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Academic Year Abroad is an organization, established in Paris in 1960 by Stetson Holmes, late Vice President of the American University in Beirut. The Academic Year Abroad Paris program (L'Année Universitaire à Paris) is based upon a legal agreement with the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), and since it was founded, AYA has been operated by university professors and directed by an advisory board of academics who have always made every effort to maintain the highest standards. Furthermore, Academic Year Abroad is a member of NAFSA, Association of International Educators, while also entering into partnerships with a great number of American universities and colleges, especially the Catholic University, Bard. Since its founding, approximately 4,500 students have studied at fine universities in Europe with AYA, which offers students the options of either AYA-sponsored or independent housing. The tuition, housing, and cultural activities fees are moderate. The organization’s Directors in Madrid, Paris, and Siena provide orientation, arrange for help with housing, arrange for language-reinforcement and specialized courses, act on each student's behalf at the university, and ensure the transmission of grades to the home institution. AYA programs are kept small: never more than 25 to 30 students.

All Programs Available:
  • Humanities
    • Study Abroad Programs
  • Philology, Languages, Literature
    • Language Courses
    • Language Courses and Cultural Immersion Programs
    • Spanish Language and Literature (in Universities)
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