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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.

Fall 2021 Updates

We’re looking forward to bringing our international AUP community together on campus and in person this Fall semester. We will be sharing regular updates below throughout the summer.

Fall Semester Update: Covid-19 Health Policies for Events (September 27, 2021)

During the 2020/2021 academic year, all events--except of small numbers of students, faculty, and staff--were put on hold.  This year, we may once again begin holding events on campus in keeping with current governmental measures. 

To organize events safely, we ask you to observe the following rules.  We expect these to apply for the entire 21/22 academic year, except if government regulations permit further relaxation of our necessarily strict guidelines. 

We consider that we are safest when wearing masks (thus not when drinking or eating) and when avoiding large gatherings of people.  The following protocols rest upon these principles. 

 

Events Access Protocols

  • Capped at 25 people
  • Masks worn at all times
  • No more than one external guest (speaker) per event
  • Events may be opened to a larger number of AUP attendees, provided that the relevant services have been notified and have given their approval beforehand:
  • For events organized by faculty, prior approval must be given by Academic Affairs (Bill Fisher)
  • For events organized by students, prior approval must be given by Student Affairs (Marc Monthéard/Safia Benyahia)
  • For events organized by staff, prior approval must be given by Human Resources (Valérie Fodé/Stéphanie Buisson)
  • For rare special events involving outside audiences, prior approval must be given by the Office of the President (Celeste Schenck/Jessica Caldi)
  • No public attendance at AUP events (guests external to AUP will not be allowed on campus, unless they are invited speakers)
  • We may not require the pass sanitaire for on-campus events involving students, faculty, and staff. 
  • We will require and monitor the pass sanitaire for any rare on-campus event involving outside audiences (such as board meetings).

 

Events Catering and Scheduling

  • We will maintain strictly our NO FOOD, NO DRINK policy for gatherings and events until further notice.
  • Q801/Kordestani Conference Room–Quai d’Orsay will continue to be used as a dining room by well-spaced students and faculty/staff between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays
  • Internal events may be held from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM on weekdays
  • Internal events may be held from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturdays and from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM on Sundays

 

Sports Activities

Because the Wellness Room in Grenelle has a maximum occupancy limit, several activities are authorized to take place in the 1st floor classrooms at Combes (C-102 and C-104) in the evening.

Yoga and Meditation practice, appropriately distanced at 1 meter between individuals, are capped at 16 people plus instructor (with Marc Monthéard’s prior approval).  Masks must be worn at all times. 

Fall Semester Update: Passe Sanitaire for Parents and Family Members (August 18, 2021)

If you have been vaccinated in one of the following countries: European Union Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England and Wales only), you already have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, which is accepted in France, and you do not need a separate COVID certificate.

If you have been vaccinated in any other country and are planning to accompany or visit your student in Paris, please follow the procedures for non-EU tourists outlined by the French government to obtain your Pass Sanitaire

Fall Semester Update: Passe Sanitaire Process for Students (August 17, 2021)

The Passe Sanitaire is now required for access to all bars, restaurants, long-distance trains, museums, cinemas and cultural venues in France. The French government has now agreed a specific procedure for students to obtain a QR code for use as your Passe Sanitaire if you were vaccinated outside of the European Union with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Vaxzevria, Covishield or Johnson & Johnson.

The process to obtain a QR code is similar to the procedure for tourists, but the required documents vary and the email address to which the request must be submitted is different.  Please follow these instructions as soon as possible if you were vaccinated outside of the European Union.

NEW students

  1. Prepare digital versions of the following documents:
    1. A completed application form (PDF – 27.8 KB).
    2. Your vaccination certificate (presented according to the rules of the country of vaccination and clearly stating the type of vaccine used). You must have received your second injection of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Vaxzevria or Covishield at least 7 days ago or your Johnson & Johnson single injection at least 4 weeks ago.
    3. Your passport.
    4. Your ticket for travel to France (an electronic reservation is acceptable).
    5. Your AUP Official Acceptance Letter.
    6. A copy of your visa (if you have one).
  2. Email these documents (in .pdf, .jpg or .png format) to students.covid-passatdiplomatie.gouv.frAttachments in .zip format will not be processed.
  3. You MUST also indicate in the body of your email that you are intending to stay in France for an extended period of time (between one full semester and four years, depending on your specific program). This will exempt you from having to provide proof of a return ticket in the case that you do not have one booked.
  4. To facilitate the processing of applications, email subject lines must be written as follows:

COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE / SURNAME First name / Date of arrival in France in the format DD-MM-21

For example: USA / DURAND Anne / 01-09-21

 

RETURNING students

  1. Prepare digital versions of the following documents:
    1. A completed application form (PDF – 27.8 KB).
    2. Your vaccination certificate (presented according to the rules of the country of vaccination and clearly stating the type of vaccine used). You must have received your second injection of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Vaxzevria or Covishield at least 7 days ago or your Johnson & Johnson single injection at least 4 weeks ago.
    3. Your passport.
    4. Your ticket for travel to France (an electronic reservation is acceptable).
    5. Your AUP enrollment certificate (please see below for instructions on how to obtain your enrollment certificate).
    6. A copy of your visa or titre de séjour.
  2. Email these documents (in .pdf, .jpg or .png format) to students.covid-passatdiplomatie.gouv.frAttachments in .zip format will not be processed.
  3. You MUST also indicate in the body of your email that you are intending to stay in France for an extended period of time (between one full semester and four years, depending on your specific program). This will exempt you from having to provide proof of a return ticket in the case that you do not have one booked.
  4. To facilitate the processing of applications, email subject lines must be written as follows:

COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE / SURNAME First name / Date of arrival in France in the format DD-MM-21

For example: USA / DURAND Anne / 01-09-21

All AUP enrollment certificates are now automatically available to be downloaded and printed 24/7 via the student portal: My AUP > Student Portal > My Certificates

Full instructions on how to access your enrollment certificates can be found here.

 

For ALL students, please note

  • Incomplete applications will not be processed. If you submit an incomplete application, you will have to submit a completely new application to make any changes. Don’t forget to complete and attach the PDF application form!
  • Your message must not exceed a total of 10 MB. If your application exceeds this limit, it will not be received and processed.
  • As soon as your application has been processed, you will receive an email containing your QR code. This code can then be printed and presented on paper or added to the TousAntiCovid smartphone application to prove your vaccination status.
Fall Semester Update: Travel to France & Passe Sanitaire (August 13, 2021)

Even as France has joined much of the rest of Europe—Spain, Portugal, and the UK, notably—on the US level-four list, on the ground here we’re actually seeing a flattening of cases and hospital admissions in France, rather lowered numbers in Paris itself, and a smooth rollout of the passe sanitaire despite some vigorous protestation on the part of a small minority. The French government has moved quickly to facilitate student visa applications over the past two weeks, and is currently working on a means of translating non-EU vaccination certificates into ones that will be readable by French QR scanners. The institution of a passe sanitaire to go to restaurants, cafés, bars, etc., has rapidly and efficiently increased the country’s number of vaccinated individuals. As of today, 65.7% of the French population over the age of 12 is fully vaccinated and that proportion is increasing daily.  

Here are a few useful updates, as you prepare for your departure to Paris:  

Travel to France

If you are in possession of your visa or valid carte de séjour, you are legally allowed to enter France to begin or resume your studies at AUP. To facilitate international travel, France has established a 3-category classification system. The simple traffic-light system classifies countries as either green, orange or red. Please note that you are always able to travel to France, regardless of your country's category or your vaccination status. However, the process differs depending on these two criteria. You will find all relevant information to prepare your travels here.  

The Passe Sanitaire 

As of last Monday, individuals on French territory must have the Passe Sanitaire to participate in certain activities, including going to a café, eating at a restaurant, visiting a museum, training in a sports facility, going to a movie theater, attending gatherings of more than 50 people, or taking a long-distance train or bus. The Passe Sanitaire is NOT required to complete your shopping, go to a pharmacy, see a doctor/a dentist, use local public transportation or attend classes in a university. 

If you are from a country inside the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland or the UK, and if you have been vaccinated there, you should already have a digital EU Covid Certificate that is accepted throughout France.  

