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  • Locations: Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
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  • Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 10/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2023 03/15/2023 ** 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.
Program Description:

Aix-Marseille University
Intensive French Language Program

UW-W Partnership Program

Location Aix-en-Provence, France
Academic Focus French
Language of Instruction French
  • Open to students of all majors
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Completion of French 251 or equivalent required for semester/year sessions
  • All French levels eligible for summer session
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.


Student Life and Surroundings 

Aix-en-Provence is one of the most popular destinations in France for students studying abroad.

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.


Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

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.

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
    4-week 3-week
Tuition (semester: 1,650 EUR; 4-wk: 1,100 EUR; 3-wk: 825 EUR)* 1,900 1,200 900
Application/Administration Fee 225 225 225
Contingency Fee 50 50 50
CISI Insurance 140 34 24
Subtotal $2,315 $1,509 $1,209
Additional Estimated Expenses      
Passport and Passport Photos 150 150 150
French Student Visa Fees 250 - -
French Social Security Fees 250 250 250
Liability Insurance 25 25 25
Student Card 20 20 20
Housing** 2,500 1,000 1,000
Meals 1,200 300 225
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,000 700 525
Books/Supplies 250 50 50
Round-Trip Airfare 1,200 1,200 1,200
Subtotal $7,845 $4,195 $3,945
Total*** $9,680 $4,504 $4,154

*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 Requirements

All 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.

Key Dates

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


Office of Global Experiences
Shia Lee
Office: McCutchan 204
Phone: 262-472-5759

UW-W Faculty Ambassador:
Dr. Sheila Turek
Department of Languages & Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3014