Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France - About the Universities

The main entrance to the IEFEE.

University of Aix-Marseille III

The University of Aix-Marseille III is one of the oldest universities of France. It houses the departments of Law, Economics and Science, and many prominent government leaders have studied at its Institute of Political Studies. It's student population reaches 40,000, including over 1,000 international students.

Institut d'Etudes Françaises pour Etudiants Etrangers (IEFEE)

Since its inception in 1953, the IEFEE has offered its renowned courses in French to students from over 60 different countries. It is located in the heart of Aix's historic quarter, near the City Hall and Saint Sauveur cathedral. It welcomes one thousand students annually, divided into four language levels.

Hôtel Maynier d'Oppède

The Hôtel Maynier d'Oppède was purchased by Accuse Maynier, Baron d'Oppède, Ambassador to Venice, in 1490. The Hôtel was named for and stayed within his family until 1730. In 1846, it was purchased by the University, and held the school's administrative offices until 1910. It has housed the IEFEE since 1953.

The Hôtel is entered through a double wooden door, sculpted in the style of the first half of Louis XV's reign. The façade is lit by high windows in the Aixois style of the 18th-century. A majestic staircase leads to the administrative offices. The lobby leads to a shaded courtyard and the classrooms. Here students bask in one of the most pleasant locations in France.

The Institute for American Universities

The Institute for American Universities (IAU) was founded in 1957 under l’Université d’Aix-Marseille. The IAU is one of the oldest and largest education programs in Europe. The Aix Center, allows students to suplement their French courses with electives in English. The Marchutz school is also taught in English and has a studio art and art history courses available to students.

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