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How to Apply

How to apply for undergraduate studies

Despite the COVID-19 situation, AUP is still accepting applications for the Fall 2020 Semester with several modifications to our existing procedure. More information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page

Our application process is simple and straightforward. Submit your information, send us your supporting documents, and you’ll receive your admission decision. Take a look at our Fall Admissions Timeline [pdf] for an overview of the ideal application timeline. 

If you’re curious to know what information you need to provide, have a look at these example applications: Freshman Student Application [pdf] and Visiting Student Application [pdf].

If you’re interested in spending one or two semesters at AUP as a visiting student, submit a Study Abroad application instead.


Application deadlines

We review completed applications in rounds throughout the year. You’re encouraged to apply early as priority for admission and scholarship is given in earlier rounds.

Fall Admission
Review Rounds Application round deadline
Round 1 by 15 November
Round 2 by 1 February
Round 3 by 15 March
Round 4 by 1 June
Round 5 after 1 June


Spring Admission
Review Rounds Application round deadline
Round 1 by 1 October
Round 2 by 15 November
Round 3 after 15 November


Application requirements

An application to The American University of Paris requires several supporting documents and sometimes tests. Most requirements can be uploaded directly in your online application.


Online application form

We offer students two options to apply to the University, both of them online: 


Personal statements

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

500-word personal statement

In approximately 500 words (650-word limit), 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 statement 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?
Extracurricular activities & work experience

Using the AUP Application Portal you may submit your list of activities and work experience in .pdf format.
In the Common Application use the “Extracurricular Activities & Work Experience” section.


Two letters of recommendation

Online forms for your recommenders (teachers or professors) are provided in both the AUP Application Portal and Common Application. In the Common Application, first-year applicants use the School Report and the Teacher Evaluation; transfer applicants use two Instructor Evaluations.

Homeschooled applicants: please do not present letters written only by people in your household. We need additional objective evaluations from educators who have interacted with you.

Official transcripts from the past three years of schooling

These transcripts must be in English or French, or be accompanied by a certified translation.

Transfer applicants: you need to submit individual transcripts for every college or university attended. If you have completed fewer than 45 university semester credits, you must also submit your secondary school transcript.

Homeschooled applicants: you must provide detailed transcripts similar to those provided for traditionally-schooled students for the past four years. If you did attend high school or university at any time, please have the institution send your transcript for coursework completed. In addition, please provide, written verification from the appropriate school district or by the state Department of Education indicating that the homeschooled education meets the equivalency to what is taught in the high school district and/or what is required in the student’s state.


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 no more than two years old.

To schedule a test in your area, please contact one of these language test organizations (TOEFL and Cambridge English exams are preferred):

  • TOEFL - To have your results sent directly, use our institutional code 0866.
  • Cambridge English - First, Advanced, or Proficiency level
  • TOEIC Listening and Reading - To have your results sent directly, use our institutional code 0866.
  • IELTS - Academic Option

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

  • You have been living in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the Unites States where you have recently studied in an all-English curriculum for at least two consecutive years.
  • The only program you are applying for is AUP’s French Immersion summer program.
  • You will complete or have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and will be able to submit your official IB Diploma before the start of the semester.

  • 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.


SAT/ACT test scores

If you are a first-year applicant and you have already taken SAT or ACT examinations, you may voluntarily submit your official scores to strengthen your application. Our SAT institutional code is 0866 and our ACT institutional code is 5295.

Homeschooled applicants: Test scores (SAT or ACT or GED) are required of all home-schooled applicants. For SATs taken prior to 2016, please include your score from the SAT Writing section.