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2 College Junior

Athletics: As a student athlete at AUP, I pledge that the athletics here are bad. There is no gym. Each sport has a reserved practice time slot at one of many gyms across Paris, some even outside of the city. There is a severe lack of sufficient funding, and the overall regards for AUP athletics amongst staff and students is that of an insignificant club. The mentality towards sports here is of poor quality, and that greatly impacts the interest and participation rates. The department is also entirely run by a single individual, and there is only this much that one man can do.

Over the last few years I have spent as an athlete, I can also pledge for the incredible performance and spirit amongst the dedicated athletes. Our teams compete in the University League of Ile-de-France, and in the past have achieved outstanding results, despite the lack of funding, adequate facilities, and limited practice time. Another bonus is the variety of sports one can play at AUP - we have competing teams such as volleyball, basketball, football(soccer), cheerleading, and equestrian, as well as many recreational sports - flag football, taekwondo, boxing, and even scuba diving.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one cares about sports at this school. There are sports teams such as soccer, cheerleading, equestrian activities, and swimming but it's only for people who have a real interest in these activities.

1 College Senior

Athletics: University is in Europe and not very focused on the sports teams of the University. They have them, but they are not a big part of the culture of the University.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not personally play many sports but what I heard from athletes was not good. No facilities and fairly terrible teams. This is just one view from someone outside the department.

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Alicia Soomaroo
Hometown
Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Major
Comparative Literature/International Economics
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There are many sporting events held at the University, and the programs vary from semester to semester, with flag football and paintball in the past. There are usually e-mails circulated with news about upcoming sporting events. The University does have a volleyball and basketball team, as well, and intramural sports add some variety, too. Tennis courts can be reserved for practice through the Sports Program Office, and students can contact the office if they're interested in participating in an event or pursuing a sport that is not explicitly offered. Newcomers to sports will surely be welcomed in whatever they decide to try.

It all really depends on the interest of the student. There are clubs for Yoga, equestrian, swimming, and salsa. New ideas for clubs are welcome, and students are encouraged to follow their passions and create clubs with members who share the same interest. Students with new ideas should not be intimidated since everyone is open to suggestions. It is almost guaranteed that there will be someone else interested in what you suggest. Also, there have been some clubs that have faded in the past due to the presidents of those clubs having graduated. Some of them were really interesting, and it could be an idea to bring them back to life.

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Intramurals
  • Aerobics
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Flag football
  • Indoor soccer
  • Running
  • Salsa dance
  • Self-defense
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga
School Spirit
Many students could not see themselves going to any other university. No matter what anyone thinks about their own experiences, there's a sense of pride in having an international experience as well as a university education. The chance to meet so many vastly different people in such a short period of time does not exist for many people. Access to one of the most historic and beautiful cities in the world is a privilege that not many students have.
Getting Tickets
Tickets to major sporting events can be purchased through the Sports Program Office. Check the school Web site and student e-mails to keep up with what's going on.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 17% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 43% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 86% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 14% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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