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Arles Summer

Arles, France

Arles, France

Program sponsor: IES Abroad

Arles overview
Arles overview

Host to many dance, music, photography, theater, and folklore festivals throughout the summer, Arles is a lively, unique location for summer study in France. Homestays and weekly language-intensive lunches allow students to practice their French with IES Abroad staff and professors while sampling the local cuisine.

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Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a minimum 2.5 GPA.


  • Completion of at least French 125-3 or French 121-3
  • Enrolled in a French course within the year prior to the program start


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Term notes

Mid June to late July

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

  • 2 Northwestern units
  • Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Host families provide breakfast daily and dinner three times a week. 

Program Cost

Summer program costs vary, but summer study abroad tends to be much less expensive overall than a regular quarter at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Summer 2018: $11,260

Billed by Northwestern

Total: $6,845

Billed by IES Abroad
  • Housing & partial board: $1,680
  • Health insurance: $135

Total: $1,815

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $495
  • Airfare: $1,000
  • Local transportation: $205
  • Books & supplies: $50
  • Personal expenses: $850

Total: $2,600


Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Northwestern students receiving financial aid during the academic year may be eligible to apply for summer aid for this program. Visit the summer aid & scholarships page for additional information.
  • Undergraduate Language Grants (ULG) support the intensive and experiential learning of foreign languages. The Office of the Provost awards funds to help defray the costs of intensive language study abroad or in the United States.
  • Visit the IES Abroad website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships to help with the cost of summer study abroad.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated IES Abroad programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an IES program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to IES to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your IES tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

IES Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from IES for your housing and insurance abroad. It is your responsibility to pay IES directly by their deadline.

  • IES Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your IES invoice.
  • IES Scholarships: If you were awarded an IES scholarship, it will appear on your IES invoice, not on your Northwestern account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to IES.

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