Below you can find some great advice for travelling abroad. Remember that you’ll most likely be living in a smaller space than you are used to and that you won’t want to carry around heavy suitcases.

We recommend that you use one of the many packing lists available on the internet to make sure you bring the right quantity of clothing and personal items. Here are things that past students have recommended to pack (or unpack):

 

Add it in

  • Living expenses for one month (approximately 1,000 €)
  • At least one month’s supply of any prescription medication, the medication’s pharmaceutical name, and a prescription (for customs). You can contact healthataup.edu if you're unable to confirm that your medication is available in France.
  • Bring contact lenses and solution for a few months. Lenses can be renewed in France once a year and are covered by the AUP health insurance. Solution is readily available at any “Opticien” store.
  • Administrative documents listed on the Documents page.
  • Winter clothing (temperatures usually drop to around freezing)
  • Converters/adapters for any non-European appliances. The voltage in France is 220 volts, so just having an adapter may not be enough.  Airports are great places to buy adapters and converters, but they can be more expensive. Buy at least one to bring with you and you can buy the rest after you arrive.
  • A good umbrella or a hat. Rain in Paris is often accompanied by gusts of wind that will destroy most umbrellas in under a minute, including those bought locally.
  • A backpack or small travel suitcase for carrying books and for weekend trips
  • One professional outfit for interviews and special events
  • You should come equipped with a working laptop. While we expect to be teaching face-to-face in classrooms on campus, many of your professors will be using technology to enhance your learning. We also need to be prepared for remote teaching if necessary, during which periods it would be essential that you have a laptop and reliable internet connection.

 

Take it out

  • Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, nail polish remover, etc. You can buy most toiletries in France, so only bring the little airline-approved travel sized bottles. If you cannot find your favorite product in France, you can always order it online. 
  • Hair dryers, curling irons/straighteners, basically anything that needs to be plugged in that you could buy for under €50. Keep in mind the voltage/plug issue.
  • Towels, sheets, pillows, etc. All these items are provided by our housing partners. They can also be easily bought when you're here, if you're using a different housing option.

 

Add it in or take it out

  • Cell phone. During orientation, new students are accompanied by their student advisors to a mobile service store to learn about French cell phone options. You can bring an unlocked phone and buy a French sim card, or purchase a new phone with your French cellular plan.

Feel free to contact your admissions counselor if you have any questions.