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, see the IAU website.
At this very 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. More details about this program can be found here. 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.
Education Abroad (EA) does not require the completion of specific courses prior to departure. However, some Penn State departments or colleges (e.g., the Smeal College of Business) may require students to complete certain courses prior to studying abroad; please check with your department or college to see if you have any specific departmental requirements.
Education Abroad Credits
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 of a Pass/Fail basis.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IAU Aix / Marchutz 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.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
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 Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Nimisha Thakur, 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.