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  • Locations: Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 03/15/2021 04/20/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/15/2021 04/20/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 10/20/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSU International Programs Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid: CSU IP Scholarship, Federal Aid (Pell/EOP/FSEOG/Direct Loans), Guardian Scholars, President's Scholars, Private Student Loans, State Aid (Cal Grants/SUG)
Housing Options: Apartments, Host Family Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: European Studies, French
Language Prerequisite: 1 semester college-level French Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA requirement: 2.75 (CUM. & CSUF. If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you may still be eligible to apply.) Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, French
Special Notes: Graduate students may participate for undergraduate credit Employment Abroad Permitted: Yes
Unit Type Earned On Program: Resident Units
Program Description:



Academic Year Deadlines
February 1: Priority Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline as available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


GPA Requirement
2.75 Cumulative GPA
CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
1 term college-level French.
Students are responsible for verifying that they meet individual course pre-requisites prior to registration with the overseas institution. 


Subjects Available
European Studies French
French Studies International/Global Studies

CLICK HERE to view the online course catalog. 

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.  

Students pay the same tuition for France: Language & Culture at Aix-Marseille Université as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates at the top of the brochure page.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program.

Academic Year: August to May


The France: Language and Culture program is located in Aix-en-Provence, France. This program is administered by a Resident Director (who is a CSU faculty member) and full-time local staff. Students attend Service Universitaire Francais Langue Etrangere (SUFLE), Universite de Provence.

France-AixThe France: Language and Culture program provides students with the opportunity to maximize their knowledge of the French language by participating in special instructional programs for non-native speakers. The program begins with a three week intensive Preparatory Language Program (PLP) in the late summer. During the PLP, general language skills are reviewed and developed during morning sessions, with the emphasis being placed on speaking skills. Afternoon workshops are offered on culture, history, and politics. Classes and workshops are designed to help students adjust to living and studying in France.

During the fall and spring semesters, students take courses arranged by SUFLE and concentrate their studies on French language. Depending on the results of a language placement exam, students may have a variety of electives to choose from in subjects such as literature, art, music, cinema, history, and politics. CSU students do not typically take courses in the regular university departments, although students with sufficient French language skills may qualify to do so. For graduate level credit, students must enroll in regular university department courses.

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin from the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.


Aix-en-Provence is a university city in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region of southern France. Aix-en-Provence boasts a vibrant cultural and artistic life. The city is famous for its elegant streets, squares, markets, and sidewalk cafes. It is also known for its thermal hot springs and historical public fountains, giving it the name “city of a thousand fountains”.


Upon arrival in Aix-en-Provence, students are provided with temporary hotel accommodations arranged by CSU IP. During the orientation week, the on-site staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations. Most students choose to live in local apartments. Limited host family options may be available.


Applicants must complete and submit two applications for this program: the CSUF online application and the CSU IP online application.

If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you still may be eligible to apply.

CSU IP is affiliated with the Service Universitaire de Français Langue Etrangère (SUFLE), a department at Aix-Marseille Université specializing in French as a foreign language. The Aix-en-Provence Program is comprised of the following required components:

  • Three-week Preparatory Language Program (PLP) conducted by SUFLE (4 units)
Semester 1 (Fall Semester)
  • French language courses
  • Electives
  • Minimum unit requirement: 15 units
Semester 2 (Spring Semester)
  • French language courses
  • Electives
  • FLL 395: Issues in Contemporary France (post-semester course required for all students)
  • Minimum unit requirement: 15 units
Elective courses are offered by SUFLE, supplement the required French langugae courses to total a minimum of 15 units each semester, and are "Special Topics" courses which are organized by language level, (CSU IP Academic Bulletin for Aix-en-Provience). 

For information on acquiring a visa, check out the video by Campus France USA below!
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