The Institute for American Universities is located in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. With a population of 130,000, Aix is one of the major university, legal, and cultural centers of France. Its lovely winding streets and sunny squares, lined with churches, cafes, and theaters, have captured the attention of many artists. Aix has easy access to Paris, Geneva, London, and other major European cities.
The Institute for American Universities, chartered by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York, was founded in 1957 under the auspices of the Universite d'Aix-Marseille, and is one of the oldest and largest education abroad programs in Europe.
Courses offered at the Institute for American Universities in Aix are comparable to those offered in universities in the United States; subjects include art history, fine arts, European studies, French language and literature, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, business, and economics. No previous knowledge of French is required, but two French courses, one of which must be French grammar, are required of all students each semester.
Students are housed in French homestays, which provide breakfast and dinner five days a per week; semi-independent lodging is available upon request. Cinemas, restaurants, cafes, and discothéques, as well as a variety of sporting events, are available to students in the town of Aix-en-Provence.
Shortly after arrival, students are linked with an animateur/trice, a French student who works with the students throughout the semester to foster integration into the community and improvement of French language skills. Various tours are offered as an integral part of the academic program.
The Studio Art Program in Aix-en-Provence in Southern France is offered at the Marchutz School of Drawing and Painting, located on the Tholonet Road, just outside Aix-en-Provence, near the Chateaunoir where Cézanne lived and worked. The Marchutz School, founded by German artist Leo Marchutz in 1971, is now under the auspices of the Institute for American Universities.
The Institut Français des Alpes Semester in France program offers students the choice of study in either the Annecy center (Institut Francias d'Annecy) or Chambery (Institut Francias d'Chambery). Both cities are located in the French Alps, near Geneva and Lyon, which has a population of about 100,000.
Annecay offers students culutral and athletic activities within a very pleasant urban environment. In summertime, there are the national parks and the city's location on the Lake of Annecy. In winter, the nearby ski resorts attract visitors from around the world. The Institut Francais d'Annecy adminstrative offices and classrooms are housed in the Residence des Marquisats building on the shores of the lake.
Chambery is a city of art and history, and the city is also the historical capital of Savoy (Savioe). Classrooms and offices are housed in the Chateau de Boigne, one of the city's major historical buildings.
The Institut Francais des Alpes (IFALPES) is a leading French language training institute that operates in cooperation with the institutes and academic institutions both in France and abroad. The student body is international with students from many nations who are in France to learn French, not just American students. The Annecy and Chambery centers are open all year, and offer their Intensive French Language programs at all levels: beginning, intermediate, advanced. All courses are taught in French (Direct Method) and are specifically designed for those interested in learning or becoming more proficient in the French language. Teaching methods are based on active participation by studnets, and the scope of the program includes understanding, speaking, reading, writing, and cross-cultural studies. The academic program is under the direct supervision of the Universite Catholique de Lyon, and the program is interpreted into US credit equivalents according to academic norms generally accepted in American colleges and universities.
The Annecy center has only an Intensive French program. Students are in class 20 hours per week and are enrolled for 15-16 credits with class emphasis changing hourly - grammar, aural comprehension, oral expressions, reading, writing - all with a focus on French culture and civilization. The program in Chambery is identical, but also offers options of a 12-hour per week French language program plus one course taught in English.
A 2.5 GPA is required for participation along with transcripts and two letters of recommendation. The program is open to freshman through seniors in good standing at their home college or university.
In both Annecy and Chambery, students may be housed in French homestay in "demi-pension" (breakfast and evening meals included). Most students choose this arrangement, though other homestays with only "B&B" (bed and breakfast) are available. Annecy also offers the opportunity to live in shared apartments. Chmbery offers accommdations in student residences - usally a studio with no meals. Students complete a housing questionnaire to indicate needs and choices as well as, in the case of homestay, the degree of involvement desired with hosts. The term "family" is used loosely, as the possiblities are many and not limited to "traditional" families.
The Institute for American Universities Centre d'Avignon is located in the center of the city. Avignon is located on the Rhône River, 50 miles from the Mediterranean. Only 4-1/2 hours from Paris by train, Avignon is within a day's travel to Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the Alps, and the French Riviera.
Its theater, cinemas and wide variety of cultural, social and sports activities combined with the unsurpassed beauty of the region and the nearby Alps contribute significantly to Avignon's attraction as a center for study in France.
IAU has worked in collaboration with the Universitaire d'Avignon since 1967 to provide French majors with first-hand experience with France and the French university. Classes held in the 14th century Chapelle Saint Antoine, a charming learning setting with contemporary classrooms.
All courses at the Centre d'Avignon are given in French, and the program focuses on French studies: advanced language, literature, history, art history, and civilization. At least one French language course is recommended. Courses are taught chiefly by tenured faculty of l'Universite d'Avignon.
Qualified students may also audit courses at l'Universite d'Avignon and earn credit by examination at the IAU Centre d'Avignon. Students with at least two semesters of college-level French and a 2.5 GPA are eligible for the program. The program is open to students at freshman through senior standing, who must supply transcripts and two letters of recommendation for admission.
Students are housed in homes of French host families, an immersion which is an integral part of the education abroad experience. Through their families, students benefit from meeting local residents and exploring customs and traditions not seen in the classroom. All meals except lunch are taken with the family.
There is a variety of recreational activities open to students. In addition to program-related travel, students often travel with their host families and friends. Shortly after arrival, students are linked with an animateur/trice, a French student who helps with integration into the community and improvement of French language skills. Several trips to tour the city and its cultural offerings as well as the surrounding region are organized as an integral part of the student's academic program.
L'Institut pour les Affaires et la Gestion (L'IPAG) is a private, professionally oriented business school with campuses in Paris and Nice. The Nice campus, in the south of France, offers access to the cultural attractions of the French Riviera, including a jazz festival, opera, and other activities and events.
L'IPAG specializes in international business and through its network of alumni, L'IPAG students have access to the European business community. L'IPAG is host to students all over Europe, the Americas and Asia.
The academic program at L'IPAG is designed for students with a background or interest in business. The 16-Week semester offers classes in French language and culture, intercultural managements, management development, and European economic environment. Additional business courses are also available.
Students should have a 3.0 GPA, and the program is open to students from all undergraduate levels. For students who plan to stay for more than one semester, there are extensive internship possibilities. Students can take advantage of proximity to the industries in the region, including Sophia-Antipolis, the French Silicon Valley.
Students on this program live in shared apartments which are arranged by the host institution. They are responsible for preparing their own meals. Students are met at the airport upon arrival and provided with orientation within the first week of the program.
The campus offers students a variety of services, including a multimedia center, language labs, and information and business center and more. Students are invited to participate in campus activities such as sports clubs, cultural activities and international student associations.
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