Learn about French traditions and gain insight into the culture through your homestay family.

Program Highlights

  • Study in France with other international students, while earning SMC credit
  • A variety of academic options accommodate beginning, intermediate to advance/ bilingual French speakers

Application Requirements

Aix-en-Provence (Aix Center & Marchutz):

2.8 Major and Cumulative GPA, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors (no French required)


SMC tuition, international room and board

*Tuition & Fees $20,615
Room & Board (Board Included) $6,985
Travel (Estimated International Flight) $1,000
Student Visa $144
Books (Estimated) $550
Personal Expenses (Estimated) $1,100
Study Abroad Deposit $600
Security/Housing Deposit N/A
Application Fee N/A

 *Tuition and fees cost does not include  material fees for courses taken at Marchutz School of Art. Students will also be charged directly for any excursions.



Students will live with a homestay family located near the Center, approximately a 15 to 35 minute walk from class. Homestay is a great form of housing because it provides an immediate introduction to French life and the community, and is a great incentive to learn the language. Homestay is also an incredible opportunity to form lifelong relationships with a host family.

Host University

Institute for American Universities (IAU)



Choose from Two Distinct Programs

The Aix Center, located in the historic city center of Aix, is open to all majors and offers a wide variety of courses taught in English (social sciences & humanities courses) and French language and literature.  No prior French is required yet two courses in French are required during the semester for beginning students, one course in French for all other levels.

List of courses for Aix, click here

The Marchutz School of Art studio is situated on the outskirts of Aix along the historic Route de Cézanne.  The program, open to all majors and to artists of all levels, is taught in English and combines studio work, an intense interdisciplinary art criticism seminar, liberal arts courses at the Aix Center, French language study, and excursions to European museums and cities including Pars, Giverny and Venice. 

List of courses for Marchutz, click here


List of Pre-Approved IAU Courses, Click Here

*Transfer Credit Approval forms are not required for pre-approved courses. Courses listed under each institution do not reflect all courses offered. Any course not listed must be approved by way of a Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval form

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Mailing Address

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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