Bicentennial Grand Expedition Program: Treks in Provence

EAS-E 190 or FRIT-F 225

Days and Times
June 3 – 22, 2020
Course Description

Join us this summer for an exploration of the magnificent landscapes, culture, and history of Provence! The combination of high mountains of the Alpes-Maritimes, the sienna-colored Provençal foothills, the dry Mediterranean climate, and the rugged coast of the Côte d’Azur has created one of the world’s most iconic landscapes of Europe. Occupied by Celts, Greeks and Romans, Arabs and Franks, Italians and Germans, visited by millions of tourists, armies, and refugees, the area of Provence is one of the crossroads of Europe. Made famous by the art of Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso, the writers Marcel Pagnol and Frédéric Mistral, and now recognized as one of the culinary capitals of the world, Provence offers an ideal site for interdisciplinary education.

In this course, you'll spend three weeks discovering Provence: integrating aspects of geology, environmental science, language, history, and culture in an exploration of the iconic landscape and culture of Provence. Starting in the city of Aix-en-Provence with its many fountains, you’ll travel throughout the region, staying in a twelfth century chateau and visiting the magnificent markets and famous agriculture and winemaking that inspired “Mediterranean Cuisine.” View the turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean from Marseilles, experience the rural culture and Roman sites of the Rhone Valley, hike the mountains of Haute Provence, and wonder at the ammonite fossils and animal tracks in the Provençal Alps.

This course is part of IU’s Bicentennial Grand Expeditions program.

Faculty Leaders

Kelly Sax, French and Italian and Michael Hamburger, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences


You may apply if you:

  • Have had at least one semester at IU
  • Are an undergraduate degree candidate making normal academic progress
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Are willing to engage in an innovative, interdisciplinary view of European culture
  • Have physical ability for field days with strenuous hikes in mountainous terrain.

Estimated costs

$2,100 + 3 credits of IU summer tuition at your usual residency rate.
These fees include lodging, some meals, excursions, and health insurance. Note: Airfare and personal expenses are not included in the fees.

Fees include special subsidy provided by the Office of the Bicentennial.

Departmental scholarships are available.


Contact the College’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) with questions about this program.

Application due date

February 1, 2020

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