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The American University of Paris Reviews

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  • 10/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 out of 24 people found this review useful. 1 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    - Optimistic --- tedious possible challenges like conversing with a landlord, asking for help, becoming lost, cultural differences... - Open-minded

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Apply early to have a better chance of receiving better financial aid. 2. Ensure that your reasons for attending is truly worth it - especially for 3-5 years. 3. Begin refining budgeting skills earlier on.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, there is the social life, exceptional professors, student support, and of course, PARIS! AUP may be more or less of a problem when it comes to financial matters. I find AUP costly compared to U.S. community and state schools. I have also found that the living expenses may sometimes SURPASS the tuition expense for many students because life in Paris for those who are newly independent, while financially dependent, could definitely propose a burden. I am not sure how qualified I am to make such a statement because this is only my first semester as a freshman in college. But perhaps that while make me more qualified? Nonetheless, I have encountered students from many cultural and economic backgrounds who are here because of the education. One more thing to mention - AUP has really great career development programs like internships and career supports.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here because of the quality of the education. There is everything from educational trips across the world to a social life which the student government facilitates very well. I have noticed that there are some students who do not really prefer going to pubs and night clubs or some who do not prefer outdoor activities - even those who prefer different things! Regardless, AUP has things available for each kind of student. Besides, since the students are an integral part of facilitating matters of the school, many students of every character are empowered to create smaller communities with interests in the community of AUP. It is great!

    Am learning a lot

    I did research prior to applying for the American University of Paris. I also did study abroad for about six months during my senior year of high school before coming to France. However, this experience was very enriching in ways that I did not imagine while applying. Here, if a student is not used to being around many cultures and an absolutely foreign language it may be more challenging but nonetheless empowering to be a part of. When one says something about learning outside of the classroom, the American University of Paris is definitely one of these. I learn so much outside of the classroom because the classes are small and interactive, the teachers are passionate, and the support is incredible. For example, my French class may mean going to a grocery store one day and a museum later in the semester! The quality of the curriculum is exceptional. The professors have their own ways of keeping students motivated while staying relevant. The school has roughly around 1,000 students and it is truly a school that has students at the core of everything. Yes, one may refute that schools are FOR students so why shouldn't students be part of this core. Here, things are initiated by students - the yearbook club, the sports club, sports competitions, student support, student representative to the school officials, and etc. AUP is developing an interactive sports program. Initially, clubs were passionate enough to where the student athletes push to be local, regional, and international competitions. Now, there are two competitive teams that either have already participated in international tournaments or have tournaments in their itinerary. It teaches the students to be motivated for AUP doesn't do for you but rather teaches you to do for yourself. Outside of the classroom, the school motivates and encourages students to be active in the community. I was encouraged by my French teacher to volunteer with the French Red Cross - something which I sought while beginning the Fall semester. I did not travel much prior to AUP. Being here, they gave me the tools to learn and represent myself while in the community. Also, students are housed in local places because there aren't any dorms - it teaches independence among the students.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 2 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Paris in general is very safe. Also, the campus is located in the best possible neighborhood of Paris so it is very safe.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    The are several clubs and activities but there is also a lot of money donated to this field each school year. So, if AUP doesn't offer what you are interested in then start your own club! AUP is really great this way!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to the AMEX cafe and have a burger!

    Bang for the buck

    AUP is extremely expensive. The school is still growing and expanding so at the present time it is going through some growing pains and kinks that I believe will only get better with time. All and all that school is fantastic, the teachers and education is wonderful, and the experience is incomparable. Even though the tuition is expensive, I personally believe it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Paris offers everything anyone could possibly want from restaurants to bars, museums, to night clubs, operas to comedy shows, and every type of person in the world.

    Food and Dining

    The food and wine doesn't get any better than in Paris!! The best part is you are walking so much that you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in the croissant for breakfast every morning.

