Duke in Aix-en-Provence



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Duke in Aix-en-Provence provides unique and engaging opportunities to develop your knowledge of French language, culture, and literature. Program faculty are committed to excellence and strive to immerse 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, as well as active discussions that incorporate art, film, history, music, and literature. Afternoons are spent exploring the city and the region, either independently or through group excursions with faculty and local guides. Through interaction with host families, local artists, and business owners, you will put your developing language skills into practice while immersing yourself in the day-to-day life of Aix.

Life in Aix

When one thinks of Aix, one imagines its brilliant blue skies, its orange-hued tile roofs, its surrounding fields of lavender and sunflowers, and its 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 museums and performing arts spaces, as well as attendance at outdoor summer festivals.

Outside of Aix, you'll have the opportunity to experience France's broad diversity. Visits to the port city of Marseille, the châteaux of the Loire Valley, and the capital city of Paris will enhance your understanding of a global, multicultural France.


Location: Aix-en-Provence, France

Term: Summer I

Dates: May 15, 2023 - June 24, 2023

Priority Deadline: December 1, then rolling until filled

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

Primary Contact: Karine Provot

  • The daily, fresh market right in the center of Aix, one minute away from our classroom! Open 7 days a week.

  • Savon de Marseille and lavender products at the daily fresh market

  • Aix's historic City Hall, and its clock tower

  • A street in Aix. The whole city center is a pedestrian area, and everything you need is within walking distance

  • Night Life in Aix, cafés and restaurants with terraces

  • Optional hike up the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, Cezanne's favorite inspiration for his paintings

  • Street art and graffiti in Marseille, 30 minutes away from Aix by bus

  • On the way to class every morning

  • Le Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence's 17th century historic thoroughfare


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.

Intensive Intermediate French Language and Culture  

(FL, CZ) 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 or 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 French Language and Culture score of 3.


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.

  • Aix Cathedral & Cours Mirabeau: We’ll explore the city’s rich and long history, from its Roman ruins and medieval architecture to the Renaissance buildings and fountains of the Cours Mirabeau and the Quartier Mazarin.
  • Marseille: Located on the Mediterranean coast just 30 minutes from Aix, Marseille is France's second largest city. We'll walk through its hilly neighborhoods and along its port to discover the city's role as an historic site of migration. We'll even get to make our own savon de marseille!
  • Montagne Sainte-Victoire: You'll be able to 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, ruins, and artefacts in Arles, Marseille, and St. Rémy: The region of Provence is deeply marked by the Roman civilization, and we will see many relics of its presence during our excursions.
  • Arles: Arles boasts a 1st century Roman amphitheatre where gladiators and chariot races enthralled the public for over 400 years. Arles was also home to Vincent Van Gogh. He completed more than 300 works of art during his time in Arles. We'll visit some of the now iconic places he painted, as well as the institution where  he spent the last months of his life.
  • Les Baux-de-Provence: This medieval perched village is a majestic site. We'll walk to its peak to capture a 360-view of the region, and then participate in an immersive art show at the award-winning Carrières des lumières. After lunch in St. Rémy, we'll travel the beautiful countryside to taste local specialties.
  • Avignon and Pont-du-Gard: Home of the 14th century Palais des Papes, which served as the Vatican, Avignon is a picturesque city that hosts a world-renowned summer theatre festival. After touring the palace, we'll share a delicious lunch together. Next we'll head to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct built in the 1st century that stands 160 feet tall above the Gardon river. If the weather allows, we can take a quick dip in the river by the bridge.
  • Paris and the Loire Valley: Midway through our time in Aix, we’ll take a weekend excursion to Paris and the Loire Valley, where visits to major landmarks and famous châteaux will allow us to explore the history and culture of two distinct regions. While in Paris, students will have the unparalleled opportunity to meet with award-winning graphic artist Zeina Abirached, whose work we will study in class.


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 lunch or dinner on selected excursions, as well as a final group meal at a restaurant in Aix. Other meals are the responsibility of the participant.


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

Dr. Karine Provot

Lecturing Fellow in Romance Studies

Dr. Emma Howell

Instructor of Romance Studies

Alayne Wood

GEO Program Coordinator / Advisor


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

Summer 2023

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $5,410 $5,410
Program Fee $6,900 $6,900
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $17,560 $17,680


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: May 15, 2023
  • Departure: June 24, 2023


You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.




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.

IAU Student ID

While participating on the Duke-in-Aix program, you will receive a student ID from our partner school in Aix, Institut Américain Universitaire (IAU). You may use this ID to access reduced student prices at various places in France and in Europe (museums, cinemas, lunch specials, concerts, performances, shows, etc.).

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

You may also be interested in applying for an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which 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.


Priority Deadline: December 1

Rolling Admissions after December 1 until filled.  Final deadline February 1

This program offers a priority deadline of December 1, followed by rolling admissions until February 1 or until the program fills. Admissions decisions will be made after the priority deadline, and on a space-available basis after that. Application opens November 1.

Decisions: If you apply by the priority deadline (December 1), you will receive an admission decision 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: There is no minimum GPA.

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.


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 MyExperientialEd:

  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. One academic letter of recommendation, preferably from a language professor noting your linguistic and academic abilities. If you have not taken a language course at Duke, please request a letter from a Duke professor who knows you well. Letters from high school teachers will not be accepted

*First-Year Students: You must wait until Fall grades are posted to request your transcript be sent to GEO. Please be sure to submit your transcript as soon as they are posted. All other components of the application must be complete by the deadline.

Interview: The program director will contact you to schedule an individual interview.



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