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Three Ways to Get Involved with AUP’s 60th Anniversary

AUP is 60! Since it was founded as the American College in Paris in 1962, AUP has grown from a hundred or so students studying in borrowed classrooms in the American Church in Paris to a premier liberal arts institution of higher learning – one that helps global explorers find their own unique pathways to meaningful international careers. It’s been quite a ride!

To mark the anniversary, we’re reflecting on what unites us as a community across differences in language, culture, nationality, faith, ethnicity, race, and gender and sexual identity. Whether you are a student, an alum, or a staff or faculty member, you can join the conversation about what makes AUP unique and celebrate the University’s past, present and future. Here are three easy things you can do to get started.


1) Let Us Know What AUP Means to You

What makes AUP unique? For the 60th anniversary issue of the AUP Magazine, we asked alumni, students, staff and faculty to finish the sentence “AUP is...” with their own personal take on what constitutes the AUP experience. The collective response was so amazing that we decided to extend the initiative across the entire year.

2) Submit Your Photos to the Community Gallery

With Paris as its backdrop, the AUP community has spent six decades living, working and studying together on the banks of the Seine. Help us document student life through the ages by submitting your photos to our community gallery. Each month, we’ll launch a new decade gallery containing photos from the institution’s archives and your submissions. Why not browse the gallery and reminisce about your time at AUP?

3) Attend or Host an Event

We're celebrating 60 years with more than 60 events worldwide. If you’d like to get involved, whether it’s by hosting a reunion cocktail for friends or by joining us in Paris this May for the AUP Community Weekend, the biggest event of our alumni calendar, don’t hesitate to visit our anniversary website by clicking the button below.

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