American University of Paris
Summer 6 weeks I 2022
8 credits

SAI’s 6 week program at AUP allows students to get to know Paris while completing engaging and rigorous coursework. Students in this program 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: now open
Closes: March 15, 2022
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

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


  • Spend your summer in the City of Lights
  • Courses take learning beyond the classroom and into the streets of Paris.

Program Dates
May 30, 2022 – July 15, 2022

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

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: 35 €
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 3091-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: TBA
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Art History & Fine Arts | Course #: AR 1090 | Open
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. 49 euro fee.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Computer Science, Mathematics & Science | Course #: SC 1055-6WK | Open
This science course explores what biodiversity is and how we can measure it. We look at concepts related to biodiversity widely used (and misused) in the media, the importance of biodiversity to sustain human life on Earth, and how biodiversity is related to our economy, society and politics. Laboratory sessions include Saturday visits to the aquarium, museums or the zoo.

The term biodiversity or biological diversity is commonly used in newspapers, in political debates, and even in social media. But what is it? The extent and complexity of the study of biodiversity requires an interdisciplinary approach that mixes biological, political, social and economic sciences. At present, there is a general consensus about the great value of biodiversity, and conservation of biodiversity has become a global priority. Individuals with a solid background in this field and the skills to identify strategies to preserve diversity from new perspectives are in demand.

This course will provide a broad overview of biological diversity and will place it in an evolutionary and ecological context. The course will also focus on the conservation and management of biodiversity, from social, economic, and political perspectives. We will discuss answers to questions such as: Why is biodiversity important? How do species evolve or become extinct? Are humans responsible for the loss of biodiversity? Can we assign an economic value to the services provided by biodiversity?

This course emphasizes science literacy and critical thinking through the study of biological diversity.
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

Computer Science, Mathematics & Science

4.0 Credits
Environmental Science | Course #: SC 1020-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: *Please note that an additional fee will be charged for this course.* 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.
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: MA1005 CCM is not open to students who have taken MA1020 (Statistics) and students cannot receive credit for MA 1005 if they have received credit for previously taking (either at AUP or transferred in) any math higher than or equivalent to MA 1005 CCM Math for Life.
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
Science | Course #: CS 1060 - 6WK | Open
This project-based course introduces data science by looking at the whole cycle of activities involved in data science projects. Students will learn how to think about problems with rigor and creativity, ethically applying data science skills to address those problems. The course project will address the theoretical, mathematical and computational challenges involved in data science.
Contact Hours: 60

English Literature & Writing

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


4.0 Credits
History | Course #: HI 3004-6WK | Cancelled
Seeks to understand how Paris elucidates the history of France by following its history from its origins to the present. The site of religious and political revolution, Paris testifies to the trials and glories of French history. 4 Credits. Offered periodically.
Contact Hours: 60


4.0 Credits
French Language | Course #: FR 1002I-BIL-3WK1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Students must have completed Elementary I, or equivalent. The course has an extra course fee of 100 euros.
This advanced elementary French language and culture course allows students to review the basic elements of spoken and written French that they have learned in Elementary French Language and Culture I before moving to more complex structures and competencies. They learn how to express themselves in everyday life situations. In class, work will be supplemented by multimedia activities and real-life situations in the city of Paris. Learning objectives for this Elementary A2 level course are:
1. understand sentences and frequently used expression related to areas of everyday life (e.g. very basic personal & family information, shopping, local geography, employment); 2. communicate simple and routine tasks; 3. describe your background, immediate environment, and basic needs.
Contact Hours: 45

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 2022
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
March 1 2022
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 deposit payment date.
March 15 2022
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.
March 31 2022
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
March 31 2022
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
May 30 2022
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.
May 31 2022
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.
May 31 2022
AUP Academic Orientation
AUP orientation covers academic policies, and provides opportunities for students to meet one another.
June 1 2022
Classes Begin
July 13 2022
Classes End
July 15 2022
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 $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° 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: $570
5 dinners: $800
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students 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 a SAI 360° 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
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • 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 processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants 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 and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if 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. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

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 90 days or less 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.