2020-21 will mark Wellesley’s 40th year in France. The WIA program is designed to immerse students academically, linguistically and culturally in a vibrant, student-friendly city located in one of the most beautiful regions in France. Aix-en-Provence boasts a student population of over 40,000 enrolled mainly at Aix-Marseille Université, France's largest university. Aix is big enough to offer a variety of cultural activities, architectural sites and culinary delights yet small enough to get to know the city well and engage with students and other locals in informal settings. Wellesley-in-Aix provides opportunities to experience French student culture and daily life through direct enrollment in French institutions, homestays, volunteer opportunities and other activities. Thanks to its small size and experienced onsite staff, Wellesley-in-Aix offers individual assistance in the form of academic advising and tutorials, health and safety advice, cultural tips and suggestions for meeting locals, exploring the region, and finding extra-curricular activities.
At a Glance
Students: 15-25 per semester, women and men. Applications are accepted from both Wellesley and non-Wellesley students. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors with post-intermediate French language skills.
Full year: late August to late May / early June
Fall semester: late August to mid-January
Spring semester: early January late May / early June
*Wellesley students may start their fall semester early with a three-week intensive language and culture course in August in Bordeaux (by nomination only - details below)*
Location: Aix lies in the heart of Provence, in southern France, 25 miles north of Marseille and the Mediterranean coast.
Partner Institutions: Aix-Marseille University, Sciences-Po Aix
Housing: Homestays. Singles in a private residence hall in central Aix (per availability).
Cost: Wellesley Comprehensive Fee. Includes pre-session in Paris, all tuition & academic fees, full room & board, a travel stipend, local transportation, visa expenses, program activities & trips, individual cultural allowance, rail pass for discounted train travel in France, well-equipped program center. Financial aid for Wellesley students is fully transferrable and the Expected Family Contribution will remain constant.
Pre-Requisites: 5-6 semesters of college-level French (any course from French 210 or above satisfies the minimum requirement for Wellesley College students). 3.0 GPA in French courses and overall.
Language of Instruction: French
Fall and Full Year: March 1 *extended to March 15 for the Fall 2021 semester*
Spring: October 1
Late applications are considered.
Fields of Study:
Humanities: Art History, Cinema, History, Linguistics, Literature, Literary Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion
Social Sciences: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Economics, International Relations, Mediterranean Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Sciences: Biology, Neuroscience
Full Course Load: 4 credits per semester
Application Instructions: See instructions
Recent Alumnae: See recent alumnae
Bordeaux-Before-Aix (available to Wellesley College students, by nomination only)
Bordeaux-Before-Aix is an intensive immersive three-week summer program in French language and culture in the historic city of Bordeaux, France. During 3 weeks in August, students earn 1 unit credit in the program in preparation for study in the Wellesley-in-Aix program. Students typically live with host families and attend 22 hours of class per week, followed by excursions, culinary workshops, and free time to discover the city and the beautiful region of the French Atlantic coast. For details, contact Prof. Hélène Bilis (French Dept.). Deadline to apply: March 15, 2021. For students who receive financial aid, the cost of the program is added to the financial aid budget.