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American University of Paris, France


About American University of Paris

The American University of Paris (AUP) is a private, independent, and accredited liberal arts and sciences university in Paris, France. Founded in 1962, the university is one of the oldest American institutions of higher education in Europe. The university campus consists of ten buildings, centrally located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, on the Left Bank near the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and the Seine.

The university's language of instruction is English, although students must prove a level of proficiency in French prior to graduation.  The university has over 1100 students, representing 108 nationalities, with an average student-to-faculty ratio of twelve to one. The university's faculty members represent thirty nationalities, with 69% holding doctoral degrees and close to 70% speaking three or more languages.

Transfer Course Guide

The transfer course guide creates a transfer program between Santa Monica College and The American University of Paris.

The student has received IGETC certification by the time s/he transfers to AUP.

The student has acquired a minimum of 45 UC/CSU transferable semester credits at SMC by the time s/he transfers to AUP.

Her/his cumulative UC/CSU transferable Grade Point Average is equal or superior to 3.0 ("B").

The student is in good disciplinary standing at SMC.

This transfer course guide is designated for degree-seeking students enrolled at SMC interested in transferring to the following programs at AUP:

  • Art History
  • Art HIstory with a Visual Culture Track
  • Computer Science (ICT Track)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Film Studies
  • Global Communication
  • History
  • International Business Administration
  • International and Comparative Politics
  • International Economics
  • International Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Psychology

Transfer Course Guide

Financial Aid Information

In order to be eligible for institutional financial aid at The American University of Paris, you will need to fill out FAFSA and AUP's Financial Aid Application for Guaranteed Admitted Students. AUP's FAFSA code is G07881 (0 as in zero). Please note that the AUP Financial Aid application must be accompanied by tax returns and income statements (W2 forms usually) in order to be reviewed. If you are 23 or younger, please attach your parents' documents. If you are 24 or older, please attach your documents.

If you plan to apply for financial aid, please submit the following documents to your admissions counselor Jen Boucher ( in PDF format:

  • A personal statement essay of 500 words or fewer following a prompt from the Common Application
  • A second essay of 300 words or fewer in response to your specific interest in studying at AUP
  • A list of your extra-curricular activities and work experience or a resume
  • 1-2 Letters of Recommendation, preferably from academic sources (optional)

AUP requests these additional documents for students applying for financial aid because scholarships are awarded based on merit and need. You may submit these documents after your acceptance.

Federal regulations prohibit AUP from administering U.S. federal loans (Stafford or PLUS loans) for any student participating in this program during the time spent at AUP. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who qualify may still apply for a private Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan for all legitimate educational and living expenses.

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