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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 Fall semester. 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.

Spring 2021 Updates

Update: Commencement and Covid-19 (April 15, 2021)

From where we currently sit, with so little visibility, with an increasing sense of certainty that neither interior public venues nor the Schengen borders will open in time for all the families of this and last year’s graduates to plan travel, we have very reluctantly concluded that we will have to hold graduation online for a second year in a row as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Before I go on to explain our reasons for this decision, please know that we’re going to do everything in our power to make Commencement 2021 an unforgettable graduation. We will livestream the ceremony and invite the whole AUP family—students and their families, the global alumni community, faculty and staff, the AUP Board of Trustees, friends of AUP—to join in and to witness your rite of passage. We will make sure that the event honors with all the pomp and circumstance we can muster in the medium forced upon us the extraordinary efforts of this class and your achievements, of which you can be deeply and justly proud.  

AUP’s leadership team takes its lead always from the directives of the French government and the advice of French public health authorities. We follow the numbers on a daily basis and watch the curves closely. Europe, as you all know, has experienced a third wave, heightened by the rise of variant forms of the virus, and complicated by the slow rollout of the French vaccination program. There is still no clear visibility on the opening of theaters, although exterior dining may become a possibility over the course of the month of May. We do not feel, in a community that is not yet close to fully vaccinated, that it would be wise or advisable (even if it were authorized suddenly by late May) to invite upwards of 2,000 students and their families to congregate in a closed theater.  

To date we have been enormously lucky at AUP, and this is thanks to you. In the three semesters that we have had to face down this pandemic together, we have managed to come together as a community and to maintain at least partial in-person learning throughout. For every semester since the outset last March 2020, AUP has been able to receive students on campus and to teach in-person for at least half of the semester. We have every intention and are currently planning to be open full-time for in-person learning in the fall.  

We have nothing but gratitude and deep respect for each AUP student and the families behind you for doing your best to uphold our protocols during this challenging period. We know this is not the way you wanted to spend the final year of your undergraduate and graduate studies, and that you are yearning for community, culture, nightlife and travel. We will be recognizing all of this—and especially your heroic efforts in an unprecedented year—at graduation on the planned date, May 25, in the best possible AUP way we can. Please stay tuned for more information in the weeks ahead. Students will be involved in the planning and will be co-producers of the event with us.  

Update: Covid-19 Restrictions in France (April 1, 2021)

A quick post-scriptum to our communication of Tuesday, following President Macron’s speech last night. There has been a tightening of restrictions and an acceleration of vaccines, but the bottom line is that universities have been spared any change to their functioning. 

Although nurseries and schools will be subject to closings, there will be very little change to university schedules over the coming weeks.  

AUP will be called upon to encourage more remote work amongst staff members, many of whom will be faced with childcare challenges, but we will be providing the same level of service you have come to count on. More of it may have to happen online, but it will be plentiful and reliable. Any changes to the services of the Health Office and Housing Office will be signaled to you rapidly.  

The good news is that you will continue to enjoy the same in-person access to your classes and professors as we have been permitted to provide all semester. With the end of classes a month away, we encourage you to stay the course and complete the semester as planned.  

If you have any question about the above, feel free to contact the relevant service, or write to studentleadershipataup.edu

Update: Covid-19 in France, Easter Break and Mental Health (March 30, 2021)

We sincerely hope – as we go into the long Easter weekend with its mini-break – that each of you will be planning some time off for yourselves. You've weathered about three quarters of a semester, half of it in the depths of winter, with great fortitude. We know that you're all tired of the pandemic with its unending, and sometimes even confusing, restrictions. But we must remain vigilant, as the health situation in France is not yet resolved. We expect to hear from President Macron tomorrow night as he addresses the nation, and we will communicate again if there is news to impart. In France, we still see a worrying number of new cases of Covid-19 per day, and ICU beds are close to capacity. Most cases in France at the present moment are variants, far more contagious than the strains we battled during the first and second waves. And a far larger proportion of those being hospitalized for Covid are younger people (mostly ages 40 to 65). Please stay the course, for your own sake, that of your friends, and that of our university community. You know the drill: masks, barrier methods, hand washing, disinfectant, distancing.   

First and foremost, if you are struggling with any health issue, and especially a mental health issue, even low-level depression or anxiety, please reach out to us. AUP has extraordinary services in place, ranging from our in-house guidance counseling services to a full list of outside therapists and other specialists. Find out more and make an appointment here. For support with any physical health issue, write to our Health Services at healthataup.edu. This office has been on the front lines since the beginning of the pandemic and will support you from the beginning to the end of any illness. If you suspect you have Covid, may have been exposed to Covid, or present serious underlying conditions that might warrant an early vaccine, please reach out to that office.   

