****Please keep in mind that study abroad information, dates, benefits, and fees are subject to change without notification. You are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs directly for the most up-to-date information regarding any study abroad programs offered at Loyola.
Students study at the American University of Paris (AUP). The university was established in 1962, and it is the oldest American university of higher education in France. It is an American university, accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. However, AUP is an international institution. Faculty and students come from around the world. AUP faculty represent close to 20 different nationalities and most are bilingual. Students represent more than 100 different nationalities and 140 dialects. AUP offers undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, AUP receives a significant number of applicants from students who want to study for a semester.
AUP is an urban campus. Various buildings make up the AUP campus. Their layout is similar to a NYU setting but it is a smaller campus. It is located in the 7th arrondissement in Paris, and it is very close to major Paris attractions, like the Eifel Tower, the Left Bank, and the Seine.
Choosing when to study in Paris
Students can study in the fall or spring at the American University. We do not recommend that students study for the full year in Paris. There is not enough course offerings to study for the year.
Courses offered in the fall may be entirely different than the courses offered in the spring. The course offerings will be posted in April for the fall and in November for the spring. Therefore, it is very important to have as many course options as possible, including electives to counter any registration problem you might experience.
Criteria for applying
The American University of Paris requires that students have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. However, students with a cumulative GPA of a 2.800 (no rounding up) can be considered, but admission will be based on the competitive pool of applications. ROTC candidates can apply as freshman to study abroad in the spring of their sophomore year.
You should apply if you meet the following:
- Attend an information session on Paris.
- Attend registration sessions to determine if your degree program matches the courses offered abroad.
- Discuss with your major advisor the possible courses you could take abroad, and see if there are any potential problems he/she sees with your plans to study in Paris.
- Students must have declared their major and any minor they plan to add before submitting their on-line application.
- Undeclared majors will not be considered for admission to the Paris program.
- Students take only 4 – 4 credit courses, and if a student successfully passes all of the approved courses and the courses are working within his/her degree program, with the extra 3 credits earned, we can remove a 5th course, an elective.
- Students must save at least one elective to receive credit for a 5th course while abroad. However, it is strongly recommended that students save 2-3 electives for abroad in order to off-set any potential registration problems.
- Academic interviews will be based on current course offerings. This information is subject to change.
- Students will select courses and submit them AUP. AUP will process the registrations and inform students of their course registrations before departure.
- Discuss with your family if taking a summer course(s) is an option to help with any unexpected academic problems that could occur at Loyola or abroad.
- Students must submit a completed on online application and a Course Planning Form BEFORE by 5:00 p.m. December 2, 2015, the Wednesday after Thanksgiving break of the sophomore year to study abroad in the fall or spring term of junior year.
- APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED LATE (both on-line study abroad application and the Course Planning Form) WILL BE MARKED LATE AND EVALUATED LAST.
- All students must declare their major, and minor if applicable, prior to submitting their online application.
- Undeclared majors will be turned down automatically.
- Accounting majors can take AC 301 – Intermediate Accounting I (if studying in the fall through Loyola University Maryland.
- Accounting majors can take AC 302-Intermediate Accounting (if studying in the spring) online through Loyola University Maryland.
- Accounting majors should discuss this with the Accounting Department or the Sellinger School of Business.
- Students taking an on-line course through Loyola must arrange their AUP courses around the on-line course.
Criteria for Remaining in the program
Studying abroad is a privilege that students have to earn by receiving and maintaining the required cumulative GPA to be accepted into the Paris program. Students must also demonstrate through their disciplinary record (on and off campus) to the Office of International Programs they are able to represent Loyola University Maryland and the United States through the display of personal responsibility, honesty and integrity for oneself and others, by making wise choices and avoiding risky and/or harmful behavior that could jeopardize their privilege to study abroad, and/or harm the reputation of Loyola University, the host institution and their fellow students.
Therefore, once you are conditionally accepted into the Paris program, it is YOUR responsibility to keep your spot in the program. This includes your academic and disciplinary records at Loyola, which the Office of International Programs will review a second time prior to departure.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.800 (no rounding up) by the end of the semester prior to going abroad. Not maintaining the cumulative GPA of 2.800 could result in removal from the program. Summer (at Loyola or away) school will not be considered as an appeal to remain in the Paris program. Students will be financially responsible for any bills incurred by the Office of International Programs on the student’s behalf. This includes but not limited to tuition deposits or full payments, etc. The student will be billed for these items.
In addition to maintaining the academic requirement to study abroad, a student must also maintain the disciplinary requirement and not get into ANY disciplinary trouble after being accepted into the program. When a student gets into disciplinary trouble AFTER receiving his/her acceptance, this strongly indicates to the Office of International Programs the student is not taking the opportunity he/she has been given to study abroad seriously, and it could also be an indicator of potential behavioral problems while abroad. If a student receives any disciplinary sanctions after being accepted into the Paris program, he/she can be removed from the program, and the student will be financially responsible for any payments made on his/her behalf. This includes but not limited to tuition or full payments, etc. The student will be billed for these items.
- All courses, grades and credits transfer from the American University of Paris to Loyola University Maryland, and are calculated into the student’s GPA.
- Grades of “F” will also transfer and be calculated into the Loyola GPA.
- You will be in the classroom with other international students.
- Loyola students will be studying in a European educational environment, but designed similar to an American university.
- It is very important to read the course syllabi for each course to determine how you will be graded and what is required of you regarding class attendance.
- Registration takes place just prior to departure. You will be given one chance to obtain the schedule you need for abroad. It is very important that you follow directions carefully, and that you have plenty of course options for pre-registration.
- You will select the courses you want to take in Paris. Next, the course selection is submitted to AUP, and they will register you. AUP will inform you of the courses you receive.
- AUP does not guarantee you will receive your top 4 choices.
- You cannot create any time conflicts with your first – four class choices when selecting courses to submit to AUP.
- Consult the Office of International Programs as early as possible to get assistance on course selections at Loyola so that you are prepared for Paris, but course information is subject to change.
- Not all students may be able to take major courses at the American University of Paris. Students will need to review whether studying abroad in Paris will put them behind in their degree program or jeopardize their graduation date.
- AUP has prerequisites for some of their courses. You will need to provide proof to AUP that you satisfied the prerequisite(s) for courses you want to take in Paris.
- Students also have to follow the same prerequisites for courses abroad as you would at Loyola. Therefore, make sure you have satisfied any prerequisite(s) for Loyola and for AUP in order to be able to take certain core, major, or minor courses at AUP.
- Certain courses, like accounting, finance, economics, etc., may be more difficult abroad than at Loyola. Grades earned in these courses may be lower than grades earned at Loyola.
- All students should save at least 2-4 electives to use as back-up courses for abroad.
- Overall, students who study at the American University of Paris do just as well at AUP as they do at Loyola. However, grades earned abroad can be higher or lower than what has been earned at Loyola.
- All students must at least maintain their cumulative GPA (2.800 or higher – and no rounding) through the end of the semester prior to studying abroad. If a student were to drop below the required cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to studying abroad, the initial acceptance can be rescinded by either Loyola, AUP or both, and the student will be financially responsible for any payments made on his/her behalf at the time of removal from the program.
Six Myths about studying abroad in Paris
As you prepare for your semester overseas, you will receive a lot of advice on how to prepare for this new educational experience. Some advice will be good and some not so good regarding academics at AUP. When you listen to the advice given on how to study at AUP from past students, you will need to distinguish between the myths and the realities of academic life there. Below are some common myths about what it is like to study abroad:
1) “You don’t really need to go to class; you can cram during the study week and pass.”
Some classes will lower your grade if you miss a certain number of classes. Usually one hundred percent attendance is expected from professors. Even though this is an American University abroad, the school has matriculating students who are there to earn a degree. Students and faculty take academic studies seriously at AUP.
You are expected to attend class and take detailed notes in class; it is part of the learning experience. You will need to be self-disciplined and be motivated to succeed. Faculty at AUP consider it the student’s responsibility and “job” to come to class and do his/her work without needing constant reminders. Going to class is your first encounter with the material and the professor’s priorities. It establishes the basis from which you can then work for mastery of the material on your own. Professors have been known to mention something in class, and it will then show up on the exam. Professors have often mentioned “recommended reading” in class, which turned out to be critical on part of the exam. You will need a lot of academic self-discipline in order to succeed abroad, and you cannot wait to be told what to do every day (More on this below).
2) “It’s not really necessary to pace yourself because it’s totally possible to do a whole semester’s worth of work during the exam period, which is really long by American standards.”
Pacing is essential. This is important at Loyola and for your studies abroad. You need to start work in the very first class and keep a consistent level of study and research throughout the semester, as what is presented in class are the guidelines, and the student is expected to do the work. The study and exam periods can indeed be long, but we are talking about a semester’s worth of learning. And any educational psychologist will tell you that relying exclusively on your short term memory when taking an exam is a recipe for failure. Frantically cramming in everything in the last two weeks is not structure, it is craziness. It also all but guarantees that you will remember very little of the material and you are very likely to receive a very poor grade. Also note that even though the exam period may be three weeks long you might, by luck of the draw, end up with three or four exams in one week, maybe even the first week! You will need a lot of academic self-discipline in order to succeed abroad and you cannot wait to be told what to do. Successful local students spend a lot of time working on weekends and prior to the study period in order to do well academically. Thus, one American student was heard to say after a bad exam, “I just wish I had had one more day to study” when in fact she had not started studying until the end of the semester.
3) Classes that are boring or over our heads makes it hard to care about them as much as I would at Loyola.
Many foreign systems are not as interactive as the American educational system. Some require very little, if any, active participation from undergraduate students. Professors have spent their entire professional lives becoming experts in their subjects. Undergraduate students are expected to learn from them, under their guidance. In these systems, undergraduate students are expected to demonstrate first how much they have learned and how much they know, before they can present their own opinions on a subject. It is very important to take very detailed notes during such classes. Some Loyola students find these different educational traditions “boring” because they are not interactive. They are however an integral part of the international experience that enables our Loyola students to take integrated courses so they understand better how other nations educate their students to compete with our students in the global economy.
4) “Professors abroad will not fail you because they know you are there just for one semester.” On a whole our students do just as well abroad as they do at Loyola, but some students have received grades lower than what they have been accustomed to at Loyola, and even a small number have actually failed courses abroad. So the reality is professors don’t fail students. Students produce work and it is either acceptable or not acceptable, and if it is not acceptable, you will receive lower marks and even failing grades. Therefore, since you are not familiar with the new academic system you are going into, wouldn’t it be wise on your part to make sure you are doing everything you can (attending class, keeping up with your assignments, taking good notes, etc.) to try to get the best grades possible?
Don’t panic! Students have consistently adapted to these different systems and done very well. If not, study abroad would not be as popular as it is at Loyola. It’s not impossible; indeed it’s not necessarily more difficult; but you need to be aware of what’s going on. You have to be proactive and tailor your academic habits to fit the new environment.
Students/parents pay to Loyola the following charges:
Students receive the following benefits on the Paris Program:
- Tuition fee covered at the American University of Paris
- Workshops on campus
- Orientation abroad
- Enrollment in student travel plan
- Pre-departure orientation at Loyola
- Grades from abroad are transferred and calculated into your Loyola GPA
- Loyola financial aid can be used on the Loyola program
Study Abroad Budget
Items not included in the Loyola charges but should be budgeted for on this program:
*required for the Paris program
- *Meals (past students suggest budgeting $1,800- $3,500)
- *Shared apartment through Comforts of Home (800 Euro per month for a double bedroom and 1400 Euro per month for a single bedroom) – subject to change and students/parents should confirm prices on the Comforts of Home website http://comfortsofparis.com/visiting-transfer-spring
- *CampusFrance registration – currently $100
- *Long-stay student visa – currently $70
- *Student health center charge at AUP (currently 43 Euro)
- Photos for documents (4)
- cell phones and other communication expenses
- USPS pre-paid envelope to receive your documents for travel
- Medical and dental check-ups (immunizations up to date)
- *Start-up costs (bedding, cleaning supplies, etc)
- *Health insurance (if you do not have a health plan that is accepted by AUP)
- Travel to and from the airport (United States to Charles De Gaulle)
- Public transportation (Métro or subway)
- Personal travel (hostels, hotels, airline or rail tickets, food, etc)
- Late fees assessed by AUP or Comforts of Home
Additional Information Regarding Costs
- Students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid, with the exception of the federal work-study assignment.