If you are from a country which is not a member of the European Union and if you have received a vaccine which is accepted by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent (for over 4 weeks if you received a one-dose injection, e.g. Johnson & Johnson, or 7 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines, e.g. Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca), then you must apply to receive the QR code that will serve as your Passe SanitaireBy early next week, once the government confirms the procedure for students, we will be sending you very specific and clear instructions on how to get yours put in place, even before you arrive in France.  

If you have not been vaccinated, a temporary QR code can also be generated by a healthcare professional following a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within the last 72 hours. All RT-PCR and antigen tests generate proof of testing as soon as the result has been entered by the healthcare professional, which can be immediately printed out and which is also available to the tested person by e-mail and SMS, where it can be accessed from a portal. You can then add it to the TousAntiCovid smartphone application.  

Most importantly, you will not be allowed to access campus upon arrival if you have not filled out the AUP Covid vaccination webform. Please do so immediately. You must let us know your vaccination status, or request an exemption, or sign up for a free vaccination series provided by AUP to any student who has not yet been vaccinated and who would like to get their shots in Paris.  

We look forward to your arrival on campus and to the resumption of in-person learning. By adhering assiduously to all French government health protocols, and by each member’s acting in community to protect everyone’s health, we are expecting to meet the ongoing challenges of Covid while also returning to our mission of transformative teaching and learning in the heart of Paris.  

Please expect to hear more next week about our health protocols and specific instructions for getting your Passe Sanitaire.  

Fall 2021: The Situation on Campus and in France (July 23, 2021)

We are very much looking forward to your return to campus in just a few weeks. Given the worldwide rise of the Covid-19 Delta variant, we wanted to update you on the situation on campus and in France. Since the earliest days of the Covid-19 pandemic, AUP has followed assiduously the advice of French public health officials and we will continue to do so to the end of the current health situation. Because we are a small institution, we’ve been able to act with agility and rapidity to adjust to changing circumstances, communicating directly and frequently with students and their families throughout. All communications regarding health go both to students and to their families. We will manifest this year the same flexibility that has permitted us to come through past semesters fairly smoothly, communicating with you whenever the French government reacts to the latest developments.  

 

On Campus 

Faculty and staff are preparing for in-person learning this fall, but should health conditions change, AUP is ready for all contingencies and will adapt as necessary. We thank our students and families in advance for your own willingness to adapt, swerving when necessary to adjust to changes in public health policy. You can count on us to apprise you in real time of any changes in French public health approaches or the University’s own policies. 

For students who wish to be vaccinated but who have been unable to do so before arrival, we will be organizing on-campus vaccinations in the first weeks of the semester. The Office of Student Development will share more details in the coming weeks. If you have not yet filled out AUP’s obligatory vaccination survey, please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions, contact studentdevelopmentataup.edu.  

 

Current French Rules and Regulations 

The French government recently announced a series of new measures aimed at protecting the population and minimizing the risk of contamination across France and Europe. The majority of new regulations concern the requirement of having the pass sanitaire (“health pass”).  

As of July 21, you must have a pass sanitaire to enter theaters, cinemas, amusement parks, gyms, public libraries and any event with more than 50 people present. 

As of August 2, you must have the pass to enter cafés and restaurants (including terraces), shopping malls, hospitals (except for the emergency room), planes, long-distance trains and buses. The Paris metro, city buses and short-distance trains (TER & RER) are not impacted. 

 

The Pass Sanitaire

The pass sanitaire is either digital proof (via the TousAntiCovid mobile application, which we recommend that you download now) or paper proof of one of the following:

Vaccination, on condition that you have a completed vaccination schedule: 

  • Two weeks after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca); 
  • Four weeks after the 1st injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson); 
  • Two weeks after the injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (who receive a single injection).

Proof of a negative test, taken fewer than 48 hours prior, to access major events, bars, and restaurants. Maximum of 72 hours for border health checks. 

  • Please note that the deadlines for the validity of the tests (48h or 72h) will be strictly observed. There won’t be any flexibility when accessing an event or boarding a plane. For those of you still hesitating to receive a vaccination, please know that Covid-19 tests will no longer be free in France by the fall, and that you will need a doctor’s prescription to get one for free.  

