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  • Locations: Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: Department-Led Program
SDSU Office: Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Program Description:
Aix in SummerArt in France

PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION: FRIDAY APRIL 13, 11:00am- 1:00pm in Art 552, Summit Room, School of Art & Design. 
June 23, 2018 (arrival)
July 15, 2018 (departure)
March 15, 2018

Undergraduate students: $3,491
Graduate Students: $3,560

Thursday March 1 at 12 pm in the Summit in the School of Art and Design room 552

This program is taught by SDSU Professor Eva Struble at the Marchutz School of Art at IAU College in France. It deals with concepts that begin with basic painting principles and a cover a range of painting issues into the advanced level. Assignments will include portraiture, landscape plein aire painting, and painting outdoors in the town of Aix-en-Provence. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students will work on related assignments at different levels of complexity and sophistication. Some students will encounter assignments for the first time and others will practice familiar assignments with increasing levels of refinement (ie. Plein aire painting). The course includes museum and outdoor painting excursions. Prior painting experience is not required. SDSU has been offering courses at IAU since 2016.
Students will enroll for resident credit at SDSU.
This program offered by the SDSU School of Art in the College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts
and is managed by the SDSU Office of International Programs.

  • Art 204 (Painting I)
  • 404 (Painting II)
  • 504 (Painting III)
  • 700A for graduate students
 *Completion of pre-requisite required to enroll in Art 404 and 504
Aix-en-Provence is a small University town in the South of France, home to Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola.
IAU College was founded in 1957 and is one of the oldest and largest education abroad programs in Europe. The Marchutz School of Fine Arts is housed within IAU College and has as its mission to develop the student's capacity to see. Students learn from a myriad of available resources including masterworks, architecture, figure and portrait work, landscape and cityscapes, and conceptual and multi- media design. Students have the opportunity to study fine arts in a region that inspired artists such as Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Alberto Giacometti.
  • Watch a VIDEO about the Marchutz School of Fine Arts at IAU College.
  • Watch a VIDEO about Student Life at IAU College.
 ACTIVITIES (subject to change)
 Excursions (included in the program cost):
  • Van Gogh day in Arles 
  • Cezanne day with studio visit and related outdoor sites 
  • Musée Granet visit
Optional weekend excursions (not included in the program cost):
  • Day hike (weather dependent)
  • Day trip to Marseille with museum visits
Roommate, housemate, or single occupancy homestay placement with breakfast every day and six evening meals per week. Roommate requests are considered but not guaranteed.
Professor Eva Struble, Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, San Diego State University
Eva Struble’s paintings deal with landscape through the lens of social and environmental histories in cities where she has lived. Her colorful work undermines traditional viewpoints and modes of depth in the genre using oil, acrylic, screen-printing and three-dimensional media in various combinations. She received her MFA in painting from Yale University and is an Associate Professor at San Diego State University. Recent projects have dealt with agriculture, labor and immigration in the greater San Diego area and have been exhibited in Converge/Diverge at the San Diego Art Institute, Heavy Grass at the Japanese Garden in Balboa Park, and Emblema, at the UVA’s School of Architecture. Struble’s project, Produce, was displayed in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2014. Her work has been shown at the Cleveland MOCA, at Lombard Freid projects in New York, Angles Gallery in Santa Monica, among others. Her work has received praise in Art In America, The Village Voice, the San Diego Union Tribune and other publications. A French speaker, she has taught art courses abroad in Morocco and France since 2015. 
Total cost for undergraduate students: $3,491
Total cost for graduate students $3,560
  • Program fee paid to IAU College: $2,595
  • UG Tuition paid to SDSU:  $822
  • Grad Tuition paid to SDSU: $891
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan: $75
2018 Payment Schedule
Detailed payment instructions will be sent to accepted students.
  • March 26 Program fee 1st deposit: $500 due to IAU (non-refundable)
  • April 1 Program fee 2nd deposit: $500 due to IAU  (non-refundable)
  • April 15-25 Tuition due with course registration paid to SDSU-CES
  • May 1 Remaining program fee due to IAU ($1,595)
  • May 30 Foreign Travel Insurance (billed through SDSU Student Account Services)
Withdrawal Policy
If you intend to withdraw from the program you must notify the SDSU Office of International in writing.
Email notification is acceptable:
Refund Policies
  • Program Fees paid to IAU College are subject to their refund and withdrawal policies. 
  • Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy.  
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance is non-refundable after May 1

Included in the Program Cost
  • Three units of SDSU Resident Credit
  • Student homestays accommodations, which include:
    • Breakfast each day and six dinners per week
    • Weekly access to laundry service or facilities
    • Access to WiFi Transportation to group activities
  • Student services including, but not limited to:
    • Student life
    • Housing
    • Registrar
    • Counseling and wellness center
    • 24/7 emergency support
  • Access to IAU’s lecture series and guest speakers
  • IAU student ID card
  • Studio space for SDSU course
  • Art kits/lockers at the studio
  • Palette, easel, cardboard, and apron
  • Excursion and site visit listed above
  • Arrival assistance on published arrival date
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance
Not included in the fee
  • International airfare
  • Art supplies not listed above
  • Passport and visa expenses (if any)
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not listed above (lunches and some dinners)
  • Optional weekend excursions
Funding and Scholarship Information 
  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants- SDSU is a Commitment Partner of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and, as such, our students qualify for the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants. You could be eligible to receive $2,000 to support your study abroad travel costs! Visit the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants website to learn more about the opportunity and program, including eligibility and deadlines/timeline. Submit your online application by March 7, 2018 for summer 2018 study abroad programs. Send questions to On the application please list Colleen Conniff <> as the SDSU financial aid contact.
  •  Explore the World Travel scholarship Application due March 2, 2018
  • Additional scholarship information
Participants will need a passport valid for 6 months past the entry date.
SDSU Passport Office

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. 
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • Completion of pre-requisite required to enroll in Art 404 and 504
All participants must complete BOTH a mandatory online pre-departure orientation as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
This Aztecs Abroad online application must be completed by March 15, 2018
Once notified of acceptance students will be contacted by IAU College for program fee payment as scheduled above. IAU College will collect additional information directly from students required for participation.

Eva Struble <>

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA