American University of Paris
Summer 6 weeks I 2018
8 credits

During AUP’s 6 week summer program, students enroll in two courses for a total of 8 credits. In addition to typical coursework like Business and Communications, many courses are aimed at exposing students to the city of Paris, with titles like Paris Through its Museums, Expatriate Writers in Paris, and Cinema and the City.

Application Deadline
March 15, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)


  • Courses taught in English
  • Six-week program consists of one or two courses
  • Courses take learning beyond the classroom and into the streets of Paris

Program Dates
June 3, 2018 – July 18, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Freshman (1st year) or above

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL: 88+ or IELTS: 6.5+, or proof of attending school in English for 3+ years.

Arts and Sciences
Business Administration
Computer Science, Mathematics & Science
English Literature & Writing
Film Studies
International Comparative Politics

Arts and Sciences

4.0 Credits
Art History & Fine Arts | Course #: AH 1003-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: This course requires payment of a supplementary fee for activities. Summer 2018 = 35.00 Euros.
Uses the unsurpassed richness of the art museums of Paris as the principal teaching resource. The history of Western Art is studied through the close examination of a limited selection of major works in a variety of media. The works chosen illuminate the political, social and religious contexts of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque and Rococo periods, and the modern epoch.

The course will meet 4 times per week, depending on museum schedule.

Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Art History & Fine Arts | Course #: AH 3000-6WK | Cancelled
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Western Art strongly encouraged.
Discusses the stylistic and thematic concerns of Manet, Monet, Degas, Pissarro, and Renoir, in the context of artistic theory and practice in mid-19th-century France. Analyzes the art of Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Seurat as responses to impressionism. Classes at the Musee d'Orsay are scheduled regularly.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Art History & Fine Arts | Course #: AR 1090-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: This course requires payment of a supplementary fee for materials. Summer 2018 = 49.00 Euros.
Paris and its surroundings will be used as the model for this introductory painting class. This exceptional setting has inspired artists for centuries, and students will work outside as well as study the wealth of images of Paris to develop their artistic possibilities and choose a direction for themselves. Initially, basic drawing and painting techniques will be taught with an emphasis on how to convey space, light, and volume to capture the beauty of the city. Progressively, students will be encouraged to paint in a more personal and expressive manner. Oil paint is recommended, but other media are welcome.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Philosophy | Course #: PL 3010-6WK | Open
Existentialism and Phenomenology are two of the most innovative and influential philosophical trends in the 20th century. Existentialism puts individual freedom and responsibility at the center of any approach to the world's meaning. Phenomenology is the theoretical study of phenomena (that is, of how consciousness works and gives us access to the essence of things).
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Psychology | Course #: PY 1000-WK6 | Open
Pre-requisite: *Note - this class will end on July 7.
This course discusses the intellectual foundations of contemporary psychology. Students learn about the concepts, theories and experiments basic to an understanding of the discipline, including classic thought and recent advances in psychology such as psychoanalysis, learning theory, biological mechanisms, developmental, social, cognitive, personality and abnormal psychology.
Contact Hours: 60

Business Administration

4.0 Credits
Finance | Course #: BA 2001-6WK | Open
Introduces the basics of financial accounting and reporting for corporations. Studies how to measure and record accounting data and prepare financial statements. Emphasizes the effects of transactions on the financial condition of a company and explores the technical aspects of the principles underlying published financial statements.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Finance | Course #: BA 2002-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: BA 2001 - Financial Accounting
Provides a basic introduction to the concepts of accounting for purposes of management control and management decision-making. Topics include: budgeting, budget variance analysis, break-even analysis, product cost accounting, and relevant cost analysis.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
International Business Administration | Course #: BA 4003-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: EC 2010 Principles of Macroeconomics AND College Junior
This course introduces students to the international business environment domains. It covers multinational corporation strategic imperatives and organizational challenges. It also addresses the following questions: What differentiates a global industry from a domestic one? What are the sources of competitive advantage in a global context? What organizational structural alternatives are available to multinationals?
Contact Hours: 60


