Admission & Finances


The Wellesley-in-Aix Spring 2022 deadline is October 1! Access the application portal here.

We welcome applications from well-prepared students who have completed the equivalent of at least 5 semesters of college-level French (any course from French 210 or above satisfies 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 must 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 and Francophone Studies department to determine equivalencies. The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Students from all disciplines, including the sciences, are welcome. While many WIA students declare French as a major, this is not a requirement: the majority come from a broad range of academic disciplines, including anthropology, art history, international relations, language studies, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Numerous courses in Aix may count toward these majors.

In recent years, participants have included students from Amherst, Brandeis, Colby, Columbia, Cornell, Hamilton, Harvard, Haverford, Princeton, Swarthmore, Tufts, Wesleyan, Williams, and Yale.

All students take a mandatory French test during the first week in Aix in order to evaluate their skills and readiness to take university courses. Students who do not meet the minimum level requirement (B2 in the Common European Framework) must take the WIA course on academic writing skills and methodology in Aix.


March 1- Fall and Full Year Applications

October 1- Spring Applications

Required Application Materials

Online Application Form

French Recommendation Form

Additional Recommendation Form

Home School Nomination Form (not required for Wellesley students)

Official Transcript (not required for Wellesley students)

Wellesley-in-Aix Staff on the Wellesley College Campus

Hélène Bilis is the Campus Director of the Wellesley-in-Aix program and Associate Professor of French in Wellesley's French department. She is the liaison between program staff in Aix-en-Provence and Wellesley's French department. Professor Bilis specializes in early modern literature and culture, with a focus on theatrical works and institutions, and their connection to 17th- and 18th -century developments in political power. 



Finances & Policies

Finances Overview

The program fee for 2021-22 is $78,712 for the full academic year; $39,356 for one semester. The tuition portion of this fee is $60,424 for the full year and $30,212 for one semester. Once announced, program fees do not change with fluctuations in the dollar-euro exchange rate.

The program fee includes:

  • A travel stipend* 
  • 2-week orientation with transfer between airport and orientation location
  • Visa fees and costs related to a residency card in Aix (reimbursed with receipt in France)
  • Educational and administrative fees
  • Room & board from the departure date to the official program end date
  • Group activities, e.g., city tours, excursions, museum visits

*Travel Stipend is to be used for round-trip airfare to and from France, travel from the airport to the orientation location and travel to the airport for your flight home. This stipend will be direct deposited to the bank account you have on file with the college, in July for fall students and in December for Spring students. Full year students will receive stipends in July and December.

The fee does not include:

  • Personal expenses (laundry, books and school supplies, snacks, etc.)
  • Vacation travel or transportation costs for personal reasons
  • Student health insurance (Students will however, be automatically billed for Wellesley College Health insurance)
  • Dental expenses and mental health counseling

Payment of Deposits

For non-Wellesley participants, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due upon acceptance.

Payment Options

Three, four, and five month payment plans are available to students and families for the fall and spring semesters. For more information, visit Financing and Loan Options.

For payment information please refer to Wellesley's Student Financial Services web page

Financial Aid

Wellesley students please review the information on financial aid for study abroad on the OIS website. Non-Wellesley students should contact their home schools for details on financial aid for study abroad. The program offers scholarship funding to well-qualified students from outside Wellesley who demonstrate financial need. To be considered for a scholarship you must submit the Wellesley-in-Aix Scholarship Application Form linked here and submit it with your program application.  

Budget Estimate for Fall Semester 2021 / Spring Semester 2022
Billed Expenses

Tuition- $30,212
Room- $4,852
Board- $4,292
Non-Billed Expenses
Airfare- $0 (included)
Books and Personal Expenses- $1,390

Health Insurance

Health insurance coverage is required. Participants will automatically be billed for Wellesley College’s insurance covering study abroad, but may waive it so long as they have insurance that will cover their medical expenses abroad.

Students are also covered automatically by the college’s supplemental emergency medical assistance and evacuation/repatriation insurance.

Withdrawal Policy

A student withdrawing from the program must give written notice to the resident director. Living quarters must be vacated within one week of notice and left in clean condition.

Students will receive no credit for their coursework if they withdraw from the program before the end of the academic term.

Conditions and deadlines with respect to the refund policy will be sent to applicants upon acceptance into the program.

Withdrawal from all programs:
 The $500 acceptance fee is non-refundable
. In the event of withdrawal before the final day of classes at Wellesley College the semester preceding the student’s semester in France, a $500 housing cancellation fee is retained.

Additional deadlines: 

Full-year program
: In the event of withdrawal between the last day of spring semester classes at Wellesley College and the August departure for France, 25% of the full-year comprehensive fee will be retained
. Between the August departure for France and the last day of fall classes, 50% of the fee will be retained. After November 1st, there will be an additional cancellation fee of $3,000.

If a student completes fall semester after having notified the program before October 15 of his or her intention to withdraw from spring semester, there is no penalty.

Fall semester program
: In the event of withdrawal between the last day of classes of the spring semester and the August departure for France, 25% of the fall comprehensive fee will be retained
. If the students withdraws between the August departure for France and the last day of orientation, 50% of the fee will be retained.
 If the student withdraws after the last day of orientation, no refunds are given.

Spring semester program
: In the event of withdrawal between the last day of classes of the fall semester and the departure for France, 25% of the comprehensive fee will be retained
. If the students withdraws between the departure for France and the last day of orientation, 50% of the fee will be retained. If the students withdraws after the last day of orientation no refunds are given.

The above deadlines may be subject to change.