AUCP students often have a wide range of personal interests, and there is no reason for them to be put on hold during study abroad. Au contraire!
As part of their personal interest activity requirement*, AUCP students become part of the local community while doing something they love, whether it be singing in a local choir or rugby! Aix-en-Provence and Marseille offer a large variety of clubs, classes and activities that students can choose from – many with student discounts. Provence offers countless possibilities to begin an activity that students never had the time or the opportunity to do before: sailing, rock climbing, playing in an orchestra or joining a soccer team. Students usually find that sharing in these activities is often the quickest, surest way to get to know French people naturally.
In addition, personal interest activity fees are subsidized by the AUCP by up to 150€ !
Examples of personal interest activities
ARTS AND CRAFTS Painting, Drawing, Mosaics, Pottery
CINEMA Film clubs
DANCE LESSONS Rock, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Salsa, Belly Dancing, Jazz/Modern Dance, Ballet, Irish Tap Dancing
MARTIAL ARTS Karate, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Aïkodo, Chi Quong, Tai Ji Quan
MUSIC Guitar, Accordion, Violin, Singing lessons, Choir
OUT-OF-DOORS Hiking, Rock climbing, Running
REGIONAL CULTURE Provençal language lessons
SPORTS Tennis, Soccer, Rugby, Basketball, Gymnastics
THEATER Acting lessons and many more…
*The AUCP personal interest activity requirement is part of « French Practicum » which is the cornerstone of all AUCP advanced French immersion programs. French Practicum consists of academic course work combined with experiential learning components (individual homestay, language partner, community service, personal interest activity …). It provides students with multiple opportunities for natural linguistic and cultural engagement & exchange, as well as a forum for « cultural mentoring », designed to facilitate learning through guided reflection on the students’ cultural experiences.