My name is Ashley Davidson-Fisher and I created this site especially for students and families who will be living in Aix-en-Provence, France. Although this site was created especially for students of the California State University Study Abroad Program, it will be helpful to any one who will be living in Aix-en-Provence. It covers all the basics, from getting there to getting around once you are there.
I developed this site, in particular, for students who will be studying and living in Aix-en-Provence with their families. Even though many things on the site are geared towards families with children, most students will find it helpful in the basics of day to day life. There is everything one could possibly need here: transportation, telephones, television, insurance, traveling, money and much more.
I was fortunate to be accepted into the Study Abroad Program while attending California State University, San Bernardino. I lived and studied for two years in Aix with my husband and four children. Our experience began in August 2003 and we returned home in June 2005. This two year journey for us brought many challenges and difficulties, but were far out-weighed by the wonderful experiences we had and the knowledge that we gained. I wanted to share some of what we learned as a family living in a foreign country and help future students who would like to have the same experiences.
I hope that this information is helpful and your time in Aix-en-Provence brings as much learning and happiness to you as it did my family. My children now have a greater understanding of culture and the world and they all speak French beautifully. It was truly an experience that we will not soon forget.
Please feel free to leave me comments and browse through the photo albums. Clicking on the photos in the text will give you a larger image. I hope this gives you some idea of the beautiful country that you will soon be seeing.