If none of these are your case, but you are badly in need of a weekend of self-care, here are our suggestions. Turn first to the resources of the Sports Office here. Ashkan Shalbaf has put online for the whole AUP community a full array of meditation, yoga, dance and exercise videos that you can access at any time. As the days get longer and the weather warms, take long walks: these are the best antidote to too much time at your desks and the seasonal affective disorder that sets in during a long, dark, northern European winter. One of the big freedoms you have at present is to walk within a 10km radius of your apartment, which should cover most of the city of Paris. Now is the time to discover on foot Paris's historic neighborhoods. 

Update: Covid-19 and New Government Regulatons (March 19, 2021)

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, French prime minister Jean Castex announced a new series of anti-Covid measures affecting 16 départements across the country, including Paris. In these areas, a new confinement period will begin at midnight on Friday, March 19, lasting a period of at least four weeks.

An attestation is once again required for all trips outside of the house. Such trips are limited to certain activities, including shopping for basic necessities, exercising, attending a medical appointment or walking a pet.

In addition, the evening curfew has been pushed back to 7pm to account for the shift to summer time. If you leave the house for shopping or exercise, you will need to be home before 7pm, even if you have an attestation. In addition, such trips are limited to within 10km from your home, although no time limits have been imposed. Travel outside of Paris to other regions of France is now forbidden, except for essentialor work-related trips.

"Nonessential business" will be closed for the duration of the confinement, though bookshops, music shops and hairdresses are now considered essential. Bars, restaurants, gyms, cinemas, theatres, museums and other venues remain closed. Schools and universities are remaining open with reduced capacity for the length of the lockdown. Working from home will continue to be prioritized.

A reminder that the consumption of alcohol is forbidden in a number of public parks and squares throughout Paris during the confinement period.

>> Access the digital and PDF versions of the attestation

Update: On-Site Attendance Schedule March to April (March 2, 2021)

Please find below the on-site attendance schedule for the remainder of the semester, which can also be found on the Scheduling Information page. 

As a reminder, students are divided into two groups by student ID number: 

  • Students whose ID ends with an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) should attend class in person on the days, marked in green on the schedule below; 
  • Students whose ID ends in an even number (2,4,6,8,0) should attend class in person on the days, marked in pink on the schedule.  

When you are not attending in person you are expected to attend remotely. Your professors will confirm this to you. 

Update: Self-Quarantine Extended to 10 Days (February 19, 2021)

The French government announced an extension of the official self-quarantine period from seven days to ten days for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, effective immediately. Accordingly, AUP students who test positive in France are expected to prolong their self-quarantine to match the ten-day policy. Please report positive test results to healthataup.edu and inform your professors. You then have to self-quarantine and attend classes remotely for ten days before getting tested again.

As a reminder, student IDs are temporarily deactivated during the self-quarantine period when they tests positive for COVID-19, and reactivated once a negative result is provided to healthataup.edu.   

As of now, students arriving to France from outside of Europe are still only expected to quarantine for seven days. We’ll let you know if this rule changes.

For any Covid- or health-related questions, please contact healthataup.edu.

Spring 2021 On-Site Teaching Update II (February 9, 2021)

As members of the AUP community and visitor-citizens in France, it is crucial all members of the AUP community to come to AUP willing to participate in drawing a protective circle around the University, such that each of us holds shared responsibility for the health and safety of the campus community. This includes everything from caution in undertaking even personal travel outside of France during the semester to a willingness to report exposure to Covid-19 or any symptoms you might be experiencing, from continuing attentiveness to how large you permit your “bubble” to be to vigilance as regards your own and your friends’ symptoms and/or illness. Every thoughtful decision that each of us makes to protect our community will diminish the chances of experiencing an outbreak of Covid-19 on our campus and the inevitable closure and return to remote learning that a large outbreak would trigger.

Below are a few updated policies that we must ask you to observe assiduously.  Failure to do so will be sanctioned and may include temporary suspension from campus or, in egregious instances of non-compliance, even expulsion.    

