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: 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

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 quarantine requirements in France, this program will not run in 2021. Please reach out to SAI Admissions to discuss your options.

Program Dates
May 31, 2021 – June 24, 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

Arts and Sciences

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


Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Psychology | Course #: PY 3069-3WK1 | Open
Pre-requisite: College Level=Sophomore OR PY1000CCI
This course examines health and illness in a social, cultural and historical context. The first part of the course focuses on physical or behavioral 'symptoms' without any apparent organic aetiology (e.g. sick-building syndrome), appearing in members of specific groups or localities (socio-genic illness). The second part of the course considers socio-cultural shaping and experience of other more prevalent disorders.
Contact Hours: 60

Business Administration

4.0 Credits
International Business Administration | Course #: BA 3055-3WK1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Junior or Senior class standing
The major purpose of this course is to identify common threads through different major disasters throughout the world and from this examination draw lessons learnt that ought to be applied to limit their recurrence and mitigate the human and financial pain they spawn. The key question posed and framework for study: How are the myriad technical, emotional, economic, legal, public policy, financial, communications, ethics and international relations issues that necessarily arise in disasters best handled? Once posed we will develop an analytical framework for the implementation of the practical action in disaster prevention, mitigation and remediation.
Contact Hours: 60


4.0 Credits
Communications | Course #: CM 4091-3WK1A | Open
Pre-requisite: College Level = Junior or Senior
Fashion is mediated to us as a constantly changing series of fashionable, style-building products. Yet, the many processes that go into a product, all its ingredients and treatments, its full journey, its true cost, the hundreds of hands that shape it, often go unrecognized and even unrecorded. Moreover, the fashion and textile industries have grown from a diverse set of situated craft practices to an interconnected global business of unprecedented scale and speed. In this process its geographic, economic and temporal dimensions, cultural and aesthetic practices as well as environmental and human impacts have changed dramatically.

This course explores fashion not (only) as product but process. It explores this industry from field to fashion and investigates the complex global fashion system from cultures of extraction, design, manufacture, to cultures of representation, consumption, wearing and disposal/re-use. The fashion chain will be studied through a series of rich textual and visual sources, lectures, debates and visits. Moreover, in recent years a discourse of sustainability has been mobilized – also in relation to fashion, used to critique, challenge and redirect the current fashion system but also employed as a marketing tool. We will explore the concept of sustainability, its history and meaning, its language and its limits. How is it possible to unlearn and undo today’s finite fashion system which relegates its consumer to passive users rather than active makers?
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Global Communication | Course #: CM 4091-3WK2A | Open
Pre-requisite: College Level=Junior or Senior
In the last decade the irruption of digital platforms and related usages has redefined the communication landscape and has dramatically changed the ways brands interact with consumers. Today, a new and probably even deeper communication revolution is emerging with new ways of consuming content based on mobile first platforms, short videos and with the consolidation of the data driven marketing world (Id-data, AI, Machine learning...). Current advertising models that have contributed to build the fortune of some digital players (banners, pre-rolls…) are today challenged by new platforms and forms of communication (Amazon, TikTok...) leveraging new digital behaviors. This course aims to provide theoretical background and practical skills on how to best engage with consumers as a digital marketer.
Contact Hours: 60
4.0 Credits
Visual Culture | Course #: CM 2091-3WK1 | Open
There is more than one fashion system, more than one global capital of fashion. This course aims to decentralize and de-hierarchize existing notions of fashion by exploring a number of fashion systems – past and present. While we take our location, Paris, as a starting point for our experiential exploration of the professional field of fashion, we will move beyond the myth. Paris has been the self-proclaimed world fashion capital for more than three-hundred years. This city has influenced the very notion of fashion itself, but also global aesthetic codes, and the way many of us consume and wear garments. Paris and its fashion myth have been instrumental in the development of a highly complex globalized fashion system, which has subsumed and suppressed many other fashion systems.

We will consider the correlations between these systems without the processes of fashion cannot be understood. How are fashionable commodities made, mediated, consumed – and what happens to them once they have gone out of fashion? How are Paris as a fashion city and its key figure La Parisienne discursively constructed? How have systems 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 analyzed in lectures, seminars, research projects, visits, and by making extensive use of film in addition to other visual media and textual sources.
Contact Hours: 60


4.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: CM 4091-3WK1B | Open
Pre-requisite: College Level=Junior or Senior
Studies the main characteristics of the 'New Economy' and explores the existing linkages between the digital media, technological innovation and the network economy in relation to the market in a national and international context.
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

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)
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.
March 17 2021
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.
April 1 2021
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.
April 16 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
May 31 2021
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 1 2021
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 2 2021
AUP Academic Orientation
AUP orientation covers academic policies, and provides opportunities for students to meet one another.
June 3 2021
Classes Begin
June 23 2021
Classes End
June 24 2021
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.
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.