4.0 Credits
Journalism | Course #: CM 4026-6WK | Open
This course looks at how music is culturally produced in every sense: socially, industrially, commercially, and technically. Students will also learn practical radio production skills and cultural journalism forms.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Rhetoric | Course #: CM 3052-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: CM2051 Communication Theory and Research Methods AND EN2020 Writing & Criticism
Studies rhetoric as a historical phenomenon and as a practical reality. Considers how words and images are used to convince and persuade individuals of positions, arguments or actions to undertake, with particular attention to advertising, politics and culture. Studies the use of reason, emotion, and commonplaces, and compares visual and verbal techniques of persuasion.
Contact Hours: 60

Computer Science, Mathematics & Science

4.0 Credits
Environmental Science | Course #: SC 1020-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: GE1020 OR MA1005 OR MA1010 OR MA1020 OR MA1030
This course is intended to introduce non-scientists to key concepts and approaches in the study of the environment. With a focus on the scientific method, we learn about natural systems using case studies of disruptions caused by human activity. Topics include global warming, deforestation, waste production and recycling, water pollution, environmental toxins and sustainable development. The relationships between science and policy, the media, and citizen action are also addressed. Must take lab. Please note that an additional fee will be charged for this course.
Contact Hours: 60
0.0 Credits
Environmental Science | Course #: SC 1020L-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: GE1020 OR MA1005 OR MA1010 OR MA1020 OR MA1030
Environmental Science Lab (mandatory)
Contact Hours: 15
4.0 Credits
Mathematics | Course #: MA 1005-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: Not open to students who have taken MA1010 Applied Finite Mathematics or above.
A General Education course designed for students majoring in subjects not requiring math skills, and those who dislike math. Projects are developed from a range of everyday situations: banking, the stock market, gambling, and even art. Meeting alternately in the classroom and the computer lab to develop mathematical models, students will develop quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Mathematics | Course #: MA 1020-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: MA 1001 Algebra OR MA 1005 Math for Life OR MA 1010 Applied Finite Mathematics
Introduces the tools of statistical analysis. Combines theory with extensive data collection and computer-assisted laboratory work. Develops an attitude of mind accepting uncertainty and variability as part of problem analysis and decision-making. Topics include: exploratory data analysis and data transformation, hypothesis-testing and the analysis of variance, simple and multiple regression with residual and influence analyses.
Contact Hours: 60


4.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: EC 2010-6WK | Open
Focuses on the role played by relative market prices in our society and on the forces of market supply and demand in determining these prices. Since the actions of consumers and firms underlie supply and demand, the course studies in detail the behavior of these two groups.
Contact Hours: 60

English Literature & Writing

4.0 Credits
Writing | Course #: EN 1010-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: EN 1000 - Principles of Academic Writing
Taught through thematically-linked works of literature from the Ancient world to the present day. Stresses expository writing, accurate expression, and logical organization of ideas in academic writing. Recent themes include: Childhood, Friendship from Aristotle to Derrida, Social Organization and Alienation, Monstrosity, and Music and Literature.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Writing | Course #: EN 2020-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: EN 1010 - College Writing
A series of topic-centered courses refining the skills of academic essay writing, studying a wide range of ideas as expressed in diverse literary genres and periods. Introduces the analysis of literary texts and gives training in the writing of critical essays and research papers. Recent topics include: Utopia and Anti-Utopia, City as Metaphor, Portraits of Women, Culture Conflict, and Labyrinths.
Contact Hours: 60

Film Studies

4.0 Credits
Film Studies | Course #: FM 2082-6WK | Open
This course studies the most influential filmmaker of the past 20 years, and his quirky, exciting, bewildering narrative, 'cannibalizing' other directors to produce a highly original vision. Films include: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, and films of Kubrick, Melville, Godard, and others which can be seen as influential for Tarantino's provocative art.
Contact Hours: 60

International Comparative Politics

4.0 Credits
European and US Politics | Course #: PO 3060 | Open
Pre-requisite: PO1011GE110 OR College Level=Junior OR 4 Credits From Range [PO2003GE115 To PO3086]
Focuses on causes and consequences of European military conflicts and the historical transformations resulting from peace settlements. Examines the European Wars of Religion, the Napoleonic wars, the Franco-Prussian War, the Treaty of Portsmouth, the Paris Peace Conference and the Versailles Treaty as well as World War Two and the Yalta Conference. The approach is interdisciplinary, combining history and political science.

*Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
European and US Politics | Course #: PO 3060 - 6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: PO1011GE110 OR College Level=Junior OR 4 Credits From Range [PO2003GE115 To PO3086]
Focuses on causes and consequences of European military conflicts and the historical transformations resulting from peace settlements. Examines the European Wars of Religion, the Napoleonic wars, the Franco-Prussian War, the Treaty of Portsmouth, the Paris Peace Conference and the Versailles Treaty as well as World War Two and the Yalta Conference. The approach is interdisciplinary, combining history and political science.

*Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course
Contact Hours: 60


4.0 Credits
French Language | Course #: FR 1100-6WK | Open
This course is an introduction to French and is intended to help students acquire the basic elements of spoken and written French. Students will learn how to express themselves in everyday life situations. The students’ basic needs for linguistic and cultural information will be the main focus of this course. In class, work will be supplemented by multimedia activities and real-life situations in the city of Paris.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
French Language | Course #: FR 1200-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: FR1100 OR FR1025 OR FR125
This course is a second semester Elementary French course, a continuation of level FR 1010 with emphasis on acquiring basic level of proficiency in the language and understanding the culture of France and the Francophone world. This course will enable students to improve their comprehension skills through the use of authentic audio and video material and to acquire vocabulary to face situations in their real life in Paris. The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are reinforced and special emphasis is placed on pronunciation.In-class work will be supplemented by multimedia activities and real-life situations in the City of Paris.
Contact Hours: 60

Courses & Schedule
Courses run Monday – Friday, meeting 4 days per week for 3 – 4 hours per day, in the afternoon. SAI students are free to enroll in any available course, but prerequisites must be demonstrated through students’ transcripts.

Course Registration
When applying, students are asked to make a preliminary course selection through SAI’s website. These pre-selections are for informational purposes only and do not indicate a student’s confirmed registration. Once accepted into the program, students are issued an AUP student NetID, which will permit them to formally register for courses directly through the university’s system. Once confirmed, students can view their schedules through the online AUP student account portal. After receiving course registration confirmation, no changes can be made to course registration until students arrive in Paris.

Pre-Departure Calendar
March 15 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
March 5 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
March 15 2018
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
April 4 2018
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
April 4 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 3 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 3 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 12:00 noon, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
June 4 2018
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Paris office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
June 5 2018
AUP Academic Orientation
AUP holds week-long orientation activities. In addition to the mandatory orientation, students have opportunities to take city tours, join clubs, and meet professors.
June 6 2018
Classes Begin
Coming soon
AUP Drop/Add Deadline
July 17 2018
Classes End
July 18 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Homestay housing in a private room. Includes daily breakfast and 3 or 5 dinners/week.
3 dinners – $250
5 dinners – $400
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Paris
$900 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
Course fees are sometimes imposed to cover field trips.
$50 / course $75 / course
Includes groceries and eating out.
$400 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $350 / month $450 / month
Transportation within Paris
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$125 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Lunch & Walking Tour
Students are welcomed to their new city with a delicious lunch and walking tour of the many Parisian sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars.

Visit to l’Institut du Monde Arabe Museum
Students visit Paris’s renowned Arab culture museum. Through its exhibits, students learn about Arab art, language, science, history, religion & society.

Picnic & Visit to the Chateau de Sceaux
Students take a weekend day trip via train to the south of Paris to see the Sceaux castle and picnic on its beautiful manicured grounds.

Day Trip to Deauville
Students take a 2 hour train ride to the beautiful coastal city of Deauville. Founded in the 19th century by the Duke of Morny, Deauville was meant to be the “elegant kingdom” close to Paris, and is known for its architecture and beautiful beaches.

Farewell Evening Picnic
Students celebrate the end of a successful summer abroad and say their goodbyes over a typical French picnic along the Seine.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
Students choosing the homestay option will be placed with a local family, which could be an older couple or a family with children. SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a private bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Wifi is included, as is access to laundry facilities. Students opting for this more immersive housing get breakfast included as well as the option of a certain number of dinners per week (cost varies).

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned return from France.

Student Visas

In accordance with French law U.S. students studying in France for less than 90 days are not required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.