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IAU College

IAU College

IAU College


The mission of the Institute for American Universities is to provide excellence in international education, inspire intercultural awareness, and prepare students for success in a global community through the study of European and Mediterranean history, languages, cultures, and contemporary issues.

The Institute for American Universities (IAU) in Aix-en-Provence, France, was founded by academics and former diplomats such as Dr Herbert Maza, who also served as its first President, Dr Evron Kirkpatrick, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, and others who wanted to provide a platform for Americans interested in studying diplomatic relations with related interests and careers in the foreign service and the State Department. It was established as one of the first American-style, English language, liberal arts educational institutions in Western Europe under the authority of Aix-Marseille University. It offered a study abroad program, providing transfer credit to those willing to live and study in France for one year. With its inception, it became the first institution to offer study abroad programs to students with majors other than the French language.

Later IAU expanded to include a summer program option in Barcelona, Spain and began offering multi-country January term/intersession seminars in Europe and North Africa. In doing so, IAU demonstrated the duty it felt of leveraging the Mediterranean region - in its students' education. Shortly thereafter, IAU began welcoming U.S. faculty-led programs to support U.S. professors seeking a customized study abroad experience for their students. A resident fellows program that supports university faculty on sabbatical soon followed. IAU's Mediterranean branch offers degree programs such as master's and bachelor's.


  • Naperville

    2135 City Gate Lane, Suite 300, Naperville, IL 60563, 60563, Naperville

    • Barcelona

      Carrer d’Ausiàs Marc, 25, 08010 Barcelona, Spain, 08010, Barcelona

      • Aix-en-Provence

        27, place de l’Université, BP 30970, 13604 Aix-en-Provence CEDEX 1, France, 13604, Aix-en-Provence