Hi, I’m Anna. My phone interview went well and I got accepted about a week ago, naturally I am really excited! I’m from Germany but go to an American high school. Do you like living in Paris? Is it everything you hoped it would be? how is the living situation? Are the living conditions clean and worth the money? Do you feel like you are getting the education you had hoped for? I grew up in Europe and i want to continue living here but i want an American Uni education. If i went to AUP i think i would study psychology. Are you a native French speaker or are you learning it by living there? does every student have to take french? sorry i am bombarding you with questions but i’m really interested. Are there more open days in the spring? Thank you for answering!!
That’s so cool! My sister’s name is Anna. Congratulations on your acceptance!! That’s exciting! What part of Germany are you from? I have a couple friends from Munich and Frankfurt and they argue over which is the best city :p
I love living in Paris, it’s really anything you want it to be. The architecture and people are beautiful, there are tons of parks and cafes de vivre la vie boheme, and of course world class nightlife :) Downside is getting used to living in a different country - you don’t always know where to find something specific or who to call (and I hate conversing in french over the phone)…But overall its great, its really what you make it.
The living options are homestay, apartment, or the new dorms. I have a studio and I love it - its tiny but it has an elevator and view of the tower and invalides. My friend did a homestay and it was pretty awful (although I’m sure not all of them are like that) the woman was really abrasive and rude and threw her out one night (my friend is like the sweetest girl ever). So she ended up getting her own apartment as well. The dorms are modern, new, and good for meeting new people, but they’re quite removed from AUP’s neighborhood and my friend said she’s always commuting because there’s not that much to do in the dorm neighborhood. Paris is super expensive but most people I know pay between 500-900 euros for cute apartments that have everything we need - just got to make your list of priorities! The landlords have generally worked with AUP for years so they trust us and are very helpful and kind.
I definitely feel like I’m getting an education at AUP - there tends to be one stinker class each semester that I’m not very impressed with (not the right fit or right prof for my learning style) but overall the professors are worldclass - just geniuses - and they all have their own style but really teach well. My only frustration is that there are some kids at our school who clearly don’t value it the way others do, so they’re like…sleeping in the back of the classroom or going out for smoke breaks in the middle of a lecture. Obviously there are some profs that don’t put up with it, but its my biggest pet peeve ever, cuz I’m really there to learn. And also the experience with different view points and dicussions in the classroom (and independently all over the city) is really important and something unique and special that AUP offers.
That’s really cool that you’ll study psyc, especially in this international environment it’d really set you apart in your future career!
I came in with 3 years of high school french at a conversational level. AUP requires everyone to take a french placement test at the beginning of the year and get sorted into beginning, intermediate, or high level french courses. I was placed into FR 235 which is the high level (or last you need as a requirement) and I feel pretty fluent (although I definitely should be practicing more). Everyone is required to complete courses up through 235 for graduation or test out of it completely by having a french bac. You use french in the city, but only if you’re actively going out and seeking conversation. AUP’s language is really english, so a lot of kids get stuck in the bubble :p
Here’s the calendar: http://www.aup.edu/main/academics/calendar.htm
I know it doesn’t have Fall ‘13 on there yet, but the spring schedule is what you can expect for most years! We get two weeks of break (this year they’re together, last year they were separated by a few weeks of class) And Easter off…and several other holidays. You can design your course schedule so that you have mondays or fridays off usually, so long weekends every weekend! :)
Hope this helped - keep in touch!!