AGS Mission Statement

The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) is a not-for-profit institution dedicated to the advancement of higher education and research in the fields of international relations, diplomacy, and international business, with a strong commitment to academic excellence.

Through its educational mission, AGS seeks to form knowledgeable, principled, competent, and tolerant contributors to and leaders of international affairs, who have a global perspective, insightful analytical and critical-thinking skills, creative problem-solving abilities, as well as ethical and informed decision-making approaches.

As an American institution located in Paris, AGS seeks to contribute to transatlantic exchanges and the wider internationalization of education by promoting student and faculty mobility and by giving to students and faculty from around the world access to the rich resources of Paris, France and the rest of Europe.

AGS seeks to promote the complementarities between the fields of international relations and business by providing future international business contributors and leaders with a good understanding of the cultural, social and political context of the countries with which they will interact, as well as providing future diplomats and practitioners of international relations with a good knowledge of the business aspects of the international arena.

At the heart of its mission, AGS values cultural diversity. By drawing its faculty and students from different countries, AGS brings multiple viewpoints to the subjects discussed, fosters mutual understanding of different cultures, and broadens visions, inspirations, and aspirations.

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Certificate in NGO Management

One-year Part-time Program

Courses co-taught by the France Director of Human Rights Watch

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Brad Svenningson USA
M.A., School of International Relations
Class of 2005

If you take advantage of AGS, you can go very far. I am very happy with my decision to go to AGS and soak up Paris as much as two years will allow.

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