Study Abroad in Paris: Semester/Year Program for Undergraduates
The American Graduate School in Paris hosts study abroad programs for undergraduate students wanting to study in Paris to gain international experience while earning credits towards their degree at their home institution. Classes take place at the American Graduate School in Paris, located between Luxembourg gardens and the traditional artists' district of Montparnasse, in the heart of Paris. Classes are in English, and these programs are open to students from all countries.
A range of options are available: Summer, Fall/Spring Semester, or Academic Year. More information on the summer program can be found here.
The semester study abroad program features a cross-disciplinary curriculum with a two-fold focus:
Taking full advantage of its setting in Paris, the program includes a number of field trips and visits alongside classroom lectures taught by recognized scholars. It also comprises two trips every semester (see below for details). The coursework, fieldwork and extracurricular activities all combine to provide students with a comprehensive cultural and academic experience of Paris and France with an approach to learning that is both rigorous and fun.
The program is offered every year in the Fall (Early September to Mid December) and in the Spring (End of January to Mid May). Each session extends over 15 weeks. The curriculum is designed so that students can attend two consecutive semesters and spend an entire year studying in Paris, if they choose the Academic Year option.
The curriculum of the semester study abroad program consists of:
A core seminar on the History, Politics and Diplomacy of France and the European Union:
The core course provides students with a thorough understanding of France and Europe's governmental institutions, diplomacy, and foreign policy formulation. The Fall course focuses on France while the Spring course focuses on the European Union.
Several class field trips are organized, taking advantage of the proximity of many historical and cultural sites as well as French, European and International institutions to supplement the knowledge acquired in the classroom with firsthand observational experience.
A major component of the core course is the capstone project that enables students to do research on topics of current events in Paris and Europe.
Two courses from a choice of six electives
AGS allows undergraduate students to follow a graduate course selected from its US-accredited International Relations and Diplomacy Master's program (see Graduate Course Offering).
French language courses:
Included in the program are nine hours per week of French classes. Classes are organized in three-hour long sessions taking place in the mornings at the world-renowned language school Alliance française.
The program is designed to provide 16 credits per semester toward an undergraduate degree according to the American credit system. Credit breakdown according to the US credit system is as follows:
Note that acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of your home institution. A dedicated counselor at the American Graduate School in Paris is available to assist you in the transfer approval process at their home institution.
Two student trips are organized every semester:
1. A two-day trip to one of the important political cities of the European Union:
You will do a private tour of the European Parliament and meet with an MEP (Member of the European Parliament). You will also visit Brussels, see its famous Grand Place with its small bustling shopping streets, and get a chance to taste Belgium's famous chocolates and waffles.
You will visit the Council of Europe where you will get to see firsthand what you will have learned about in the classroom. You will experience the distrinctive cultural identity of the Alsacian region of France, with its picturesque architecture and famous "terroir" cuisine.
2. A four-day trip to Nice on the French Riviera:
Located on the French Côte d'Azur (Riviera) along the Mediterranean coast, Nice is France's 5th largest city. You will explore the historical center (Vieux Nice) and the city's neighboring Louis XIV former castle site, medieval village and antique Roman ruins site. You will be able to get a taste of the French Provence cuisine and way of life.
In addition to the program trips, students often take advantage of their weekends and breaks to travel on their own time.
Each semester starts with a four-day orientation designed to help you to get familiarized with Paris and introduced to the program. This is also a time for students to get to know each other before the start of classes.
The orientation consists of:
We have our own housing dedicated to our students. The building is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, next to the Seine River and not far from the Eiffel tower. Options include single or shared studio apartments, each having its own kitchenette and en-suite bathroom. Staying in the same building as fellow students offers the advantage of being immersed in the small but active AGS community. See more information here.
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Ryan MillsUnited States
From current issues in the Middle East taught together by an Iranian historian and an Israelli journalist, to NGO management taught by the director of Human Rights Watch in France, every class was fascinating and taught by some of the most impressive people I could ever have imagined. I immediately felt at home in this small but active AGS community because, although students and professors are all from different parts of the world, everyone takes the time to understand each other's perspective. Overall, I would recommend AGS to anyone with a thirst for intellectual stimulation and a drive to not only understand the world of international relations, but engage in it..