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Arles Summer - Study in Provence

Why Arles?

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 Arles throughout the summer, making it a vibrant location for study abroad in France.

What You'll Study

Immerse yourself in French language practice and the rich cultures of Provence. Highlights 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 trips, such as cooking classes, concerts at the Arènes d’Arles, a Van Gogh walking tour, theater workshops,
and more.

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.


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 French-taught courses for a total of 6 credits. Course topics have included:

  • French Immigrant Communities
  • French Language
  • History of French Photography
  • 19th-Century Art: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism

IES Abroad reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond our control.


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.

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH 320 - 19th Century Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Summer French 3
French Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
FR 301 - Topics In Advanced French Grammar And Culture Summer French 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
PG 320 - History Of Photography In France Summer French 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO 325 - French Immigrant Communities In The 20Th Century Summer French 3

Field Trips & Events

Day-trip destinations may include Le Pont du Gard and les Baux de Provence, Avignon, and Aix-en-Provence.

Course-Related Trips

IES Abroad Arles organizes course-related excursions that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to your general knowledge of French culture and society.

Daily Life

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 will have a one day orientation at the Arles Center to introduce you to the city and center.


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.

Get to Know Your New City

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.

Program Cost

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.

Term: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019 $6,065 $1,715 $135 $7,915

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home campus
Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend
$500 cash stipend

The Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend has been established by Alan and Ronnie Schwartz in loving tribute to Alan’s mother. Vera valued learning in the classroom, but also recognized that there is an education to be had in museums, cafes and pastry shops around the world. Alan is a current member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors and he has established this stipend to honor his mother Vera and her commitment to providing her grandchildren funds to expand their college education outside of the classroom.

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Arles Center is located in the center of Arles near the Théâtre d’Arles. Features include:

  • High-speed and wireless internet access
  • Multimedia classrooms and study space
  • Large outdoor courtyard

Our Staff

Hester Davies

Center Director

Originally from the Netherlands, Hester has been a long-time resident of Arles.  She earned her Master's degree in French language and literature from the University of Amsterdam and during her undergraduate years was an exchange student at the University of Lyon and in Annecy. She is passionate about travel and exchange and is particularly eager to share her knowledge and appreciation of Arles with future IES students.



Aurore Valade

Artist Aurore Valade works closely with her subjects so that the images portray a painstakingly planned and very personal split second of the subjects’ lives. The effect makes each photo look more like a tiny movie than a mere snapshot.  In 2018, Aurore Valade had her work exhibited in the prestigious Rencontres d’Arles—a world-famous photography festival held in Arles every summer. The exhibition, Aurore Valade: Révoltes Intimes (Intimate Revolts), depicts individuals who dedicate their lives to a cause. Each photo portrays a subject (and sometimes their families) in their own homes, surrounded by their own belongings—all of which have been carefully selected and arranged to provide an intimate look into the life and work of the subject. The vivid photos are often, at the same time, celebratory, deeply thoughtful, and uplifting. Read more about Intimate Revolts in the New York Times, The Guardian, and the Internazionale (Italian).

We are proud to have Aurore Valade as a member of our faculty in Arles. She teaches History of Photography in France