Wellesley College: Aix-en-Provence - Wellesley-in-Aix

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Wellesley-in-Aix is  located in Aix-en-Provence a lively, charming city of 145,000 inhabitants located in southern France within easy distance of the Mediterranean coast and France's second largest metropolis, Marseille.  Home to Aix-Marseille Uni... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.3
Based on 25 Reviews
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July 09, 2024 Semester In France
Yes it was so great - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I feel that my language skills have improved immensely, that I know myself much better having lived alone for the first time, and that I have gotten the chance to see so many amazing cultural and historical sites across Europe. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I feel like I've grown a lot as a person and as a student. I've become more independent, improved my french speaking skills, and learned about french culture in a way that can only be taught through full immersion. It was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Language skills, autonomy, organisation, confidence in uncomfortable situations - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that I am much more capable of adventure and thriving on my own than I realized which is always worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was so worthwhile! My French skills improved so much, I had very independent experiences, I was able to travel a lot within France/Europe, and I loved my host family. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to be assertive in French (which is very necessary) and the historical background of the Provence region, which I really enjoyed. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I was able to improve my French language skill abroad. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 10, 2023 Small Town Vibes
When all is said and done, I wanted to study abroad to improve my French. That goal was accomplished. It was 100% worthwhile as I was able to improve my language skills and learn how to travel independently. This trip abroad improved my confidence and sense of independence. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I improved a lot in French and learned to be more independent. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
100% - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 10, 2022 Great!
It was very worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained so many things--an introduction to a new culture, how to deal with language acquisition, and yes it was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to live on my on, cooking, budgeting and also how to communicate better in French and manage being in a foreign country - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was a major challenge for me, it was the longest I had ever spent truly away from home and my family, and I had never really been independent like that, so I learned a lot about myself and got to really build my belief in my abilities, and my language skills improved exponentially which was so rewarding to see all my hard wor... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 15, 2024 Friandises With Friends
My study abroad experiences was one of the best things I have ever done and it was definitely worthwhile. My French skills improved dramatically, I gained a profound understanding of French culture and the French perspective. I also became a whole lot braver and more confident, definitely more outgoing and ready to say "yes" to ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned so much about French culture and the European university system. Getting to do so outside of a classroom was so worth it! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
August 07, 2023 A Breath Of Fresh Air
Academically, I learned a lot about linguistics in French and the varieties of French, which was pretty interesting. I also was able to learn more of the colloquial French expressions, which were definitely more useful in talking in French than the literary analysis I was used to doing for my usual French classes. I was also abl... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how I function solo and gained travel knowledge. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself from the independence of living abroad in a totally unfamiliar place. I think it was worthwhile but extremely challenging and sometimes too much. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Fluency in French more than anything. But also got to experience first hand the culture, I learned a lot about how the french educational system is different from the American one, and got the chance to compare the mindset and habits of people there to what I knew before. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
June 09, 2022 Mind Opening
I acquired a huge amount of french vocab and grammar and I felt much more comfortable speaking and reading in French. I also learned a lot about the French outlook of the world. it was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes, I loved my experience! Like anything in life, it's what you make it. Have a lot of patience when it comes to integrating with the French and it will pay off! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My French improved so much over the course of the semester (mostly my speaking / listening abilities), and I loved having the opportunity to explore new cities, do some local (and international) travel, meet other international students at Science Po, connect with my host family, and eat incredible food! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I improved my language skills and got to know French culture, as well as gaining more self confidence. It was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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Wellesley-in-Aix is  located in Aix-en-Provence a lively, charming city of 145,000 inhabitants located in southern France within easy distance of the Mediterranean coast and France's second largest metropolis, Marseille.  Home to Aix-Marseille University (AMU), the largest public university in France, Aix has a significant student population, including numerous international students enrolled at AMU and the Institute of Political Science also know as Sciences Po.  Wellesley-in-Aix is an immersion program designed for students in the humanities and social sciences with solid French skills who wish to increase their mastery of the language and knowledge of French culture via direct enrollment in the French university system and a homestay option.  All courses are in French, and students are expected to communicate in French with WIA staff and other participants.  Fall, Spring & Full-Year sessions are offered and include orientation sessions in Paris and Aix.


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • African Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language, Literature
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • International Relations
  • History
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1980
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