The American University of Paris

Paris  France

Renowned as an international center for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teaching and learning, AUP's liberal arts education in Paris shapes global explorers to be able to take their places as responsible actors in communities, civil societies, and countries around the world.

Why study at The American University of Paris?

highest standards of academic rigor and integrity, and to academic freedom

an exceptional space of the AUP classroom

a multilingual, multicultural learning environment where students develop a capacity for ethical and political judgment


postgraduate students



Paris  France

main campus

Politics & Government (30) Law (22) Communication & Media Studies (7) Sociology (33) Computer Science (8) Business & Management (5) Finance (14)

About The American University of Paris

Chartered as a liberal arts college in 1962, AUP is today an urban, independent, international university located at the meeting point of France, Europe, and the world. The University provides a student-centered, academically-rigorous, career-enabling, and transformative learning experience to the global explorers, empowering them to cross both disciplinary and cultural borders with ease in order to assume their places as responsible actors and leaders in over 140 countries worldwide.

AUP’s mission is to educate its graduates to communicate effectively in a world of many languages;to read well, listen carefully, and write intelligently in a voice of their own;to become critical thinkers about history and human societies, economics, culture, literature, the arts, science, politics, psychology, business, and communication;to develop creative interdisciplinary solutions to contemporary global challenges;to be digitally literate in a world of swift-paced change;to understand the ethical imperatives of living in such a world;and to move across contemporary cultural borders with a sense of commitment to and responsibility for a world held in common.

An AUP education supports professional skills development and cultural fluency—the sense of global engagement and the capacity to negotiate difference that emerge from the natural diversity of AUP’s student and faculty bodies. Upon graduation, AUP students take part in and benefit from the global network that is our worldwide alumni community, creating lifelong connections to one another and to the University.

Our 7th arrondissement location, a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, has always been a proud part of AUP’s identity. We’ve been in the area ever since our founding in 1962. Five years ago, as part of our ongoing strategic planning process, we placed a student-centered experience at the core of everything we do. The implication of this strategy for our campus was clear: in order to foster active learning, innovative pedagogies, interaction across our diverse student body, and a skill set to prepare students for life after graduation, we needed to move from ten buildings spread across the arrondissement to a more consolidated, coherent campus.

Nearly five years later, the story of our campus transformation is entering its final stages. All the while, we’ve been guided by our core aims: that of meeting our students’ needs by providing environments that foster the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural – not to mention, transformational – experiences for which the University is renowned.

What’s more, a new opportunity has arisen to take this redevelopment strategy one step further. In 2018, we were faced with a choice to either sell the AUP Library’s former location on the rue de Monttessuy or redevelop it. Given the unprecedented growth of the majors in our Department of Art History and Fine Arts – applications are up 270% in five years – we saw an opportunity to repurpose the space into something truly special. That’s why our next campus development project will be the creation of The Monttessuy Center for the Arts.

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