Tailored linguistic and cultural programs for individuals and groups in Arles, France
Intensive French Program, University of Illinois,
May-June 2011 – Arles, France
Arles à la carte opens the doors to French language and Mediterranean culture for all those who want to take a closer look inside by providing tailored programs in Arles, at the heart of Provence.
Discover the Roman city of Arles with its monuments, markets, rich history and natural beauty through personalized and group oriented programs developed "à la carte".
For individuals and small groups
Arles à la carte provides services ranging:
- From language courses to gastronomic cooking classes
- From host family accommodations to idyllic villas in the Provençal countryside
- From following in Van Gogh’s footsteps to watching pink flamingos take flight
For universities and schools
Arles à la carte offers two types of faculty-led programs:
- French intensive programs based on active language learning: from tasting aioli at a local bistro while discussing politics with your French professor to enjoying a neighborhood get-together organized by your host family...
- Subject-based programs designed to get students out of the classroom and literally into their field of study: from archaeological discoveries in the Rhône to wetlands research in the Camargue, from international photography exhibitions to Picasso's fascination with bull fighting...
Location: Situated alongside the Rhône river, at the edge of the Camargue natural park and at the heart of the Provence region, Arles is best known for its Roman monuments and its connection to modern and contemporary artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Lucien Clergue and Christian Lacroix. With its cobblestone streets, local cafés and the animation surrounding the acclaimed international photography festival, les Rencontres, and world music festival, les Suds, each summer, Arles is a place worth getting to know. A haven for archaeologists, historians, nature lovers, photographers and modern art specialists alike, Arles is an ideal location for studying the French language and experiencing the mix of Mediterranean cultures and histories.
At the Departmental Arles Antiquity Museum
From December 12th to June 5th, 2016
Archaeology, geomorphology, geology, geography... 20 years of multidisciplinary research come together for an exhibition about the antique and medieval sides of the Camargue, which is anything but cliché.
At the Van Gogh Foundation
From February 13th to April 24th, 2016
The film Yes, these Eyes are the Windows (2014) explores the unusual past of 87 Hackford Road, in London’s Brixton district.
Basing herself on letters written by Van Gogh and on different accounts relating to the Dutch artist’s brief stay in this terraced house from 1873 to 1874, Saskia Olde Wolbers (b. 1971) weaves a narrative that transports us into a cinematic space of fluid contours, where her free interpretation of the facts mingles with elements of reality.