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Fall semester details, AUP's Covid-19 response, AUP Digital Campus and more...

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The American University of Paris has always taught students to react flexibly and deftly to a world of swift-paced change. But as we’ve seen over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, some changes are bigger than others.

Our community has nevertheless responded to the crisis with efficiency and empathy, embracing a changing world while never abandoning the guiding principles of an AUP education: that of learning from and embracing difference and engaging meaningfully with the international community.

On this page, we share information about our Summer and Fall semesters, and our hybrid teaching approach moving forward into the new academic year. You’ll also find stories of individuals coming together to overcome one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced: we are immensely grateful to each and every one of them.

Fall Semester

A Fall Semester on Campus

In September, the University will reopen its campus to students. We will provide a hybrid teaching approach during our Fall semester, with on-campus instruction for students in Paris and remote learning in place for those unable to travel. Throughout, we will monitor and adapt to public health announcements and French government advice on the size of gatherings.

We will start the semester later, on September 23, following orientation days on September 19 and 22, to ensure that our international community has time to process visas and carry out any required quarantine period. This Fall semester will be slightly shorter and more condensed than previous ones, though it will contain the same high-quality, global liberal arts instruction for which AUP is known. Class periods will be slightly longer to ensure the same number of contact hours over the course of the semester. Classes will end on December 11 and exams will be completed by December 22. Students will have the option to leave Paris after December 11 and complete papers and final exams online.

We are committed to accommodating all returning students no matter their needs. Should students be required to self-quarantine upon arrival in Paris, they will receive the full support of student services, including our guidance counselors, who will closely monitor their well-being.

Over the summer months, we will conduct workshops for faculty members to assist in flexible instructional design. Classrooms are being equipped with new technology that supports a hybrid approach to learning. Faculty are working hard to adapt curricula to changing circumstances, and should the need arise to shift back entirely to remote learning, they are prepared to move classes fully online. Co-curricular activities – which form an important part of an AUP experience – are similarly ready to adapt.

Additional Sanitation Measures on Campus

In order to ensure a safe and healthy campus for our entire community, we will be implementing the following sanitation measures during Fall semester for the comfort of all:

  • All buildings receiving community members will be cleaned twice a day, with priority given to restrooms, door handles, trash cans and stair handrails.
  • In addition, the University will maintain a stock of hand soap, disinfectant wipes and disposable tissues, which will be made available to community members at building receptions
  • Community members will be expected to obtain their own reusable, washable mask and carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer. These can be refilled at building receptions, where disposable masks will also be available.
  • Contactless infrared thermometers will also be made available at building entrances for visitors who wish to check their temperature.

Summer Semester

A Minimal Summer Semester

In order to ensure that AUP community members stay safe and healthy, and in accordance with guidance from the French government, the difficult but necessary decision was taken to suspend Summer semester classes – the only exceptions being those deemed necessary for seniors and graduate students to finish their course requirements and therefore graduate.

While this will be a disappointment for those students scheduled to attend summer classes, we feel it is vital to put the health and safety of our entire community first. If you have any questions about Summer semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to summerataup.edu.

AUP and Covid-19

A Swift Response

In the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the AUP community organized to make sure the campus remained a safe and healthy environment, and contingency plans were put in place to prepare for a rapid move to remote learning protocols, should it become necessary.

Following advice from the World Health Organization and the French Health Ministry, community members returning from at-risk areas after Spring Break were required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Once the announcement of France’s confinement measures came into force, the University made the switch to remote teaching, learning and working in just five days. Every single student was able to finish the semester, and although it became necessary to postpone graduation to 2021, the Class of 2020 gathered for a virtual celebration of their success on May 18.

A Community Comes Together

Adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic was an immense challenge for our entire community. But thanks to the solidarity and cooperation displayed by staff, faculty, students, alumni, trustees, parents and friends who rose to the occasion with flexibility and resilience, we can now share stories of success from all corners of The American University of Paris.

Our global explorer students, all of whom had their semesters shift rapidly to online learning protocols, adapted with agility and in record time. Some chose to return home, studying in time zones across the world. Over 400 chose to remain in Paris, weathering the confinement period with the University’s support and documenting their experiences in innovative ways.

Staff moved support services online from one day to the next. Faculty reworked syllabi to suit online teaching practices, while still finding time to contribute to the academic discourse of the moment. Alumni, parents and friends supported the University both financially and with their time and expertise. You’ll find just some of these stories below.

AUP Digital Campus

When our physical campus closed its doors in March, we wanted to ensure that the community could come together in an online space. The AUP Digital Campus acted as a virtual hub for community activity, uniting resources for staff, students and faculty in a centralized location, and providing original content for the whole community to enjoy.

The aim was to maintain a sense of common purpose among global explorers, now scattered across the globe. The project also encouraged collaboration, as staff, students, faculty, alumni, trustees, parents and families came together to offer help and guidance or to contribute to the projects in development.