Message from the University President

Welcome to The American University of Paris!

Celeste Schenck Portrait PictureYou are about to discover a unique learning community—one of the most demographically diverse educational institutions on the planet. Here at AUP, everyone is a language learner; here virtually everyone is a foreigner in an international environment in which all feel “at home.” AUP is a true 21st-century world university with an incomparable urban location in the most beautiful city in the world, and a curriculum designed to produce global leaders by focusing on the comparative and the cross-cultural, the international and the interdisciplinary.

Over the past decade, the University has made tangible progress toward its founder’s dream to create a community of learning that crosses and indeed effaces cultural boundaries.  By mounting rigorous Master’s programs, articulating increasing numbers of academic partnerships, and hosting international conferences that foreground AUP faculty scholarship and that of renowned scholars, practitioners, and artists worldwide, the University has taken its place as the leading American academic, intellectual and cultural center at the confluence of France, Europe, and the world.  In this unique learning environment—inflected by the remarkable demographic diversity of student, faculty and staff bodies—attention is brought to bear on the role of knowledge production across languages, cultures, and societies in an ever-globalizing world.

AUP offers an innovative pedagogical model integrating classroom learning and hands-on experience that prepares students to master and to make, to reflect and to apply, to analyze and to act.  Students are prepared to enter graduate school or the global workplace by experiencing a curriculum that marries the best of liberal arts deep learning with vocationally enhancing application of that learning. Our students enter the global workplace as creative problem solvers with the skills to cross both borders and disciplines. Our faculty accomplishes innovative interdisciplinary research in the traditional humanities, social science and science fields, as well as in the domains of cultural translation; Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; international relations and public policy; international business; and film, media, and global communications. AUP hosts annually over 200 lectures and seminars, several international conferences, multiple film series, and working papers series in both the humanities and the social sciences. The University has articulated partnerships with other academic institutions, such as New York University, George Washington University, Emory University, Eugene Lang College of The New School, Cape Town University in South Africa, as well as a consortium of 26 other American universities abroad (AMICAL), and the Sorbonne in France, to name but a few.

Most important, an AUP education produces graduates who feel “at home in the world.”  Our entering class has brought 111 languages and dialects into the University since 2002; our graduates live and work in 141 countries worldwide.  To each of you entering this very special community, I promise that you will be transformed by our diversity and galvanized by the engagements it fosters.  Because you are so much of the world, you will become for the world.

Together with the Board of Trustees, the President’s Cabinet, the students, alumni, faculty and staff of AUP, I take great pride in welcoming you to our academic community and in inviting you to explore the world of learning that goes on at our University by availing yourself of the wealth of information on this website. I look forward to hearing from you directly should you wish to share your comments and suggestions.

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Celeste Schenck