American University of Paris
Summer 3 weeks II 2018
4 credits

AUP’s 3 week summer courses—each an intensive, four-credit course—give students a unique opportunity to focus on a single subject. SAI offers two 3 week intensive summer sessions at AUP, each with different start dates and course options: Summer II and Summer III.

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
  • One three-week intensive subject course
  • Courses take learning beyond the classroom and into the streets of Paris

Program Dates
June 3, 2018 – June 27, 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

Arts and Sciences

4.0 Credits
Art History & Fine Arts | Course #: AH 1003-3WK1 | Open
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 has an extra course fee of 25 euros.


Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Art History & Fine Arts | Course #: AH 2000-3WK1 | Open
Investigates the growth patterns of Paris from Roman times through the Second Empire. Studies major monuments, pivotal points of urban design, and vernacular architecture on site. Presents the general vocabulary of architecture, the history of French architecture and urban planning, as well as a basic knowledge of French history to provide a framework for understanding the development of Paris.

Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Art History & Fine Arts | Course #: AR 1091-3WK1 | Open
Students will explore the history and craft of photography using the beautiful and historic backdrop of Paris as inspiration. The course will examine such topics as urban landscape, street photography, portraiture and digital techniques and is structured to take full advantage of the experience of being in Paris. Class time will include visits to museums and galleries, field trips to various neighborhoods in the city, technical demonstrations, individual and group critiques.

This course is open to students with all levels of photo experience. Beginners will master the basics of camera usage (mastery of camera metering, manual adjustments to create a desired look, etc.) as well as introduction to notions of lighting and composition. More advanced students will be encouraged to refine their technical and aesthetic skills while they continue to develop and sharpen their own their personal photographic vision.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Psychology | Course #: PY 3091-3WK1 | Open
Pre-requisite: College Level=Sophomore OR College Level=Junior OR College Level=Senior
Investigative psychology is a sub-discipline of forensic psychology, but is more focused on police investigations than on the court system, the correctional system, or helping victims. It is concerned not only with murder (contrary to films and tv), but all forms of criminality, ranging from arson, fraud, rape to burglary. Potential topics covered in the course could include investigative inferences and offender profiling (criminal action patterns), detective decision-making, interviewing and questioning, and false allegations and confessions.
Contact Hours: 60

Business Administration

4.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BA 2040-3WK1 | Open
Introduces marketing concepts and their use in contemporary management. Considers how individuals and firms process information to make decisions, and how firms determine and meet customer demands and needs. Through lectures, discussions, case studies, and written analyses, the course examines the marketing function from a strategic and functional point of view. Considers marketing in the US and in an international context.

*Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BA 2091-3WK2 | Open
Pre-requisite: Junior or Senior level Standing
Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. What attracts millions people to make the journey each year, what makes Paris different from other historical cities and what is the fantasy involved with the Parisian lifestyle that books are written about? We will be looking at Paris from a enchanted touristic marketing perspective.

Through visiting the classic neighborhoods, canals and waterways, gardens, and markets students will learn the allure of Paris to their target market. Using photography from our trips, digital images, and market research students will create a City of Lights promotional and advertising plan to attract their touristic target market.

Contact Hours: 60


4.0 Credits
Visual Culture | Course #: CM 2091-3WK1 | Open
Paris has been the self-proclaimed world fashion capital for more than three-hundred years. Fashion is essentially a phenomenon of the modern city and Paris constituted the perfect stage for its spectacle. This city has influenced the very notion of fashion itself, but also global aesthetic codes, and the way we consume and wear garments. Paris and its fashion myth have been instrumental in the development of a global fashion system. The relationship between this “fashion city” and its global context forms the subject of this course.

Behind the glamour of Paris fashion lays a highly complex globalised system of fashion, which will be explored via seven basic pillars: extraction, design, production, representation, consumption, wearing and disposal – the forgotten pillar. We will consider the correlations between these elements without which this system and essentially the processes of fashion cannot be understood. The starting point for this exploration is Paris, the modern capital of fashion per se, which we will investigate and question in relation to global fashion. How are Paris as a fashion city and its key figure La Parisienne discursively constructed? How are fashionable commodities produced, mediated, consumed – and what happens to them once they have gone out of fashion? How has the system of textiles and fashion changed in recent years – both in Paris and globally? What impact has its altered dimensions had on the bodies that work within the industry and those wearing and living with its products? These questions will be analysed in lectures, seminars, research projects and exhibition visits, and by making extensive use of film in addition to other visual media and textual sources.
Contact Hours: 60


4.0 Credits
History | Course #: HI 2002-3WK1 | Open
Studies the social revolution in 19th-century France as it corresponded to the new sense of justice in French society. Examines the redefinition of France's place in the modern world in the 20th century, and focuses on French military defeat and the dismantlement of empire as well as on the present leadership of France in the building of a new Europe. 4 Credits. Offered periodically.
Contact Hours: 60


2.0 Credits
French Language | Course #: FR 2091-3WK1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Advanced French Language
This course will consolidate the knowledge of French language of the students and extending this into a professional context, possibly related to the field of students study.

We will work with authentic materials from different written and audio visual sources and develop interactive skills. The students will gain familiarity with French business practice including how to produce curriculum vitae, application and other business documents relevant to professional contexts in the French speaking world. We will practise work-related communication skills such as presentations and business telephone calls. Students will research and select materials related to their field of study or career aspirations. Topics range from professional social media, tourism, company profiles and documentation to job application and interview techniques.
Contact Hours: 30

Courses & Schedule
Summer courses are intensive and courses run Monday -– Friday, meeting 4 days per week for 3 – 4 hours per day. 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
June 26 2018
Classes End
June 27 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 – $100
5 dinners – $200
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.