Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates

Duke in Aix-en-Provence

May 15 - June 28, 2017

Arrive May 15 (Leave the US on May 14)
Depart June 28 (Final Exam on June 27)

* Please see the Program Schedule page for a more detailed itinerary, including information regarding travel to and from the program site.

The Romance Studies Department and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) offer a six-week, two-course intensive intermediate French language program in Aix-en-Provence, France.  In addition to the course, the program includes numerous day trips throughout the region, and one three-night excursion to southwest France to discover a different region, a different cuisine, and different cultural traditions.

The Duke-in-Aix program is open to students who have completed the equivalent of one year of elementary French at the university level (French 111 or French 102 at Duke), as well as to students with previous French experience that would place them in French 203 (intermediate level) at Duke.  This program will allow students to fulfill the course requirements of Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate French at Duke (French 203 and French 204), while simultaneously exploring the rich history and culture of one of France’s most beautiful regions. 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, students will put their growing language skills into practice while immersing themselves in the day-to-day life of Aix.  The program is co-directed by Dr. Clare Tufts and Sandra Valnes Quammen of Duke's Department of Romance Studies.

When one thinks of the city of Aix and its surrounding landscape, 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 once he solved the mystery of how to capture its image.   Visiting Cézanne's studio and even climbing his beloved mountain are just two of many activities offered during the program.

    • Place l’Hôtel de Ville et la Tour Communale
    • Place l’Hôtel de Ville et la Tour Communale

    • Montagne Sainte-Victoire
    • Montagne Sainte-Victoire

"Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet. That’s why colour appears so entirely dramatic, to true painters. Look at mont Sainte-Victoire there. How it soars, how imperiously it thirsts for the sun… …For a long time I was quite unable to paint Sainte-Victoire; I had no idea to go about it because, like others who just look at it, I imagined the shadow to be concave, whereas in fact it’s convex, it disperses outward from the centre. Instead of accumulating, it evaporates, becomes fluid, bluish, participating in the movements of the surrounding air." (“Cézanne, – a Memoir with Conversations” (1897 – 1906) by Joachim Gasquet, Thames and Hudson, London 1991 p. 153)

  • Lavande de Provence