The charming Provençal town of Arles, with a 2,000-year-old Roman arena at its center, is famous for its beautiful architecture and its association with Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Picasso. Many dance, music, photography, theater, and folklore festivals take place in and around the city throughout the summer, making it a vibrant location for summer study in France.

You will immerse yourself in French language study and the culture of the Midi region of France. A highlight of this program is the language-intensive lunches that take place at local restaurants, where you practice your French with IES Abroad professors and staff while enjoying the wonderful cuisine of Provence. Fridays are reserved for course-related activities and excursions, such as cooking classes, concerts at the Arènes d’Arles, a Van Gogh walking tour, theater workshops, and more.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Arles
  • City: Arles
  • Country: France
  • Program Credits: 6 credits
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Language Prerequisites: 4 or more semesters of college-level French

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

June 18 - July 28

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

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Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore French Language and other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. You enroll in your choice of two courses for a total of 6 credits. Disciplines have included:

  • French Language
  • History of Photography
  • History of Theater
  • Sociology


This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

French Language

FR 301 - Topics In Advanced French Grammar And Culture (Summer)


PG 320 - History Of Photography In France (Summer)


SO 325 - French Immigrant Communities In The 20Th Century (Summer)

Theatre Arts

TH 312 - History Of French Theater (Summer)


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Arles, it will feel like home.


After orientation, you live with local families in homestays. Host families provide breakfast daily and dinner three times a week. IES Abroad provides three language lunches with faculty and staff each week.

Student Life


You stay in a local hotel during the two-day orientation in the Camargue region just outside Arles. You also take an afternoon field trip to the Alpilles—a small mountain range in southern France.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your homeschool
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • 4 semesters of college-level French or the equivalent
  • Enrolled in a French course within the year prior to the program start date
  • Graduate students and continuing education students encouraged to apply

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in France. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $5,945
  • Housing: $1,680
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $7,760

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • French
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Last updated June 21, 2019
This course is Campus based
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