- Loyola's financial aid can be used on this program.
- Federal College Work study is forfeited for the entire year when a student studies abroad for either one semester or for the full year.
- Students on athletic scholarships should consult the athletic department to see if this aid can be used abroad.
- Students must select if they want a shared apartment with a double bedroom or a shared apartment with a single bedroom. Here is the link for more information on housing through Comforts of Home: http://comfortsofparis.com/visiting-transfer-spring
- All students must have a comprehensive health plan that meets or exceeds the requirements for AUP. Proof of health insurance must be submitted by October 15 for the spring and April 15 for the fall. Please see the section Health Insurance.
- All students must have a valid passport. The passport must have at least six months left after the study abroad program end date.
- All students must register with CampusFrance to start the visa process.
- All students must obtain a long-stay student visa.
- Students must budget for meals in the apartments.
- Students must budget for public transportation.
- Students must budget for student health fee for Health and Wellness Center.
- All students must purchase a USPS pre-paid envelope to receive passport and visa documents from French Embassy.
- Students who receive college work study and study abroad may lose their college work study for the returning semester to Loyola. Contact the financial office for specific information.
- Students should budget for any start-up costs associated with study abroad.
- Students pay a study abroad fee and a reduced comprehensive fee.
- Accepted students must submit a study abroad deposit to hold his/her spot in the program.
- Please consult the Financial Ad office regarding your financial aid package.
Items not included in the Loyola charges but should be budgeted for:
(These items do not normally occur but could happen depending on the student and unforeseen circumstances.)
- A hotel stay abroad for an emergency (snow storm or flight cancellation)
- Lost keys or room damage (which students will be billed for by Loyola)
- Illness (payment of services rendered expected at the time of service)
- Summer school (student is behind in their degree program or a course is not offered abroad)
Students and parents should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss your financial aid package and how it works with study abroad. Conversations should be made with them before your son/daughter submits the study abroad deposit to Loyola.
Health Insurance and AUP
- ALL students will be enrolled in the mandatory AUP French health insurance for abroad. https://www.aup.edu/student-life/resources-services/health-wellness/health-care-plan/visiting-students
- However, students can be exempted from the mandatory AUP health insurance if you can provide the following in a letter from your health insurance company (must be on company’s letterhead) verifying you have the following coverage:
- Coverage for at least $45,000 US Dollars
- Hospitalization coverage
- General medical treatment
- The exact dates of coverage is listed in the letter (must say you are covered from the date of departure from the States straight through the date of return to the States
In addition, you must also have the items listed below, but Loyola will enroll you in a travel assistance plan that covers the following, provided you have a valid US health plan
- Return of mortal remains
**The travel assistance plan that Loyola will enroll you is NOT medical health coverage.
If you do not have the above coverage OR your health insurance company will not put the above information in a letter, you have only 3 options:
Option I – you can go back to your health insurance company to see if any of the items not listed in your insurance letter are in writing either in a policy manual or on the website. If the information is listed in a policy manual or on the website, you can print out the pages that supports you have the coverage listed above and submit for review. Please make sure the student’s name is listed on the materials submitted to AUP for review.
