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Aix-Marseille Université

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Located in the heart of Provence, between the Mediterranean Sea and the French Alpes, Aix-Marseille University is the product of the recent merger of three former universities in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. With its 72,000 students, Aix-Marseille University is now the largest French speaking univeristy in the world. Students can take courses taught in English in business, political science, law, and international relations. 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.

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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 centre or sea front.

PROGRAM TYPE
ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.


Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Limited.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Limited.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Option 1: Full year or semester enrollment in university courses in French or English
Academic year: September to June
Semester 1: September to December
Semester 2: January to June.

Option 2: Full Year or semester enrollment in French language and literature studies at the SUFLE
Academic year: September to Late April
Semester 1: September to December
Semester 2: January to Late April

Fast Facts
Aix-en-Provence; Marseille, France (pop. 140,000; 850,000)
Student Enrollment: 72,000
Language of instruction: French
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International Relations Office
Service Universitaire du Français Langue Étrangère (SUFLE)

Programs

Option 1: Full year or semester enrollment in regular university courses

Aix-en-Provence Campus
Economics, Law, Political Science, Business (IAE Aix Graduate School of Management EQUIS accredited)

Option 2: 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. Please see course and program descriptions below in "Hints for Researching Courses".

Option 3: Enrollment in courses in English at the Sciences Po or FEG

Fields of study include: Business Mangagement & Marketing, Law/Political Science and International Studies

Courses taught in English
In the fall semester only, qualified upper-level undergraduate students can take a full program of economics courses in English. Courses offered are listed here under "Semester S5."

Students can also take a full course load in English at the Sciences Po. (See Below)

Academic Notes

Fields of study recommended at this institution include business, economics, French as a foreign language, international relations, and law. In addition to regular courses in French, Sciences Po Aix offers certain courses in English and French language for international students.

Students may not enroll in SUFLE at the same time as regular university courses. Additionally, students may only register in one academic department.

Students typically enroll in 5 courses for 15-20 hours of class per week. A term runs for 12 weeks.

TRANSCRIPT DETAILS

Transcripts are generally released in March for Semester 1 and in late July for Semester 2 and Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes

Option 1: Full year or semester enrollment in regular university courses in French

Language Recommendation: B1/B2: Typically 4-5 semesters of university level French OR 3+ consecutive years of French language study.
Pre-session: A one-month pre-session, intensive French course is offered through the Service Universitaire du Français Langue Étrangère in June, July, or September for an additional fee for all levels.

Option 2: Full Year or semester enrollment in French language and literature studies at the SUFLE

Language Requirement: No prior knowledge of French is required. Instruction available beginner through advanced levels.

Option 3: Enrollment in courses in English at the Sciences Po or FEG

Language Recommendation: Some French background recommended in order to navigate daily life in France.

Special ISEP Application Instructions

All students studying in France must purchase French health insurance (la Sécu) upon arrival for approximately 215 euros in addition to purchasing ISEP Health Insurance prior to departure.

Hints for Researching Courses

Courses at Sciences Po
SM1 Course List
SM1 Course Descriptions
SM2 Course List
SM2 Course Descriptions
IEP Courses in English

Course Information for SUFLE:
Program organization by semester and level
Course descriptions SM1 Level A1
Course descriptions SM1 Level A2
Course descriptions SM1 Level B1
Course descriptions SM1 Level B1+
Course descriptions SM1 Level B2,B2+
Course descriptions SM2 Level A1
Course descriptions SM2 Level A2
Course descriptions SM2 Level B1
Course descriptions SM2 Level B2
Course descriptions SM2 Level C1
Course descriptions SM1 Level B1+ ENGLISH VERSION
Course descriptions SM1 Level B1 ENGLISH VERSION
Course descriptions SM1 Level A2 ENGLISH VERSION
Course descriptions SM1 Level A1 ENGLISH VERSION



Housing and Meals
ISEP students live in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls and receive a stipend for meals. No married student housing is available. Halls of residence are mixed.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at 500 euros.

All students studying in France must purchase French student health insurance on top of their ISEP Health Insurance. Students should budget approximately 230 Euros for French student health insurance.

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 obtaining their residence permit. Orientation also includes a tour of campus, the city, and local shops.

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 theatres, cinemas, music and film festivals etc.

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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.