Prepare for Arrival

Summer Checklist

Log in to begin your AUP journey and use our online checklist. This will allow you to confirm your intention to attend AUP, pay tuition, choose housing and register for classes online, and many other tasks to complete before your arrival at AUP.

When to Arrive

Set yourself up for a wonderful and stress-free experience at AUP by arriving in Paris on time. Orientation is mandatory. 

  • Session 1: June 6 (orientation), June 7 (classes begin)
  • Session 2: July 1 (orientation), July 3 (classes begin)

 

Arriving Early

We strongly recommend that you arrive on your designated date. However, if you must arrive before your assigned date and need a place to stay, you will need to book a room at a local hotel. AUP has established partnerships with 4 star hotels in Paris from the INWOOD hotel chain. There are some other accommodation options that you may wish to explore including using Booking.com to search for a hotel or Airbnb.com for an apartment in Paris.

 

Medical Concerns

You should visit your doctor and dentist before you leave for France. You do not want to be bothered by medical problems during your stay. Make sure you have adequate health insurance coverage that includes hospitalization and medical repatriation in the event of an emergency. Contact your health insurance provider for information; most provide coverage for travel/study abroad for a small fee. The Office of Student Development will provide you with a list of English-speaking doctors and health care specialists who can assist with any medical difficulties you may have.

In the event that you have an ongoing medical treatment, it is recommended that you pack an extra supply of any necessary medication. Keep them in their original container and bring the prescriptions in order to avoid problems with French customs. You can also check to ensure that these medications are available and legal in France by contacting directly one of the AUP doctors, whose telephone numbers are available from the Student Development Office.

 

Travel and visa information

Travel: We encourage you to make your travel plans as soon as possible because transatlantic flights fill up fast in the summer months. There are a number of discounted possibilities from the US and Canada. For discounted travel rates and insurance coverage, we recommend that you get the International Student Identification Card (ISIC) available through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

In addition, you may be interested in a travel package that will cover such things as lost luggage or theft of your personal belongings. There are CIEE offices located in cities throughout the US. Contact CIEE to find the office nearest you, telephone 1-800-40-STUDY or www.ciee.org

Visa Regulations: You should check with your local French Consulate concerning visa requirements. Make sure that you do so before leaving your country of residence, as it is not possible to adjust your status once in France.

If you require proof of your enrollment in an AUP Summer program, please contact the Admission’s Office.

If you intend to travel outside of France before, during or after the Summer Session, be sure that your passport allows travel in other countries and that you respect the visa requirements for these countries.

 

Phones

Most students choose to continue to use their phone while in Paris. Be sure to check with your phone service provider that you are able to call internationally and what additional costs may be associated with international roaming. You also have the option to purchase a SIM card in Paris that you can use during your stay. 

 

Automatic Teller Machine (ATM)

Students frequently rely on bank or credit cards to withdraw cash from Automatic Teller Machines. This is very convenient, but be aware that there are often daily or weekly limits to the amount you can withdraw.

Before arriving in Paris, we recommend that you contact the company that issued your card to:

  • verify that your card is an international card and can be used in Paris;
  • secure a 4-digit pin code (not letters) for your card. Only cards with 4-digit numerical codes can be used in French ATM machines;
  • determine whether or not there are daily or weekly limits;
  • confirm whether your bank or credit card company charges for individual transactions at ATMs; if so, you will want to make fewer but larger withdrawals;
  • before leaving your home country, inform your bank that you will be using your ATM card in France.