University of Aix-Marseille III (Provence)


    University of Aix-Marseille (Provence), France
    French Language and Culture Studies: 20 hrs/wk
    3 wks: $1695 / Semester: $2695 USD
    Open to all Worldwide


    • Low cost Tuition & Housing
    • Pre-departure resources (info)
    • Student services support staff
    • Cultural activities / field trips
    • Discount airfare booking
    • Easy check-in process
    • Earn academic credit
    • Transcript (certificate)

    The Program

    The University of Aix-Marseille III is well known as one of the oldest universities in France, almost 600 years old. Many prominent leaders in France studied there. The program provides students with a variety of courses on French language and culture, taught at all levels from to advanced. Over 40,000 students attend this highly ranked University, situated in the beautiful town of “Aix-en-Provence”, giving it a very energetic, intellectual, friendly and safe feeling. Known as the city of a thousand fountains, it is located near the French Riviera, Italy and Spain,and offers students the opportunity to enjoy the regional Provencale culture as well as experience southern France. Programs offered year-around.

    The Location

    Located in the charming city of Aix-en-Provence, the University of Aix-Marseille III has one of the best French language programs in the country. Commonly known as “Aix” (pronounced “X”) it is a town of over 150,000 and is the cultural center of Provence. With all it’s strange intersections in the town’s winding streets, students will often realize that it is a blessing to get lost in such a unique town. The famous Cours Mirabeau cuts through the center of town to the fountain at La Rotonde, and the mostly pedestrian Vieille Ville hides inside the Peripherique of boulevards. Plentiful bistros, bakeries, and shops await the visitor. Several worthwhile museums, music festivals, an exciting night life, and it’s close proximity to the French Riviera, are all additional attractions that make Aix-en-Provence such an attractive and popular destination. Join us!

    Aix En Provence (South Of France)


    French Language – all levels: beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior levels offered. All students take a placement exam upon arrival, and are placed in the proper level course. Cultural course electives are also offered at each level. During the Semester sessions, 13-15 hours of French language per week plus 1- 2 elective courses once a week are offered. The summer session is intensive and consists of 20 hours of French language per week plus 1- 2 electives. Actual language level and elective courses available are finalized there after taking the placement test. Upon completing the courses, students receive an official transcript (certificate) from the University of Aix-Marseille III. Course description details are available from each instructor upon starting the course. All courses are “university level” classes and taught by qualified faculty. Students receive an official transcript upon completion.


    Note: All courses are university level: 100 – 400 Level.
    Note: Students are placed according to their tested level

    • French Language: 101, 201, 301, 401
    • French Conversation (beginner – advanced levels)
    • French Oral Expression (all levels)
    • French Phonetics (all levels)
    • French Rhythm and Intonation (all levels)
    • French Translation
    • French Literary Review
    • Business French (Advanced level)


    Note: Courses are university level: 200 – 300 Level.

    • Introduction to French Literature (Literature)
    • Introduction to French Politics (Political Science)
    • Introduction to French History (History)
    • Introduction to French Music (Music)
    • Introduction to French Journalism (Journalism)
    • Introduction to French Marketing (Business)


    Note: Courses are university level: 300 – 400 Level.

    • History and Life in Provence (Sociology)
    • History of French Art (Art History)
    • History of European Union (History)
    • History of Modern and Contemporary France (History)
    • History of French Political Ideas (Philosophy)
    • Literature: 18th & 19th Century
    • Literature: One Hundred Years of Prose
    • Literature: Greek Mythology in French 20th Century Prose
    • French Theater
    • French Music and Songs
    • Political Science: French External Policy
    • Political Science: French Institutions
    • Political Science: Concept of Freedom in France

    Note: Culture elective courses not offered in Summer sessions.
    Note: Elective courses available depends on level.

    Note: Course description details are available from each instructor upon starting the course. All courses are “university level” classes and taught by qualified faculty. Students receive an official transcript upon completion.

    BEGINNER: 1 & 2

    This course is designed to provide a basic foundation in French vocabulary, grammar, phonetics, reading, conversation and laboratory work. Absolute beginners and elementary level students are suitable for this course. In addition to the Language and Phonetic components, various topics of the French culture are also included.


    • Learn the very basic level of French: introductions, asking questions, express opinions, etc.
    • Learn listening comprehension of simple sentences, expressions, short texts, and dialogues.
    • Learn written and spoken French in common situations of daily life.
    • Learn elementary and brief writing and spoken descriptions of past and current events.
    • Learn about French culture and society (past – present) and improve listening comprehension.

