The American University of Paris

Paris, France

No. Students: 1,000
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AUP offers the world in Paris.

The University brings together faculty and students from the entire world, so that every conceivable cultural and linguistic background, ideology, and faith is represented in our learning community. This is education on the frontier of global higher education.

AUP is diversity in action.

Our freshman class has brought 93 different languages and dialects into the University since 2002, and if you add our expert international faculty, the tally goes up to 102

A faculty of dedicated teachers and distinguished scholars.

Our faculty, 88% of whom have doctorates, educated at the most prestigious universities the world over, offer close personal attention, mentoring, and inspiring teaching. Read about the intellectual interests of our faculty.

A unique blend of Liberal Arts and professionally-oriented study.

You will enjoy a curriculum that brings together the best of deep learning in the liberal arts (critical thinking, decision making, historical imagination) with the practical hands-on skills of applied, professionally oriented training. Rather than having to choose between intellectual development and career, you graduate with an education that is both intellectually captivating and professionally enabling, preparing you equally for graduate school or a meaningful career.

An American curriculum in an international setting.

Unique in France, AUP offers the flexibility of an American curriculum that encourages you to explore the whole range of humanities, social science, and professional disciplines before choosing a major, encouraging full access to the whole curriculumfrom poetry to political science and history to marketing. This range allows students to find their passion and to prepare for their future.

A three- or four-year degree.

Students entering with Advanced Placement Exams, an International Baccalaureat, a French Bac, an Abitur or Maturitat, are able to graduate in three yearsor stay for a fourth year and leave with one of our interdisciplinary Masters degrees.

Unique Graduate Programs.

Our one- and two-year Masters programs combine theoretical approaches and hands-on simulations, applications, and group projects designed by professionals in the field.

Paris is our classroom.

An urban university spread out under the Eiffel Tower, AUP treats the capital city of Paris as its classroom. As an AUP student you will stand in front of the paintings you are studying at the Louvre; discover Paris through its architecture and film; and put your fingers on the pulse of the latest developments in communications, literature, international politics, and media.

An American-style co-curriculum.

Extra-curricular activities include clubs, athletics, musicals and plays, student journals, student government, and cultural programs. We also have an art gallery, center for writers & translators, and an international Arts Arena.


You are about to discover a unique learning communityone of the most demographically diverse educational institutions on the planet. Here at AUP, everyone is a language learner; here virtually everyone is a foreigner in an international environment in which all feel at home. AUP is a true 21st-century world university with an incomparable urban location in the most beautiful city in the world, and a curriculum designed to produce global leaders by focusing on the comparative and the cross-cultural, the international and the interdisciplinary.

Over the past decade, the University has made tangible progress toward its founders dream to create a community of learning that crosses and indeed effaces cultural boundaries. By mounting rigorous Masters programs, articulating increasing numbers of academic partnerships, and hosting international conferences that foreground AUP faculty scholarship and that of renowned scholars, practitioners, and artists worldwide, the University is taking its place as a leading academic, intellectual and cultural center in France and in the world. In this unique learning environmentinflected by the remarkable demographic diversity of student, faculty and staff bodiesattention is brought to bear on the role of knowledge production across languages, cultures, and societies in an ever-globalizing world.

Founded as a liberal arts institution in the 1960s, today AUP is an urban, independent, international university located at the confluence of France, Europe, and the world. We provide the finest American undergraduate and graduate programs to students from all national, linguistic, and educational backgrounds in the global city that is Paris, drawing together teaching and research in our unique academic environment. Both student learning and faculty research are driven by a desire for excellence, are shaped by our singular geography and demographic diversity, and directed towards critical twenty-first-century issues.

AUP offers an innovative pedagogical model integrating classroom learning and hands-on experience that prepares students to master and to make, to reflect and to apply, to analyze and to act. Our students enter the global workplace as creative problem solvers with the skills to cross both borders and disciplines. Our faculty accomplishes innovative interdisciplinary research in the traditional humanities, social science and science fields, as well as in the domains of cultural translation; Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; international relations and public policy; international business; and film, media, and global communications. AUP hosts annually over 200 lectures and seminars, several international conferences, multiple film series, and working papers series in both the humanities and the social sciences. The University has articulated partnershipswith other academic institutions, such as New York University, George Washington University, Emory University, Eugene Lang College of The New School, Cape Town University in South Africa, as well as a consortium of 22 American universities abroad, and the Sorbonne in France, to name but a few.

AUPs undergraduate academic program takes the form of four major divisions: Arts and Sciences, International Business Administration, International Politics, Economics, and Public Policy, and Communications and Film. In addition to a host of interdisciplinary programs that cross academic disciplines, the University also offers nine graduate programs at the Masters level: the Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural and Sustainable Business Management; the Master of Arts in Cultural Translation; the Master of Arts in Global Communications; the Master of Arts in Global Communications and Civil Society; the Master of Arts in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development; the Master of Arts in Middle East and Islamic Studies; the Master of Arts in Middle East and Islamic Studies and International Affairs; the Master of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs; and the Master of Arts in Public Policy and International Law. Our deepest values include academic rigor, academic freedom, intercultural understanding, global sustainability, and the excellence toward which the faculty strives continually.

Together with the Board of Trustees, the Presidents Cabinet, the students, alumni, faculty and staff of AUP, I take great pride in welcoming you to our academic community and in inviting you to explore the world of learning that goes on at our university by availing yourself of the wealth of information on this website. I look forward to hearing from you directly should you wish to share your comments and suggestions.


The American University of Paris is accredited in the United States by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The American University of Paris is a non-profit educational institution incorporated in the State of Delaware and licensed by the State Board of Education as a Delaware institution of higher education.

The American University of Paris is registered in the United States as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

The University confers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Science degrees accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The institution is authorized to offer Bachelor's and Master's degrees through the State of Delaware.

The American University of Paris is declared to the Rectorat de Paris as an établissement privé d'enseignement supérieur libre. The Rectorat de Paris has also acknowledged that the undergraduate majors and Masters programs taught at The American University of Paris are of higher education level (les formations dispensées par létablissement American University of Paris sont reconnues de niveau denseignement supérieur), which allows our students to be registered in the French student social security system.

AUP degrees are also recognized by the Ministries of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia, Norway, and Turkey.


Information Technology Services (ITS) manages the campus computing infrastructure and provides IT support to the AUP community.

We are responsible for:

* The campus network
* Administrative computing
* Academic computing
* Providing hardware, software and network support via the HelpDesk.
* Other technology

Student life

The opportunity to live in Paris, immersing yourself in a new culture, becoming part of a Parisian neighborhood, interacting daily with your neighbors, landlord, the shopkeepers, etc. is a fundamental part of the educational experience at AUP.

The AUP Housing Office assists students in finding comfortable and affordable accommodations within easy commuting distance from school. Most students are housed during the first three days of Orientation after they meet with a Housing Advisor who takes into consideration their personal requirements, interests, and budget.

Students live in various parts of the city in Independent Rooms or with French families or landlords or in a student residence rather than on campus.

The Housing Office also will aid students who have been at AUP at least one year in finding studios or larger apartments.

The Housing Office is open year round and available to assist students with any housing issues they encounter throughout the school year. Whenever necessary, the Housing staff often acts as an intermediary between students and their landlords.

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