Part-time Studies

Studying part-time at AUP

The American University of Paris offers the possibility of attending classes as a part-time student without pursuing a degree in over 100 undergraduate courses on a space-available basis. You can choose to either take a class for academic credit or audit a class not for academic credit. You will not be able to change between the two options after registration. 


For academic credit

You may register for up to 11 credits per semester. If you register for more credits, you’re considered a degree-seeking student. Like all other AUP students taking courses for credit, you’re expected to attend class regularly, complete all assigned reading and written work, and take examinations. Grades will be reflected on University issued transcripts. Tuition for  2023-2024 is €1,078 per credit. For example, a 4-credit course would cost €4,312.


Not for academic credit

You may audit classes if you are not looking to earn academic credit. Auditors may also register for up to 11 credits per semester. Auditors may complete course assignments and take exams, but correcting their work is left to the discretion of the individual professor. The auditor rate for 2023-2024 is €539 per credit. For example, a 4-credit course would cost €2,156.


How to apply for part-time studies

All students applying for part-time studies must have successfully completed secondary education and have fulfilled any prerequisites for the courses they choose at AUP. To apply, please submit the following documents:


Personal statements

We ask that you include a personal statement as part of your application; 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?

Extracurricular activities & work experience

Using the AUP Application Portal you may submit your list of activities and work experience in .pdf format.

Two letters of recommendation

Online forms for your recommenders (teachers or professors) are provided in the AUP Application Portal.


Application deadlines

We review completed applications in two rounds during the year. You’re welcome to apply at any time, but admissions decisions will only be given after the first round.

Fall Admission
Round 1 by 20 April
Round 2 by 21 August


Spring Admission
Round 1 by 1 November
Round 2 by 5 January


What to do once you’re admitted

When you receive your admission decision, you will be given instructions to confirm your attendance and select your courses. Part-time course registration will take place after pre-registration closes for other cohorts, per the academic calendar.

Non-EU Students who plan to enter France in order to study at AUP under a part-time status, are required to:

  • meet with their local French Consulate in order to let them know about their status and their plans once in France;
  • send their AUP Admission Counselor written feedback by email in order to clearly explain what they have been told by the French Consulate Visa Dept.

We regret to inform part-time applicants that we cannot assist with visa formalities.

Should you need to cancel, withdraw or change your status after you have registered and made payment, please review our cancellation deadlines and contact the Registrar’s Office in writing.

Please note that part-time students are not eligible for AUP financial aid.


Get in touch

We look forward to receiving your application. Please don’t hesitate to request additional information about our part-time studies program.