IS Aix-en-Provence

Learn French in Aix-en-Provence, France

The Area & School

Situated in a private mansion close to the center of town, the International Language Institute of Aix-en-Provence provides students with a warm atmosphere matched with a highly credited French language program. Aix-en-Provence itself is a university town, contributing to the young and vibrant environment which makes up part of the rich culture found here. In addition, the city is a historic spa town of Roman origin. With narrow streets, colorful facades, and elaborate fountains dispersed throughout, such a location is the true definition of southern French culture. This sunny area of France in the heart of Provence will not disappoint! Receive an advanced French language education from enthusiastic teachers and get accustomed to the friendly way of life in Aix-en-Provence.

French Courses

Standard 15 French

20 classes, totaling 15 hours of class time, per week. This standard French course is great for beginners who want to become immersed in the language. With a focus on oral communication and utilizing these skills in everyday situations, General French will provide students with the opportunity for intercultural exchanges, working in small groups, and learning at a rapid pace. Classes take place in the mornings.

Starts at €320 for one week

Intensive 23 French

30 classes, totaling 22.5 hours of class time, per week. Designed for students with basic French language experience but who want to progress even more in their immersive experience. Students will take the General French courses in the mornings, further adding to their schedule courses in the afternoons which will focus on the comprehension of culture as well as linguistic language practice.

Starts at €445 for one week


Host Family

(Private room, half board) Choosing a homestay experience while enjoying your time at IS Aix-en-Provence is a great way for students to get the full French experience, linguistically and culturally. Homes are hand-picked by the staff and are guaranteed to be no longer than a 30-minute walk and a 20-minute bus ride from the Institute. An excellent complement to the French language courses at the school, staying with a host family is highly suggested!

Starts at €252 / week

Additional Details

The following Public Holidays are observed:

  • January 1st, 2015
  • April 6th, 2015
  • May 1st, 2015
  • May 8th, 2015
  • May 14th, 2015
  • May 25th, 2015
  • July 14th, 2015
  • August 15th, 2015
  • November 1st, 2015
  • November 11th, 2015
  • December 25th, 2015

IS Aix-en-Provence arrivals:

By Plane:

  • The Marseille-Provence International Airport is located less than 30 minutes from Aix-en-Provence. There is a regular shuttle service running between the two. The Nice Airport is located 2 hours away. A bus runs three times per day between it and Aix-en-Provence.

By Train:

  • The Aix TGV Train Station is located 20 minutes from Aix-en-Provence. Every 30 minutes a bus runs between it and the city center. The Marseille TGV Station is located 30 minutes away. Connecting buses and trains are coming and going throughout every day.aperitif

By Car:

  • The Soleil Motorway (A7 or E80 / E714) travels from Paris to Nice, via Lyon. This motorway passes through Aix-en-Provence which is located eight hours from Paris.

The IS Aix-en-Provence staff can organize students transfers from a plane/train/ to a bus or taxi on request. email the school at: for more information on this, plus additional questions regarding pricing, etc.

Max Group Class Size: 10.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 120 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: €21.33 per class hour

A wide array of cultural and social activities are available in Aix-en-Provence during a student's stay. It is highly suggested to participate in the diverse events that are offered in this town! (The school is also happy to organize any activity involving further organization such as sports like tennis, golf or swimming. )

Examples of ideal activities include:

  • A guided tour of the town and/or market
  • Cooking classes with "L'Atelier des Chefs" or in a private home
  • Wine tasting (in cooperation with "La Cave du Félibrige")
  • A pastry workshop
  • A writing workshop or an additional language workshop
  • Pétanque (a traditional French ball game) with aperitif (happy hour!)
  • Accrobranche (obstacle course in the trees)
  • Hiking (in cooperation with Evana)
  • Sailing (which primarily takes place in the summer but, upon request, offered year-round)
  • Many excursion to places of interest, such as: Arles, Les Baux, La Camargue, Avignon, Pont du Gard, Le Luberon, Cassis & The Calanques, Marseille, Saint Tropez, Monaco, The Carnival in Nice, The Cannes Film Festival, Les Gorges du Verdon...and more!
  • Attend a music festival (International Festival of Lyric Art in July, and Aix in Music in June)
  • With thanks to the Ballet Preljocaj, attend one of their numerous dance events

More information on activities and events can be found on the Aix-en-Provence tourism website.

Autonomy and communication are the leading principles surrounding the curriculum at IS Aix-en-Provence. Classes are taught in small groups with the aim of a more focused and oral learning environment. Whether practicing French for a profession, or just for fun, IS Aix-en-Provence offers a a variety of immersive programs, from intensive to basic, to best suit the needs of each student. Note: there is a minimum age of 18 years to enroll in course at the school.