At The American University of Paris, we believe that progress toward our mission can be measured by the impact our graduates have on the world. The work that our graduates engage in at AUP and the learning experiences they have outside the classroom prepare them for leadership roles beyond the University, no matter where they go next. Exposure to multiple academic disciplines and varied cultural perspectives, a deep dive into an area of specialization, and opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-life situations combine to provide graduates with the skills and expertise they need to ensure their professional success. We know that what global explorers accomplish at AUP is just a snapshot of what they will achieve after graduation.
AUP opened my eyes to a new world of possibilities and gave me the education, the skills and the drive to do the work that I do today. AUP can be transformational for those who have the opportunity to study there – it certainly was for me
We regularly ask alumni for updates on their progress since leaving the University through an annual “Next Destinations” survey of the last three graduating classes. Our most recent survey of the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 (we send the survey 18 months after graduation) showed that a full 93% of undergraduates and 85% of graduate students had found employment within one year of graduation. The majority of alumni were certain that their AUP experience had been essential to the pursuit of their careers, which, for 87% of them, had an international element.
The majority of our alumni report that they are working in a language other than their native tongue, and that faculty played an important role in their success. The importance of working with faculty mentors and the integrated Center for Academic, Career and Experiential Advising to obtain professional internships was evident, as our graduates were 2.5 times more likely to find a job within six months of graduation if they had done an internship while at AUP.
There’s no denying it: our alumni are changing the world. They’re developing healthcare software, teaching in establishments across the globe, growing family businesses or incubating new business ideas, leading sustainability initiatives, accomplishing disaster relief, rising in local governments, building communities, consulting worldwide, acting and filmmaking across borders, contributing articles to internationally respected publications, studying at world-renowned institutions, and promoting French culture and language worldwide. Here are just a few of our amazing graduates.