Students made crêpes together on La Chandeleur, or for the gourmands, La fête des crêpes! With some history and a recipe from Recettes de Famille, an AUCP student collection of the favorite dishes they shared while living with their French host family.
No one knows more about the AUCP difference than those who have spent a semester, full-year or summer with us ! Here is a small selection of comments made by recent AUCP program participants. Both from Aix and Marseille.
Coming back from France is HARD you guys. And coming back from a one-of-a-kind immersion experience like the AUCP? 25 reasons why missing Provence is just a struggle.
At the end of each semester, students share their thoughts on the various aspects of their AUCP Study Abroad experience in Aix and in Marseille.
AUCP student Olivia describes Aix.
We asked our students what words best described their semester at the AUCP. They responded…
Last Fall’s students have long settled in back home, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still thinking of them, and vice versa! Now, as Spring semester comes to an end, we wanted to share this moving post about leaving, written last semester by Sarah.
This week, the AUCP welcomes its new group of students for our Spring semester.
We said farewell to our bright and intelligent Fall classes of 2014 at the farewell cocktail Friday evening, bringing together professors, staff, host families and students in both Aix and in Marseille.
AUCP Theater and Art students showed off their talents at the AUCP Soirée Jeunes Talents, in the presence of their classmates, host families, and friends.
On one of the many regional excursions offered by the AUCP, students followed in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh Saturday, visiting Arles & Saint-Rémy de Provence, two cities that significantly impacted the life of the prolific Post-Impressionist painter.
Do you love to dance, workout or hike? Are you an accomplished artist or a sports fanatic? There is no reason why you should put your favorite activity on hold during your time abroad. Au contraire! At the AUCP, cultivating your personal interest activity is part of the program!
Friday evening, 110 guests came together to celebrate Thanksgiving, à la française. Students, their host families, language partners, professors and staff shared in a festive evening filled with good food, good wine and good company.
Led by Joël Corre, AUCP Culture and Business of French Wines professor and head of the Aix Institut d’Oenologie, AUCP students visited the world-renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region of Provence.
Led by Provence Through Literature and Film professor Marie-Anne Rossignol, AUCP Aix and Marseille students visited La Camargue on an excursion that highlighted the subjects, history and landscapes described in works by prolific Provençal authors Joseph d’Arbaud and Frédéric Mistral.
Living with a host family is often cited as AUCP students’ favorite part of their experience abroad. Yet many students are unsure of what to expect of a homestay experience…
Semester and full-year AUCP students lend a hand at local non-profit organizations, schools and associations as part of their commitment to immerse themselves in their « adoptive » French community. Check out four new community service opportunities !
Two bises or not two bises? That is the question! Have a look at this cute video for an introduction to the complexities of French kissing on the cheek.
A small group of AUCP students, their language partners and AUCP Culture and Business of French Wines professor Joël Corre took advantage of the beautiful weather – 75°F mid October – and hiked the majestic Mont Sainte Victoire mountain last weekend. The day, in photos, here!
As part of our « Meet an AUCP Student » series, we introduce you to one of our Aix-en-Provence full-year students, Matt. A Comparative Literature and Philosophy major from Fordham University, Matt discusses his French language partners, his philosophy debate club, and his favorite class at the AUCP, Immigrant Identities in Contemporary France.
Thanks to the consistently high achievement of AUCP students, as certified by independent testing conducted since 2000, the AUCP has grown to become a reference in the field of study abroad, setting standards in French language and inter-cultural learning. The AUCP misison statement reflects our commitment to continue to uphold these highest standards of exellence.
We love reading our students’ blogs! In addition to our ongoing series: « Meet an AUCP Student », we’ll also be sharing excerpts from our AUCP bloggers. Check out this post from Stefani’s blog, on sticking to the full-time switch from French to English.
Good news for late-comers! The AUCP has extended the Spring 2016 application deadline for both Aix and Marseille programs. Applicants now have until November 15th!
