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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Aix-Marseille Université - French Language & Culture Program

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provencal town, famous for being home to Paul Cézanne and Émile Zola. For those who want to focus on French language and culture, the Service Universitaire du Français Langue Étrangère (SUFLE) provides courses starting at the beginner level.

Founded in 1409, Aix-Marseille is a multidisciplinary university offering a wide range of studies and more than 200 degrees. Aix-Marseille enrolls 72,000 students including 10,000 international students.

This program would be suitable for students that are ready to be abroad, but would still like some of the academic services that a U.S. college provides. It is a good choice for someone that is a world traveler OR has never left their hometown.

Learn more about the Aix-Marseille University here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange

Locations

Aix-en-Provence, France

Languages of Instruction

French - no pre-requisite for the intensive French learning program (SUFLE)

Program Dates

Fall 2017: September to December

Spring 2018: January to June

Full Year: September 2018 to April 2019

 

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Early departure for fall term may be possible. Please contact the ISEP coordinator the of host country for more information.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have second-semester sophomore status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  
  • There is no language pre-requisite for SUFLE

 

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

Chance of placement for US students on Exchange is generally Good.  No Direct option is available for this university.

Location

Aix-Marseille Université is situated on two main campuses in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. The towns are 30 km apart and are connected by a shuttle service (approx. a 20 minutes’ bus ride). These two lively towns are one hour by plane and three hours by TGV train from Paris. 

Aix-en-Provence is famous for its historical and cultural heritage. The campus is located downtown. Marseille is the second largest city in France and a major European center. The campus is located north of town and it is approximately a 20 minutes’ tube or bus ride to the town center or sea front.

Academics

The French Language & Culture program is an excellent option for students at all French language levels! Students take courses alongside other international students at their language level. This fully immersive program focuses on French conversation and phonetics and also gives students the opportunity to participate in thematic workshops such as: Business French, French History, French Cinema, etc. Each semester offers 20 hours of class per week, allowing students to obtain an Aix-Marseille University Diploma (D.U. of French Language & Culture) and 30 ECTS credits per semester. 

Program Website 

Course Description


Students may not enroll in SUFLE at the same time as regular university courses. Students typically enroll in 5 courses for 15-20 hours of class per week. A term runs for 12 weeks.  Lake Forest students should expect to take 30 ECTS credits per semester to earn the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest credits.

Please review the country’s handbook for more information on the education system.

Full Year or semester enrollment in French language and literature studies at the SUFLE (Service Universitaire du Français Langue Étrangère) 
All levels are available from beginner to advanced. All the teaching is delivered by professors, lecturers, various members of the University’s teaching staff and professors associated with the Institute. Each student has 20 hours of tuition per week. Students will be offered a variety of French literature and civilization courses.  No prior knowledge of French is required. Instruction available beginner through advanced levels.

The French Language & Culture program is an excellent option for students at all French language levels! Students take courses alongside other international students at their language level. This fully immersive program focuses on French conversation and phonetics and also gives students the opportunity to participate in thematic workshops such as Business French, French History, French Cinema, etc. Each semester offers 20 hours of class per week, allowing students to obtain an Aix-Marseille University Diploma (D.U. of French Language & Culture) and 30 ECTS credits per semester. 


 Click the link “Tips for Finding Courses” for more help.

 

The actual number of hours in a class varies according to the department or subject and the amount of work expected of students outside of class. Courses usually meet 1-2 hours each week, meaning you will probably be taking a higher number of courses than at home. Most current ISEP students in France are taking 12-15 units per semester.


For information on what academic life is like in France, please click here

Student Life

ORIENTATION

The International Relations Office will establish links with academic tutors. Individual interviews with the person responsible for the international relations in each department is planned upon the student’s arrival. Students will receive assistance in opening a bank account and requesting a housing allowance (CAF) and their residence permit. Orientation also includes a tour of campus and of local shops and is when students will purchase a bus pass. 

ARRIVAL DETAILS 

The students will be welcomed by the International Relations Office. Students are strongly encouraged to arrive during the week and during office hours. An arrival form will be sent to every student prior to their departure. It should be completed and sent back to the host institution before the required deadline so that arrangements can be made to meet the arriving student at the airport or at Aix-en-Provence TGV station.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

International students have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities as there are more than 50 student organizations available in Aix and Marseille. 

A special program for international students, the “Buddy program” gives the opportunity to students to be matched to a French student from Aix-Marseille Université before departure. The partner then offers friendship, advice on social activities, and academic guidance.

The welcome party for International students is followed by a day trip to a famous place (St Tropez, Arles etc.)

Both Aix-en-Provence and Marseille offer many cultural activities through their theaters, cinemas, music and film festivals etc.

Housing and Meals

ISEP students live in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls and receive a stipend for meals. Halls of residence are mixed.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.  The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 semester:

Budget Item

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

 $5,100

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

 $27,512

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 

 $325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

*Your host country may require additional national insurance

 $360

Additional Meals

 $800

Estimated Airfare

 $1,200

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, residence permits, national insurance, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $2,100

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $5,035

Total

$32,547

 Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Links

http://www.isep.org/students/Directory/member_site.asp?CSID=77&ID=69