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AUP Graduate Studies

A transformative educational experience specially designed to develop the career-defining, dialectical skillset that enables our graduates to thrive in intensely international work environments.

AUP was founded in 1962 by Lloyd DeLamater, a visionary diplomat and economic advisor for NATO. His goal was to foster cross-border cooperation by teaching a new generation of students the special leadership, collaboration and peacekeeping skills needed to responsibly navigate international complexity and shape discourse at a global scale. More than 60 years later, this mission still informs everything from our academic approach to how we build our programs and choose which students we admit to them. 

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Academics

The innovative flexibility of an accredited American curriculum, combined with course material heavily influenced by our European roots, all led by an expert, globe-spanning faculty body.

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Academic Approach

We believe that true subject mastery is demonstrated not strictly in how much someone has memorized about a particular topic, but in their ability to operate expertly, ethically and efficiently in the face of uncertainty and challenges – the single most consistent aspect of work in international contexts. 

Programs

Leveraging our foundations as a liberal arts university, AUP’s specialized graduate programs help rising professionals cultivate the dialectical thinking skills needed to thrive in careers at a global scale. In addition to interdisciplinary theoretical studies, all programs include a wide range of hands-on, international experiences outside of the classroom, giving students the competitive advantage of practicing their field as much as they study it.

MA in Diplomacy and International Law

The program educates students to move seamlessly across boundaries in advocating for the allocation of ideas, rights and resources in today’s world. Graduates pursue careers in government, business, the United Nations, the NGO sector, or further studies in law; all graduates utilize the range of skills acquired to advocate for justice in challenging circumstances worldwide.

  • Duration 3 Semesters
  • Entry time Fall
  • Cost €51,744
  • Language English
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MA in Global Communications

The RNCP-accredited program combines theoretical coursework with hands-on experience, preparing students for roles in NGOs, marketing, journalism filmmaking, and podcasting. By combining theory with a range of intercultural perspectives, students look beyond US models to gain a broad understanding of interdisciplinary communications practices in international contexts.

  • Duration 3-4 Semesters
  • Entry time Fall or Spring
  • Cost €51,744
  • Language English
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MSc in Human Rights and Data Science

The program equips students with a competitive edge, offering a balance between a broad interdisciplinary academic approach and professional certification oriented toward industrial application. Students engage with industry leaders, addressing ethical issues in data protection and AI and France, a leader in data protection and human rights, provides the ideal setting.

  • Duration 3 Semesters
  • Entry time Fall
  • Cost €45,276
  • Language English
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MA in International Affairs

In today’s increasingly divisive world, there is a critical need for analytical thinkers able to navigate transnational issues. Leveraging AUP’s deeply cross-cultural heritage, the program prepares Our graduates to work at the community, national and international levels, contributing to the development of new ideas and strategies to provide social justice to citizens worldwide.

  • Duration 3 Semesters
  • Entry time Fall or Spring
  • Cost €40,964
  • Language English
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MSc in International Management

To use management theory in the current global climate, it is necessary to view traditional approaches through a critical lens, one that takes into account today’s complex world. The program situates management theory in AUP’s interdisciplinary, experiential teaching methods, emphasizing practical and ethical management approaches in order to put people first.

  • Duration 3-6 Semesters
  • Entry time Fall or Spring
  • Cost €51,744
  • Language English
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MSc in Strategic Brand Management

The RNCP-accredited program combines foundations in communications and brand theory with core courses from AUP’s innovative, ethically focused international management curriculum and hands-on study trip experiences. It prepares students to expertly manage and shape an international brand and its relationship with the consumers and employees who make its success possible.

  • Duration 3-4 Semesters
  • Entry time Fall or Spring
  • Cost €51,744
  • Language English
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Scholarships & Cost 

We are a non-profit University and thanks to the generous donations of our alumni and extended AUP community, are able to award over 4 million euros in scholarships, annually. Due to our American curricular structure, AUP does not qualify for the government stipends that enable many European universities to provide free or heavily discounted tuition for all. 

