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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
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Fields of Study:
International Business
Program Description:
Aix France: Business at IAU

Program Overview

While participating in “Discover Paris, The South of France and Morocco” students will experience the culture and business practices of three unique locations: Paris, a vibrant capital city; Aix-en-Provence, a beautiful town in southern France; and Marrakesh, Morocco, a diverse market with strong ties to Europe. 

IAU in Aix-en-Provence will be host to the Penn State group and one Penn State faculty leader will be on site to coordinate academics and site visits. 
First, students will spend five exciting days in Paris at the beginning of the program visiting cultural sites and learning about Parisian business. They will walk the hallways of famous museums like Musée du Louvre, where the Mona Lisa sits, and Musée de Orsay, where the most celebrated impressionist works are showcased. They will witness the melting pot of Francophone culture while exploring picturesque neighborhoods, wandering along the Seine and sipping espresso in outdoor cafes.  A Penn State faculty or staff member will accompany students to offer a perspective on Parisian history, culture and business practices. Students will also have free time to explore the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame, and other famous Parisian gems.

Map of Provence
After soaking up the big city life, students will take a high-speed train to Aix-en-Provence, a classically Provençal town in the south of France. Here they will begin their formal coursework with a Penn State Course (3 credits) and IAU College (3 credits). All students are required to take six credits for this summer program. 

During their time in Aix, students will visit Morocco on a four-day field study which includes opportunities to experience traditional Moroccan culture, food and bazaars. Students will discover traditional street markets and snake charmers as well as new European-style luxury shops and restaurants. 

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Education Abroad Credits

Cafe in Aix

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.

All students participating in this program will take two courses and earn six credits.  Students must enroll in IB 399 for three credits and then students will select a course offered by IAU for an additional three credits.

Required Penn State course:

I B 399: Mediterranean Business and Communications (3 credits)

Instructors: Dr. Lou Gattis & Andy Gustafson

Where’s the best place to do business in the Mediterranean and how do we effectively communicate in a diverse multi-cultural context? This course exposes students to international business and intercultural communications in the Mediterranean region. The course topics include country risk analysis, the political economy of the Eurozone, intercultural communication and leadership communication. Field excursions in Paris, Morocco and in Aix-en-Provence, as well as guest lectures and case studies will be used to highlight everyday issues for businesses, countries and European institutions.

Pre-requisite: ECON 104 strongly recommended 

Additional IAU Course (3 credits)

Students will select one additional course offered by IAU from Session A. You may view the available courses for summer by navigating to IAU summer course offerings and clicking the large "Summer 2018 Course Schedule" link at the top of the page to access the list.

Before departing, all students will be registered for six credits. Students will need to complete the course equivalency process upon return to receive the appropriate credit for the IAU course. To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IAU Course Equivalency List.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • Pre-requisite: ECON 104 recommended
  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study 
Students from all majors are welcome to apply.

Housing and Meals

All students will be placed with a local French family in Aix for the duration of the program.  Daily breakfast and six dinners per week are included in the program fee while in Aix with families.  

Students will arrive in Paris. Five nights lodging in Paris is provided and travel by train to Aix as well as round trip flight Aix/Morocco. Students will be responsible for travel from Aix at the completion of the program.  Students will be responsible for paying for their meals in Paris and Morocco and some meals in Aix (all lunches and one dinner per week). 

Lodging in Morocco is included in the program fee.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer 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

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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

You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program or contact Vanessa Hausmann in the Smeal Office of International Programs for more information.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights 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
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018

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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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 05/28/2018 07/15/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.

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