Option II – you can purchase a plan that will cover you for the semester you will be abroad. This plan meets and exceeds the requirements for exemption from the AUP health plan. The company is called ACE/AXA American Insurance Company, and here is the link to it: https://secure.visit-aci.com/insurance/Loyola. Currently this plan is less expensive than the AUP health plan. If you have any questions on the ACE/AXA health insurance plan, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Option III – you can opt to enroll in the AUP health insurance plan. You do not have to anything specific. If you do not submit an insurance letter to AUP, you will be automatically enrolled in the AUP health plan. Here is the link to the AUP health plan: https://www.aup.edu/student-life/resources-services/health-wellness/health-care-plan/visiting-students
IF YOU OPT TO PURCHASE THE AUP HEALTH PLAN, DO NOT DROP YOUR US HEALTH PLAN. MAINTAIN BOTH PLANS!!!
Documents for Abroad
Currently, the following documents are needed to travel and study in France:
- Valid, signed passport (with six months left after the program end date AND 2 empty pages in the passport)
- Long-stay student visa (stamp in passport)
The following documents you will need to submit in order to obtain your long-stay student visa AND you must submit ALL items by the deadline (TBA) in order to participate in the group submission for the long-stay student visa:
- Valid, signed passport (with sixth months left after the program end date AND 2 empty pages in the passport)
- Copy of the inside information page of your passport – signature in the passport required
- Must register with CampusFrance
- CampusFrance receipt to proceed to long-stay student visa
- CampusFrance processing form
- Long-stay student visa form
- Official letter of acceptance from AUP
- Official letter of acceptance from Loyola University Maryland
- Letter from health insurance company verifying health coverage that has been accepted by AUP
- Official bank statement from a student’s bank or parent’s bank (if a parent is supplying the bank statement showing specified funds in the account, a letter of affidavit must be submitted by the parent who is providing the official bank statement)
- Credit card authorization form – payment for long-stay student visa
- Letter of support from Loyola University Maryland
- Proof of residence in France
- Airline ticket or airline reservation
- 4 passport-size photos
- One USPS - Priority Express (overnight) envelope
Students who do not meet the deadline will have to apply for the long-stay student visa on his/her own.
Health and Wellness Abroad
The Office of International Programs want students to be healthy and safe while abroad. AUP has a Health and Wellness Center that students can use while overseas. This office supports international students, but there are limitations on what services can be provided to study abroad students. Not all services may be available or offered at the same level Loyola provides support services for students. For example, there may be a wait time to see a counselor and there are limits to how many sessions students can have. Appointments with a psychiatrist may require the use of the student's private health insurance.
Here is the link to the center: Here is the link to the center: https://www.aup.edu/student-life/resources-services/health-wellness
Students studying abroad can experience various emotions, from feeling elated to down in the dumps. This is part of the culture shock some students go through while living overseas. However, if it is more serious than just feeling a little home sick, students should seek the help of a professional immediately.
If students are currently taking prescribed medications, it is not a good idea to go off of your medications when abroad. It could make a challenging situation worse. Students should inform their physicians they are going abroad, and ask for any recommendations on how to handle specific conditions, illnesses, or medications.
Students should make sure their immunizations are up to date before departing overseas. You can consult the CDC website or Loyola Student’s Health Center to determine what immunizations are required to study in France. If you currently take allergy or flu shots, you need to contact AUP in advance of departure to see if these shots can be continued while abroad.
Students with pre-existing medical conditions or documented learning disabilities should alert the program coordinator, OR the appropriate personnel at AUP to ascertain if needed support services, such as a specialist, medications, counseling, or special accommodations are available abroad. These services and other medical or disability support structures need to be discussed and arranged in advance of departure. Please remember that support services differ in availability and/or scope. Accommodations and services provided by the Disability Support Service office may not be the same abroad as the services provided at Loyola. We encourage students to meet with Loyola's Disability Support Service Office to discuss their options for abroad.
AUP requires documentation for any learning disabilities, and it must be presented before attending classes. It is strongly recommended that you submit any documentation you have in advance of departure to ensure any support services you may need are 1) available at AUP and 2) can be arranged for you.
Shipping medication is not recommended, and in some cases illegal. We suggested that you obtain from your doctor and pharmacist enough medication(s) to last for the duration of the program. In addition, we also recommend bringing the name, dosage, and the breakdown of the medication just in case the student needs to purchase a particular medication(s) while abroad. This information should be noted on a doctor’s stationery or prescription pad.