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Featured Courses

Our graduate courses are hand-crafted by our meticulous, world-class faculty whose experiences working in intensely international environments inform every curricular choice they make; from the focus of a lecture, to the assigned readings, choice of guest speakers and selection of out-of-classroom experiences. Our classes are not only regularly updated to stay ahead of the curve – they are literally taught by experts at the fore-front of their respective industries who often expose their students to the cutting edge research and professional projects they themselves are involved in.

    Whether its test-driving strategic branding skills through real world practice; studying traditional management theory so you can eventually turn it on its head; or diving into the politics, data and sociological learnings that inform international conflict resolution, AUP’s graduate catalog offers a highly specialized selection of courses that approach global issues from an unprecedented, dialectical perspective.

    Global Digital Cultures

    Global Digital Cultures is a core course of the Digital Cultures Track of the MA in Global Communications that lays a theoretical foundation for critically exploring the greater context of digital technology. As students “dive in behind the scenes”, they are led to expand their knowledge of digital media through the lens of different cultures, industry examples and impact on identity.

    Philosophical Foundation of Intl. Relations

    Studying politics allows students to better understand the underlying mechanisms of the world they live in and to prepare themselves to act upon it to effect change. In this course, this process begins by asking students to reflect upon their own interest in studying politics, before diving into an exploration of core theoretical and philosophical frameworks.

    Take this course in the MA in International Affairs.

    Advanced Intl. Human Rights Law

    When taking Advanced International Human Rights Law, students are pushed to better understand the hard and soft law that governs human rights frameworks. Part of the MSc in Human Rights and Data Science, participants will examine law in theory before applying it to contemporary situations. Coursework deals in tangible terms with rapidly evolving legal frameworks, and students' research aims to impact the evolution of human rights policy in real time. 

    Take this course in the MSc in Diplomacy and International Law

    Management Ethics and Theory

    The Management Ethics and Theory course asks students to reassess their beliefs and assumptions and to think critically about management strategies in complex situations. Students confront ethics through a range of case studies that explore ways to prevent or avoid unethical behavior through an appreciation of the complex circumstances that can lead to it.

    Take this course in the MSc in International Management.

    Branding Practicum

    A kind of “intense test-drive” for students in branding, this practicum leads students through brand theory, teaching them to determine what a brand stands for and to hone in on the psychological aspects at play in consumer behavior. They come away with a strong understanding of the notion of “brand essence” and with the skills to turn it into a coherent branding strategy.

    Take this course in the MSc in Strategic Brand Management.

    Cross Course Consulting

    The Cross Course Consulting project is a project that brings students to work directly with a real client to develop strategies to maximize their impact. These strategies can include, for example, accelerating global change (innovation & education), fundraising and finding opportunities for future growth, or balancing financial, stakeholder, and personnel constraints.

    Take this course in the MSc in International Management.

    Data Science I: Methods & Context

    This project-based course is about honing the essential skills needed to navigate the intricate world of data with precision and integrity. From sourcing and refining data to crafting compelling narratives, students will be immersed in every facet of the data science lifecycle. Through real-world applications, students delve into the art of formulating meaningful questions, responsibly gathering data, and weaving captivating data-driven stories. But it's not just about technical prowess; students also grapple with the ethical dimensions of data science, preparing them to navigate the complex tapestry of data-driven jobs in the real world. 

    Take this course in the MSc in Human Rights and Data Science.

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    Experiential Learning

    Since day one of our founding in 1962, we have stood behind the principle that it is not enough to merely study the world – we believe that to truly understand it, one must go out and live in it. This is not only why our campus continues to be located in the heart of Paris, it is also why our curricular structure provides ample space for experiential learning both within the city and abroad. From international law in the Hague to sustainable management in India and communications in Morocco, our programs invite students to go hands-on in unique, real-world contexts, directly exchanging with professionals, advocates, alumni and scholars who accompany them in their learning – and in select cases, into their careers.

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    Fez, Morocco

    4 days

    Fez: Culture, and Communication

    Students travel to Fez, Morocco to discover the inner workings of urban renewal, communications and branding in this heritage city.

