How to Apply

Our application process is simple and straightforward: submit your information, send us your supporting documents, and receive your admission decision within three weeks.


Partner school students

The American University of Paris has partnerships with universities in the United States, Egypt, and Norway. If you are currently studying at one of our partner schools, please see your study abroad office for deadlines and instructions on how to apply.

  • Brunel University London
  • Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY)
  • Goizueta Business School of Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Lesley University (Boston, MA)
  • Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • New England College (Hennicker, NH)
  • Saint Martin's University (Lacey, WA)
  • Salve Regina University (Newport, RI)
  • The American University in Cairo (Egypt)
  • The George Washington University (Washington, DC)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • University of Miami (Miami, FL)
  • University of Oslo (Norway)
  • University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX)
  • Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA)


Non-partner school and first-year visiting students

If you’re not enrolled in one of our partner schools, you can apply directly online by following the instructions below.


Application deadlines

We review completed applications in rounds throughout the year. You are encouraged to apply early: priority for admission is given in earlier rounds.

Fall Admission
Round 1 by 15 November
Round 2 by 1 February
Round 3 by 15 March
Round 4 by 1 June
Final Round after 1 June


Spring Admission
Round 1 by 1 October
Round 2 by 15 November
Round 3 after 15 November


Application requirements—what you need to submit to us

A successful application to The American University of Paris requires several supporting documents and sometimes tests.


Online application form

Please complete the AUP online application for independent visiting students. There is a €50 processing fee that can be submitted online through the portal or via wire transfer or check.


Personal statements

We ask that you include a personal statement as part of your application. If you are completing the Common Application, use one of the essay prompts there, as well as the AUP supplementary essay. If you are using the AUP Application Portal, you can upload your essay as part of your online application.

500-word personal statement

In approximately 500 words, in English, please answer one of the following essay questions:

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
300-word supplemental essay

In addition to the essay above, in under 300 words, answer the following:

  • What attracts you the most about coming to The American University of Paris and how do you believe the experience of living and studying in Paris will change you?
C.V. or resumé

Using the AUP Application Portal you may submit your C.V. or resumé in .pdf format.


A letter of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from an academic source (professor, advisor, etc.) Online forms for your recommenders are provided in the AUP Application Portal.


Official transcripts from the past three years of schooling

Transcripts from your last three years of schooling. These transcripts must be in English or French, or be accompanied by a certified translation.


English language test

Students must demonstrate sufficient English fluency. If English is not your first language, we require that you submit one of the following tests and that the results be not older than two years.

To schedule a test in your area, please contact one of these language test organizations:

  • TOEFL: To have your results sent directly to AUP, use our institutional code 0866.
  • TOEIC: To have your results sent directly to AUP, use our institutional code 0866.
  • IELTS: Academic Option

The English language test requirement is waived if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are applying from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, or the United States where you have studied in an all-English curriculum for at least two years.
  • You have studied for at least four years in an all-English curriculum in any other country.

We reserve the right to request English test results from any applicant.