Keep in mind certain medications considered legal in the United States may be deems illegal abroad. This should be discussed way in advance of departure so that other arrangements can be discussed in the event you will not be able to take or obtain a certain medication(s) abroad. In addition, allergy or flu shots may not be provided to our students.
Handling Money Abroad
- Students can easily use both American credit cards (MasterCard and Visa mostly) and American ATM/Debit cards from US banks to pay for goods and services in France. This is especially useful for visits to the hospital and payments for air travel. Make sure you contact your bank and credit card company prior to your departure in order to let them know you will be in France for a specific period of time. It is also good to let the banks know when you will be traveling outside of France, too, so your card will not be deactivated.
- Check to see if your US bank has an agreement or an affiliation. This may cut down on ATM/Debit card user fees. Past students recommend that students take out enough cash to last a few weeks. This cuts down on withdrawing monies every week and thus incurring bank fees.
- Students reported spending anywhere from $3500-$9,000 during a semester in addition to paying for tuition and housing. These funds are primarily used for travel, meals, and entertainment. The exchange rate and other factors can affect spending amounts.
France is part of the EU, so the currency used in France is the Euro, which is abbreviated as EUR. You should check the current exchange rate by visiting this website: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/exchange
The easiest way to handle money is with an American ATM card. You should check with the issuer to make sure your numerical PIN number will work abroad. You can only draw from a primary (usually checking) account. Be sure to check with your bank to make sure your ATM card can be used in France and Europe. Check with your home bank to see what fees will be assessed by them.
It is also imperative that your bank knows that you will be going abroad to France. For your child’s protection, the bank will block your credit card for any charge that seems out of the ordinary.
You can use credit cards in France and Europe for everything from drawing cash to buying dinner to taking a cab. While Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted than American Express for purchases, American Express offers its card holders some very useful financial services. Check with each company before you depart.
Drawbacks to Plastic
Even with careful planning and strict adherence to a budget, it is very easy to overspend. Finance charges can add up quickly if you extend payment on goods or take out cash advances. It is a good idea to establish an online banking account with your bank at home so that you can monitor your spending in U.S. dollars.
Obtaining a Major Credit Card
The card you use overseas should be in your name as given on the passport. At a cardholder's request (parent or guardian), most major lenders will issue a dependent's card.
Travel to and from France
Students arrange their own flights to and from France. Students will need to inform the program coordinator of their flight information: airline, flight number, departure and arrival times to France, and departure and arrival times to the States.
Students must arrive in France by a certain date. Students will be informed of the date once they are accepted. Students should arrive at Charles De Gaulle International Airport. Students should make their way to Terminal 2C in Charles De Gaulle and look for signs that says, Welcome – AUP Students. Students can make prior arrangements to use the AUP shuttle to take them to campus. Students will not be allowed on the shuttle if they do not make prior arrangements through the My AUP account.
Students should expect to be at the airport for a couple of hours, since the AUP shuttles are staggered for the arriving flights on the designated date. Students will be taken to the AUP campus and then to their apartments.
This is a working list of the course equivalencies for fall 2015 Paris program. Course information for spring 2016 will not be posted until mid-October.
The course approvals and equivalencies provided are the most current for the Office of International Programs. Once accepted to a study abroad program, students will have an academic interview with the appropriate director and will be advised on their course selection.
Please be advised: All students are solely responsible for informing themselves about the status of these courses. Course approvals and equivalencies may change at a moment's notice. This means you should confirm if the following courses are approved, or if the courses have been removed.
If there are other courses you desire to take, and they are not on the course equivalency list; you must get written course approval by the department chair. The courses that you choose should fit into your degree audit and enable you to graduate on time.
Staff at AUP
Dr. Marc Montheard
Vice-President and Dean of Student Servicesmmontheard@aup.edu
Tel. 011-3 1 40 62 06 03
Student Services Assistant
Tel. 011-33 1 40 62 06 30
Associate Manager of Student Services
Tel. 011-33 1 40 62 06 31
Student Leadership Program
Tel. 011-33 1 40 62 08 21