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The American University of Paris

About

Chartered as a liberal arts college in 1962, The American University of Paris is today an urban, independent, international university located at the meeting point of France, Europe, and the world. The University provides an academic learning experience in the heart of Paris that places your personal, intellectual, and professional development at its core.

AUP students are those that choose to live and learn internationally. They bring to the classroom their diverse cultural backgrounds, languages and perspectives, and the sense of adventure to become part of a global learning community outside of their own nationality and experience. In this multi-cultural context, AUP provides you with a strong academic foundation that supports critical thinking and practical application, and enables you to become a translator of international culture with the capacity to analyze, adapt, and thrive in any environment.

Website
www.aup.edu
Founded
1962
Headquarters

5, Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg
75007 Paris
France

Reviews

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Rachel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program was kind of the perfect happy medium of time spent abroad. I got to get a good sense of the culture and way of life in Paris as well as having time to explore other countries and places in Europe. My class was challenging, but I learned a lot about the formation of the European Union and its current politics. My research projects gave me the freedom to explore my interests, but also get one-on-one guidance from renowned professors and researchers! This is an experience I recommend to anyone who is interested.

What would you improve about this program?
I just wish I had more information about what the class and requirements would be like, but it all turned out okay.
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Maura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Taking the summer art history through Paris Museums July 2017 was the experience my heart has been longing for! At 48 years old and 27 years out of college I was not sure this would be feasible; the cost, application process, housing may seem daunting. But AUP is a wonderful and supportive place for adult learners and this 3 week immersion into art history was so incredibly dynamic, every class took place in one or 2 museums, and the professor was amazing. Our class was 20 interesting and fun undergrads from all over the world, and we really bonded running all over Paris together and sharing our experiences out of class.
I chose an Air B and B near campus, and with a 30% monthly discount I had a nice 1 bedroom flat to really enjoy the Paris experience.
I am just a High School Nurse with a love for art and travel. Anyone who is considering this... You are worth it! This experience will change your life and give you a new lens on art and architecture forever. It has inspired me to enroll in ART 100 at Cape Cod Community College this fall......It was worth every penny and challenge and I plan to do it again!

What would you improve about this program?
With a little more advance knowledge of the physical demands of the class I would have been able to prepare for the walking and pack better shoes:) I was exhausted after every class, we all were, water and snacks were essential to get through the hot summer afternoons on the go!
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Sonali
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I absolutely loved my time in Paris at the AUP. The teachers at my summer course were amazing and truly inspirational. The contact hours for the course were perfect because it gave me lots of free time to do the assignments as well as enjoy this beautiful city in summer.

Everyone is really friendly and I had so much fun spending long evenings with them visiting outdoor cafes and art galleries or just strolling down the Seine.I would recommend AUP to anyone who is interesting in an authentic French cultural experience.

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Nancy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If there are any "troisieme age" people out there who are considering the summer session with AUP I heartily recommend it.
I took the three week Art History Class and loved every minute of the instruction. We totally covered, in the museums of Paris Art from the early Egyptians to the most Modern.

A friend and I found a very nice air BNB apartment in an interesting Paris neighborhood and that of course added much pleasure to our trip. If anyone would like further information don't hesitate to email me: [email protected]

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Jennifer
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I certainly loved being in Paris, and studying Paris through taking classes. My class was an on site class, in which we would travel to various historical sites in a day, learn about the history and architecture, and compare them to other sites we had seen. The class was absolutely amazing. The downside was the housing. I had applied for a single, thinking the doubles would be small because they would be European, and I believed that they would all be in the same building. Instead, singles were in a dorm of another school, and apartments were spread throughout Paris. There was no warning of this, and I felt extremely isolated because of it, because even with the singles, there were nine of us, and rather than having us all together, we were again spread out throughout the entire 300 room building.

What would you improve about this program?
Housing, as said in my previous statement, needs to have more information present so students know ahead of time what they are getting into.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Alice Moir

Job Title
Consultant
Australian by birth, French by adoption, Alice began her international career as an exchange student in Copenhagen. Since then, she has lived and worked in 5 different countries and been lucky enough to visit many more.
woman selfie on the sand

What is your favorite travel memory?

Recently I visited Jordan. It is one of the most incredible journeys that I've made to date. From floating on in the dead sea, to visiting the amazing ruins in Jerash and Petra and sleeping in tents in the beautiful desert of Wadi Rum: history, culture and nature - Jordan has it all!! And Jordanians are incredibly warm and hospitable. I would go back tomorrow.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

Oh that's too hard! Growing up in Adelaide, South Australia - I am one to recommend visiting the less well-known cities in a country. However, after living in Paris I just have to say - this city is not overrated - Paris never disappoints!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The integrity of the service/product.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I found my home in the world!

What unique qualities does your company possess?

The American University of Paris has a truly open and diverse culture. AUP is a place where staff and students claim at least two cultural identities and where learning from difference is our daily experience. We are a global community that truly works together to build one of the most unique learning spaces in the world.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I'm a huge fan of welcoming the alumni of The American University of Paris back on campus. I have always travelled a lot as a part of my job and I've met AUP graduates in every country - in Norway, China, United Arab Emirates, Australia. But welcoming them to our Summer session back in Paris is a great treat. I remember a father coming with his daughter - I love having different generations of our global community on campus at the same time!