just plain enjoyment!

Spending 5 summer weeks in Aix changed my perspective on life and world travel. The beautiful, ancient buildings of this quaint, but modern, small city were a joy to take in and experience. The open air fruit and vegetable markets were great for shopping, not to mention vibrant and fun to explore. The ancient cathedrals and many museums and art and music venues all within walking distance from my student apartment. The excursions on the weekends with the eccentric, "George", exploring the beautiful sights of Provence, I will never forget. And swimming in the neon blue Mediterranean Sea for the first time was a religious experience! I highly recommend Aix if you want to experience and learn more about French culture, cuisine, art, nature, people, cafes and ancient architecture. Don't forget to bring your brightest smile ~ Bon Voyage!!

How can this program be improved?

I would not change a thing.

Yes, I recommend
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Best Experience of my Life.

Aix en Provence felt like home. It is a true French experience, and it's the experience of a lifetime. The city is perfect for students, with easy access to travel, so much to do, and so much to see. I wouldn't trade one single moment of my Aix-perience. The town is safe & welcoming to American students. And I was immersed in French culture (& food!) I encourage anyone who is looking for an authentic French experience, away from the big city to pursue this program. You will not regret it. And you will learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible. Aix is absolutely amazing.

How can this program be improved?

I wish I would have stayed longer.

Yes, I recommend
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Drop everything and study in Aix!!

I absolutely loved my time in Aix. I can't express how much I appreciated the smallness of the town and program. Studying abroad in Aix in the Fall allowed me to have a great small group of 20 or so people to get together with and always have a buddy to travel with! It's so easy to navigate and travel from. I had the time of my life traveling around Europe and Aix really felt like I was coming back home after a weekend trip. Going out at night is easy because of the cheap wine and the city is so walk-able. I recommend here over Paris for a good cultural immersion and wonderful sunny weather! I miss the fresh produce from the farmers markets every morning, the fresh lavender shops, and the always helpful advisers! GO TO AIX!!

How can this program be improved?

Update the residence hall apartments with a new washer and an oven (or at least a toaster or toaster oven please). Also, better wifi is always something to strive for. :)

Yes, I recommend
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what an aixperience!

Choosing to study abroad was the best choice I have ever made, and deciding to go to Aix was the second! Aix-en-Provence was the perfect city to be completely immersed culturally and improve my french language skills. Our on site staff were so helpful, always there to make sure we were safe and having fun. I learned so much outside of the classroom and truly made international friendships! I also got really close with my study abroad group because I went in the fall (groups are a little bit smaller in the fall than in the spring). From sipping wine on the Cours Mirabeau to impromptu weekend trips to Barcelona, studying abroad was absolutely incredible. I'd go back today if I could!

How can this program be improved?

Longer program! I wish I could have come in August.

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I have never fallen so hard for a city before

Studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence was the best 3 and a half months I have ever experienced. Before my time there, I had never fallen in love with a city so hard before. The friends I made, and people I came across were amazing every step of the way. I was only a 15 minute walk from the dowtown area and I live with a wonderful host family that cooked fresh meals on a daily basis. The downtown area hosts amazing nightlife and restaurants where I would frequently go out with my fellow Americans and international friends as well. I often went on weekend trips to neighboring countries and towns. By the time I left, I was able to say that I had visited many popular cities in the south of France. The experiences I gained from my semester abroad are unrivaled and I have been daydreaming about going back ever since!

Yes, I recommend
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The Best Five Months of My Life

I studied in this charming city during the Spring semester of 2015. Not only did CEA do a wonderful job at placing me with an INCREDIBLE home-stay family who bettered my French and made me delicious meals everyday, but they also brought us on some amazing trips around the south of France. From an all payed weekend trip to Nice and Monaco to horseback riding on the beach, this program satisfied every hope I had for my semester abroad. Aix is also adorned with so many beautiful restaurants and boutiques and has a great atmosphere for students. I plan on returning this year on vacation so I can reminisce on the memories I made there as well as make new ones. It is certainly a place you will want to return to after your study abroad is over.

Yes, I recommend
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Aix-en-Provence is a beautiful city and there are so many opportunities to learn about French culture and the French way of life. Plus, the staff is amazing and they work to help you have the best time possible in Aix! CEA provides countless opportunities to learn about French History and culture through excursions. My favorite was the excursion to Nice and Monte Carlo on Valentines Day. It was awesome to see how the rich and fabulous live for a couple days. I also took my first dip into the Mediterranean that day, even though it was rainy and cold it's a memory I will have for the rest of my life. Aix with CEA is fantastic!

Yes, I recommend
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Absolutely Amazing

I spent the 2011-2012 academic year in Aix. I learned so much about French culture and education all the while being able to practice and improve my French. What was most influential was what the program did for me. It changed me more than I can express but it gave me that opportunity to find myself. CEA Aix changed my life and because of my experience that year, I will be returning to France to do my Masters beginning Fall 2013 ;)

Yes, I recommend

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