Summer Program

The American University of Paris mounts the largest and most varied offering of English-language summer courses in France and in Europe. AUP’s summer programs in Paris let you sample the best of what the city and the university have to offer while you further your degree at your home institution and prepare yourself for an exciting, globally connected future. Summer courses are organized in two sessions that take place in June and July. Courses are available in 2-week, 3-week or 6-week formats. Please refer to the individual course description to view the specific start and end dates for each course.

  • Session 1: June 6 (orientation), June 7 (classes begin)
  • Session 2: July 1 (orientation), July 3 (classes begin)

During our summer programs, you’ll engage in lively discussions, in-depth language study, and intensive workshops with professors and students from around the world. Take a few weeks in June or July to develop deep ties with the city of Paris, while earning credits towards your degree and helping you prepare for an exciting, international future. Our course offerings fall under three categories:

  1. Paris: Language & Culture
    Our seminars give you hands-on opportunities to explore Paris through a variety of subject areas, all the while gaining French fluency through theme-based seminars and café-based conversations.
  2. Creative Arts
    Our many creative offerings—including those taught at our Creative Writing Institute—will allow you to enhance your skills and acquire insight into your craft.
  3. Exploring Liberal Arts
    Whether you’re interested in Psychology and Film or in quickly completing your General Education requirements, our classes will help you develop the skills and modes of inquiry that will allow you to shine in your future endeavors.


We want you to be able to dive into all of the fascinating components of Parisian life, develop your artistic aspirations, and lays down the foundation for your academic and professional future. Take a look at the video below and get a taste of summer at AUP!

Two credit courses (2 credits)

Topics: Art of Editing, Lighting & Video Technique in Summer 2017 (FM2091-2WK2)

  • Start Date: Monday, July 3, 2017
  • End Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Translation: A Creative Practice in Summer 2017 (CL3091-2WK2)

  • Start Date: Monday, July 3,
  • 2017 End Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Institute on Democracy in Summer 2017 (HI2091-2WK1)

  • Start Date: Monday, June 19, 2017
  • End Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Advanced French Conversations for Professional Purposes in Summer 2017 (FR2091-3WK1)

  • Start Date: Monday, June 7, 2017
  • End Date: Thursday, June 27, 2017


The Paris Summer School in Design

The Paris Summer School in Design at AUP gives students a unique chance to participate in an international teaching-led research workshop on design and performance. No prior knowledge of design is required, just a willingness to think on your feet, roll up your sleeves, and design objects, services and interfaces with other students and professors. The over-arching theme for the workshop–we like challenges!–is the design of living systems for migrating populations. Find out more about the program here and learn about the application process.

Practical information

  • All AUP Summer Session courses are transferable for academic credit in the U.S. university system.
  • Courses numbered 1000 to 2099 are generally introductory courses designed for freshmen and sophomores (first and second year undergraduates). Courses numbered 3000 and above are principally for juniors and seniors (third and fourth year undergraduates).
  • Enrollment may require proof of successful completion of prerequisite courses. Please see each course description.
  • Tuition for course credit  is charged at the university’s standard rate of 886 euros/credit.
  • Housing can be requested through the university. Shared rooms and single rooms are available. All accommodation is central with access to Paris’s extensive public transportation network.

Feel free to request further information or contact our summer counselor. If you’re ready for an unforgettable summer, don’t hesitate to apply now. We look forward to seeing you.