- Live with a French host family while studying in the quaint and beautiful Aix-en-Provence in southern France
- Gain a deep understanding of French culture and economy and how business is conducted
- Enhance your understanding of the impact of globalization on families, communities and businesses.
- Increase your cultural competence and ability to interact in culturally sensitive ways.
Course of Study
Students can earn 6 credit hours in six weeks in Aix-en-Provence. Students will enroll in 2 courses at IAU College, the host institution in Aix-en-Provence. Extended course options for additional language learning and internship placement is available for interested students.*
*Internships Available for Interested Students* You will be asked in the application whether you are interested in this option. This would extend the 6 week program to 8 weeks, with May 19th-July 15th being the dates for this track
Students will choose 2 IAU College courses; which include:
BUS303- Intercultural Management approved as equivalent to MNGT 414 (Leadership in a Global Context) or MNGT491
BUS/WS306A: The Global Wine Industry: A French Immersion - equivalent to HRTM471
BUS305: Global Marketing - equivalent to MRKT 453
BUS330C: International Sales and Selling - Business Elective
FRE101B, FRE101C, FRE201C, FRE202B, FRE202C (French Language Courses)
...and many more history, political science, and psychology courses! For a full list of courses at IAU, please view the Summer 2018 Course Schedule.
Who Can Participate
- Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students can apply to this program.
- Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA;
- Students from other colleges/universities may apply provided they fulfill the required prerequisites (subject to review.)
Laurie Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice in Economics
Laurie Miller, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Economics at UNL. Laurie teaches large introductory microeconomics and macroeconomic courses along with intermediate microeconomic theory. Since joining the faculty at UNL in 2012, Laurie has been the faculty advisor to the business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. In addition, she has published research on grading practices in introductory economics, workplace stress, workers’ job satisfaction, the effect of flexible working arrangements on the U.S. workforce, the impact on employees of family friendly policies such as financial support and family leave for caregivers, and wages and wage dispersion, among other topics. Laurie has also been honored with multiple teaching awards.
As the Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Miller will visit the student group in Aix-en-Provence. She will not be accompanying the students during the entire trip.
For questions concerning course registration, please contact:
Program Coordinator, International Business
A pocket of left-bank Parisian chic deep in Provence, Aix (pronounced like the letter X) is all class: its leafy boulevards and public squares are lined with 17th- and 18th-century mansions, punctuated by gurgling moss-covered fountains. Haughty stone lions guard its grandest avenue, cafe-laced cours Mirabeau, where fashionable Aixois (people from Aix-en-Provence) pose on polished pavement terraces sipping espresso. While Aix is a student hub, its also one of southern France's most popular tourist destinations. (Description partly taken from Lonely Planet.)
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
- Airfare: Students will purchase their own airfare for this program, and will be provided with a suggested flight itinerary (from Omaha to the Marseille Provence Airport) approximately three months before the program starts.
- Lodging: Students will stay with host families arranged by IAU. "Most of the rooms available with the hosts are approximately a 15 to 35 minute walk from classes. Accommodations a bit farther from the Center may be more spacious."
- Meals: "When living in French homes, students are on a demi-pension “plan.” This includes daily breakfast and six dinners per week. Students will independently purchase lunch each day, and one dinner per week.
- Transportation: Students will be provided with transportation by bus to/from the Marseille Provence Airport in Marignane, and to the various excursions/cultural activities included in the program.
- Required Travel Documents: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to enter France; visas for U.S. citizens staying for less than 90 days are NOT required. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program.
- Health and Mobility: Students need to be prepared to do a fair amount of walking in the city. While many sidewalks in Aix are wheelchair-accessible, there are still many cobblestone streets. "Aix has a typically Mediterranean climate; warmer in the summer around 80-90F.... Students should research yearly averages and pack accordingly... air conditioning is not typical in France or Europe at large. Fans are provided for summer students."See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for France-specific health and safety information.
See the budget sheet and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.
Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a commitment deposit.
Deposit Amount: $500
Deposit Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2018
The deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The final program cost balance will appear on the participant's MyRED student account and will be due on June 12, 2018.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships. Two UNL students will be awarded the IAU Diversity Scholarship for this program in France. Students must still apply. Additional merit-based scholarships are also available through IAU.
Below you will find links to resources for travel, health and safety:
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