The Liberal Arts program at the Institute for American Universities (IAU) is intended for students who want to study in the south of France while participating in an American form of university education. Students will study at le Centre d'Aix, IAU's center for liberal studies in Aix-en-Provence. Most electives at le Centre are taught in English and are offered in a wide variety of subject areas from Art History and Archeology to Political Science and Psychology. Depending on your interests, you can take courses which focus primarily on the Provencal region, or take courses which look at France and Europe within a larger global context. With such a broad liberal arts curriculum, you will not only earn credits toward your degree, but also have the opportunity to learn about French language and culture.
Aix-en-Provence is celebrated by writers Emile Zola, Alphonse Daudet, and Marcel Pagnol; immortalized on the canvases of Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso; frequented by celebrities old and new, Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, Brad and Angelina, and the list goes on. Strolling down the gorgeous Cours Mirabeau lined with towering plane trees, picturesque cafés filled with the fashionable 'Aixois,' and five of the 27 fountains located in what is known as the 'city of fountains,' you will immediately pick up on the heartbeat of Aix.
A short promenade through the winding cobblestone streets leads you past the main square and market place to the 18th Century building where you will attend classes and truly immerse yourself in the French language. At the crossroads to all of the varying landscapes in Provence, you easily can visit the wild region of Camargue, the limestone hills and troglodyte farms of Les Alpilles, the majestic French Alps and the glitzy beaches of the French Riviera.