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Aix-en-Provence, France (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: French Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment (Shared), Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:
  • Wellesley application deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
Wellesley-in-Aix allows students the opportunity to study in a student-friendly city of in one of the most beautiful regions in France, located just 30 Km north of the Mediterranean coast. Students can take a combination of French-taught courses both through Wellesley and the local institution, Aix-Marseille Université, which is the largest university in France.

The University

Aix-Marseille University (AMU) is the largest public university in France with a significant student population of over 40,000. Founded in 1409, AMU was first known as the University of Provence, and later was the result of a merger between the University of Provence, University of the Mediterranean, and Paul Cezanne University, making AMU the largest university in the French-speaking world in 2012. AMU offers courses in the areas of Political Science, Law, Economics, Earth Sciences, Engineering, and more. 

In addition to AMU, students on the Wellesley program may also take courses at Sciences Po-Aix, a branch of Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), whose main campus is in Paris. Sciences Po is a Social Sciences institution, where students can take courses focused on International Relations, Politics, and more. You can read more about Sciences Po-Aix at their website

The Setting

Aix-in-Provence is located approximately 30 kilometers north of Marseille and the Mediterranean coast. The region is famous for its Gallo-Roman ruins, picturesque hillside villages, beautiful abbeys, and lively markets. Its natural beauty and pleasant climate make it an ideal location for hiking and other outdoor activities. Aix lies at the foot of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, immortalized by Paul Cézanne, a native of Aix. The population of Aix is close to 145,000.



Princeton students are required to enroll in a full course-load on the program, which equates to four credits and typically corresponds to 4-6 courses, depending on the number of contact hours per course. This is the equivalent of four Princeton credits. Students may take a combination of courses taught by Wellesley in the areas of translation and academic writing/methodology, in addition to courses at AMU. Students majoring in Politics, Economics, or History may also enroll full-time at Sciences Po-Aix. Princeton requires that at least one course be taken at a local university, and all courses must be taught in French. You can read more about the courses and academic program at Wellesley by visiting their website.  


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad, and students must have taken at least up to French 107 at Princeton or the equivalent. Students must be prepared to take all of the courses in French. 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.      

Academic Calendar

The fall semester typically runs from late August to early January.
The spring semester typically runs from early January to late May. 

For up-to-date program dates, please visit Wellesley's website


All housing is organized and managed by the program. Students fill out a questionnaire, and final placements are confirmed upon students’ arrival in France. The majority of WIA participants opt to live in homestays, which provide daily interaction and conversation with French hosts. All hosts are carefully selected by on-site staff. Students in homestays have their own rooms, wireless access, and daily breakfast and most evening meals are provided.
WIA has a very limited number of single rooms in a private student residence hall for French students in central Aix. These rooms are equipped with a private bathroom and kitchenette and wireless access. WIA provides linens, cooking utensils and dishes. This option cannot be guaranteed, however.
One or two efficiency apartments may be available; requests must be made in advance.
All students receive a monthly allowance for lunches. Students living in apartments or the residence hall receive extra funds for food, cleaning supplies, laundry costs, etc.
The program provides bus passes to all students regardless of where they live, and reimburses occasional taxis for students who live farther away from the city center as well as transportation costs to get to classes in Marseille.

Student Life

Aix is a city rich in literary, cultural and artistic events. Aix’s annual summer opera festival attracts distinguished performers and audiences from all over the world. The city also boasts a music school, the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud, named for a composer and Aix native and is home to choreographer Anjelin Preljocaj’s renowned Pavillon Noir theatre. The Grand Théâtre de Provence features opera performances, concerts, and classical and contemporary plays throughout the year. The annual Festival Tous Courts competition in December brings together producers and aficionados of short feature films from all over the world.

You can read more about cultural activities and student life in Aix on the Wellesley website.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. Students who do not receive financial aid will pay all costs and fees associated with the program directly to Wellesley. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     

Passport and Visa
Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    

Upon acceptance to the Wellesley-in-Aix program, you must review the French Visa Information Powerpoint (found on the Wellesley website) immediately, begin the CampusFrance registration process, and submit an online visa application to France-Visas. More information about visas can be found on the Wellesley website

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to Wellesley by completing their own application according to their deadline. 
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines. 


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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 01/03/2021 05/31/2021
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