American Education, French Setting, International Experience

Located in the center of Paris, the American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) offers US higher education programs, taught in English, to students from around the world. AGS specializes in international relations, diplomacy, and related areas, leading to a broad range of careers in international affairs, from government to intergovernmental organizations, to NGOs and the private sector.

AGS concentrates all of the qualities of a top rate educational institution in an intimate learning environment.

1. Specific expertise in International Affairs

Rather than branching out into multiple disciplines, we have chosen to be experts at what we do. Our strong specialization in the fields of international relations has allowed us to develop our savoir-faire, refine our teaching methods, and perfect our programs.

Our expertise covers a wide array of subjects related to our core disciplines, allowing our graduates to pursue careers in many different sectors of international affairs. In addition, we offer opportunities in complementary disciplines through joint programs, dual degrees, and study abroad options with our partner institutions in France and internationally. These include Alliance Française, Université Paris-Sud, Université de Cergy-Pontoise law school, University of Siena, and our main academic partner Arcadia University.

2. Privileged exposure to the international scene in Paris

What better place to study international relations than Paris? With hundreds of intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and diplomatic missions, and with other EU capitals such as Berlin and London just a train ride away, Paris gives access to some the most relevant opportunities and resources in the field.

Yet far more than the location of the school, Paris is woven into the programs. Through our reputation and connections, we provide privileged access to this international scene in Paris through internships, guest talks, site visits, and a full calendar of academic and social events. All of these represent enriching experiences, as well as excellent networking opportunities.

3. International faculty

At the core of our expertise is our faculty, drawn from all over the world and featuring accomplished scholars conducting research at the forefront of their discipline as well as experienced professionals such as former ambassadors, senior UN officers, OECD economists, international lawyers, and NGO managers. This diversity of profiles brings multiiple perspectives on the subjects taught and supports our dual approach to learning that combines rigorous academic standards with practical skills.

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4. Multicultural environment

Students at AGS come from many different backgrounds and countries, with more than 50 nationalities represented in the student body over the past twenty years. This makes for rich discussions and debates in and out of the classroom – a perfect way to broaden horizons and foster what is at the very heart of the AGS mission: cultural diversity and exchange. 

While coming from such diverse backgrounds, our students all have one thing in common: the open-mindedness and out-of-the-box thinking that it takes to embark on the adventure of studying in a different country and in an international school environment. This creates a strong sense of community, and many forge lifelong friendships during their AGS years in Paris.

5. Personalized attention

A unique feature of AGS is the highly personalized learning environment. Classes have between five and twenty students, allowing professors to dedicate individual attention to each one and reinforcing the interactive teaching methods of the school.

As a student, you also receive personal support from the staff throughout your experience in the program and in Paris, from assistance with financial aid and French administration, to academic counseling during your studies.

6. Dedicated student housing in Paris

No more long apartment searches, no more agency fees, no more bad surprises. We offer our students the option of renting a studio in our dedicated studenet apartmetnt building. Our housing is located in the upscale 16th arrondissement, a five-minute walk to the River Seine, and 30 minutes to school door-to-door. Ranging between 15 and 35 m2 (165 and 375 sq ft), each studio apartment is fully renovated and equipped with internet, a kitchenette, and everything you'll need to live like a real Parisian!

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7. Solid foundation and guidance for an international career

Every stage of the educational process at AGSis designed to support your professional success: from our curricula, which include hands-on approaches, to the connections with the professional arena in Paris, and the many networking opportunities that we organize throughout the year.

Our programs can be tailored to fit your particular career goals through topical concentrations, dual degree options, and internship opportunities in one of the many intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, governmental institutions, or international corporations in Paris.

Additionally, our career support services take over with personalized guidance, resume copy-editing, job postings, and career workshops. You are also encouraged to take advantage of our international network of alumni, which represents a powerful source of contacts spanning over 40 countries throughout the world.

 
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Laura-Lee Smith USA
M.A., School of International Relations
Class of 2009

quote leftAs citizens of the world community, AGSers share a deep will to improve international state of affairs. This drive for change translates into prescriptive discussion between students and teachers, not simply criticism. I most admire this quality about AGS and know that because we have the will to improve the system, we are the way for change.quote right

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