Landing Policies 

  • The French government requires a 7-day self-quarantine upon arrival in France, which is conducted on the honor system. Self-quarantine means that you must spend most of your time by yourself, avoiding interaction with others as much as possible. When self-quarantining, you are allowed to buy groceries, visit a doctor or a pharmacy, or go to get tested. When living in a student residence, make sure you are socially distanced and masked at all times when interacting with fellow students and staff. 
  • For information on where you can get a Covid-19 test after the 7-day quarantine period, please click here.  
  • For information on how to activate or re-activate your ID card after a negative Covid-19 test, please click here.   
  • Observe all barrier and sanitary measures described in the AUP health and safety policies here
  • You must wear a mask at all times in public and strictly observe the universal curfew of 18:00 (6 PM) each evening (The French government gives a fine of €135 for violations of the curfew)  

AMEX Dining Policies 

  • We have the pleasure of reopening our AMEX dining facility with a host of fast food, takeaway options and a daily plat du jour every day from 8:30 to 18:00. 
  • Students may sit down to eat, one person at a table, with tables at a distance of at least one meter. 
  • Masks cannot be taken off until food is served and should be put back on immediately after.  
  • Access to the terrace is not authorized at present.  Smokers may not congregate there and need to leave the campus, maintaining distance from others.   
  • The 8th-floor rooftop conference room in the Quai d’Orsay Learning Commons will be open for lunch every day for students and staff, one person at a table, tables distanced 1 meter from each other.  Please remove your dishes, papers, and cups, leaving tables clean. Wipes will be available to clean tables before and after lunch. 

Academic Policies 

  • All students who have declared their learning location as on-site are expected to attend on-site classes every other day as determined by their ID number. Students whose ID ends with an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) should attend class in person on the days marked in green on the schedule below;  Students whose ID ends in an even number (2,4,6,8,0) should attend class in person on the days marked in pink on the schedule.   
  • When you are not attending classes on-site you are expected to attend remotely.   
  • There are exceptions to the attendance calendar for several classes including language classes, and hands-on classes (fine arts, computer science, science lab and video production).  You will be contacted directly by your professors about these exceptions.  
  • The attendance calendar for the next month can be found on the Scheduling Information page.
  • Masks must be worn in classes at all times.  
  • As always, professors set the attendance expectations for their classes. Please check with them about any questions you may have about attendance.
  • The AUP Library is open with a seat reservation system. To request a time and seat at the library please go to the virtual help page.
  • Students registered into a Period 6 or 7 class received an attestation from the Registrar’s Office to certify their enrollment into classes past the 6PM curfew. They may use it in addition to the self-produced attestation derogatoire from the Tous Anti Covid app.
Spring 2021 On-Site Teaching Update (February 4, 2021)
CONFIRM YOUR LEARNING LOCATION IF YOUR PLANS HAVE CHANGED 

The following guidelines apply to students who declared their status as on-site learners or late arrival. If you need to change your declaration, please do so by filling the Change of Learning Location form in order to automatically update your official learning location with AUP. This will also notify us if you had any plans for housing or other services that may need to be addressed. As a reminder, learning locations can only be changed from on-site or late arrival to remote.  

 

ACADEMIC CALENDAR – MINI BREAK AND START OF ON-SITE CLASSES  

As per the Academic Calendar, a mini break was planned to enable all on-site students to travel to Paris: there will be no classes on Monday 8, Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 February. Classes will start again on Thursday, February 11, with on-site teaching for on-site students. 

 

TRAVELING TO FRANCE FOR THE START OF CLASSES 

As outlined in the "Travel Restriction Update" (below) on January 31, students traveling to France from outside the European Union to begin, resume or complete a course of study will be permitted entry to France. In addition to the attestation, the customs authorities may request a “certificat de scolarité”, or enrollment certificate. As a returning student, you can generate and print an enrollment certificate from your student portal at any time by going to My AUP > Student Portal > My Certificates. Select “My Enrollment Certificates” from the left-hand menu, then “Enrollment Cert French – Current Term” from the pull-down menu. 

 

ID CARD REACTIVATION AND 7-DAY QUARANTINE 

In accordance with French health and safety regulations, AUP requires that all students, incoming and returning, who traveled to France from outside the European Union must submit proof of a negative Covid-19 test result to be allowed access to campus facilities, after a 7-day quarantine period. This seven-day period corresponds to the government mandated self-quarantine measures for international travelers. Please act in accordance with the shared responsibility pledge by providing an accurate and timely submission of your travel information. 

If you have not yet done so, please follow the instructions on the ID card reactivation form and submit the appropriate documents to justify your travel date or the negative results of a second PCR Covid test taken 7 days after your arrival on French Territory.  