    Students on the study trip to Fez

    Paris, France

    3 weeks

    Summer Institute for Human Rights

    The Summer Institute for Human Rights offers film-screenings, project-based team work, and guest lectures by experts working to address global challenges through human rights.

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    Netherlands

    5 days

    Netherlands: Navigating Climate Change

    The summer practicum to The Hague, in the Netherlands, takes students to visit a dynamic international legal hub, where they attend in-progress international criminal tribunals and meet expert judges and prosecution lawyers working in the courts.

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    Auroville, India

    4 weeks

    India: Sustainable Development

    The Sustainable Development Practicum in Auroville, India pairs an academic understanding of sustainable development with hands-on experience working with NGOs and sustainable enterprises.

    Charles Talcott with students during India practicum

    Paris, France

    1 Semester

    Data Industry Practicum

    A series of intensive workshops with experts who are analyzing, in a practical way, the computational, legal, economic and ethical aspects of data use. Students get hands-on experience through assessed projects grounded in professional contexts.

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    Faculty

    Our faculty have studied, lived and worked all over the world. Many have experience working in top-level positions in international environments or leading global research in their areas of expertise. Their professional and academic careers – often led simultaneously – see them regularly interact across borders, cultures and languages, making them well placed to help our students develop the skills and professional dispositions necessary to do the same.

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    Research

    AUP professors make significant contributions to research in their chosen fields, regularly engaging with policy-makers, industry leaders and the global academic discourse.

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    Campus

    Our campus is marked by the confluence of international culture unique to highly global spaces like those found in the headquarters of major multinational companies and organizations. Our students become adept at navigating this specialized, pre-professional environment while simultaneously living every day immersed in the unique social mentality of one of the most intellectually and culturally rich cities in the world.

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    Paris: Center of French Intelligence

    Beneath its notoriously charming exterior, Paris is a powerhouse of European intellect, not only called home by some of the most prestigious research institutions in the world, but also operating as a central nexus of political forces that shape policy and opinion in both the EU and the extended francophone world. It is perhaps no surprise that this is mirrored in the local cultural attitude, where dedicating significant time to cultivating knowledge is common place and participating in societal and political debates is a favorite pass-time at dinner. French culture – and that of Paris in particular – tends to place value on personal development and the maintenance of a healthy work-life balance, all of which is evident in Paris’ commitment to maintaining and investing in its renowned cultural and artistic institutions – further cultivating the rich intellectual environment it is known for. 

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    Parisian Institutions

    Paris is home to a multitude of cultural institutions, museums, and organizations pertinent to an international education – many of which offer student discounts.

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    Living Here

    “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young (person), then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you…” – Ernest Hemmingway.

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    Our Campus

    AUP’s campus blends the concept of an American campus with Parisian lifestyle. Its seven modern and recently-renovated buildings are all within walking distance to each other and to the convenient public transportation system. Because classroom buildings are integrated into the Parisian cityscape, rather than on a closed-off campus, students become part of the local community from day one, frequenting local businesses, museums and parks between classes and activities. 

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    7th Arrondissement

    A few steps from the Eiffel tower, several embassies and world renowned cultural institutions, we have called Paris’ 7th arrondissement “home” since our founding.

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    Campus Tour

    Tour AUP’s campus to discover our newly renovated buildings and the many spaces that bridge academics, culture and social life.

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    Our 7th arrondissement location, a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, has always been a proud part of AUP’s identity.

    Library study space

    The AUP on-campus experience combines US higher education philosophies with a European urban campus.

    Student studies in the library overlooking the qua

    Our flagship Student Life and Learning Commons unites all academic and student support services under one roof.

    Student working with a professor

    The newest of our buildings, the Monttessuy Center for the Arts, provides a space for creative arts of all kinds.

    Student in the Monttessuy auditorium

    Community

    When you bring a unique group of around 1000 students together from over 100 nationalities, in the heart of Paris, something special happens. Even if their motivations may differ, our students, both grad and undergrad, share the common experience of having taken the plunge and moved their lives abroad. 

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    Community in the classroom

    Alumni Network

    Join an alumni network as richly diverse as it is global. With over 20,000 graduates living across 145 countries, our alumni provide current students with insightful career advice and important professional connections.