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3 College Junior

Academics: As a Global Communications major, I have access to outstanding professors and curriculum. The workload is moderate, with a great emphasis on research and theory in the first years. The facilities are shared with almost all other University departments, but that does not hinder the quality of the education.

The major is quite popular and is perhaps the largest at the moment.

The most significant drawback is in the name - what the hell is global communications?! The major itself is extremely broad, with various "tracks" like film, journalism, and marketing. Yet the name itself gives you, and by that I mean your employer- no clue as to what it is that you have been studying for 4 - 6 years.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I have found AUP's academics to be challenging and fulfilling. I appreciate the education that I am getting at AUP. Most of the professors that I have had have graduated from some of the top universities in the world including Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Georgetown, NYU, John Hopkins, etc. I also find that because the student body and faculty are so diverse, I am learning more than just the material in my textbooks. I am gaining countless different world perspectives on a day to day basis and have encountered many different opinions on global issues in almost all of my courses which is enriching, to me personally.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Not too difficult but incredibly interesting and fulfilling.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are incredible. Class sizes are tiny. 80% of professors have doctorates in their fields of study. Workload is manageable. Science is lacking at this school.

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4 College Senior

Academics: A diverse and select array of courses to introduce and give you the tools you need to succeed.

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  • 172nd
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alicia Soomaroo
Hometown
Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Major
Comparative Literature/International Economics
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The American University of Paris has a lot of amazing, awesome professors—or at least enough to outweigh the dull ones. Almost any University student can spring into a story about one really cool professor who was too zany for words. On the flip side, there are always the "horror stories" floating around about certain professors who only went into teaching to make students' lives miserable. It really depends on personal experience that comes with actually taking their classes. One day, someone might discover that professors have different moods for different semesters or that they really do have a dartboard with their most troublesome student's photo ID attached to it.

For the most part, the workload of AUP is manageable, even though procrastination is a trait shared by most of the University (some professors included). There are always some majors that take a more traditional standpoint, while others can be really interesting and innovative. One thing's for sure: when all the classes start piling on work, it is always broadcast in Facebook statuses as ". . .working" and "four hours later and still working" until it ends up as "two days without sleep—yay caffeine!"

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Global Communications and Film
  • International Business Administration
  • International Politics, Economics and Public Policy
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Best Places to Study
  • The computer lab of Grenelle
  • The library
  • Your room
Tips to Succeed
  • Always make sure your final exam doesn't fall on the day you plan to leave for vacation.
  • Don't be afraid to respectfully question your professors and peers, or to have a different outlook on something. It will usually be appreciated.
  • It's important to wake up for your morning classes.
  • Money goes as quickly as alcohol, and oftentimes along with it.
  • Remember, if it is possible for a group of people to go on strike, they will.
  • When you go out, try not to carry a lot of things with you because they will probably be lost during the night.

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