One More Journey

Thank you for your generosity on Giving Tuesday 2019

Giving Tuesday 2019 is now in the record books and we are incredibly grateful for the support the AUP community has shown for AUP students. Together we raised €31,175, which means that next year approximately 125 students will receive a Coup de Pouce travel grant and will benefit from the lasting experience of a Cultural Program study trip.

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Ana Aaland '22
Chiara S Amor '20
Alayna A Amrein '22
Tamzin Astani '23
Helene Wahba '76
Marisa Bachetti
Elizabeth Ballantine and Paul Leavitt
Will and Paula Bathke P'21
Andrew Batinovich '80
Samantha Bellavia '05
Danielle Bonilla '13
Elliott Burdette '70
Jodi Cafritz P'20
Dana Callaghan P'22
Jillian Campbell '21
Darcee A Caron G'13
Kara Cella P'20
Dianne Cheseldine '66
Philip Costa
Bobbi Crabtree P'22
Sandrine C.
Doris and Edward Daughney
Peter R. de Castro '68
Phillip Delahunty
Mary McLean Evans
William Fisher
Sinead Foley
Mathilde Fouché
Elan D. Garonzik '70
Hadia Ghandour P'22
Mireille Golstenne
Marc Groothaert '68
Zoe Habar '20
Raymond F. Henze III
Brenton Hobart
Jad Ismail '21
Samar Jaberi Mériaux
Anne-Laure Jardy
Lindsay Jeffers '67
Debbie Kammerer P'21
Kristina J. Keenan '08
Gil Kemp

Zdenko Kikec P'22
Carey Kluttz G'11
Togzhan Kumekbayeva '13
Luke Laumann '05
André Lavergne G'14
Sandra Lefaure '21
Walter Maloy '64
Maggie Martin
Linda Martz
Bertha McDuffie '09
David T. McGovern
Michelle McTamney
Arielle Meimoun
Dominique Meys '15
Silver Miller '68
Patrick Montag
Pamela Montfort
Marc Monthéard
Adrian Moreira da Silva-Burke '96
Ann Mott
Sarah Murray
Addison Nugent '12
Peregrine McCroskey-Olander '06 & G'08
Kilian Ordelheide '13
Robin Ordelheide
Ethan Park '20
Robert Payne
Alan M. Peterson '89
Junhua Pinsky P'20
Carol Ann Railey P'22
Leslie Reed
Nancy Reichert P'20
Barbara M. Reno & E. Ray Stewart
Adele Rossetti P'23
Holly Rudd
Anna Russakoff
Celeste M. Schenck P'09 & P'15
Eleanor Schultz
Sylvia Seldowitz '22
Jacques Setton '66
Lane '72 and Randi Sharman
Brendan Sherlock '21
Jonathan Shimony
Iana Simeonov '88
Michael K. and Carol Simpson
Robert and Susan Sloan P'96
Gordon Sorlini '93
Jorge Sosa
Jonathan Thompson '22
Veronique Tosbath P'20
Scott Ulm P'20
Pierre-Yves Vasener
Sharon Weill
Gosia Wells
Rodelia Weng
Jane Yates '01

This Giving Tuesday, AUP united its entire community in a push to raise €10,000 for its Coup de Pouce travel fund. Coup de pouce is French for “a little help,” and when it comes to supporting the Coup de Pouce program, a little help goes a long way – to Morocco, to India, to Iceland or to many other destinations across the globe. The Cultural Program is a hallmark of AUP’s unique approach to a global liberal arts education. Through study trips and cultural excursions to inspiring destinations, the Cultural Program takes learning beyond the classroom, encouraging global explorers to become lifelong learners. Faculty-led study trips provide students with real-world applications for the academic theory they learn in class. By experiencing diverse cultures and communities, students open themselves up to new perspectives – and equip themselves with skills and knowledge that will remain valuable long after graduation.

Coup de Pouce provides travel grants to any students taking a class with a study trip component. The money raised this Giving Tuesday will ensure that at least 40 more students can benefit from the Cultural Program with an inspiring experience, one that encourages them to be responsible actors and empowered leaders throughout their future careers. Supporting Coup de Pouce this Giving Tuesday will make a world of difference – so students can make a difference in the world. 

    • 30+
      study trips take place each year
    • €250
      is the average Coup de Pouce award
    • Over 100
      students receive Coup de Pouce each year
    • €10,000
      would allow 40 more students to attend

What is the Cultural Program?

