Archeology, Art History, Classics and Mediterranean Studies, Communications, Creative Writing, Education, French, History, International Relations, Literature, Media, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Sciences
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is welcoming to students with diverse academic backgrounds and language abilities. The school places an emphasis on helping students explore the French language and culture through various fields of study within the context of France and Europe.
Courses are available in a wide variety of humanities, social sciences, education, and the arts including archeology, art history, studio art, business, economics, history, comparative literature, civilization, music, theatre, philosophy, political science, and psychology, as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced studies in French language. You may either take a mix of English and French courses or choose an all-French curriculum. For a full list of course options, visit the IAU website.
At this institute, students can also enroll in the French Honors program, which is not a part of the Schreyers Honors College, but a program designed for French Majors.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Students are required to take 15 credits per semester.
Be sure to meet with your French Department advisor and complete a "pre-departure agreement" before going overseas.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IAU Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
Junior class standing or higher at time of study
0-4 semesters of French language prior to study
?For participation on the French Honors Program offered by IAU, applicants must have completed 4 semesters of college-level French or its equivalent.
Housing and Meals
Homestays are a great way for students to experience an immediate introduction to life in Aix-en-Provence, France. You will live in a homestay (arranged by IAU), where daily continental breakfasts and six dinners per week are provided. The hosts typically live about a 15 to 35 minute walk from classes.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet or the Spring Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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