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Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) at the American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) was created for students by students, to represent and support them during their time in the International Relations programs.

The elected members come together to create opportunities for all students to discover and make the most of their academic, professional and social experience at AGS and in Paris. It helps them to explore and get exposed to the many layers of the French culture.

  • The association aims to build connections amongst fellow classmates, students who will be going through similar situations.

  • The GSA represents the student body to stimulate communication with other entities of the school such as the faculty, the academic committee, the administration and the alumni association.

  • The GSA provides students with social support while building their own community in Paris.

  • The GSA's Hospitality Committee helps students get settled. It encourages current students to host incoming students until they find permanent housing, and in coordination with the school administration, it helps students find housing, get their internet connection established, open their bank account, etc. 

  • The GSA gathers suggestions of all types - academic matters, professional opportunities, logistical issues, technological improvements, etc. - from students and submits them to the administration of the school.

  • The GSA organizes and funds a variety of events around and out of Paris, such as picnics, bicycle tours, nights out at the opera, wine and cheese tastings, boat trips, Thanksgiving parties, as well as trips to other parts of France and Europe. These events are affordable, convenient and fun, and they offer bonding experiences for students, and offer a way for them to immerse into cultural diversity together. As an example, in fall 2009, the GSA organized a trip to Poitiers in the Loire Valley, France and rented out a castle for a three-day weekend. Students spent the weekend touring local vineyards, exploring the area, visiting local fairs and playing games at night. The Loire Valley is rich in history so students took the opportunity to visit the Fort of Coudray at Château de Chinon where Joan of Arc stopped to receive permission to fight. In 2008, the GA went to Berlin, Germany to tour the German Parliament, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, and to enjoy the oversized food servings.

Each AGS International Relations student is automatically a member of the Association and is free to contribute ideas for the annual trip (more on that later), where to go and what to do together as the AGS group.

 
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quote leftThe people that I met at AGS will remain my friends forever, despite the fact that they are now all over the world. I know each one of my professors personally and keep in touch with them. I don't think that I would ever have been as involved in my grad school if I had gone to a larger institution.quote right

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