The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2024
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The Wellesley-in-Aix program offers an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself academically, linguistically, and culturally in vibrant southern France. You have the opportunity to enroll directly at Aix-Marseille Université or Sciences Po-Aix for a majority of your coursework. In order to participate, you need to complete at least 5-6 semesters of French, or the equivalent, prior to departure.


Study at the Aix-Marseille Université, which is one of the largest and most distinguished universities in France. During the term, you will take at least two university courses at Aix-Marseille Université or Sciences Po-Aix with French local students. These universities offer a wide range of courses to accommodate many majors, such as French Literature, Art History, Linguistics, Economics, and Psychology.

You can choose to take the remainder of your courses either at the university or through core courses offered by the program, Wellesley-in-Aix that are taught by local French professors.

Program Features

You have the option to live in an apartment or with a host family selected by the program.

In addition, Wellesley-in-Aix hosts various cultural activities and excursions to enable you to more fully immerse yourself in the French culture and surrounding community.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.