American University of Paris
Summer 6 weeks I 2024
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: Closed

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, 2024  – July 16, 2024

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 | Closed
Pre-requisite: This course requires payment of a supplementary fee for activities: 35 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 3091-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: TBA
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Art History & Fine Arts | Course #: AR 1061-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: Please note that it is the student's responsibility to purchase all required individual equipment.
This introductory course is an exploration of both technical and aesthetic concerns in photography. Using a digital camera, students will produce original work in response to a series of lectures, assignments, and bi-weekly critique classes. The course will cover the fundamentals of photographing with digital SLR's, and students will learn a range of digital tools including color correction, making selections, working with layers and inkjet printing. After mastering the basics, students will work towards the completion of a final project and the focus of the remaining classes will be on critiques. Students will be asked to make pictures that are challenging in both content and form and express the complex and poetic nature of the human experience. Please note that an additional fee will be charged for this course.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: • A digital SLR or mirrorless camera that can shoot “RAW” files in FULLY MANUAL mode (the brand does not matter) • An SD card of at least 8GB (SanDisk or Lexar brand) • A camera lens (preferably a 50mm fixed-length lens, but zooms are ok) • An SD card reader • Two external hard drives of at least 500GB • A portfolio box Your course fee covers standard paper and ink usage, additional usage will be charged to your student account. AUP provides access to a photo inkjet printer, but DOES NOT PROVIDE CAMERAS, LENSES, SD cards, etc.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Art History & Fine Arts | Course #: AR 1090-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: 49 euro fee.
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

Business Administration

4.0 Credits
Entrepreneurship | Course #: BA 4091-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: College Level=Junior
As the financial services industry digitizes, the way financial crimes are committed is changing. "How to Get Away with Fraud... Online" will assess how financial crimes are committed using social media platforms (Instagram, WhatsApp & Facebook), crypto currencies (Bitcoin), digital banks (Revolut) and payment processing firms (Venmo & CashApp). In this course, students will learn how to identify, review and evaluate what role governments play in regulating the fintech industry, what new regulatory legislation is being implemented and where governments are falling short in regulating the ever-evolving fintech industry. Students will also learn how to assess and analyze the role that social media platforms & fintech companies are required to undertake in order to thwart financial criminals and curtail the misuse their products. Students will also be able to identify how fintech products and social media platforms are used to launder money, finance terrorism, evade sanctions and engage in bribery and corruption, and about the steps these companies take in order to stop financial criminals from using their platforms for nefarious purposes.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Finance | Course #: BA 2001-6WK | Open
This course introduces students to the financial accounting cycle and financial reporting for corporations. Students learn how to measure and record accounting data and prepare financial statements. At the end of the course, students choose a company and do an analysis of their financial statements, comparing their company against a competitor company, using financial ratios.
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

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
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 #: SC 1030-6WK | Open
Pre-requisite: MA1005 Math for Life OR MA1010 Applied Finite Mathematics OR MA1020 Applied Statistics I OR MA1030 Calculus I
Covers topics of basic observational astronomy and introduces topics of modern astrophysics. Topics include earth-based astronomy, the telescope, the solar system, and planetary motion. Studies the properties of the atom and of light and discusses the new space observatories before considering astrophysics: the birth, evolution, and death of stars, galaxy formation, and evidence for the expansion of the universe. *Lab required
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

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 16 2024
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 2024
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 2024
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for a SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
March 16 2024
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 30 2024
Enrollment Closes
Students must complete their enrollment, including paying deposits, by this date.
March 31 2024
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
May 30 2024
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive at 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 2024
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 3 2024
AUP Academic Orientation
AUP orientation covers academic policies, and provides opportunities for students to meet one another.
June 4 2024
Classes Begin
July 15 2024
Classes End
July 16 2024
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 $35
5 dinners – $150
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 a 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.
$75 / course $200 / 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 fostering a welcoming community for all students by providing assistance to diverse needs
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & trips outside host city
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Personal assistance from your dedicated Admissions Counselor
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • SAI Student Visa consulting
  • 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.

Le Marais Walking Tour & Dinner
Students take a guided stroll through one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Paris: Le Marais! The district is known for much more than its colorful vintage shops and food, but also for its rich history and culture.

Bateaux Mouches
On this activity, SAI students explore the heart of Paris by boat! Students enjoy a cruise on one of the city’s iconic Bateaux Mouches and take in Paris’ beautiful architecture from the water.

Visit to the St. Chappelle & the Conciergerie
Students visit two incredible feats of Parisian architecture. The St. Chappelle was the chapel to the kings of France and is known for its remarkable stained glass, which remains some of the most intricate in Europe. Just a few steps away from St. Chapelle students also visit the Conciergerie, which once imprisoned Marie Antoinette.

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.

Open Market Tour with Tastings
Le marché, or outdoor market, is a tradition at the heart of Parisian life, providing the city with a focal point for social interaction and culinary inspiration. Students take a tour of the celebrated market, and learn about its neighborhood and history. Students also receive tips on how to select the best fruits and vegetables, according to the season.

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, and include a shared occupancy bedroom in a shared student apartment (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of kitchen, bathroom(s) and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet. Housing configurations are designated as female, male, and in some locations, gender-inclusive. 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 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.