Academic Year Abroad Paris at Paris IV & the Institut Catholique
General Background | La Directrice | Academics | Cultural Activities | Program Dates
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AYA Paris Directrice Paule Schneersohn (right)|
with her Assistant Sarah Yvé
AYA Directrice in Paris
since 1978, Paule Schneersohn has the Maîtrise in American
literature and the Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures et Specialisées
in Psychology from the Université de Paris VI. Her rôle is to
guide AYA students through the maze of study possibilities, and through the
rules, regulations, and procedures they face in Paris, and to assist them
whenever possible. Not every student may enroll in every school or in every
course—age, credits completed, prior study, and proficiency in French are
among the considerations which Madame Schneersohn helps students address.
While AYA students attend classes without interference at the Université de Paris IV
or the Institut Catholique, Madame Schneersohn maintains contacts with their
professors, sees to the organizing of tutorials, and transmits their grades.
She helps students with housing, orientation, and academics as well as with
obtaining the carte de séjour. She arranges for AYA cultural activities
and excursions to such sites as Chartres, Mont Saint Michel, and the Châteaux
de la Loire; meets with students at the AYA office in Reid Hall; even prepares
the annual Thanksgiving dinner. AYA students come to regard her as teacher,
adviser, and friend, their most important link during their period of study
abroad to the city and the university.