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Living and Learning in Provence: Independent Stay and Study

Program No. 22213RJ
Could you live like a true Provençal? Find out on this six-week learning adventure in Provence as you stay in a local apartment and learn the arts and history of the region.

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At a Glance

Live like a true Provençal in Aix en Provence, a city as renowned for its culinary traditions as it is for its artistic heritage. Live in a hotel apartment and participate in weekly events learning local customs, meeting culinary artisans and exploring the museums and spaces that make Provence so unique. You will learn to “parler français” in daily language classes and try your hand at French cooking! A Road Scholar Group leader will be on call to support you throughout this independent experience. Please call to enroll in this special learning adventure.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Explore the city extensively on foot and via public bus. On field trips, walking up to two miles with some uneven terrain and stairs. Activity level is based on included program elements.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Learn to speak French as you take up residence in a conveniently located hotel apartment.
  • Each week includes a group gathering at the local cafe, during which your local host will help you plan your free afternoons and weekend.
  • Enjoy a cooking class, food excursions and conversations with culinary artisans as you discover the cuisine of Southern France.

General Notes

Our “Living and Learning” programs give you the experience of living in a foreign country independently. Included: an apartment; a local, full-time Group Leader to support you; a few meals; five language classes per week; a weekly expert-led field trip; a weekly cafe social; one weekend-long excursion to Nice, including hotel; a city handbook and public transit pass. Due to the special nature of this program, we regret that we are unable to match solo participants with roommates.
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