Loyola University Maryland

International Programs

American University of Paris-Paris, France

Paris

Fall – late August – early September – mid to late December

Spring – early January – mid – May

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History

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. 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.

Criteria for Applying

The American University of Paris requires that students have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. ROTC candidates can apply as freshman to study abroad in the spring of their sophomore year.  Students must have declared their major and any minor they plan to add before submitting their on-line application.  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.

Academics

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All students should save at least 2-4 electives to use as back-up courses for abroad.

Housing/Meals

Comments from a spring 2022 Loyola student:

“I am housed in Residhome in a standard double room.  My total cost for the whole semester is 3,950€. That includes a weekly cleaning service, access to the fitness room, and access to laundry.  My apartment is pretty small for two people, but since I’m living with my roommate from Loyola it’s been fun, and also helpful to have a lower cost than most other options. One downside to this housing is that it’s in Issy-Les-Moulineaux so the time it takes to get to places throughout the city is longer than other housing options. But the neighborhood is nice and I love the park nearby”

Another, expensive, option:

I am living in the 6th arrondisement at a long-stay hotel, Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris. It was not the housing option I selected, but it is where I was placed.  There is only one other AUP abroad student in my building. I think these are important things for the future students to understand because it is very different from the community feel at Loyola.  My housing plan (most expensive option but worth it if can afford): Housing:  $8931  Security Dep:  $2035 Total: $10966.  The security deposit is refundable.

  • AUP will give students several different options for housing. Students will select an option that fits the budget, their preferences, and tastes.
  • For example, for Spring 2022, our students had choices between apartments made available through AUP and apartments they could rent through various companies such as Citadines, YouFirst, AppartCity and Residhome.
  • Students can also find their own housing in Paris.
  • AUP will send all housing information and their updates housing website directly to the students.
  • The students will review the options and give 5 housing options in order of preference. Students may or may not get housed in the same location with their friends. This happened with a couple of students recently. However, AUP was so gracious to help these two students and assigned them the same housing for spring 2022.  Also, housing is spread out over the city. We don’t know where housing will be is in relation to AUP.   In the past, AUP gave out housing assignments two weeks before arrival. However, with the new way they are handling housing this information might come out sooner.
  • If students select and get AUP housing that AUP controls, AUP will assist them with any problems they have.  If students use one of the other options, it is the student’s responsibility to work with the French landlord or agency they chose for housing.
    • Students usually live in a shared apartment
      • All apartments come furnished. However, each apartment (within the same level) may come with different amenities.Each apartment is unique, so comparing is not the best thing to do.
      • You will be required to do a walk-through of the apartment at the beginning and end of the semester to ensure there is no damage or missing items. You must leave your apartment in good condition.
 

 

Cost/Benefits

Students/parents pay to Loyola the following charges:

  • Loyola Tuition
  • Reduced comprehensive fee
  • Program fee
  • Study abroad deposit to hold your place in the program

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 $1,000- $ 2,500 per month)
  • Shared apartment (usually $1200 to $1500 per month) – usually includes utilities, cutlery, bedding - subject to change and students/parents should confirm
  • Passport and Student Visa fees
    • CampusFrance registration – currently $250
    • VFS fee for Long-stay student visa – currently $ 85
    • Mandatory ACE/AXA through Loyola or AUP health insurance if student’s own health insurance is not approved by AUP.
    • 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
    • Health insurance (if you do not have a health plan that is accepted by AUP)
    • Travel to the airport
    • Public transportation (Métro or subway)
    • Personal travel (hostels, hotels, airline or rail tickets, food, etc)

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.
  • All students must have a valid passport. The passport must have at least six months left after the study abroad program end date.
  • 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 program 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:

Unexpected items:
(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 are required  to purchas the ACE plan for the semester you will be abroad. Students will be billed by Loyola for the ACE insurance.  This plan meets and exceeds the requirements for exemption from the AUP health plan. The company is called ACE/AXA American Insurance Company, please follow here for the specific link with detail.s.  If you have any questions on the ACE/AXA health insurance plan, email rcmd@loyola.edu

DO NOT DROP YOUR PRIVATE HEALTH PLAN ONCE YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THE ACE HEALTH PLAN!

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.

French Currency

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

Cash (ATMs)

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.

Credit Cards

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.

AUP Equivalencies

This is a working list of the course equivalencies for fall and spring Paris program. Course information for the semester you are abroad will be posted just prior to the AUP course selection and registration process.

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

Yann Louis
Student Services Assistant
ylouis@aup.edu
Tel. 011-33 1 40 62 06 30

Kevin Fore
Associate Manager of Student Services
kfore@aup.edu
Tel. 011-33 1 40 62 06 31

Safia Benyahia
Student Leadership Program

Application Requirements

  • Students must submit a completed on online application and a Course Planning Form by 11:59 pm on the second 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 online course.

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*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.

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