Partnership France: Aix-Marseille University, Intensive French Language
Aix-en-Provence, France (Outgoing Program)
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|Restrictions:||UW-Whitewater applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer||2021||03/15/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Academic Year||2021-2022||04/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Fall||2021||04/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring||2022||11/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Intensive French Language Program
UW-W Partnership Program
|Language of Instruction||French|
|Terms||Fall, Spring, Year, Summer|
Studying at Aix-en-Provence provides students the opportunity to concentrate on mastery of the French language while experiencing the culture of Provençal France and proximity to other major French and European destinations.
The vibrant, student-friendly campus and city of Aix-en-Provence offer a variety of opportunities for students to learn French and meet other international peers.
SUFLE, an arm of the Aix-Marseille University, features small student-to-instructor ratios; instructors are experts in Second Language Acquisition and teaching French as a second language to non-natives.
In addition to French language courses, SUFLE offers courses in cinema, translation, culture, business French, phonetics, writing, literature, multimedia, press, and civilization.
Students must have an intermediate level of French (either having completed French 251 or its equivalent, three semesters of college-level French) in order to participate in this program. Students will be tested for placement on arrival to ensure the student studies at an appropriate level.
Securing accommodation in Aix-en-Provence for the duration of the program is the student’s responsibility; there is no “on-campus” accommodation or guaranteed housing service. However, the UW-W Center for Global Education and French program will provide students with resources for arranging housing—likely in an apartment near campus—prior to departure.
Aix-en-Provence is one of the most popular destinations in France for students studying abroad.
Student Life and Surroundings
The University of Provence’s Aix campus is located on the south side of the city, just a fifteen minute walk from the city center. Affordable local and regional bus services make transportation both within Aix and to surrounding cities easy and inexpensive. As a major international study-abroad hub, Aix is populated by thousands of students from all corners of the globe, many of whom live in the city center. The city itself conveys a vibrant image of Provencal life, with narrow streets that meander through centuries-old neighborhoods, beautiful fountains overgrown with wild moss, and a vibrant outdoor café culture.
With a population of 150,000, Aix is a popular destination for tourists and travelers as well as an ideal jumping off point for visiting the rest of Europe. Students can climb the famous St. Victoire mountain, walk in the footsteps of artist Paul Cézanne, and stroll through Aix’s many open-air markets. Nearby Marseille-Provence airport allows students to fly to any number of destinations in continental Europe and beyond. Paris and the Riviera can be reached by high-speed train (three hours to Paris and one hour to Nice), and the Marseille beach is only a thirty minute bus ride away. In winters, students can head north for skiing in the Alps, or enjoy local specialties during the city’s lively Christmas festival.
As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.
Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
SUFLE tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account. Other expenses are paid individually by the student.
Estimated Cost of Attendance
|Billed by UW-Whitewater||Semester||Summer|
|Tuition (semester: 1,450 EUR; 4-wk: 1,100 EUR; 3-wk: 825 EUR)*||1,600||1,200||900|
|Additional Estimated Expenses|
|Passport and Passport Photos||150||150||150|
|French Student Visa Fees||250||-||-|
|French Social Security Fees||250||250||250|
*Tuition USD amount is estimated and will vary depending on exchange rate. Exchange rate taken 11/15/2019.
**Housing costs are an estimate: individual housing options vary.
***For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-Whitewater campus for one semester to be $7,400.
Passport and Visa RequirementsAll program participants will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program. Students participating in semester or year-long programs in France must also apply for a French student visa prior to departure, which requires a personal visit to the French Consulate in Chicago prior to departure. Although obtaining a passport and visa are the student’s responsibility, the UW-W Office of Global Experiences will provide the student with the instructions and resources necessary to apply for these travel documents.
|Term||Application Deadline||Term Dates|
|Academic Year||April 1||Early September to Mid April|
|Fall Semester||April 1||Early September to Mid December|
|Spring Semester||October 15||Early January to Mid April|
|Summer||April 1||3 or 4 weeks in July|
ContactsOffice of Global Experiences
Office: McCutchan 204
UW-W Faculty Ambassador:
Dr. Sheila Turek
Department of Languages & Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3014