Program Details

Program Location Arles, France
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33002
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2024 06/12/24 to 07/26/24
Past Dates
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



Arles, a charming Provençal town, is famous for its beautiful architecture including its Roman theater and arena, its 2000 year history, and its association with van Gogh, Gaugin, 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.

This advanced program offers students a menu of interdisciplinary courses taught in French in French Language, Cultural/Francophone Studies, Photography and Theater.

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. Fridays are reserved for course-related activities and trips: concerts at the Roman theater, trips to Aix-en-Provence or Le Pont du Gard, museum visits, and more.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.




The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem French

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Create your own academic experience by enrolling in two French-taught courses. Courses are taught at the IES Abroad Center by local faculty.

For more information on courses, click here.


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


The IES Arles program offers homestays with local French families, which offer a realistic view of southern French life. Although homestays will vary, southern homes are often smaller and equipped with older amenities than other more modern French and American cities. You will rarely find air conditioning in homes or public buildings. Host families provide ten meals per week.

In order to immerse students in the local culture and further their linguistic development, IES provides three lunches every week at several different local restaurants. All students are required to attend. These meals offer the opportunity for you to practice your French in the presence of IES professors and to sample the local cuisine.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.
The program fee includes: Tuition (6 credits), which includes 3 required lunches per week at local restaurants, housing with a host family, which includes 10 meals per week, multiple excursions throughout Provence and course-related field study, and on-site orientation.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2024

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $6,765.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $1,916.00
Insurance $135.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,800.00
Local Transportation $50.00
Books and Supplies $50.00
Meals $850.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $700.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information



Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email