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 an ideal 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 are 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.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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:
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.
IES Abroad Arles organizes course-related excursions that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to your general knowledge of French culture and society.
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.
Part of making you feel at home in Arles is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
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.
Day-trip destinations may include Avignon, le Pont du Gard, la Camargue, Marseille, and les Baux de Provence.
About the Center
The IES Abroad Arles Center is located near the ancient ruins of the Roman Arena in the historic center of Arles. It is equipped with classroom space and an office with a small student study area with wireless Internet access. At just a few minutes walk from most major attractions, you have the opportunity to truly experience southern French life on foot!
Marie-Anne Devaux holds a Licence ès Lettres Modernes and a Diplôme d'Etudes Théâtrales from the Université de la Sorbonne (Paris III). Prior to joining IES Abroad, Mme. Devaux worked as Administrative Director of EDUCO, the Duke and Cornell joint program in Paris, as a Drama instructor for several programs in Paris (such as Duke, Scripps, and Northwestern), and as Director of the Academic Year Abroad program in Paris. She also served as the Director of the IES Abroad Paris French Studies Program for more than 15 years.
IES Abroad Arles Staff
Katie ThorntonProgram Specialist
IES Abroad Arles Faculty