The American University of Paris (AUP): Summer Programs

AUP offers one of the largest and most varied selections of summer courses in France and Europe. Take a few weeks in June or July to forge deep ties with the city of Paris, while earning credits towards your degree and preparing for an exciting, international future.


AUP photo1Our course offerings fall under three categories: Paris: Language & Culture; Creative Arts; and Exploring Liberal Arts. We want you to be able to dive into all of the fascinating components of Parisian life, develop your artistic aspirations, and build up the foundation for your academic and professional future.

• Paris, Language & Culture: Thomas Jefferson once said, “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.” Our seminars give you hands-on opportunities to explore Paris through a variety of subject areas, all while gaining French fluency through theme- based seminars and café-based conversations. “Ajoutez deux lettres à Paris: c’est le paradis.”

• Creative Arts: Paris has been indelibly marked by its history of providing inspiration and safe haven for artists from around the world. Even the notoriously moody and migraine-ridden Friedrich Nietzsche had to admit, “An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.” Our many creative offerings — including through our Creative Writing Institute — will allow you to enhance your skills and acquire in-depth insight into your craft.

• Exploring Liberal Arts: Each of our summer courses is meant to help further your exploration of the liberal arts. Whether you’re interested in Psychology and Film or in quickly completing your General Education requirements, our classes will help you develop the skills and modes of inquiry that will allow you to shine in your future endeavors.

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Our contemporary class spaces preserve the intimate exchange that has always been our hallmark, and our urban location emphasizes the constant dialogue between your study and the city itself. Whether you explore Paris’s museums, study the representation of sex and gender in cinema, take on one of our French immersion programs, or hone your fiction writing skills, you’ll find that the AUP campus will serve as a catalyst for your adventures and a home to which you can always return.


AUP photo3We encourage you to go beyond the classroom to truly soak in this rich and fascinating culture. Hike along the coast in the French Riviera, lunch at the magical Château Chenonceau, or study Impressionism in Claude Monet’s gardens. While in Paris, visit world-renowned chocolatiers, learn how to make macarons with a French pâtissier, or take a wine class to better appreciate and identify wines from a variety of regions. Your learning starts in the classroom but it doesn’t stop there.


Imagine studying the French language not only in a university classroom, but in the corner cafe where you order coffee, the clubs where you dance with friends, the very streets you walk to school. AUP’s carefully crafted French programs offer rigorous instruction in the French language—reviewing grammar and vocabulary, improving pronunciation—while allowing a first-hand introduction to French culture both in and outside the classroom.


AUP Logo Fullcolor RGB 55 yearsChartered as a liberal arts college in 1962, The American University of Paris is today an urban, independent, international university located at the meeting point of France, Europe, and the world. The University provides an academic learning experience in the heart of Paris that places your personal, intellectual, and professional development at its core.

At AUP, you will learn from professors whose passion for their subjects is matched only by their passion for teaching. Your classmates will come from every corner of the globe and bring with them a diverse—and sometimes challenging—array of experience and perspective. And Paris will be your classroom, your laboratory, your entertainment, and your home.


If you have any questions, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and make sure to take a look at our summer pages for a detailed demonstration of the summer experience at AUP and the courses that are available to you.

For some further impressions about the AUP Summer Programs, please have look at the videos below:

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Additional Info

  • Country: France
  • City: Paris
  • Duration: 2-6 weeks
  • Language Courses: French
  • Level: Bachelor, Master, Executive
  • Program Language: English
  • Program start: Tuesday, 05 June 2018

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