University profile

The American University of Paris

2016/17 edition

About The American University of Paris


Discover the world in Paris

The American University of Paris is an urban, independent, international university located at the meeting point of France, Europe, and the world. 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 analyze, adapt, and thrive in any environment.

The Graduate School of Global Studies at The American University of Paris is an international platform for students to gain intellectual and professional skills, enabling them to open new professional opportunities; to advance to a higher degree; to discover a vocation; or to change fields and enable a career-transition. Through a suite of carefully designed degrees taught by leading faculty, students develop pluralist and progressive perspectives on contemporary global problems. The Graduate School of Global Studies prides itself on its unique mix of analytic methodology and practical experience, its low student-teacher ratio and its highly individualized support for students. It is home to an energetic community of scholars and students in the heart of Paris and offers wide-ranging opportunities for internships and study-trips; as well as eventual membership in its dynamic alumni network.

Nine exceptional Masters degrees in four core fields

AUP offers nine innovative graduate programs in four core fields that draw on our faculty’s expertise in business, government, history, and cultural and language studies to provide you with a hands-on, up-to-the-minute education.

Within its four core disciplines, the Graduate School of Global Studies offers three kinds of Master degrees:

  • 38 credit coursework Masters take 2.5 semesters, transmit essential analytic skills, and act as launch-pads for further study or a career.
  • 48 credit coursework and Research Masters take three semesters, develop a full range of perspectives, and act as incubators for vocation-driven careers.
  • 62 credit Research Masters take four semesters, enabling students to acquire a twin discipline or language and build a serious research profile.

Choose from:

Coursework Masters (38 credits)

  • Master of Arts in International Affairs
  • Master of Arts in Cross-cultural and Sustainable Business Management

Coursework and Research Masters (48 credits)

  • Master of Arts in Global Communications
  • Master of Arts in Global Communications (Development Communications track)
  • Master of Arts in Global Communications (Fashion track)
  • Master of Arts in Global Communications (Visual and Material Culture track)
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy and International Law

Research Masters (62 credits)

  • Master of Arts in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, & Civil Society Development
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs

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. That classroom is The American University of Paris.

Urban campus

AUP has an urban campus that extends from its home in the 7th arrondissement to the city’s bookstores, cafés, libraries, and galleries. We challenge you to engage in deeper academic and cultural learning sharpened by discussion, analysis, and research at over 200 institutions across the city, including the Louvre, UNESCO, Palais de Tokyo, the Sorbonne, L’institut Francaise de la Mode, and more.

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 first-hand experience with human rights law in the courts of Sarajevo and Belgrade to immersion in the Moroccan business center of Fez.

As someone who has experienced a transnational lifestyle, it's not always easy to find people who have shared the same experiences. At AUP, most of my classmates have similar backgrounds and share a common understanding.

Ruby Veridiano Student experience
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Successful career paths

AUP students and alumni are distinguished within the global labor market by their cross-cultural outlook, multilingual skill set, and excellent problem solving abilities.

When you graduate from AUP, you join an active community of 16,000 alumni in 142 countries around the world. Their willingness to share their knowledge and connections is matched only by their ongoing curiosity about and engagement in the world around us. If you’re interested in an international career in business, the arts, or government, AUP’s graduate programs provide an excellent foundation.

Graduates find a wealth of opportunities and are well-equipped to pursue careers in almost any sector ranging from corporations, non-governmental organizations, startups, nonprofits, broadcasting, and social entrepreneurships.
Bold graduates have pursued careers within a myriad of companies and organizations and have been placed in the following positions:

Adidas AG: Sustainability Program Manager
Dopper USA in San Francisco: Head of Business Development and Sustainability
United Nations: Communications Officer, Editorial Unit
Young & Rubicam Group: Account Manager
Human Rights Watch: Development Operations Coordinator, Europe, MENA & East Asia
UNESCO: Project Manager
Deloitte: Senior Consultant
The World Bank: Legal Extern, IFC Division of Women and Business and the Law


AUP accepts applications year round for both fall and spring admission. We review completed applications in “rounds” throughout the year. We encourage you to apply early: priority for admission and scholarships is given in earlier rounds. A successful application to The American University of Paris requires several supporting documents.


Tuition for 38 credit programs: €31,665
Tuition for 48 credit programs: €40,045
Tuition for 62 credit programs: €53,310

Financial aid

A graduate degree is an investment in your career and The American University of Paris provides a financial aid program to help you with that investment. The majority of our financial aid awards range from 25 percent to a maximum of 50 percent of tuition and the average award amounts to about 30 percent. These grants are both merit and need based. To be considered for a tuition grant, you must be an accepted applicant and have completed our application for financial aid.

It’s the balanced combination of diversity and quality instruction that ultimately makes an AUP education so meangingful

Lindsey Traumuta MA in Global Communications Alumna ’09 value of degree

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