The Cultural Program is a hallmark of AUP’s unique approach to a global liberal arts education. By taking students out of the classroom so they can experience diverse cultures and communities, study trips and cultural excursions foster within students the spirit of lifelong learning.

By grounding academic theory in a real-world context, the Cultural Program allows students to develop critical-thinking skills and interdisciplinary approaches that will continue to inspire them as they embark on international careers. Close collaboration with faculty and their peers helps open their minds to new ideas and varied perspectives.

Many global explorers arrive at the University wanting to immerse themselves in an international setting; the Cultural Program provides a launchpad for doing so skillfully and sensitively. It’s an experience that stays with students long after graduation.

Giving to the Coup de Pouce fund means you are helping global explorers become lifelong learners, able to engage with diverse cultures around the world and apply creative thinking and responsible approaches to real-world situations.


Every year since AUP's founding, students have participated in the Cultural Program, study trips that take them beyond the borders of Paris to explore different subjects, countries, cultures, languages and ways of thinking. From Sweden to Ghana, India to Sarajevo and Belgrade, spending just one weekend abroad can be enough to change your life. What was your favorite study trip? Share your memories by clicking through to our webform. Some of the anecdotes and memories might be shared during Giving Tuesday on December 3, 2019.

Share your Cultural Program memory

The History of the Cultural Program

Study trips have always been an integral part of AUP’s unique approach to international liberal arts education. Walter Brennan was the University’s first Cultural Program Advisor, leading outings to performances, talks and exhibitions across Paris all the way back in 1962. Marie DeLamater – wife of AUP’s founder, Dr. Lloyd DeLamater – later ran cultural excursions to museums and châteaux across France as part of the University’s art history courses.

In the late 1960s, study trips to the Soviet Union, including one to East Germany, allowed students to visit otherwise inaccessible regions, immersing themselves in the complex political issues of the day. Study trips were always faculty-led and closely tied to the curriculum, providing an innovative and inspirational way for students to put theory into practice.

One of our longest-running study trips, Shakespeare in Context, which takes students to London and Stratford-upon-Avon, first ran in 1994 and has been offered annually ever since. Other notable recurring trips – including to Fez, Morocco, and Auroville, India – first appeared in the 2000s, in parallel with the introduction of AUP’s first graduate programs.

The Sustainable Development Practicum in Auroville, India, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, is today one of our flagship programs. It provides a month-long opportunity for students to work closely with NGOs in the township to gain hands-on experience of how communications and management principles work in practice.

Got a question?

Can't find the answer to your question here? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. Regardless of the size of the gift you have in mind, we are here to help. Contact AUP at (subject: Giving%20Tuesday%202019) .

What is Giving Tuesday?

Falling on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity.

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Can I get a tax receipt for my donation?

The American University of Paris qualifies as a tax-exempt organization as described under U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), which is eligible to receive charitable contributions that are deductible for U.S. income tax purposes. Tax Identification Number 98-0013023. U.S. dollar gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The American University of Paris is also a société à but non lucratif reglé par le droit du Delaware (USA), association 1901 etrangère declaré en France (SIRET 784 308 272 00037 – Code APE 8542 Z), and contributions are tax-deductible in France according to the tax laws of the country. 

All US dollar gifts will receive a US tax receipt, euro gifts will receive a French tax receipt. If you are donating through our Facebook campaign in US dollars you should receive an automatic receipt of your donation, for donors not residing in the US we will be happy to provide French tax receipts for your donations.

For all inquiries, please contact AUP at (subject: Giving%20Tuesday%202019) .

Is it possible to make my donation by check or bank transfer?

To make your donation to the Coup de Pouce fund by check, please send a USD or EUR check to:

The American University of Paris
Office of University Outreach and Advancement
5, boulevard de La Tour-Maubourg
75007 Paris

If you would prefer to make your gift by wire transfer, please contact (subject: Giving%20Tuesday%202019%20Donation%20via%20Wire%20Transfer) and we will advise you on the next steps.

Can I donate via credit/debit card or paypal?

Giving Tuesday is officially over but donations to the Coup de Pouce fund are always welcomed. You are able to donate via our Network for Good page using a credit/debid card or paypall. Please select Coup de Pouce as the designation when making your donation.

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