    Phonetics Lab: Objectives

    • Learn French Phonetic system (progression), discrimination of prosodic traits, graphic symmetry.
    • Learn transcribing (review lessons covered in class), repeat phrases, create utterances, read.
    • Evaluate in class (test): repetition, creating, comprehension, discrimination, and reading.

    Grading: In class written tests, listening and oral tests also.

    Teaching Approach: Grammatical emphasis, as well as development of the key competencies.

    Materials: Class handouts, various visual, audio and written materials.
    Sample textbook may be used: Festival 1 – Cahier d’ exercices (workbook & CD).


    This course is designed for students who have has previous French lessons, about 240 hours, and who seek to enhance their French Language abilities. This course helps prepare students for the “Certificate de langue Francaise”. Students learn to understand and better communicate in writing and speaking French in common situations of daily life.


    • Learn simple sentences, common expressions, dialogues, and short texts on familiar subjects.
    • Learn enhanced techniques of written and spoken French in situations of daily life.
    • Learn better writing and spoken descriptions of common subjects and various areas of interest.
    • Learn critical reading skills through “French Literature texts”.
    • Learn additional aspects of French Culture, and improve listening skills.

    Phonetics Lab: Continued working on phonemes (Ax / Ra Progression), and class activities.

    Grading: In class tests: written, oral, and listening. Final exam very important.

    Materials: Class handouts, and various visual, audio, and written materials.
    Sample textbook may be used: Le Nouveau Taxi 3 / Le Nouvel Edito B1, and accompanying CD
    Also, books from the series Le FLE par les textes (Belin) may be used.


    This course is for Advanced level students who have had more than 300 hours of French lessons, and seek to further enhance their French Language abilities. This course helps students perfect their speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. Students improve their abilities to make themselves understood in every day life situations, as well as more complicated contexts.


    • Learn enhanced writing and listening skills regarding complicated sentences and expressions.
    • Learn enhanced communication skills regarding daily life (writing, speaking, reading).
    • Learn enhanced skills in dealing with familiar subjects and personal experiences.
    • Learn enhanced “critical reading” skills thru French Literature texts.
    • Learn more about French Culture and Society.

    Phonetics Lab: Continued progression, class activities, and evaluation.

    Grading: In class tests, written, oral,and listening. Final exam very important.

    Materials: Class handouts, and various visual, audio, and written materials.
    Sample textbooks may include: Le Nouvel Edito B1 / B2, with accompanying CD.
    Also, Le FLE par les textes (Belin) series.

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    Academic Credit

    Students earn 3 – 4 credits per month during the summer sessions. 13 – 16 credits per semester can be earned. A transcript (certificate) from the University of Aix-Marseille III will be give to all students who complete the courses and take the exams. Over 20 hours of classes are offered per week during the summer session, and over 20 hours of classes per week during each semester.

    * NOTE: Course description details are available from each instructor upon starting the course. All courses are “university level” classes and taught by qualified faculty. Students receive an official transcript upon completion.

    Financial Aid

    Yes, students can use their home based financial aid on this program. Please have your Financial Aid office send us a “Consortium Agreement” by e-mail. Students will receive an official transcript (certificate) from the University of Aix-Marseille III, a fully accredited institution of higher education in France (Ministry of Education).

    CSA does not offer any financial aid. We can only assist you in using your aid package towards this program. Send us a “Consortium Agreement”, and let us know if your aid office needs does not know what this is…..and we can send a sample copy.

    Roquefavour Historic Old Aqueduct Landmark In Provence, France.


    Excursions and activities may be organized for students to participate in. They are optional, and students pay a fee to participate. The student office would be able to inform you of any scheduled excursions. Destinations include: local sightseeing in provence, Mont Sainte Victoire, Les Baux de Provence, French Riviera, Arles, Cassis, and Camargue. A ski trip during the winter to the French Alps is also usually organized. These are not included in program fee, and a small participation fee is charged.

    Other activities include: French cooking classes, wine and cheese parties, museum visits, outdoor concerts, theater, opera and ballet performances. These activities are also not included and will require a participation fee paid directly there when you sign up.

    All students will receive a student ID card upon arrival and check-in, which will give you discounts to various places in town.

    E-mail accounts can be set up in local cyber-cafes located nearby the University. Small fee required.

    Sport facilities available as well, such as fitness rooms and swimming pools. Students will have access to the local university sports clubs.


