Undergraduate FAQ


•    How much does it cost to apply to IAU?

There is a $120 non-refundable application fee.

•    How much does the program cost per year?

•    Does IAU offer financial assistance/scholarships?

IAU offers merit scholarships, need-based assistance, work-study opportunities, and payment plan options.  Additional information can be found on the Financial Aid & Scholarships page.

•    Is there an additional cost for the J-Term sessions required by my program?

No, the J-Term program fees are included in the cost of tuition for the year.


•    What is the process to apply for admission at IAU?

•    What are the criteria for selection?

IAU bases admissions decisions off of the review of the following items: application form, transcripts and test scores, personal essay, extracurricular activities, and two letters of recommendation. For more information regarding application instructions, please see our application instructions page.

•  What is the earliest I can apply? The latest?

IAU reviews applications on a rolling basis.  Students should keep the following dates in mind: Fall semester deadline – May 1.  Spring transfer semester deadline – November 1

•    How quickly will I hear back regarding my admission to IAU?

Once applications are complete, students can expect to hear a decision within two weeks.

•    What is the process for obtaining a visa? Do I need to go through Campus France?

Students must obtain a long-stay (D) student visa. All non-French students must adhere to the student visa policy as laid out by the French government and your local consulate/embassy.  IAU will provide students with some of the required documentation, confirming their enrollment in the IAU program. Please see the Degree Program Passports & Visas page for more information. 


•    What are the options for housing and how much does each option cost?

IAU has a variety of housing options available to degree students. Visit the IAU housing page for more information. 

•    Who can help me find housing?

Students may consult with IAU’s housing coordinator regarding housing options.

•    Is there a possibility to get financial assistance for housing?

Students may apply for IAU’s work-study program.  If accepted to the program, IAU will provide a reduction in the housing fee. More information can be found here.

•    What should I expect from my host family?  What will my host family expect from me?

Please see the Degree Program Housing page or contact IAU’s housing coordinator with any questions and/or reservations about living with a host family.


•    What undergraduate programs does IAU offer?

IAU offers Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (BAIR), and Licence 3 (L3 – Business Administration)

IAU Info

•    Where exactly is IAU located?

IAU’s main campus is located in Aix-en-Provence, France, approximately 30 minutes northeast of Marseille, and can be found in the Quartier Ancien, near the Cathédrale Saint-Saveur and the Hôtel de Ville. The Marchutz School of Fine Arts is located on the famed “Route de Cézanne” along the Route de Tholonet near the Parc de la Torse.  For a detailed map of campus locations in the city of Aix, please see the IAU Campus Map.

•    Is public transportation available in and around Aix?

The city of Aix has an efficient bus network "Aix en bus". Information is available at the “Office de Tourisme" where students can buy tickets and get maps and timetables of the network. Most bus services stop at 10 p.m. • Single ticket fare: 1 € • 10 trips Ticket : 7 € • Monthly card : 24 € • Season ticket (12 months)(STUDENT -26 years old) : 100 € .

Aix en bus “Office de Tourisme”:  Open Monday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Tel : +33 (0)9 70 80 90 13 http://aixenbus.fr.

•    What is the student to teacher ratio?

IAU strives to keep the student: teacher ratio low to encourage an intimate learning environment.  The current ratio stands at 10:1

•    What is meant by a “liberal arts education”?

The mission of IAU is to provide an international education that inspires intercultural awareness and prepares students for responsible roles in a global community through the study of European and Mediterranean history, languages, cultures, and contemporary issues. A Liberal arts education is a well-rounded, holistic approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. It also helps students develop a sense of social responsibility as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, writing, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

More questions? Please contact degree@iaufrance.org or 1-800-221-2051.