Catherine Mounier-Desrochers G'19

MA in Diplomacy and International Law

I was born in Ottawa and I grew up in the beautiful province of Quebec, Canada. I have lived most of my life in Canada, but I was lucky enough to travel around the world from an early age. Before studying at AUP, I completed an internship in Paris at TV5 Monde, a study trip to Brussels and an exchange with Uppsala University in Sweden.  

I moved to Montreal for undergrad to study political science and international development studies at McGill University and lived in that great city for four years. During my time at McGill, I developed a strong interest in Canadian politics, and I had the chance to complete two internships in Ottawa working in the Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and in the Office of the Prime Minister.  

After this experience, I knew I wanted to shift my focus to international issues. I looked at many programs, but most of them lacked the practical aspect I was seeking. What made me choose the MA in Diplomacy and International Law at AUP was the incredible curriculum. The University’s pedagogical approach – based on obtaining foundational knowledge of international law along with a thorough understanding of international affairs – as well as the emphasis on hands-on experience through workshops like The Hague Practicum and the Oxford International Human Rights Law Summer School, convinced me that the course would be the one to best prepare me for an international career. I truly believe that I could not have found the training and experiences I will benefit from in this program elsewhere. 

Studying here means being able to enjoy Paris's global community and its diversity of mindsets.

Catherine Mounier-Desrochers G'19

I studied at a very large university during my undergraduate education. While it had its advantages, I never benefited from the kind of attention and one-on-one mentoring on offer at AUP. The professors take a genuine interest in their students’ futures; we are constantly encouraged to widen our horizons and get involved in different projects. I feel strongly that studying at AUP will provide me with the necessary tools to make sense of complex diplomatic and international legal issues from a wide variety of perspectives. Though the quality of the teaching and of the curriculum are two of the main reasons I chose AUP, what struck me most on my first day was how much I felt at home. Everyone at AUP strives to make it as easy as possible for you to settle in Paris and succeed in your studies.  

Studying in Paris is an extraordinary opportunity. Not only is it an amazingly beautiful city, but also an incredibly culturally rich one. Studying here means being able to enjoy Paris's global community and its diversity of mindsets. I live at Cité Universitaire which groups over 40 residences for students from all over the world. Being immersed in Paris’s culture and lifestyle, as well as all these global perspectives, make Paris the place to study.