    Dorm Life

    AUP doesn't have dorms so you really are renting an apartment on your own. This is great because you get to choose the neighborhood you live in, the type of apartment you get, etc. It really thrusts you into a life of living on your own. It is an awesome way to learn!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the degree you are seeking and your classes. It is really as hard as you make it. If you want to really come out of college having learned a lot then set your mind to it and you will. If you just want to get by without really learning a whole lot and spending a lot of money in tuition then you can get away with doing that too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare yourself for culture shock. Don't expect to have the same living conditions that you had growing up (i.e. big apartment). See and experience as much as you can while living in Paris. It is a once in a lifetime experience!

    In three sentences

    Great school with a student body that represents every country around the world! Professors are equally as diverse and knowledgeable. The school setting is in the heart of Paris giving you access to the best of the best to round out your education.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe area of Paris, and we have doorman at each building.

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    All of the clubs are a joke, but you get to travel around with them.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're extremely rich and don't want to work while at school, then come on down.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No traditions or anything because this school is boring. But there are a lot of little secrets to get to know about the campus and the people.

    Bang for the buck

    It's extremely expensive for an awful education.

    What to do for fun

    It's Paris. This is the best city in the world for students, and it's the most beautiful. If you can't amuse yourself in the city of lights, I'm not sure what to tell you.

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes they offer free wine and cheese at events.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms, you have to find an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Absolutely no challenge what so ever.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn French before you go, because you're not going to be speaking French when you get here.

    In three sentences

    The American University of Paris is a disorganized and unaccredited University for rich kids that want to get drunk in Paris. The academics are a joke and only 10% of incoming Freshman stay the entire 4 years and graduate.

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's a large city, but all of AUP's building are located within the 7th arrondisement (or district) which is very safe. Every student is given an ID card to use for opening all University buildings/classroom doors.

    Greek Life

    None whatsoever.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Government Association AUP Student Media AUP Politics Association (AUPPA) The Debate Club Wine Society Roots & Shoots AUP Music and Performing (AMP) Runway Fashion Club AUP CARES

    Great for these types of students

    Intro/extro/ambiverts Academics Artists Athletes Thinkers Dancers Yogis Writers (many comfortable nooks and crannies for putting pen to paper) Passionate people Politically-inclined Fashion-enthusiasts

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the first Tuesday every month there is Open-Mic night at The Amex Cafe. Every spring, AUP hosts a World's Fair where students run booths about their country's culture/food/music. Upon leaving the library on Rue Montessuy you can see the Eiffel Tower (it's a block away) on your left.

    Bang for the buck

    All depending on your situation. Students usually fall into two categories-- students who pay up front or by fixed scheduling or loan/scholarship students. There are many great opportunities for internships/work study, so it really depends on the person and whether or not they're making the most of their time here.

    What to do for fun

    PARIS IS YOUR OYSTER! The American University of Paris has a largely active community with all kinds of clubs and associations. Besides the student-run activities, go check out a play with reduced-price tickets! Have a crepe in front of the Eiffel Tower! Study for mid-terms next to the Notre Dame! So. Many. Art Galleries. Museums. Events.

    Food and Dining

    Students are invited to visit the Amex cafe which is located within the Bosquet building. The Goody's company is now running the cafe and if there's one thing the students come for it's the delicious burgers. The menu also includes deals (for example sandwich+drink+fries for one price) and vegetarian options. Besides this, there are vending machines in all of the other AUP buildings which have coffee, water, snacks, etc. There is no formal dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Student advisors and the housing department assist students to find an apartment once they're arrived in Paris. Although there are dorms available (called Campusea), they are quite expensive. According to the administrators, starting next year all incoming freshman will be required to go through Comforts of Paris which is a third-party company that sets students up in pods of 4.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on your major and professor. I found all of my course materials to be riveting and very challenging. Professors are from all over the world and offer a different insight into the subjects they teach. There are strict late/cheating policies.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not from a big city, strip yourself of fear and doubt. The first few months will be a challenge between learning the language, learning how to handle a landlord, bills, etc. Paris is truly worth all of the frustration! It's scenic, cultural, and full of experiences waiting to be had.

    In three sentences

    At home in the world. A small community in a huge city. A liberal-arts approach to learning with classmates from all around the globe.