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Study abroad in Arles and discover this charming Provençal town. With a 2,000-year-old Roman arena at its center, Arles 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.

Ready to immerse yourself in the French language and Provençal culture? Study abroad in Arles it is.

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Arles Summer - Study in Provence

Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
4 or more semesters of college-level French
Estimated Cost: 
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Festival Season

Check out the various summer festivals in Arles including Les Rencontres d’Arles, an annual photography festival.

Lunchtime Language Learning

Perfect your French skills with professors and IES Abroad staff at a local restaurant during language-intensive lunches.

Get a Taste of Provence

Enjoy the Mediterranean-influenced cuisine full of seafood, herbs, goat cheeses, and olive oil with specialties like ratatouille and truffle omelets.

Engage in Art

Explore Arles’ artistic influences and beautiful architecture, and see sites painted by Van Gogh, as the city is known for its ties to artists including Picasso, Cézanne, and Gauguin.

Explore the Surrounding Area

Venture outside of Arles to sites like the Pont du Gard, Les Baux de Provence, and Avignon, home to an annual summer theater festival.

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