Part-time Studies

Studying part-time at BT天堂

The American University of Paris offers the possibility of attending classes as a part-time student without pursuing a degree in over 100 undergraduate courses on a space-available basis.听You can choose to either take a class for academic credit or audit a class not for academic credit.听You will not be able to change between the two options after registration.听

For academic credit

You may register for up to 11 credits per semester. If you register for more credits, you鈥檙e considered a degree-seeking student. Like all other BT天堂 students taking courses for credit, you鈥檙e expected to attend class regularly, complete all assigned reading and written work, and take examinations. Grades will be reflected on University issued transcripts.听Tuition for 听2023-2024 is 鈧1,078 per credit. For example, a 4-credit course would cost听鈧4,312.

Not for academic credit

You may audit classes if you are not looking to earn academic credit. Auditors may also register for up to 11 credits per semester. Auditors may complete course assignments and take exams, but correcting their work is left to the discretion of the individual professor. The auditor rate for 2023-2024 is 鈧539 per credit. For example, a 4-credit course would cost听鈧2,156.

How to apply for part-time studies

All students applying for part-time studies must have successfully completed secondary education and have fulfilled any prerequisites for the courses they choose at BT天堂. To apply, please submit the following documents:

  • Online application form. Please complete an online part-time application on the听BT天堂 application portal.
  • Personal statements
  • Transcripts. In your application, you鈥檒l be prompted to provide unofficial transcripts from the academic institution most recently attended.
  • Extracurricular activities and work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English-language test. Non-native English speakers who wish to take courses for credit must submit one of the following standardized English tests (results no more than two years old):听听iBT (minimum 88),听听Academic Option (minimum 6.5), TOEIC Listening & Reading (minimum 810) or the听听(minimum B2 First, grade B or 176).

Personal statements

We ask that you include a personal statement as part of your application; you can upload your essay as part of your online application.

500-word personal statement

In approximately 500 words, in English, please answer one of the following essay questions:

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter听can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you faced a challenge, setback, or听failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or听realization听that听sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
300-word supplemental essay

In addition to the essay above, in under 300 words, answer the following:

  • What attracts you the most about coming to The American University of Paris and how do you believe the experience of living and studying in Paris will change you?

Extracurricular activities & work experience

Using the听BT天堂 Application Portal听you may submit your list of activities and work experience in .pdf format.

Two letters of recommendation

Online forms for your recommenders (teachers or professors) are provided in the听BT天堂 Application Portal.

Application deadlines

We review completed applications in two rounds during the year. You鈥檙e welcome to apply at any time, but admissions decisions will only be given after the first round.

Fall Admission
Round 1 by 20 April
Round 2 by 21 August

Spring Admission
Round 1 by 1 November
Round 2 by 5 January

What to do once you鈥檙e admitted

When you receive your admission decision, you will be given instructions to confirm your attendance and select your courses.听Part-time course registration will take place after pre-registration closes for other cohorts, per the academic calendar.

Non-EU Students who plan to enter France in order to study at BT天堂 under a part-time status, are required to:

  • meet with their local French Consulate in order to let them know about their status and their plans once in France;
  • send their BT天堂 Admission Counselor听written feedback by email in order to clearly explain what they have been told by the French Consulate Visa Dept.

We regret to inform part-time applicants that we cannot assist with visa formalities.

Should you need to cancel, withdraw or change your status after you have registered and made payment, please review our cancellation deadlines听and contact the Registrar鈥檚 Office听in writing.

Please note that part-time students are not eligible for BT天堂 financial aid.

Get in touch

We look forward to receiving your application. Please don鈥檛 hesitate to听request additional information听about our part-time studies program.