Scholarships, Grants, and Work-Study Opportunities

IAU College offers several merit-based scholarship, need-based scholarship, grant, and work-study opportunities to semester, summer and J-term students each year. To be eligible for IAU scholarship, grant and work-study opportunities,  students must abide by all IAU policies and regulations as stated on the policies page and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA while attending IAU. Grants are awarded automatically based on the criteria listed below.  


Presidential Scholarship - The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students with exceptional academic ability who also have demonstrated outstanding out-of-classroom and co-curricular involvement and leadership. Students applying for this scholarship must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $5,000 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $2,500.

Dean's Scholarship - The Dean's Scholarship is awarded to students with consistent outstanding academic achievement. Students applying for this scholarship must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Awards range from $500 to $2,500 each semester. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 each summer.

Diversity Scholarship - The Diversity Scholarship recognizes the academic achievement and potential of students who, through sharing of their varied cultural perspectives, will enhance the experience of all IAU students and the excellence of IAU College. The scholarship is open to students who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status as well as first generation college students, students from low income families, and students with a history of overcoming adversity. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 each semester. Awards range from $500  to $1,000 each summer.

Amos Booth French Honors Scholarship - In honor of Amos Booth, esteemed teacher, director, and second President of IAU College, IAU offers a merit-based scholarship to eligible students who have been accepted into the French Honors Program. Students applying for this scholarship must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $500.

John Rewald Art & Art History Scholarship - IAU offers an endowed scholarship in honor of Mr. John Rewald, art historian and colleague of Leo Marchutz- namesake of the Marchutz School of Fine Arts. Through the collaborative study of artist Paul Cezanne’s work in Aix and the surrounding region, Rewald and Marchutz sought to deepen understanding of Cezanne’s impact on the art world and preserve his memory in the city of Aix. This scholarship is awarded to students of art and art history who demonstrate consistent and profound study in the disciplines of art and art history. Students applying for this scholarship must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Awards range from $500 to $1,000 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $500.

Judith L. Rice International Relations & Global Studies Scholarship - IAU offers a merit-based scholarship to students majoring in political science, international relations or global studies. Students applying for this scholarship must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 each semester. Summer awards range from $500 to $1,000.

J-Term Seminar Scholarship - January Term Traveling Seminar Scholarships are available as of January 2017. Awards range from $100-$500.

Scholarship Applications:

The Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 scholarship applications are now closed.

The January Term 2018 and Spring 2018 scholarship applications will open on August 1, 2018

Application Deadlines
For the Spring Semester:  November 1st 
For January Term: November 1st
For the Summer & Fall Semester:  April 1st 

Recipients will be notified within one month of the application deadline.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship must submit the electronic application form and an additional letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor, describing why he/she should be considered. Students must request the letter of recommendation directly from their professor. The letter must be submitted electronically to

Students are welcome to apply for more than one scholarship. Please note that each scholarship requires a unique application and essay. Only one professor recommendation is required. 

Applications and letters of recommendation submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

*Students applying for the Presidential and Diversity Scholarship who wish to be considered based on financial need must submit a copy of their Student Aid Report.


Recipient Responsibilities

As a scholarship recipient, students will be asked to share their experience at IAU. This can be accomplished several ways:

     • Become an IAU blogger 
     • Post weekly IAU Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
     • Become an ambassador upon return to their home campus

For more information on IAU scholarship and grant opportunities and the application process, please contact Ms. Sarah Maharjan.

Students must check with their IAU Enrollment Advisor for grant eligibility.


Grants are awarded automatically based on the criteria listed below.

Alumni Grants - IAU College welcomes and encourages alumni to return to IAU, either to enroll in programs that drew them to IAU in the first place or to experience IAU through one of the many new offerings. Alumni who enroll in IAU’s summer program (minimum 6 credits) are eligible to receive a $500 grant. Alumni who enroll in a J term program are eligible to receive a $250 grant, and alumni who enroll in a semester program are eligible to receive a $1,000 grant.

Herbert Maza Academic Year Grant - IAU offers a $1,000 grant in honor of Dr. Herbert Maza, co-founder and first President of IAU, to qualified students who enroll for an academic year (two full semesters). The $1,000 scholarship will be applied against the student’s spring semester invoice. Depending on the billing arrangement IAU has with the student’s home institution, IAU will either credit the student’s spring semester invoice or provide the student with a check for $1,000 on-site. All students who spend a semester in Aix and maintain a 3.0 IAU GPA after their first semester will automatically qualify to receive the grant.

January Term & Spring Semester Grant - Students who enroll in a January term and a spring semester consecutively are eligible to receive a $500 grant credited to their spring invoice.*


IAU College offers 4-6 work-study opportunities each semester and summer term in Aix-en-Provence, France. Eligible students will be asked to work closely with faculty, staff and students to fulfill various duties throughout their term including:

  • IT assistance for the IAU College computer labs
  • Event preparations (orientation, receptions, lecture series, etc.)
  • Study tour and field studies support
  • Social media correspondent to the IAU College US Office
  • Clerical duties as needed by the on-site staff (copying, printing, filing, etc.)
Work time will amount to 10-12 hours per week, and each student should be prepared to answer to at least ONE last-minute request (none of which will be tasks of more than three hours in length). The work-study program helps to subsidize the cost of housing and the amount will depend on each term.

Interested applicants should e-mail a resume and letter of motivation (500 words) to Ms. Sarah Maharjan at

Foundation & Institutional Scholarships

The Ella Bandes ScholarshipIAU offers the Ella Bandes Scholarship for qualified Macalester students accepted to a semester or summer abroad with IAU College's Marchutz School of Fine Arts. The scholarship, created in memory of Ella, a former Marchutz School of Fine Arts student, offers two semester scholarships and one summer scholarship for qualified Macalester students accepted full-time in to the Marchutz School. The scholarship selection is administered by the Macalester's Department of Art and Art History. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded per academic year, as well as a $3,000 summer scholarship. All scholarships will be based on merit and financial need. Summer students must enroll in a minimum of six units to qualify.

The Fantasy Fountain Fund - Each summer IAU works with the Fantasy Fountain Fund to provide a full tuition scholarship to qualified students enrolled full-time in IAU's Marchutz School of Fine Arts.

The Meredith Hope Emerson French Honors ScholarshipIAU is proud to offer the Meredith Hope Emerson French Honors Scholarship for qualified University of Georgia students interested in a semester or summer abroad with IAU College. Created in memory of Meredith, a former IAU French Honors student, this scholarship offers two half-tuition semester scholarships and one half-tuition summer scholarship for qualified UGA French students enrolled in IAU's French Studies Classes.

Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honors Society - In partnership with Pi Delta Phi, IAU is proud to offer one full tuition (6-credit) scholarship each summer to qualified students. The candidate is selected by Pi Delta Phi. To participate in the IAU French Honors Program, a comprehensive immersion program for advanced French students.

The Steven J. Rubin Scholarship - The Steven J. Rubin Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded annually to an Adelphi University student enrolled at IAU.  Dr. Rubin, Professor Emeritus and former Associate and Acting Dean of Adelphi’s College of Arts and Sciences, studied at IAU College as an undergraduate student. This $2,000 scholarship will be applied directly to the cost of housing while in France.

Third-party Scholarships

IAU strongly encourages students to apply for Third-Party Scholarships in addition to IAU scholarships.