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.


In a world where accelerating change and ever-shifting personal, cultural, and economic connections are the norm, everyoneat least occasionallyis a foreigner.

Todays world demands our ability to see the world as another person sees it, even if we might disagree with that persons ideas and perspectives. We must know enough of the world and ourselves to function effectively in a variety of professional and social settings. We must be comfortable living at the edge of our own comfort zone.

And it is only through that comfortthat feeling of being at home in the worldthat we can pursue our own ambitions, champion our own causes, further our own ideals.

An American-style education in one of the worlds most cosmopolitan citiesAUP is itself a wildly successful experiment in international, interdisciplinary education. AUP brings together all the best elements of the American university modelsmall, discussion-based classes; a collaborative relationship between students and faculty; a special emphasis on critical thinking and clear communicationwith the cultural, social, and professional opportunities of one of the worlds most cosmopolitan cities.

Ours is an academic culture of engagement, global citizenship, and community. Our mission and values reflect this as we seek to foster in students and faculty alike a critical sense of commitment to a world of interdependence.

An international reputation for excellenceAUPs credentials are unimpeachable. We are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Our faculty members hail from some of the finest universities in the world. And we engage in special academic partnerships with such prestigious institutions as Oxford University, the Université de Paris Sorbonne, and New York Citys New School.

Since our founding in 1962, we have provided a multilingual, multicultural learning environment. Renowned as a global center for innovative, interdisciplinary research, we educate global citizens who take their places as responsible actors in communities, civil societies, and countries around the world.

Alumni turning a life-changing education into world-changing careersAUP has more than 16,000 graduates in 142 countries, making ours one of the most truly global alumni networks in the world. 86 percent of our students are employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation. And many have gone on to leadership positions at institutions as diverse as the Commercial Bank of Kuwait, BASF in Germany, the Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania, Google in France, the Centre Party of Sweden, and the United States Department of Energy.


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.


Health and Wellness

Your health and well-being contribute enormously to your academic success. AUPs comprehensive health-care plan covers every medical need, whilst the Health Care Coordinator and the Student Counselor are there to provide support and address students concerns.
Living in Paris

One of the most exciting things about studying at AUP is the experience of living in Paris. For many, this is also the most intimidating aspect of coming to the university, as it is not without its challenges. AUP will help you meet and overcome every hurdle.

Student Immigration Services

Our student immigration services office provides you with the resources to apply for and renew your legal residence documents. We have detailed explanations for all student visa situations and AUP students can contact SIS year-round for help.

Student Accounting Services

The SAS office and its staff can help you manage your payment plan, your tuition and fees, process any refunds, and offer a wide variety of other accounting services, such as lending money for emergencies.


AUPs nonprofit bookstore sells all the books youll need for each class, and will buy them back at the end of the semester. They also have AUP hats, sweatshirts, and other gear, as well as the latest faculty publications.

IT Services

Our ITS department provides you with the necessary online resources to support you during your studies. The IT services staff also maintain several computer labs as well as the free campus-wide Wi-Fi network. The Multimedia Office can supply you with cameras and other equipment.

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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