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
Study Abroad in Aix En Provence, France
Study Abroad in Aix En Provence, France
Aix En Provence, France
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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B.
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Chez Lolo

Have you ever eaten lunch in a cave house that is 100s of years old? I did. Our CEA director Vivienne was amazing at finding unique day trips for us and one of them was to visit Lolo. He is the last of a long line of farmers and lives in a beautiful cave farmhouse where he still prepares farm fresh meals for groups. He is the sweetest old man and his house is amazing to see! If you take a walk around the house and the yard you can see old farming equipment stashed away or simply left out in the elements. Lolo prepared a lovely French lunch for us all while we enjoyed the picturesque view and the Provence sunshine.

What would you improve about this program?
I wished that my host family would only speak to me in French.
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Brooke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Only Place to Study Abroad in France

While I was in Aix, I turned 21, which is a huge staple in the US. I wasn't going to be able to celebrate with anyone from home. Another girl who became one of my close friends shared a birthday with me, as well. Mama Viv arranged for us to have a nice dinner at Cafe Carrefour with our friends. Everyone sang to us (including the wait staff). Afterwards, we danced around in the cafe and had a fabulous time. It was one of my favorite birthdays, and it was truly unforgettable!

What would you improve about this program?
A better tour of the city upon arrival. I still feel like there was so much of Aix that I never knew existed until I left!
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Anne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Supportive staff

I had only been in France about a week when I got news that my grandpa and one of my cousins had been killed in a car accident back home and that my grandma and aunt and uncle were all in intensive care in the hospital because of the accident. That was on a Sunday that I found out. On Monday morning, I went to the CEA office and let them know what had happened. Although they could probably barely understand me through my tears, they were there for me, which was what I needed at the time. They were so supportive. Once I made it through that initial shock, they continued to make sure that I was doing ok throughout my semester there. It was one of the hardest times in my life, and I couldn't have asked for better people to help me through.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe if there was a rule that English be spoken as little as possible so that everyone is forced to work on their French.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for the kind feedback regarding your experience with the Aix-en-Provence staff! We’re sorry to hear about your loss, and glad to hear the CEA team members were supportive during this difficult time for you and your family.

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Lindsay
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing program

This program changed my life. Everything from the academics at the University to the excursions that we had on the weekends. I had such an authentic awesome semester in Aix. The scenery couldn't have been more amazing. Our apartment was everything that a college student could need. The women in the office were always helpful. I really enjoyed hanging out there, borrowing books, asking questions, and getting advice. The city is such a fun atmosphere as well because there are so many young people in the area. It is so different from Paris and so uniquely French. I wish that I could do this all over again and if I could I would have done a year and set of a semester. In order to become 100% immersed in the program it is really importan I wish that I could do this all over again and if I could I would have done a year and set of a semester.

What would you improve about this program?
Our apartment was broken into at one point and our laptops were stolen. students should be aware that any city in any country is subject to being unsafe!
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Stacy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience

I went to Aix 7 years ago for a year long study abroad. It was the best experience of my life. I loved the support there. The weekend and day trips were so much fun, and there were also plenty of classes, wine tasting, chocolate tasting etc to choose to do as well. The school program was great and I learned more French with in a month in Aix then I did with 5 years of French language in the U.S. If you're thinking about going to France choose Aix!

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Peter
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spring 2015

I went to Aix in the Spring of 2015 and loved it so much! The staff was very helpful and the school I went to was a great place to learn while away from my home university. The housing was incredible! I was in an apartment with another person from CEA. One of the best parts about this program was the comradery formed between the other CEA Aix students and myself. I've definitely found friends for life! The location could not be more perfect. I was in Aix in January and the lowest it got was 32 degrees at night, never snowed, and hardly rained. The sun was shining and it was warm almost the whole time, something very different from the winters and springs in the Northeast.

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Satchel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Alyssa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
I do not think there is anything I would change about the program.
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Iris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!!

What would you improve about this program?
I would not change a thing.
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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I would have stayed longer.
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Jennie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!!

What would you improve about this program?
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. :)
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Ariel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
Longer program! I wish I could have come in August.
Kathleen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Celeste
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Bridget
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Aix

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!