Who says saying hello is easy? The French do! Simple comme bonjour means Easy as Pie. But if you wern’t born French, Bonjour is a complex ritual that needs to be mastered. Especially if you don’t want to be considered an anti-social snob… Here’s how in 6 (relatively easy) steps.
AUCP students have a lot in common. But while they share a lot, each one is unique. Today, we’d like you to meet Meghan, a French major from Ursinus College. This is the first of an on-going series on Le Blog designed to introduce you to current AUCP students, and to show you how, despite their many similarities, they each have their own unique way of living with and like the French at the AUCP.
Back to school! The rentrée, or the period « back to school » following the summer vacation, was a busy one for our AUCP students. Students met thei…
If you had to describe your AUCP experience in one word, what would that be? Our students answered…
This week AUCP welcomes its new group of students for our Fall semester. All come with a minimum of high-intermediate French from the some of the …
Go ahead, follow the rest of the herd to Paris. We say, you can have Paris. We’re just fine right here in the South of France.
What does an AUCP student look like? Or rather, what does an AUCP student do that sets him or her apart from the rest? Meet an AUCP student, here.
AUCP Summer students came together after a long day of finals for a sunny soirée in the garden. In the presence of their host families, AUCP profes…
This Summer the AUCP had an exceptional class of students from Yale, Barnard and Colby College. Provence has been blessed with some great weather, …
French class will once again move out of the classroom into the field, on a creative writing assignment based on the five senses. This week, students will discover Cézanne’s studio and see that still-lifes are not as still as they’re made out to be…
Attention! IDI results are in! Most impressively, our Spring 2014 students averaged 16.79 points of progress on the IDI (as opposed to the 1.28 points of progress recorded by 60 other programs tested in the Georgetown Study).
But wait, what’s an IDI?
Last Thursday, AUCP Summer students were on a « flânerie » assignment. The French class was taken out of the classroom and into the winding streets of Aix-en-Provence… to meander.
Attention! TEF results are in!
On average, our Spring students improved their TEF scores by a very impressive 141 points – meaning global progress averaged 32% of their achievable progress.
But wait a minute… what’s a TEF?
This week, as a break from their intensive French studies, AUCP students took off to discover first-hand the architectureal harmony of the legendary hilltop villages of Provence. It was a day of lavendar, honey, and sunshine… and all of the romantic images that Provence is made of.
If you think Paris has the corner on culture in France, then think again. The largest, most renowned Opera Festival in France takes place every summer in Aix-en-Provence.
AUCP students took advantage of some perfect Provençal weather, visiting the Mediterranean beach town of Cassis last Saturday on a visit led by the…
Students abroad often complain that they don’t have enough opportunites to make friends outside the American student group. At the AUCP, by the end of their first week of study, students meet their language partners…
AUCP in-house classes offer the best of both worlds. Students take classes with the best, most appreciated French professors from local universiti…
Life with a crarefully selected French family, one student per family, is an unparalleled opportunity for lasting personal and cultural connection.
For all AUCP Aix students interested in enhancing their résumé in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), the AUCP offers, free…
The Aix-Marseille Université has launched an innovative advertising campaign, focusing on students attaining career their goals.
The 5 Point “All in French » Language Charter is an integral part of the AUCP full-French immersion programs.
Yoga, Zumba, sailing or soccer? Choir, painting, belly-dancing or Tai Chi? Participating in a personal interest activity is one of the best ways to make French friends and AUCP students go at it with a flourish!
AUCP Fall students are currently choosing the local non-profit organizations where they will be donating their time on a weekly basis. Read more to see the community service work done by former program participants and what they have to say about it.
Unlike most so-called direct enrollment programs, the AUCP does not work with « institutes for foreign students » annexed to major French universitie…
This new AUCP Aix course offers the fundamentals for becoming a connoisseur of French wines and the basics for launching a marketable career as a sommelier, wine merchant, or wine guide.