    Housing is in student type residences, foyers, nearby flats, hostels, and host families. Summer students can stay in campus residence for July only – cost about $200 USD per week (no meals), and housing for other dates is easily booked by using the housing web-links provided in your confirmation documents. Staff there will assist. Housing website links are included with your confirmation documents. Easy to book online. If you want a host family, this has to be arranged there, after arrival check-in. Most students stay in student housing for convenience and more active social life.

    Housing costs vary, but will range as follows in U.S. dollars:

    – Student residence, no meals, approx: $800 – $1100 per month
    – Student flat (apt), single room costs approx: $800 – $1100 per month
    – Host family, with 2 meals daily, costs approx: $1100 per month
    – Host family, no meals, cost approx: $800 per month

    * Most student residences have kitchen facilities, as well as a laundry room.

    * Campus cafeterias also available. Meals cost $4 – $7 per meal.
    Also, many cafes, bakeries, and restaurants nearby.

    Dates and Fees

    * French Language: 20 hrs per week
    * All levels accepted, except August – September session.
    * Placement test on start date
    3 weeks: June (early) – June (late)
    2020 Dates: June 3rd – June 26th
    2021 Dates: June 2nd – June 25th
    2022 Dates: June 1st – June 24th
    $1695 USD
    3 Weeks: June (late) – July (late)
    2020 Dates: July 1st – July 24th
    2021 Dates: June 30th – July 23rd
    2022 Dates: June 29th – July 22nd
    $1695 USD
    3 weeks: August (mid) – August (late)
    2020 Dates: August 17th – August 31st
    2021 Dates: August 16th – August 30th
    2022 Dates: August 15th – August 29th
    * This session requires previous French studies
    $1695 USD

    * Note: Arrive at least 1 day prior start date

    Placement Test given on start date, at 10:00 am.

    * Similar dates and prices for Summer 2023

    September – December
    2020 Dates: September 1st – December 11th
    2021 Dates: September 1st – December 10th
    2022 Dates: September 1st – December 9th
    Placement Test: Sept 1st
    French Language & Culture: 20 hrs per week
    $2695 USD
    January – April
    2020 Dates: January 7th – April 17th
    2021 Dates: January 5th – April 16th
    2022 Dates: January 4th – April 15th
    Placement Test: Sept 1st
    French Language & Culture: 20 hrs per week
    $2695 USD
    September – April
    September 1st, 2020 – April 16th, 2021
    September 1st, 2021 – April 15th, 2022
    September 1st, 2022 – April 14th, 2023
    Placement Test: Sept 1st
    French Language & Culture: 20 hrs per week
    $3995 USD

    Holidays – exact dates provided with admission docs

    * Winter Break: February 22nd – 26th
    * Christmas / New Years: December 17th, – January 1st,
    * Winter Break: Feb 20th – 24th.


    Program is open to all adults. Minimum age is 18. 17 year olds can participate with parental permission.

    Passport required. Visa not required for summer sessions. Visa required for the Semester or Academic Year sessions. Staying longer than 90 days (3 months) will require a Visa from a French Consulate. CSA will provide the “Letter of Admission” that is required for a student Visa, after being confirmed in the program.

    Non-U.S. citizens, please check with the French Embassy (Consulate) nearest you for entry requirements. There are helpful web-links in the “Visa/Passport” and “Important Links” sections of the CSA website.

    Also, for those students staying for a Semester or longer, you will need to register at the local prefecture office for your “carte de sejour”. After you arrive into Aix-en-Provence (France), you will need to take copies of the following documents to the Prefecture office in Marseille and register: passport, Visa, birth certificate, and if married a copy of the marriage certificate, proof of medical insurancecontract of your place of stay in Aix, and a document from a bank stating that you have enough fin ancial resources to cover your stay. The staff there at the Unviersity can assist you and inform you where to go.

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    Plan to arrive 6 – 10 days prior to starting date (if possible). But if you have not confirmed any housing before arrival, then it is advised to arrive at least 1 week prior to the starting date to secure housing. Plan on staying in a local hotel or hostel upon arrival until you locate housing. See “Housing” and “Important Links” sections of the CSA website for some helpful web-links for hostels.

    Departure date is usually the day after classes and tests end. Actual date of departure is up to each student to decide.

    Aix-en-Provence is situated 30 kilometers north of Marseille in the south of France. Daily flights to Marseille-Provence airport arrive from major cities, and there is a bus that runs directly from the airport to Aix-en-Provence. By train you can travel the express-TGV from Paris to Marseille, and then transfer to a local train to Aix. You can also take a bus from the train station – St. Charles – in Marseille. From the train or bus station in Aix you can easily get a taxi to your hotel.


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