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AIM Overseas - Intensive French in Vichy
Vichy, France (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter (Jun - Aug)
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Intensive French in Vichy

Location Vichy, France
Program dates 23 June 2019 - 20 July 2019
Application deadline 1 April 2019
Duration 4 weeks

Host: CAVILAM (Centre d’Approches Vivantes des Langues et des Médias)
Provider: AIM Overseas

Program Description
Stroll through the village each day and enjoy the simple charm of the French village lifestyle whilst on your way to study French at Cavilam. Taught in partnership with Clermont-Ferrand Universities, this top language program offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the French language through both sessions and workshops. Covering topics such as French civilisation, French songs and French media, and with additional field trips and cultural activities on offer, this program is sure to leave you wanting more!
View full program details. 

Academic Information

Language: Classes are instructed in English.
Relevant subject area: Business (Marketing & Big Data)
Academic credits: 3 US Credits

Once you have applied to AIM Overseas they will provide you with the full course syllabus so that you can submit this to your faculty for academic credit assessment.


Useful Information 

Local Overview
Vichy is cradled in the bend of the Allier River, and is filled with beautiful scenery from detailed architecture to mountains and lush landscapes. Tree-lined boulevards lay out in the 19th century and art-deco buildings like the Opera de Vichy add to the town’s nostalgic feel. There are some excellent sporting facilities including a 120 hectares multi-sports park, golf courses, a complex housing a swimming pool and tennis courts, horse riding centres and water sports. Field trips and cultural activities are there for anyone wanting to go out and about, trekking up the Puy-de-Dome, visiting Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand, discovering the surrounding lakes and castles or enjoying French food and wine tasting. Vichy is also “The Queen of the Water Towns”, famous around the world for its thermal spas and cosmetic products that have attracted royalty and celebrities for over 200 years! 


The accommodation for the intensive French program is a real highlight – it will be a homestay with a amongst a number of Vichy locals! Over many years, CAVILAM has worked with a huge number of homestay families, over time working out who are the friendliest and most accommodating and continuing to work with them. AIM Overseas always receives great feedback on this aspect of the program.

You’ll stay in a single room with a local family – note that a ‘family’ might be a ‘traditional’ family of parents and kids, but might also be a couple with no children, a grandmother or another combination. What they have in common is the great reception they’ll provide you – your family will come to meet you at the train station when you arrive from Paris and also provide your breakfasts and dinners daily whilst you’re on the program. 

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Tuition: As this program is a non-exchange program, all tuition and program fees will be paid to AIM Overseas.

Program fee: $4095 AUD
Program fee inclusions: tuition, homestay accommodation, Vichy train station pick-up on Sunday, breakfast and dinner daily, transcript, AIM Overseas pre-departure service and support.

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Vichy.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 10 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.

If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at

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