You will receive a notification from the Registrar’s Office once your ID card has been reactivated and your access to campus restored.  

 

A SAFE CAMPUS  

The French Government guidelines  specify that higher education institutions are expected to return to on-campus teaching but to limit the numbers of students on campus at any given time.   

As you may remember from the start of the Fall semester when all students started on-site, our classrooms capacities have been reduced to enable social distancing and all are mechanically ventilated. The Spring 2021 courses have been enrolled within safe capacity, including on-site and remote learners. Therefore, AUP’s onsite student body would be able to fit as a whole group and still respect social distancing and safety measures in every classroom. To comply with the new guidelines, AUP is instituting new measures to de-densify campus enabling on-site students to join their professors in the classroom well within all health and safety measures. 

 

ON-SITE ATTENDANCE WILL BE REGULATED BY STUDENT ID NUMBER 

Students will be divided into two groups by student ID number: 

  • Students whose ID ends with an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) should attend class in person on the days marked in green on the schedule below; 
  • Students whose ID ends in an even number (2,4,6,8,0) should attend class in person on the days marked in pink on the schedule.  

When you are not attending in person you are expected to attend remotely. Your professors will confirm this to you.  

The attendance calendar for the next month, can be found on the Scheduling Information page.

 

HANDS-ON CLASSES 

There will be exceptions to the attendance calendar by ID number for the students registered into one of the hands-on classes (fine arts, computer science, science lab and video production) that started on-site as of the first day of the semester. You will be contacted directly about the rules applying to your class.  

 

6PM CURFEW AND PERIOD 6 CLASSES: ATTESTATIONS WILL BE PROVIDED 

Some classes are scheduled on Period 6 (16:55 – 18:15) which will end after the ongoing 6PM curfew. In addition to the automated attestation from the Tous Anti-Cov application, the Office of the Registrar will provide attestation to on-site students registered in those classes in case of policy control.  

 

LIBRARY ACCESS AND STUDENT SERVICES 

The AUP Library is open again with the invitation and seat reservation system. To request them go to the virtual help page (ready by February 8th). To prepare for your visit look at the library hours page. Since the Quai building hours are different than the Navigation Desk hours, make sure to schedule your visit during Navigation Desk hours if you need assistance. For library chat or research help visit the virtual help page. There should be enough seating space between the 1st and the 4th floor for all, please make sure to respect the social distancing and related campus hygiene measures.   

  • AUP services such as ACE, the Registrar, and the Student Development front desk will welcome on-site students during their on-campus days. 
  • The AUP mailboxes will be accessible in Saint Dominique.  
  • The AMEX will be open for "Grab and Go" food from Feb 11th onward 8h30 to 18h00. 
Spring 2021 Travel Restriction Update (January 31, 2021)

As of January 31, 2021, the French government has implemented tighter restrictions at its borders in an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19. Travel to France is limited for those coming from outside the European Union, who will have to present a completed "attestation," including a "compelling reason" to travel to France.

Students traveling to France from outside the European Union to begin, resume or complete a course of study are included in the list of "compelling reasons" and will be permitted entry to France.

For travel to France, different rules apply depending on whether the travel originates from within the European Union, from the United Kingdom, or from all other countries, including the United States. View all available attestations on the government's website and more detailed information below.

Spring 2021 Teaching and Campus Access Update (January 18, 2021)

We will begin the Spring semester as originally scheduled on January 18 with three weeks of remote learning followed by ten weeks of on-site classes. The library and all student services will be open and available remotely by appointment starting January 18. Each student has received email communications by Student Development with details on how to contact each support service.

 

In-Person Teaching and Spring Schedule

Based on the most recent information from the French government, on-site instruction for all classes should resume in February. Please make sure to consult your AUP email inbox regularly for updates from the president and Academic Affairs. As previously indicated, all classes will be available remotely for those students unable to travel to Paris or wishing to continue remote learning for the entire semester.

The timing of breaks will be adjusted throughout the semester as follows. There will be a five-day, long weekend break from February 6-10, allowing any students who have not yet returned to Paris to travel here at that time. All classes will then resume on-site instruction beginning on February 15. We will redistribute the remaining days from Spring Break to a second five-day weekend from February 24-28 and a four-day Easter weekend break April 3-6. Classes will end on April 28, two days earlier than previously planned. Graduation dates remain the same, and for the moment, we plan on an in-person graduation at the Théâtre du Châtelet with all the trimmings! Click on the button below to view the complete Spring 2021 academic calendar.

