Accreditation, Distinctions, & AffiliationsAccreditation Statement
Since enrolling its first class in 1957, IAU has served as a center for education abroad for U.S. undergraduates. It is a not-for-profit institution of higher education and issues its own transcripts. IAU has worked with over 700 U.S. public and private colleges and universities, most of whom are familiar with the high standards of IAU programs and accept direct transfer of academic credit. A number of these institutions have signed direct affiliation agreements which allows for the direct transfer of academic credit. In rare cases when the home institution will not directly accept IAU credit, students may enroll at IAU through one of its Schools of Record:
- Fairfield University (New England Association of Schools and Colleges)
- Northern Illinois University (Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
- Truman State University (Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
DistinctionsIAU is chartered as an institution of higher education by the Regents of the State University of New York.
- IAU is recognized as an institution of higher learning by the Ministry of the Interior of France and Rectorat of Aix-Marseille University.
- IAU, as a foreign host site for the College Consortium of International Studies, is subject to regular program review.
Founders & Notable People
In 1960, Albert Camus visited a class taught by his former philosophy professor Léon Wencelius, a class that took place at the Institute for American Universities (IAU) in Aix-en-Provence, France. The small group of American students only gradually came to know the identity of their renowned guest. The talk was such a success that Camus invited the class to a picnic at his home in Lourmarin two weeks hence. Just a few days later, on January 4, a tragic car accident in Sens ended those plans, and the picnic never took place.
In memory of this experience and IAU’s relationship with the renowned historic figure, IAU hosts a regular conference on Camus. Please click here for more information about the conference series.
- Leo Marchutz began teaching at the Institute for American Universities in 1959 and went on to found the Marchutz School of Painting & Drawing in 1972 with William Weyman and Sam Bjokrlund
- Philip Breeden, Diplomat and professor of international relations at IAU is now the Associate Dean and Director of Public Affairs
- William Granara, Author and visiting scholar
- Aboubakr Jamaï, Moroccan journalist and professor of international relations at IAU
- Max Kampelman, diplomat and former IAU Trustee
- Jeane Kirkpatrick, former IAU Trustee and first woman to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations
- Kurt Volker, former United States Permanent Representative to NATO and IAU Trustee
- Greg Wyatt, IAU Trustee and artist
Since its inception in 1957, IAU has been at the forefront of study abroad opportunities for students and faculty. In an effort to stay up-to-date with the most current practices and offerings in international education, IAU has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations. Through active participation and attendance at regional, national and international conferences and fairs, IAU has been able to expand its program offerings and enhance its professional development and study abroad practices. Below is a list of organizations in which IAU is an active member.
AAICU: The Association of American International Colleges and Universities
AIEA: The Association of International Education Administrators
The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), a membership organization formed in November 1982, is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. The purposes of the Association are to provide an effective voice on significant issues within international education at all levels, to improve and promote international education programming and administration within institutions of higher education, to establish and maintain a professional network among international education institutional leaders, and to cooperate in appropriate ways with other national and international groups having similar interests.
APUAF: The Association of American University Programs in France
APUAF was established in 2008 and represents the interests, concerns and vision of its roughly fifty institutional members throughout France. Its specific objectives include providing a forum and support network for directors and staff of U.S. programs in France, fostering collaboration by pooling resources and encouraging joint projects among members as well as with French partner institutions, facilitating administrative procedures through information-sharing and, if appropriate, lobbying on behalf of member institutions in France and the U.S. and representing members’ interests, viewpoints and general concerns through active participation in international organizations, conferences and committees focusing on study abroad issues.
CCIS: The College Consortium for International Studies
The College Consortium for International Studies, a partnership of colleges and universities -- two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign -- encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.
Recognizing the value of such experiences in fostering global understanding and peaceful cooperation among nations in an increasingly interdependent and rapidly changing world, CCIS is committed to developing international dimensions as an integral part of collegiate education. CCIS works to build collaborative arrangements among institutions who share this commitment, and to facilitate linkages between member institutions and international partners. In all of its programs and activities, CCIS strives for a high level of academic excellence.
IAU is a National Charter Member of the Forum on Education Abroad, the leading professional organization for U.S.-based education abroad. The Forum is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as a Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. Its annual conferences offer members the opportunity to hold sessions and discussions with colleagues on present-day issues in the field.
IAU is also a committed member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, which provides studies and research on study abroad practices, policy advocacy, and professional development as well as networking opportunities with its worldwide membership. IAU staff has taken advantage of NAFSA resources and participated in both NAFSA Academy and annual regional and national conferences.