Study Abroad in Paris: Summer Program for Undergraduates
The American Graduate School in Paris hosts undergraduate study abroad programs for 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. The language of instruction is English; you do not need to speak French to enroll. 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 Semester and Academic Year options can be found here.
The summer program extends over six weeks and features a cross-disciplinary curriculum divided between French language courses in the mornings and international relations seminars in the afternoons. See more details on the curriculum below.
Taking full advantage of its setting in Paris, the program includes many field trips and visits alongside classroom lectures taught by recognized scholars. The coursework, fieldwork and extracurricular activities all combine to provide you with a comprehensive cultural and academic experience of Paris and France and offer you an approach to learning that is both rigorous and fun.
French language courses:
The French language courses are offered at the world-renowned language school Alliance française, a partner of the American Graduate School in Paris, located in the same building. You can therefore benefit from the highly effective and well proven methods of this 130-year old institution.
Classes take place in the mornings five times a week. You may take a free online assessment test prior to starting the program as well as a short oral examination upon arrival in order to be assigned to the class that is best fitted to your level. Classes bring together students in the AGS Study Abroad program with other learners of French, making for interesting exchanges with fellow students from many different countries.
International Relations seminars:
The seminars are organized around the following four themes:
Professors complement in-class learning with many field trips taking advantage of the central Paris location of the school and enhancing your cultural experience. As an example, previous field trips have included Arènes de Lutèce, Archeological Crypt at the foot of Notre Dame, Medieval Walls at Le Louvre as well as French courthouses and the UNESCO headquarters (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization).
The summer program is designed to provide 6 credits 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 credit transfer 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.
The summer program 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 classes start.
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.
Christian Karastojanov Canada
AGS's focus on both academics and real-world experience, its international faculty deeply engaged in current IR issues, and its connections to a variety of global governmental and non-governmental organizations all provided an invaluable preparation for a life in IR.