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UNE partners with American Graduate School in Paris to offer new study abroad experience

University of New England Vice President for Global Affairs Anouar Majid (left) and Larry Kilman, director of the American Gradu
University of New England Vice President for Global Affairs Anouar Majid (left) and Larry Kilman, director of the American Graduate School in Paris, sign an agreement to create a new program for UNE undergraduates to study abroad in Paris for a semester.

April 12, 2018

On April 11, the University of New England (UNE) signed a partnership with the American Graduate School (AGS) in Paris to launch a “UNE in Paris” study-abroad program that will enable undergraduate students from UNE to spend a semester in the heart of Paris, experiencing French and European culture while gaining credits toward their degrees.

The program combines coursework in international relations with French classes at the Alliance Française, using the city of Paris and its many institutions as an expanded classroom. Students will stay with Parisian families for a true, immersive experience.

The partnership between UNE and the American Graduate School in Paris was initiated by Anouar Majid, UNE’s vice president for Global Affairs, who founded the university’s Center for Global Humanities on the Portland Campus and the Tangier Global Forum on the Tangier Campus in Morocco.

After signing the agreement, Majid stated, “The president of UNE, James Herbert, and I are tremendously excited by this unique opportunity to offer our students a first-rate American education in English while learning French and living in Paris. AGS, with its visionary and flexible attitude, as well as with its excellent faculty and staff, is the ideal partner for us. We will do our best to recruit students and grow the program.”

AGS Director Larry Kilman added: “Being a ‘boutique’ institution, we were able to design a custom-made program based on the specific needs and goals presented by UNE. We are very proud for this opportunity to support UNE’s mission of providing international education to students, which very much converges with our own mission.”

The first session of the program will start in January 2019. The “UNE in Paris” program will eventually become the main destination for UNE students in the Paris region.  It will complement other semester-abroad programs offered by the University of New England in Tangier, Morocco; Seville, Spain; and Akureyri, Iceland as well as 16 shorter travel courses with destinations including Italy, Ireland, Kenya, Thailand and the Galapagos Islands.

To learn more about the Global Education Program at UNE, visit www.une/global/ed


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