Joseph Fourier University
|Campus setting||Contact the university / college|
|Living cost||USD 785 per month|
|Student population||Large (More than 10,000)|
|International students||Contact the university / college|
The university is organized around five main campuses situated in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. Apart from its major campuses, AMU owns and operates facilities in Arles, Aubagne, Avignon, Digne-les-Bains, Gap, La Ciotat, Lambesc and Salon-de-Provence. The university is headquartered at the Pharo, Marseille.
As you approach Provence there's a magical moment when you finally leave the north behind: cypresses and red-tile roofs appear; you hear the screech of cicadas and breathe the scent of wild thyme and lavender. Along the highway, oleanders bloom against a backdrop of austere, sun-filled landscapes, the very same that inspired the Post-Impressionists.
Ever since Peter Mayle abandoned the London fog and described with sensual relish a life of unbuttoned collars and espadrilles in his best-selling A Year in Provence, the world has beaten a path here. Now Parisians are heard in the local marketplaces passing the word on the best free-range rabbit and the lowest price on a five-bedroom mas (a traditional Provençal farmhouse). This bon-chic-bon-genre city crowd languishes stylishly at Provence's country inns and restaurants. Ask them, and they'll agree: when Princess Caroline of Monaco moved to St-Rémy, Provence became the new Côte d'Azur.
For many years, the busy port city of Marseille has suffered from a serious image problem. Dismissed for its down-at-heel reputation, urban decay and often alarming crime statistics, it's long been the black sheep of the Provençal coastline. But while it’s gritty, and not always pretty – Cannes or St-Tropez, it’s not – Marseille is a dynamic, edgy, bustling city that’s rich with more than 1500 years of history. And since its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and the edition of a brace of swanky new museums, the city has sparkled with a new sense of optimism and self-belief. At long last, everyone seems to be waking up to the fact that France’s second-biggest city might have been unfairly maligned all along.
The heart of the city is the vibrant Vieux Port (old port), mast-to-mast with yachts and pleasure boats. Just uphill is the ancient Le Panier neighbourhood, the oldest section of the city. Also worth an explore is the République quarter, with its swanky boutiques and Haussmannian buildings, and the Joliette area, centre around Marseille’s famous striped Cathédrale de la Major.
Halls of residence
Rooms in halls of residence are available to international students who are taking part in an exchange programme and holders of grants from the French Government. Certain conditions apply. You should apply through the International Relations Office at AMU and not directly with the CROUS. If you are allocated a room, you will receive a code which gives you access to the reservation site.
Help with finding off-campus accomodations is available from the Student Life and city websites
Aix-Marseille University offers training in all disciplines: arts, humanities, languages and humanities; Law and Political Science; Economics and Management ; health; science and technology. Intensive research site in collaboration with leading organizations, AMU is one of the French sites of excellence recognized by an international jury as part of the Future Investments. AMU also among the labeled sites "Operation Campus", with 500 million euros in capital mobilized to renovate and modernize its university sites. The AMU Foundation helps develop research, training and employability of students, while creating a privileged link with the socio-economic world. Training, research, guidance, employability, interdisciplinarity and exploitation of knowledge are the pillars of this establishment, largest university in France and the Francophone world.