AUP’s core curriculum program, which serves as the foundation of your academic experience, requires that you demonstrate a high degree of competence in Mathematics and spoken and written French and English. You may be asked to take placement exams in order to determine the appropriate course level for you. It is possible that you may test out of the basic core curriculum requirements for Math and French, but may still wish to select courses from these disciplines depending upon your interests and major.  


French placement

Since you will be living and studying in Paris, you do not want to miss the opportunity to develop or perfect your skills in French. French is required as part of AUP’s core curriculum and we suggest that you begin your French experience at AUP in your first semester. The French placement test is available on line by logging in and clicking on 'Complete the Appropriate Placement Test' in your checklist. If you are a beginner please let us know and we will immediately place you in the correct class. Otherwise your placement test result will determine your level of French. If your test results place you in level 3, 4, 5 or above, you will have met your French core curriculum requirements. Yet depending upon your future major or your interests in an international career, we encourage you to deepen your knowledge of French.


English placement

In your English courses, you will acquire advanced skills necessary for effective academic writing. You will study and learn to write about important works of world literature, philosophy and criticism across a wide range of genres and time periods.

If you are an entering freshman and cannot be pre-placed into the appropriate English course level with the help of SAT or ACT scores, you will be required to take the English placement exam during Orientation.

If you are a transfer student and you are not transferring with equivalencies of EN1010 and EN2020, you will be required to take the English placement exam during Orientation to confirm that you have attained a level of English writing proficiency sufficient for upper-level coursework at AUP. If you are a transfer student with SAT or ACT scores but without equivalencies of EN1010 or EN2020, you will be required to take the placement exam as these scores are probably not recent.


Mathematics placement

Mathematics is also part of the core curriculum program at AUP. Most students complete at least one Mathematics class as part of their degree. If you are considering specialization in disciplines such as International Business Administration, Economics and Computer Science (among many others), it will be necessary to demonstrate a higher level of competence in mathematics than required for the core curriculum program. While it is not necessary to take a mathematics course during the first semester at AUP, it is a good idea to do it as soon as possible in your degree. 

If you would like (or need) to take a math course your first semester, we will use American standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) or a short online math placement exam to determine the appropriate course level. It is quite possible to place out of core curriculum Mathematics with a placement exam once you are on campus. If you wish or need to take the placement exam during Orientation, please let your advisor know.