How to Apply: Independent Study Abroad

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

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
Application Rounds APPLICATION ROUND DEADLINE
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
Application Rounds APPLICATION ROUND DEADLINE
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 study abroad. 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 500-word personal statement as part of your application, answering the following prompt:

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?

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.

 

A letter of approval from your home institution

You will need to visit the study abroad office of your home institution to request a letter of approval to study abroad.

 

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.