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 a vibrant location for summer study in France.
What You'll Study
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.
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:
History of Photography
History of Theater
French Immigrant Communities
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.
Day-trip destinations may include Avignon, le Pont du Gard, la Camargue, Marseille, and les Baux de Provence.
IES Abroad Arles organizes course-related excursions that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to your general knowledge of French culture and society.
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.
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.
Homestay 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.
Get to Know Your New City
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.
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.