Image: Students at American University Paris enjoy an urban campus in the heart of the city
An American-style education in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities
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. You can choose from 24 undergraduate majors and four core fields of graduate study, all taught in English.
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AUP brings together all the best elements of the American university model-small, discussion-based classes; a collaborative relationship between students and faculty; a special emphasis on critical thinking and clear communication-with the cultural, social, and professional opportunities of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.
AUP is more than the best of “both” worlds—it’s the best of the world. You get the small, discussion-based classes and close student faculty-interaction that typifies the best of the American education model. You get the entirety of Paris—with its grand parks and boulevards, magnificent museums and monuments, and intimate shops and cafes—as your campus.
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.
At AUP our faculty, themselves hailing from around the world, help you to cross intellectual, cultural and geographic borders with ease, enabling you to be a responsible actor and leader in today’s competitive global work environment. The University faculty provides a curriculum that combines liberal arts inquiry, preparation for professional life, and student-centered, active learning in small classrooms. Faculty lead cultural study trips around the world to apply classroom learning to actual economies, social systems, governments and organizations. This integrated curriculum allows our graduates to go anywhere, meet anyone, do anything, and achieve success in a wide range of compelling careers.
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The Classroom Experience
Imagine a classroom small enough that the professor knows your name, your goals and aspirations, and probably even your favorite movie. Imagine a classroom diverse enough that almost every student comes from a different national, cultural, or economic background, is happy to share his or her unique heritage, and is curious to learn about yours. Imagine a classroom where almost everyone is away from home but somehow feels completely at home. That classroom is The American University of Paris.
Our professors encourage you to define and reach individual academic goals within a deeply interdisciplinary curriculum that is cross-cultural and stimulates critical thinking. AUP truly facilitates your active participation in learning, combining liberal arts inquiry, preparation for professional life and student-centered activities to give you a springboard to the world.
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Cultural Study Trips
You can engage directly with the histories, perspectives, and contemporary realities of cultures around the world on study trips led by faculty experts. Ranging from single-day to month-long expeditions, every program includes learning linked to international discovery – from the study of art history in Rome to first-hand experience with human rights law in the courts of Sarajevo and Belgrade to immersion in the Moroccan business center of Fez.
Cultural Excursions represent another opportunity to enrich your experience at AUP. While not directly associated with a particular course, one and two-day trips make it fun and easy to travel to nearby destinations such as the Champagne region, Giverny, Mont St. Michel and Normandy, attend an opera or a ballet, learn to make macaroons, or participate in events and activities in and around Paris.