Duke in Aix-en-Provence



Duke in Aix-en-Provence provides unique and stimulating opportunities to develop your knowledge of French language, culture, and literature. Program faculty are committed to excellence and strive to engage students in an intellectually stimulating curriculum that includes both theoretical and practical approaches to learning.

Morning coursework during this immersion program includes both grammar and vocabulary review and practice; and discussion-based sessions focused on history, literature, art, film, and music. Afternoons are spent exploring the city and the region independently or through group visits and excursions. Through interaction with host families and in community service projects, you will put your growing language skills into practice while immersing yourself in the day-to-day life of Aix.


Location: Aix-en-Provence, France

Term: Summer

Dates: May 15 to June 28, 2017

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Academic Theme(s): French Language and Culture

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: Open to students who have completed two semesters of college-level French. Open to Non-Duke students.

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by Duke’s Department of Romance Studies

Housing: Homestay Families

GEO Advisor: Alayne Wood



The Duke in Aix program offers one signature course which carries two credits. The course is taught in French. Neither the pass/fail option nor auditing is permitted.

FRENCH 212A: Intensive Intermediate French Language and Culture  

(FL) 2.0 Credits

Equivalent of French 203 and French 204 together. This course will build on your elementary-level French in an environment that will provide opportunities to put into practice the fundamentals of French language on a daily basis. In addition, through immersion in the target language culture, you will also have exposure to the history and arts of Aix and the surrounding area.

Pre-requisite: French 102 and French 111 at Duke. In addition, you may apply to the program if you have achieved an SAT II score of 490-580 or an AP Language and Culture score of 3 in French.


Each summer, program participants enjoy a full complement of excursions—both day trips and extended trips—all included in the cost of the program. Excursions include transportation, guided tours, most meals, and lodging for overnight trips. Below are some possible group excursions with Duke in Aix-en-Provence. Excursion destinations are subject to change each summer.

Life in Aix

When one thinks of the city of Aix and its surrounding landscape, of images of a brilliant blue sky, of the orange hues of the land and the tile roofs, of fields of lavender and sunflowers, and of the majestic granite mountain painted so many times by Cézanne. We’ll get an up-close view of the city’s thriving culture via visits to the city’s museums and performing arts spaces, as well as attendance to open-air summer festivals.

Aix Cathedral & Cours Mirabeau

We’ll explore the city’s rich and long history, from the Roman ruins and medieval architecture represented in the Aix Cathedral and cloister, to the Renaissance buildings and fountains of the Cours Mirabeau and the Quartier Mazarin.

Montagne Sainte-Victoire

We’ll take advantage of the region’s ideal early-summer climate to explore the nearby countryside and Montagne Sainte-Victoire, whose natural beauty was the subject of many of Cézanne’s paintings and continues to inspire artists at the nearby Marchutz School.

Roman Theaters of Arles and Nîmes 

Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct

The City of Avignon

Home of the fourteenth century Palais des Papes and a world-renowned summer theatre festival.

Paris and the Loire Valley

Midway through our time in Aix, we’ll take a weekend-long excursion outside of Provence to Paris and the Loire Valley, where visits to major landmarks (Paris) and famous châteaux (Loire Valley) will allow us to explore the history and culture of two regions very different from that of southern France.


You will be housed with carefully selected homestay families in Aix, where you will receive 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners per week. The program will also provide some group meals. Other meals are the responsibility of the participant.


Duke in Aix-en-Provence program co-directors can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the Global Education Office.

Clare Tufts

Professor of the Practice of French

Sandra Valnes Quammen

Lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies

Susan Pratt

GEO Asst. Director & Regional Manager


Costs below are estimates based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

Summer 2017

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $6,582.00 $6,582.00
Program Fee $3,060.00 $3,060.00
Transcript Fee N/A $40.00
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $14,892.00 $14,932.00


Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar. Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information. 

Duke Financial Aid Office

Duke Bursar’s Office


This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:



Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

  • Arrival: Monday, May 15, 2017*
  • Departure: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

*Flights: You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive at the Marseille (MRS) airport or Aix TGV station on Monday, May 15, which means departing the U.S. on May 14. You may depart the program site at any point on June 28. You must provide Dr. Tufts and Ms. Valnes Quammen with your detailed flight itinerary.

Upon Arrival: Your homestay families and IAU staff will be available to meet you at the Marseille (MRS) airport or Aix TGV station between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday.

Independent Travel Plans: Your independent travel during your stay in Aix must be arranged so that it does not conflict with classes or activities taking place in the afternoons/evenings or over weekends. 



No visa is required of U.S. citizens to participate in this program.


All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. The ISIC will allow you to enter many museums free or for reduced fees and will often entitle you to travel discounts. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury.

You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. After confirmation of enrollment and prior to departure for the program, email your ISIC card/policy number and expiration date to globaled@duke.edu.


  • Deadline: December 1, 2016. This program does not operate on rolling admission. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered.
  • Decisions: Due to winter break, you will receive an admission decision by January 22, before the end of the Spring semester add/drop period.
  • Priority: Priority is given to applicants who submit all materials by the deadline, meet the language requirements, and perform well on the individual interview with the faculty director(s).
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7 on a scale of 4.0. If your GPA is lower than 2.7, you must obtain permission from your academic dean to study away. See: GPA Waiver Form. 
  • Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.
  • Late applicants: After the published deadline, qualified applicants will be considered on a space-available basis.


Apply Now

Please start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

To apply to Duke in Aix-en-Provence, please submit the following items using MyGlobalEd

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended.*
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one) preferably from a language professor noting your linguistic and academic abilities

*First-Year Students: By the application deadline, you must send a transcript request to the Registrar’s Office, but ask them to wait until fall grades have posted to send it to us. All other components of the application must be complete by the deadline.

Interview: Profs. Tufts and Valnes Quammen will contact you to schedule an individual interview.