Founding Week 2023

Campus Celebration

From March 27 - April 2, students, staff and faculty came out to show their school spirit all week long with special Founding Week celebrations on campus. You can find a review of the week's events below.


Founder's Day

Monday, March 27


Founding Week begins on a day of great historical significance for AUP. On March 27, 1962, our founder, Dr. Lloyd A. DeLamater signed the charter for the American College in Paris, thereby realizing his vision of an American international institution that would welcome students from around the world and create a home for academic collaboration across borders, languages and cultures. 

To celebrate our founder's vision coming to life, the AUP community will be invited to attend the Founder's Day Forum.

Founder's Day Forum

AMEX Café | Livestreamed


AUP students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to the first-ever Founder's Day Forum and Reception, the cornerstone event which begins Founding Week 2023. Guests are invited to gather in the AMEX Café for special academic presentations from two esteemed AUP professors:

  • Susan Perry (Professor and Program Director of the MAs in International Affairs)
  • Stephen Sawyer (Ballantine-Leavitt Professor of History and Director of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies)

Following the presentation will be a reception offering wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Please note: The event has limited seats and registration is mandatory. All guests will be required to show their AUP ID upon entering the building. Alumni may request their AUP alumni card here:



Spirit Day

Tuesday, March 28, Combes Fine Arts Gallery

There's just no place like AUP! The entire campus community is invited to light up the 7th by taking part in AUP's second annual Spirit Day. Visit the Combes Fine Arts Gallery between 10h-16h for snacks, a scavenger hunt, polaroid photo booth and special prizes for those who wear their AUP colors.

Campus-Wide Scavenger Hunt


In groups of five or fewer, take on this campus-wide challenge, tracking down hidden spots and testing your knowledge of AUP history. Groups who successfully complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing for a free AMEX group lunch.

Wear your AUP colors

All day

Come to campus in your AUP gear or decked out in red, white and blue, and you could win exciting prizes! Visit the Spirit Day booth in the Combes Fine Arts Gallery in your festive garb, and you'll get the chance to spin the AUP prize wheel. 

HR and Student Development Booths

All day

The Office of Human Resources is hosting an special booth for faculty and staff with games and prizes. Stop by the Combes lobby to meet your HR colleagues and have the chance to win an AUP mug and more!

The Student Development team is partnering with AUP students to feature AUP clubs and their contributions to AUP's rich history. The Debate Club, Campus UNICEF and others will be present. Be sure to stop by, learn more and have fun!

All Week

HR Coffee Roulette


Enjoy an HR-sponsored coffee meet-up (groups of 4) with randomly matched AUP colleagues in a café in our quartier. You will have the opportunity to get to know each other better, build new connections and enjoy a coffee and snack paid for by HR.

Founding Week Excursions with AUP Leadership


Join one of the cultural excursions hosted by AUP Leadership and get to know one of the senior leaders of the University while exploring the city of Paris and our 7th arrondissement.