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Language of Instruction: French
Term: Academic Year, Spring

Study alongside local students in French at the University of Provence

The next application deadline is Mar 1, 2018
See other program dates


The Wellesley-in-Aix program offers an excellent opportunity for students who would like to study in France, but not in Paris. Students enroll directly at the University of Aix-Marseille I. The University of Provence (Aix-Marseille I) is one of the most distinguished in France, second only to the University of Paris in the areas of French literature, history, and linguistics. Because of the rich cultural background of Aix and its region, the university is also the home of the Center for Mediterranean Studies. Students live in either an apartment or a homestay.


Students must take at least two regular university courses at the University of Provence with French students. The University offers a wide range of courses to accommodate any major. Students can choose to take the remainder of their courses either at the university or through core courses offered by the program and taught by local French professors. All coursework will be done in French.

Program Features

Students may live in an apartment, or with a host family selected by the program. All students receive a monthly allowance: students in families receive an allowance for weekly lunches, while students living in apartments receive an allowance that covers the cost of food and other provisions for the upkeep of their living quarters. All apartments come fully equipped, including linens, tableware and basic cooking equipment.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
5 semester of language, or equivalent (Advanced)
Academic Year, Spring

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018