View the Spring 2021 academic calendar

ID Card Reactivation for Campus Access

The French government is now requiring a seven-day self-quarantine upon all travelers into France from outside the European Union. The French Law stipulates that travelers will have to take a second PCR Covid-19 test following the seven-day self-quarantine period.

In conformance with the above law, AUP will be verifying student’s travel situations and Covid-19 test results, to ensure the safety of our campus at the start of on-site classes. In order to do this all incoming and returning students’ AUP ID cards have been deactivated this Monday January, 18.

Your card can be reactivated as soon as you have declared your travel situation to AUP. The various scenarios are outlined in the table below, and explain the time at which you will be eligible to reactivate.

Once you have determined eligibility and have prepared your documents, please submit them using the ID Card Reactivation Request Form. All submissions will be managed by the Registrar’s Office in collaboration with the Security team. Please act in accordance with the shared responsibility pledge by providing an accurate and timely submission of your travel information.

PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTATION

Travel Situation Documents to prepare for upload When to submit through ID Card Reactivation Request Form
I was on French territory prior to Monday, January 18 For permanent residents: proof of nationality or permanent residency  For non-French citizens: proof of date of entry onto French territory (electronic copy/image of the dated passport stamp, boarding pass, or flight details) As of Monday 18 January
I was on European Union territory and traveled to France before Monday, January 18 Upload proof of date of entry to France from the European Union (electronic copy/image of the dated passport stamp, boarding pass, or flight details). As of the day you enter French territory
I was on foreign territory outside of the European Union and traveled to France before Monday, January 18 Upload proof of date of entry to France (electronic copy/image of the dated passport stamp, boarding pass, or flight details). As of Monday 18 January
I was on foreign territory outside of the European Union and traveled to France after Monday, Januar18  Proof of date of entry of entry to France Proof of a negative PCR Covid19 test taken in France. 7 days after entrance on French territory
Travel to France from outside the European Union

Please note that you need to prepare these documents:

  • A completed attestation – Check the box for “motif familial impérieux” and write “Étudiants en début, reprise ou fin de cycle d’études.”
  • Your Student Visa or your valid resident permit or your récépissé
  • Official Acceptance Letter – To prove your status as a student.
  • Negative PCR test – Administered within 72 hours before boarding.
  • International Travel Certificate for Metropolitan France – Check the box for "student" status and fill in the sworn statement of absence of Covid-19 symptoms (Download)

Travelers must self-quarantine for seven days upon arrival in France, followed by another PCR test at the end of the self-quarantine period. You will be able to leave your residence for essential needs, such as a trip to the supermarket or pharmacy.

Travel to France from Inside the European Union

Countries included: Member States of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican.

Please note that you need to prepare these documents:

  • Your student Visa or your valid resident permit or your récépissé
  • Official Acceptance Letter – To prove your status as a student.
  • Negative PCR test – Administered within 72 hours before boarding.
  • International Travel Certificate for Metropolitan France – Check the box for "student" status and fill in the sworn statement of absence of Covid-19 symptoms (Download)

Travelers are encouraged to self-quarantine for seven days upon arrival in France.

Travel to France from the United Kingdom

Please note that you need to prepare these documents:

  • A completed attestation
  • Your student Visa or your valid resident permit or your récépissé
  • Official Acceptance Letter – To prove your status as a student.
  • Negative PCR test – Administered within 72 hours before boarding.
  • International Travel Certificate for Metropolitan France – Check the box for "student" status and fill in the sworn statement of absence of Covid-19 symptoms (Download)

Travelers must self-quarantine for seven days upon arrival in France, followed by another PCR test at the end of the self-quarantine period. You will be able to leave your residence for essential needs, such as a trip to the supermarket or pharmacy.

Travel out of France

It has further been confirmed that any individual can return to their country of residence at any point. For travel out of France to any other nation, including the United States and including other European countries, travel is permitted for a compelling reason. A compelling reason is defined as 

  1. Compelling health reasons (traveler must state precisely what that reason is);
  2. Compelling family reasons (traveler must state precisely what that reason is);
  3. Compelling professional reasons that cannot be postponed (traveler must state precisely what that reason is); or
  4. To return to the traveler's country or residence or country or origin. In such a case, travelers have no guarantee they will be allowed back into France without a compelling reason.

All travelers, including children, must have a signed attestation form, available at the Ministry of Interior website, indicating the reason for their travel.

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.