Wellesley in Aix-en-Provence

  • Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Minimum GPA: 3.3, 3.4 in French
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


Aix is located in southern France, a few miles north of Marseille and the Mediterranean in the heart of a region famous for its natural beauty and incomparable climate as well as Gallo-Roman ruins and Romanesque churches. Aix is a city of 120,000 (including about 15,000 students) situated at the foot of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire — the subject of many paintings by Paul Cézanne, a native son of Aix. Nearby cities and regions easily accessible by train or bus include Marseille, Nice, Lyon, and Montpellier.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program. Roundtrip airfare is included in the tuition fee.

  • Requirements

    Juniors in good-academic standing may apply. The program is highly selective; students should have an overall minimum GPA of 3.3 and a minimum GPA of 3.4 in French. A minimum of two years of college level French (or equivalent) is required. A semester of coursework in literature or culture at the 200 level is required. Students must be enrolled in a French course the semester prior to study abroad.

    About the University: Students enroll at the Université d’Aix-Marseille. In the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities, the University was ranked 101-150th in the world, making it the 4th highest ranked university in France. Students majoring in Political Science or International Relations may choose to take courses at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po Aix). As a grande école, Sciences Po Aix specializes in political sciences. It also has courses in economics, history, law, international relations, and business. It is associated with Aix-Marseille University and is part of a network of nine Instituts d’études politiques, known as IEP.

    Academic Credit

    Students normally earn eight Wellesley units for work successfully completed during the full academic year; four credits for the spring semester. The preliminary course work in Paris plus eight course units at the French universities constitute the prescribed course of study for one year. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Courses offered in Archeology, Art History, Business, Caribbean Studies, Chinese, Cinema, Communications, Comparative Literature, Economics, Ethnology, French Civilization, French Language and Literature, History, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Latin American Studies, Music, Phonetics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Plastic Arts, Sociology, and Spanish.

    Course Highlights

    Africana Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Archaeology / Archeology, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Feminine & Gender Studies, Film, Fine Arts, French, History, Islamic Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Spanish

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Four week program in Paris for fall and full-year students. One week program in Paris for spring only students. Classes in language, literature and culture.

    Number of Students: Approximately 35-40 students attend each semester.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Students may share an apartment with another student. Limited homestays are also available. Haverford recommends students stay with families and apply for this option. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips: Each semester, the program organizes a few day trips and other group activities. These have included trips to the island of Porquerolles, the port town of Cassis, les Baux de Provence, the villages of Gordes and Roussillon, Martigues, and hikes up Sainte-Victoire or kayaking in the calanques. Occasional weekend trips have been organized in other regions, such as Burgundy and the Dordogne. The university also organizes occasional day trips for international students.

    Cultural Activities: In addition to the many cultural and artistic events, sports like hiking, kayaking and biking, among others, are also popular in the Aix region. Students are encouraged to join a club or team and to take advantage of organized activities like hiking, yoga, and dance classes or cooking and wine-tasting classes. Joining a musical group, being part of team, taking pottery or photography lessons, for example, are excellent ways to meet French people and improve language skills while having fun. Program staff can also assist and support students in dinding extracurricular activities during the semester. In recent years, WIA students have participated in the organization of Aix’s annual short-film festival or Festival tous courts in December, and resourceful individuals have also secured summer internships and done volunteer work.

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester / Year
  • Semester I: Mid-August to mid-January
  • Semester II: Mid-January to mid-June
  • Year: Late August to mid-June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 1
  • Semester II: September 15
  • Year: February 1
Faculty Contact

Koffi Anyinefa

David Sedley