The result of a positive RT-PCR or antigen test attesting to recovery from Covid-19, dating from at least eleven days after recovery to less than six months since infection.  

 

The French government is still working on converting international vaccination certificates and Covid-19 test results to a form that is compatible with the pass sanitaire. We will share an update with you via email once a system has been implemented. Be sure to bring both electronic (if you have it) and paper versions of your own documents.

Regarding travel to France, there have been no changes since early July, and the three-zone system (green, amber and red countries) remains the primary guiding principle. Requirements to enter France vary according to your departure country. Please visit the website of the Ministry of the Interior for detailed information on travel guidelines for your country. 

Please expect to hear from us regularly in the weeks leading to the start of the semester.

Covid-related Travel Restrictions to France (June 23, 2021)

June 23 Update

Rules and regulations related to Covid-19 currently apply to anyone traveling to France. The French government issued a statement on June 9 stipulating who may travel to France under what conditions based on your country of departure. Countries are divided into the following three categories:

 

Green: Travel is allowed whether vaccinated or not, though a negative PCR or antigenic test will be required if you are not vaccinated. No quarantine will be required upon arrival in France. You do not need to justify your travel to France with a compelling reason. 

 

Orange: Travel is allowed whether vaccinated or not. A negative PCR or antigenic test will be required whether you are vaccinated or not. In addition, if you are not vaccinated, you will be required to provide a compelling reason for travel and quarantine for seven days upon arrival in France. Your student status at AUP and visa will serve as a compelling reason if traveling from an orange country. 

 

Red: Travel is allowed whether you are vaccinated or not, but only if you have a compelling reason. You must provide a negative PCR or antigenic test. If vaccinated, you must quarantine for seven days upon arrival in France. If not vaccinated, you must quarantine for 10 days and your quarantine will be enforced by border control .Your student status at AUP and visa will NOT serve as a compelling reason if traveling from an red country. Compelling reasons for red countries include the following: you are a French or European citizen, or you hold a long-stay or work visa for France. 

 

In all cases, travelers must also provide a statement of honor about their health. Access this document, an attestation for your compelling reason of travel (if required) and a color-coded map online here:  https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

 

Check back here regularly for updates to these rules. 

 

Important note: France currently only accepts the following vaccinations: Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen and Astra Zenica. Please check with your airline for more information prior to booking your flight. 

 

AUP Covid-19 Update (June 17, 2021)

As of June 17, thanks to excellent Covid-19 numbers across the whole of the country, the French government has suspended the evening curfew and lifted the obligation to wear a mask outdoors except in certain circumstances (lines, markets, stadiums). Wearing of masks indoors in offices, stores, and public transportation remains obligatory for the moment. It is expected that by the end of the month, the occupancy limits for all spaces will be increased as well. This is indeed heartening news and I thank each of you for doing your civic duty this spring to contribute to the vanquishing of this virus in Paris.   

We want to let you and your families know how we are preparing for the Fall 2021 semester from our vantage point today. We are all excited--faculty, staff, students--to return to campus in September to the close, in-person, experiential learning that is AUP's signature. Barring any change to the public health situation in France or last-minute instructions from the French government (the health guidelines of which we follow assiduously), we intend to hold a normal semester in the fall. More information will follow over the course of the summer, including mid-August confirmation of our plans for the continued attention to the safety, security and health of our community.   

We also want to share with you our policy on Covid-19 vaccinations. We encourage you strongly to come or to return to campus fully vaccinated. We feel that having the vast majority of students, faculty, and staff members vaccinated is the best way to protect our community, as well as the health of every individual member. For the time being French law prohibits our requiring vaccinations.  

We will thus send you in August a webform offering you three options, including that of receiving a free vaccination series upon arrival. The webform will have contact information on it, so that you can discuss at that time, when plans have been finalized, your individual situation with a member of our Health Office. On the webform, you will be asked to choose one of the following:  

  1. Demonstrate you have been vaccinated  
  2. Request an exemption  
  3. Request a free vaccination series upon arrival which will be organized by the University

All health information in Europe is considered privileged information and, as is our policy at AUP, will be held completely confidentially. You will need, however, to indicate to us which of the above options applies to you before you arrive in person for the final days of Orientation. 

