American University of Paris Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Not Reported
Website
www.aup.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
743
Part-Time Undergrads
Not Reported
Setting
Large city
In-State Tuition
$36,400
Out-of-State Tuition
$36,400
Room & Board
$18,900
Acceptance Rate
Not Reported
Admission Difficulty
Not Available

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • It is situated in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
  • There is a wide variety of courses to take and there really is something for everyone.
  • For the most part, professors are very understanding and will make appointments to see students who ask.
  • Just because it is the American University of Paris does not mean that the majority of students are American. There are many students with foreign backgrounds and this really breaks down the barriers that prevent cultural awareness.

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The unpredictable weather
  • The small classes that fill up quickly during registration
  • You can sometimes feel like you're always in school.
  • It seems like long-term assignments are due at the same time as research papers.

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

When students moan about University life over drinks, anyone passing by would assume that the students are just wasting their time at the University and not getting anything in return. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Students have the inalienable right to complain about anything that needs complaining about, with no one better to do it but themselves. The truth is, acceptance into the American University of Paris and within the University community is one of the greatest things to happen to most of the students. There's opportunity in the name of this institution. The ability to live independently abroad and be immersed in another culture, the humor that can be found in an individual's reaction to culture shock, and the whole experience in general—all of these things collectively make up what AUP is really about.

There is a definite advantage that comes with being at AUP. There's more to University life than just sitting around drinking, laughing, and forgetting that college doesn't last forever. In the end, all the memories blur together about what new clubs opened and who was there and with whom. It's about the individual a student becomes through his time spent at the American University of Paris. This not only includes a student's University education, but also his education of people and places and how he relates to all of this in the world. The University is a living, breathing, and changing example of how every individual makes up the community he lives in. There is a definite advantage in knowing what can be done with the strength of fresh individuality and a new, open perspective.

AU of Paris Student Reviews

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The AMEX Cafe is a great place to get good, inexpensive food. It is also the main meet-up spot for students in between classes and often in the evenings. It is also perfectly decorated to make any American feel at home.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have really loved my experience at AUP. You learn quickly how to live on your own (though with other students), manage your money, pay your rent on time, buy your own food and cook for yourself - but you have a lot of support from the school and friends, AND you get to be in Paris. So even if the first few weeks were a little crazy, I started to find my way and felt like I was getting to know the "real" Paris. Once I started my major (in the third year), I started getting to know my professors a bit more. The classes are small, anywhere from 15 to 30 students, so the professors know every student by name and can give them advice which is helpful when thinking about future jobs or grad schools. But really, the friends that I have made from all around the world has really made the experience unforgettable. I have even been invited to visit my friends in their home cities - like London, Warsaw, and Dubai - and I intend to take them up on it! AUP is such an international environment and for me, that is really the best part about studying here.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus and the neighborhood are both very safe, even at night. Most cafes are closed by midnight and the streets are pretty quiet. (Students will find more nightlife in other neighborhoods in Paris, a short metro or taxi ride away). There have been some cases of theft, but that is probably because there are a lot of tourists in this part of the city and that often comes along with pickpockets and theft. Students should be conscience to not leave out their smart phones and laptops where they can easily be taken. Other than petty theft, there are few concerns about safety at and near AUP.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Rent is expensive in Paris

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is difficult in Paris

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