Study Abroad in France
La Vie Provençale
May 25 to June 15, 2019
Available NIU Credits
FLFR 300 Special Topics in French Language, Literature, Linguistics or Culture (3)
TOPIC: Provençal culture
FLFR 400 Special Topics in French Language, Literature, Linguistics or Culture (3 cr.)
TOPIC: Provençal culture
Independent Study/Research Project (1-3). Students can earn three additional hours of undergraduate credit. Please talk to Professor Smith in advance if this option interests you.
Located along the Mediterranean Sea, Aix-en-Provence allows students to experience the culture of the south of France. The mild climate, famed cuisine and the arts give the Mediterranean region a distinct feel, unique from anywhere else in the world. While the city offers access to traditional French culture in an intimate setting, it still maintains the charm and elegance of a large metropolis. Local excursions during the summer program provide students with an enhanced awareness of Provençal culture while giving them a unique and unparalleled French experience.
Located A typical day begins with breakfast with the student’s host family. After that, class is held in the morning for an hour and half before heading out to visit a local attraction (a church, a market, a plaza of historical import). Students are free to have lunch on their own and can choose from among Aix’s multiple restaurants and markets. Some afternoons we will have an excursion to another city such as Marseille or Avignon. If no excursion is planned, students are free to explore Aix on their own or with their classmates, spending the afternoon at a café terrace, a park, a museum, or shopping. Students often return home for dinner with the host family, after which they can choose to go out to explore the nightlife of Aix or stay in and rest for the next day.
Housing in Aix-en-Provence for three weeks with a home stay will be arranged by IAU College. This includes daily breakfast and six dinners per week. Students may choose to live with other students.
We'll visit the Luberon countryside, a picturesque Provençale region consisting of hilltop villages, stone houses, a renaissance château, dovecotes, vineyards, olive groves, lavender fields and sunflowers.
We'll take a day trip to the bustling port city of Marseille where we will visit the historic vieux port, the quaint Panier neighborhood, and the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, which overlooks the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
We'll explore the medieval city of Avignon where we visit the Palais des Papes, an immense gothic palace and fortress built for the papal residency in the 14th century.
Many departmental scholarships are available for students, including, the Blog Scholarship, the Facebook Scholarship, the FLRP Study Abroad Scholarship. Also, as a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply.