So, What Are AUCP Students Saying About Their Semester in Marseille?

So, What Are AUCP Students Saying About Their Semester in Marseille?

AUCP Marseille is a one-of-a-kind experience. Here’s some of our former students had to say about their semester abroad in Marseille, perfecting their French, learning Arabic, and their study tour in Marseille!

1They say that « Marseille is not France,  » because Marseille is what happens when people of all backgrounds, nationalities, religions and socio-economic status live together, rather than apart. Marseille truly has it all – the rough urban feel and the glamour, the art, the history, the beach, the nature, the diversity. It has everything, and it’s all within reach. – Lizzie Shackney, Wesleyan University, AUCP Marseille

At first, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this city – I couldn’t understand anyone or get anywhere! But I learned quickly that the beauty of Marseille is its unexpectedness, and I’ve fallen love with the things that surprised me at first. Marseille truly is better than Paris, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice to study here. Audrey Hickcox, GWU, AUCP Marseille

The AUCP is definitely different from any other study abroad program. It is more rigorous & it challenges you, but you definitely get more out of it too. It provides you with opportunities to personalize your experience in France & really be able to do things like an actual member of the society, not a visiting foreign student. – Hee Yoon Lee, Claremont McKenna College, AUCP Marseille

I found the enthusiasm of every professor here spectacular. Our Arabic professor, Maha, had this intense hope for us to understand and love the Arabic language. Sylvie, our director, is so in love with French and Arab literature, it can only inspire us. The professors made the classes worth it. – Audrey Hickcox, GWU, AUCP Marseille

The AUCP Marseille was incroyable. Over the course of the last three months, I’ve developed a solid understanding of French culture and would love to come back to France if possible because of my great experience at the AUCP! – Aparna Mazumdar, Macalester College, AUCP Marseille


I enjoyed my community service immensely. I helped young children from diverse backgrounds with their homework, which forced me to improve my French, while also learning from them. I felt connected with the city of Marseille and its inhabitants because of my volunteer work– Colleen Moser, Grinnell College, AUCP Marseille

I really enjoyed my community service at Femmes d’ici et d’ailleurs, where I helped teach French to older women immigrants from Kosovo, Bulgaria, Algeria and Comoros. I learned so much in the process, and made some good friends in the shared struggle of living in a country where your native language is not spoken. – Lacy Myrman, GWU, AUCP Marseille

Like what you read? Meet AUCP Marseille student Lars and Sarah Elena here.  Apply now, or contact us to get in touch with one of our recently returned alumni.