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Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence

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About the University 🏫

The Institute for American Universities was founded in 1957, and is one of Europe's oldest universities based on the American system. The university is known for being one of the largest study abroad programme provider. You can also study abroad at IAU campus in Madrid.

The Institute for American Universities specializes in humanities, social studies, business and arts. The courses are taught in English, as the vast majority of the students are Americans. In addition, many international students from all over the world are coming each semester to study at IAU.

The teaching takes place in smaller classes which means that your learning is in focus. Furthermore, an important and interesting detail for many students is that IAU incorporates field tours into their study program, which is well organized by the lecturers.

About the city 🌇

30 km north of Marseille lies historic Aix-en-Provence on the Mediterranean Sea, giving international students the ultimate opportunity to experience the culture of southern France.

The mild climate, famous cuisine and beautiful art gives the Mediterranean region a unique feeling compared to other places in the world. Despite traditional French culture in an intimate way, Aix-en-Provence possesses the elegance of a metropolis city. Finity its mountain and Mont Sainte Victoire location, Aix-en-Provenc is enriched with a natural basin, its famous fountains, windy streets, sunny central squares and monuments.

The city also houses a lot of concerts, the summer festival "Festival d'Art Lyrique", libraries, museums, markets and cafés that have given the city a good reputation in France. Students in particular can benefit from the city's restaurants, nightclubs and sports facilities.

The sunny and dry climate provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the nearby beaches, hike in the mountains and if you are into skiing you can always go on a trip in the Alps, which are not far away from the city.

Housing Opportunities🏫


In the total cost of studying at The Institute for American Universities, homestay is included. Students are given accommodation with a French host family. Living in a French home is an ideal opportunity to be introduced to southern French life. The families are carefully selected host families and have many years of experience hosting international students.

Each student get their own room with the family. In addition, breakfast and further 6 meals a week are served by the family. For lunch, which you take of yourself, there are countless affordable cafes, brasseries as well as small sandwich and grocery stores with a wide selection. It is also possible to visit the many food markets around the city.

Not only are you provided with weekly cleaning of your room, you'll also get a bed, linen, pillow and blankets included. However, you must bring your own towels. You have access to one piece of laundry in the machine per week. If there is an interest in being placed with a fellow student with a family, this is also possible if you apply for it.


Admission Requirements

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What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at Institute for American Universities, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Documents required from students to apply to Institute for American Universities are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Award Certificates
  • Passport
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.

See more about the entry requirements at Institute for American Universities.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at Institute for American Universities.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at Institute for American Universities vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at Institute for American Universities ranges from 17.400 EUR to 18.900 EUR per year for international students.

The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at Institute for American Universities for 4 units which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 8885 EUR.

See more about Institute for American Universities tuition fees for international students.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

Institute for American Universities uses a semester system for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The semester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a three-trimester system. Students can start their studies in January, June or September.

See more about Institute for American Universities important dates in the academic calendar.

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What the students say

"I learned to see the world through a different perspective and it was extremely eye opening for me. It was definitely the most worthwhile experience I've ever had. There's nothing about my college career that I loved more than my experience at IAU" - Manar S.
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First, choose a destination

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Next, apply and upload your documents

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