American University of Paris
Summer 3 weeks II 2021
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 in the heart of Paris. SAI offers two 3 week intensive summer sessions at AUP, each with different start dates and course options: Summer II and Summer III.

Application: now open
Closes: March 15, 2021
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


  • Complete one 3 week intensive subject course taught in English
  • Courses take learning beyond the classroom and into the streets of Paris

Program Dates
Early June 2021 – Late June 2021

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
International Comparative Politics

Arts and Sciences

4.0 Credits
Art History & Fine Arts | Course #: AR 1091-3WK1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Registration for this course requires a 49 Euro materials fee, which will be paid directly to AUP. Participants must bring their own SLR or DSLR cameras.
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

Business Administration

4.0 Credits
International Business Administration | Course #: BA 3055-3WK1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Junior or Senior class standing
Introduces a variety of issues pertinent to firms and individuals operating in an international context.

Fukushima nuclear plant, Bangladeshi garment fires, BP Deep Horizon oil drilling explosion and Gulf of Mexico Oil spill, Massey Appalachia coal mining disasters, Cruise ships run aground, Quebec runaway rail cars, Recent French and Spanish fatal train crashes, Toxic wastes in New Jersey, catastrophic acquisitions and mergers and Financial meltdowns...

While all unique, what are the common threads running through these and other catastrophes?

What lessons can learned and applied to limit the reoccurrence of disasters and mitigate the human and financial pain they spawn?

How are the myriad emotional, economic, legal, political, ethical, communications and public policy issues that necessarily arise in the aftermath of disasters best handled? In attempting to answer these questions this innovative interdisciplinary course will provide an analytical framework useful in the the development and implementation of practical action in the prevention, mitigation and remediation of disasters.

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 3091-3WK1 | Open
This lecture and discussion course will canvas the history of the French overseas empire from its beginnings under Louis XIV to the twentieth century. Through a rich variety of sources– novels, film poetry, historical documents, and memoirs–we will investigate topics that include the rise of the French slave trade; the Haitian Revolution; the conquest of Algeria; native troops and colonial conquest; imperialism, art, and the avant garde; the rise of anti-colonial movements; and the globalization of anti-colonial war. The class will conclude by reflecting on the legacy of colonialism in contemporary France.
Contact Hours: 60

International Comparative Politics

4.0 Credits
Politics | Course #: PO 3091-3WK1 | Open
The course critically analyses many of Trump’s foreign and domestic policy flip-flops since he unexpectedly became the US president. The course seeks to explain what the Trump administration has been doing in terms of US relations with Russia, China, Europe, Japan, the two Koreas, the wider Middle East, as well as with respect to "America First" protectionism and domestic US politics.
Contact Hours: 60

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 2021
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)
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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 2021
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.
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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.
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Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
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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.
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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.
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AUP Academic Orientation
AUP orientation covers academic policies, and provides opportunities for students to meet one another.
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Classes Begin
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Classes End
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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).
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Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
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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 an 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.