We welcome applications from well-prepared students who have completed the equivalent of at least 5 semesters of college-level French (French 210 or 211 is the minimum requirement for Wellesley College students), normally including at least one French course in the semester immediately prior to the semester or year abroad). Students mush have a demonstrated interest in France and French-speaking cultures and be eager to meet the challenges of studying alongside French peers. Students applying from other institutions should consult their academic advisors or contact Wellesley’s Campus Director in the French department to determine equivalencies.  Typically students will apply to study abroad during their junior year but applications will be considered from sophomores and seniors who satisfy the pre-requisites.

While many WIA students are French majors (or double-majors in French and another discipline), this is not a requirement. Past participants have come from a broad range of academic disciplines, including anthropology, art history, classics, economics, history, international relations, language studies, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology, film studies and English. It is not possible to take math or science courses for credit in Aix, however, and no classes in English are allowed.


March 1- Fall and Full Year Applications

October 1- Spring Applications

Applications should be mailed to the below address or emailed to

Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481