Graduation deferment is an option for degree-seeking students who are finishing their degree requirements (are in their final semester), and who want to maintain their student status to be able to register an optional 0-CR internship before receiving their diploma.

Master's students should be aware they can only register a final 0-CR internship during their first thesis extension. Bachelor's students should note that a 0-CR internship does not replace a 4-CR internship degree requirement, even if they have already earned the 128 credits (or more) for graduation.


Your last credit-bearing semester Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018
You will defer to Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Deferment deadline 4 May 2018 13 July 2018 7 December 2018
Internship possible between June 2018 - November 2018 September 2018 - February 2019 January 2019 - August 2019
0-CR internship extension

Fall 2018 (If the internship finishes after 31 August 2018)

Spring 2019 (If the internship finishes after 31 December 2018)

Summer 2019 (If the internship finishes after 15 June 2019)

Please note that specific conditions apply to graduation deferment. 


How to defer graduation:

Submit a request through the Graduation Deferment Web Form.



When looking for jobs – especially in France – candidates are often offered an internship that precedes employment. According to French law, when a student graduates, he/she ceases to be eligible for an internship. Therefore, it may be advantageous for students to postpone their graduation by one semester and register a final internship with AUP to improve their chances of finding employment just before or directly following graduation.

Registering an internship with AUP ensures student status for one additional semester and allows the student to obtain the required convention de stage to intern in France. Please note that it may also be necessary to defer graduation for an internship taking place abroad (i.e. visa application, request of the hosting organization, legislation of the country where the internship is taking place, etc.).

Please consider visa requirements, future career development, and budget concerns before making your decision. Additionally, please also be aware that students are not eligible for US federal loans during a semester in which only a 0-CR internship is registered (due to min. 6-CR barrier). Last but not least, deferring graduation in order to do a 0-credit internship once degree requirements have been completed, doesn't entitle students to defer their loan repayment. Most loan students have a grace period of six months that begins when a student drops down to less-then-half-time status. Repayment begins at the end of the grace period.  



An internship does not need to be already secured for a student to submit a graduation deferment request. In the event that the student does not find an internship, graduation deferment is reversible.


  • Students must defer graduation before a set deadline for their request to be approved (see table below).
  • Students may only defer graduation once.
  • Students having deferred graduation will be considered graduates of the semester in which the internship is (last) registered. Internship extension rules may apply (see table below).
  • French law stipulates that a ‘voluntary’ or ‘non-obligatory’ internship in France must be in line with the student’s course of studies.
  • All internship requests are subject to approval by the AUP Internship Office.
  • To register a 0-CR internship, a registration fee of 200€ applies for academic year 2017/2018.
  • For a student to submit a graduation deferment request, the internship does not need to be already secured. However, students who need to renew their titre de séjour will have to provide a convention de stage for their visa extension application. They are strongly advised to plan ahead to find and register an internship with AUP before the visa extension of the application deadline.
  • Students must register their internship by mid-semester (during the semester they have applied to defer) or their graduation date will revert to the original date and they will be fined a 50€ penalty for administrative costs.
  • Once they have graduated, students can no longer defer graduation and/or obtain a convention de stage from AUP.
  • Students are not eligible for federal loans during a semester in which only a 0-CR internship is registered (due to min. 6-CR barrier).

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Internship Coordinator.