Good news for late-comers! The AUCP has extended the Summer & Fall 2015 application deadline! Applicants now have until April 15th to apply!
Last Saturday, AUCP students visited Marseille, autrement. That is, with their Art & Archeology professor! They visited the Marseille of today, while learning about Marseille as it was thousands of years ago: Greek Marseille, Roman Marseille, ancient Gaul….Discover student photos, here!
Students spent last Tuesday in the AUCP kitchen making all kinds of quiches! French language partners joined in for an authentically French home-made lunch in the garden. We’re sharing a recipe for a fabulous quiche Provençal from Recettes de Famille, an AUCP student collection of the favorite dishes they shared while living with their French host family.
Sharing their daily lives with the French, AUCP students learn everyday language, but also everyday culture. Daily conversations may be full of pop culture references that may escape outsiders. But we’re here to help! Our latest blog post series, Pop Culture à la française shares the must-know elements. Check out this first post, Daniel Balavoine’s popular song L’Aziza!
AUCP students learn to speak like the French. Idioms, colloquialisms, sayings…these definitely aren’t in your typical French textbook. Students come across these phrases pretty often. These are (in our opinion) some of the funniest!
AUCP Founding Director Lilli Engle and Resident Advisor Nitin Beeharry will be at the Forum on Education Abroad at the end of the month. Visit Table 20 to connect with Lilli and Nitin at the Forum, and be sure not to miss Lilli’s conference session on qualitative assessment questionnaires!
Now that you’re familiar with our “Meet an AUCP Student” series, check out the “Meet an AUCP Alum” series! First up is Sophia Carter, a George Washington University graduate now studying law at Duke University. Looking back on her Spring 2010 semester in Aix, Sophia discusses the value of the French language, teaching English in France and her favorite memories from her AUCP Study Abroad experience.
AUCP Study Abroad students are out and about. Aix and Marseille are conveniently situated for travel, and the students’ week-long winter break is a fantastic opportunity to explore other nearby countries!
Our Meet an AUCP Study Abroad student series continues with Kaitlin, a full-year student and French major/Anthropology minor from Colby College. She shares about FOMO, confesses about her non-existent dancing skills, and gives insight into what it’s really like living abroad for a year.
Since their arrival three weeks ago, AUCP Spring students have had multiple opportunities to connect with their new environment and begin new relationships – all in French. Thanks to the AUCP French Language Pledge, AUCP students speak French all day, every day. But why? What makes the language pledge so important?
The US Dollar is looking pretty darn good right now (actually, really really good), and that is just one more reason to study abroad in Provence, right now. See just what your dollar can get you during your time abroad!
So you’ve completed your semester abroad. But now, you’re applying for internships or jobs, and you need to make your resumé stand out. How can you make the most of your study abroad experience on your resumé?
As if you needed much convicing…here are 7 reasons why studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence with the AUCP is the perfect way to spend your Summer.
There are many reasons to look forward to going home after study abroad, but there are also a number of aspects that can prove difficult – often because they are unanticipated. We’ve named the top ten hardest things about coming home.
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.
So you’re back from your semester or summer abroad, and you want to keep up your French? Or, you’re thinking about studying abroad and want to brush up on your French? See what resources are available for you at our partner universities!
AUCP student Olivia describes Aix.
Our Meet an AUCP Student series continues with Lars, a Grinnell College student studying in Marseille. Lars shares about his love of languages, playing basketball in France, his week in Morocco and living in Marseille. Read on to learn more!
We asked our students what words best described their semester at the AUCP. They responded…
This traditional French pastry recipe is from Recettes de Famille, an AUCP student collection of the favorite dishes they shared while living with their French host family.
What’s so good about a language partner? Language partners let AUCP students see what life is really like as a French student or young person, but that’s not all, here are 7 more reasons why language partners are the best!
Kaitlin Curran is a full-year student studying at the AUCP in Aix-en-Provence. A French Studies major from Colby College in Maine, Kaitlin experienced the moment and the aftermath of 9/11, the Boston Marathon attack, and now the events in France. She shares her insights and contrasts.
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.
AUCP Founding Director Lilli Engle addresses the events of January 7th’s attacks and the subsequent march in solidarity that brought together four million people in France in a letter to our readers, may the be colleagues, parents, future or former students.
This week, the AUCP welcomes its new group of students for our Spring semester.
We asked AUCP students about their favorite experiences of the semester. This is what they had to say.
Bonné Année! Check out a few New Year’s vocabulary, here.
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.
Guest blogger Colleen Moser is a Political Science and French major from Grinnell College, currently studying at AUCP Marseille. This is her account of her one-week study tour in Fez, Morocco.
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.
Our Meet an AUCP Student series continues with Sarah Elena, an AUCP Marseille student. A Political Science & Environmental Studies major at Austin College, Sarah Elena shares about being a Francophile, fixing bikes in Marseille and riding camels in Morocco. Read on to learn more!
AUCP Marseille students have just returned from their week-long study tour in Fez, Morocco. This year’s trip added a whole new facet to the experience, with an excursion to the Erfoud area of the Sahara Desert in the company of nomads! The first pictures, here.
Applying for a French visa can be confusing. As the first in a series of Frequently Asked Questions on Le Blog, we’re demystifying the French visa application form.
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.
Making French friends is often a shared goal of many American students that come abroad, but to some, going abroad can feel like Freshman year of college all over again: new faces, new people, new places, new culture, and on top of it, new language! It can all be pretty intimidating, so here are a few tips on how to Make French Friends a bit easier.
Armistice Day, celebrated on November 11, marks the end of World War I. Just like in the States for Veteran’s Day, the French have a day off to commemorate the lives lost. So what do the French do on Armistice Day?
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.