French Language & Culture in Aix-en-Provence
May 21-June 21, 2014

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Earn 6 French Credits


Students will spend four weeks in Aix-en-Provence, France at the Institut d'Etudes Françaises Pour Etudiants Etrangers (IEFEE) offered through Aix Marseille University taking Intensive French Language courses. The IEFEE offers instruction in French at all levels, from beginner to advanced. In addition to the 5-credit French language course, students will be registered for a one-credit French Culture course offered through UNC's Office of Extended Studies and taught by UNC professor, Dr. Lorie Sauble-Otto, who will be on-site with students in France.

The program includes two day trips, several cultural activities, and a 3-day/2-night trip to Paris. Cultural activities include a theatre outing, wine tasting, cheese tasting, and Cezanne Art class activity. Possible day trip destinations include Arles, Le Luberon, Camargue, or Cassis, and program fees will include transportation, group meal, and local entrances.

Students will travel with Dr. Sauble-Otto by train to explore the wonders of Paris. The Paris excursion includes transportation, accommodation, a 2-day Paris Museum pass, and a Bateau Mouche boat tour.

Students will stay in homestays with local French families who will provide daily breakfasts and 5 dinners weekly. The families do not speak English, which will allow students a great opportunity to practice their French. Wi-Fi, bedding, and laundry services will be provided.

Additionally, students will be provided a welcome group meal, as well as a farewell group meal in Aix-en-Provence. Together, the program will provide students an intensive month-long French language and cultural immersion experience. Upon arrival, local transportation passes will be provided to get to university and back (no more than a 20-30 minute daily commute each way).

Students should arrive at Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) between 8am and 6pm on the official arrival date (May 20) for included pick-up from the airport. However, if students choose to not arrive during this time, they must find their own way to Aix-en-Provence to meet up with the group.



Application Deadline: February 15, 2014
Program Dates: May 21- June 21, 2014*

*Students should arrive on May 20th.

Final Withdraw Date: March 10, 2014*

*Students who withdraw after this date will be responsible for the full program costs.



The estimated total cost for the program is $7,025 - $7,250 which includes tuition, accommodations, all excursions, field trips, most meals, international airfare, in-country transportation, health insurance, and personal funds. Final cost will be dependent on enrollment numbers.

Estimated Tuition


Billed to Student Account

Study Abroad Administration Fee


Billed to Student Account

Program Fee

$4,050 - 4,200

Paid Directly to CEA

Estimated Airfare


Individual Expense Paid to Airline

Personal Expenses


Individual Expense (varies)


$7,025 - $7,250




5 French Elective creditsaixenprovence

1 FL 395 credit (syllabus)


This program is open to all UNC students who have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours by the time of departure with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.


Students should complete this application and return all forms to CIE. Once students apply through CIE, students will receive a link to complete registration through an online portal and pay the deposit.

Maximum enrollment: 20 students

After all applications have been received and processed, students will be required to provide additional information to CEA who is providing the program. This includes housing info, health questionnaire, passport copy, etc. At this point, students will be required to pay a $300 refundable deposit.




Applications for Spring 2014 are due October 1st