Fall 2021 and In-Person Classes (June 4, 2021)

The French government has continued its successful vaccination campaign, the positive effects of which can be observed in the significantly reduced case numbers across France. As of yesterday, nearly 27 million people have received a first dose, amounting to 40% of the French adult population. Vaccinations are now easily available to all individuals above the age of 18. If you are staying in Paris this summer, make sure to get your vaccine. You can easily book your appointment online via Doctolib if you are in France. All vaccinations in France are free, even to tourists and visitors. Please know that we expect, with a few medical exceptions, the vast majority of our students to be fully vaccinated by the Fall.  

In addition, we finally have enough visibility on the start of the semester to prepare ourselves for a full return to campus. Unless we see dramatic changes over the summer, all classes will be held in person this Fall, and we will no longer be offering remote access to classes. Each of you, without exception, will be expected to attend classes in person. Although faculty and student resilience took us valiantly through the blended learning of the Covid period, we look forward to returning to the classroom teaching and mentoring for which we are known and that all of us and all of you are eager to experience anew.  

If you have any questions about classes this Fall, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrarofficeataup.edu.

Fall 2021 Update on Vaccination Campaign and In-Person Classes (May 11, 2021)

As we transition from spring to summer, Paris is rediscovering its natural rhythm. Cafe terraces, museums, cinemas and nonessential shops are expected to reopen by May 19. On June 9, restaurants can begin to offer indoor service, and, more importantly, the borders will reopen to welcome foreign visitors with a Health Pass (Pass Sanitaire).  

This reopening is made possible in large part by the French vaccination campaign that is well underway. Currently, all adults over the age of 55 are eligible, as are adults age 18-55 with pre-existing conditions. Starting June 15, all adults over the age of 18 will be eligible for the vaccine. If you have not been able to the vaccine in your home country, know that you will likely be able to get the vaccine when you arrive in Paris this fall.  

All our classes this fall will be held in person. The AUP classroom experience is one of the cornerstones of our teaching model and contributes to the unique education that we offer. The opportunity to sit in a classroom with students from all over the world, each sharing their own unique perspective and life experiences, allows us to offer you a truly international learning environment. It is an experience that is difficult to replicate online, and we are happy that you will be able to experience it in person as you being or continue your academic journey at AUP.

If you'd like to get a sneak peek at what makes the AUP classroom so unique, listen to our students in this short video.

Spring 2021 Updates

Update on Covid-19 Vaccinations in France (May 10, 2021)

As the semester comes to a close, we are reaching out today with an important update on the French vaccination campaign. 

The implementation of France’s vaccination plan is gaining momentum as the French government is opening up the availability of vaccines to the broader population. The French government anticipates opening vaccinations without limitations to all individuals aged 18 or over on June 15.

However, as of Wednesday, May 12, appointments that have not been taken for the following day, will be made available for booking to any adult over 18 (without specific medical conditions). This means that you might be able to get your first inoculation this Thursday if you can find and book an appointment on Wednesday between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. 

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Navigate to the ViteMaDose website (between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm) on any day starting Wednesday, May 12 
  2. Click on the search bar at the top and enter “75” 
  3. Select “75-Paris” from the drop-down 

You will then be able to see all the available appointments for the following day and the type of vaccine that will be administered. Next, click on “Prendre rendez-vous” and you will be redirected to one of the following websites: Doctolib, Keldoc, MaPharma, Maiia or Ordoclic. Here, you’ll be able to reserve a time for your appointment. Doctolib has also announced that it will create a special function whereby you can see the available appointments in advance. 

Please bear in mind that the second inoculation is supposed to be made 4 to 12 weeks after the first shot (depending on which vaccination you get). If you intend to stay in Paris over the summer, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity as soon as you can. Once you receive your second inoculation, you will be able to upload your vaccination certificate to the TousAntiCovid mobile application via a QR code and receive a sanitary pass.

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

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.