La Directrice

AYA Study Abroad Paris at Paris IV & the Institut Catholique

Aliya’s passion for learning new languages and cultures led her to do a degree in French and International Business at the University College London. She then attended the Université de Paris-Sorbonne for one year studying Literature.

aliyaAliya immediately fell in love with the City of Lights and knew that she would return one day upon completion of her studies. After finishing university, Aliya left for Barcelona where she taught English and French for one year. She then moved to Italy to be a tour guide around the Italian Lakes, Venice, and Verona. After working with various tour companies and travelling Europe, as well as further destinations like South America, Australia, the Far East, Africa, and Asia, Aliya returned to London to work with international schools and educational companies. She eventually made her way back to Paris and is now a true Parisian after having moved back to France 10 years ago. She enjoys welcoming AYA students and helping them integrate into French society and sharing all the wonderful sights that France has to offer.

Aliya’s role 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 Mademoiselle Jivraj helps students address. While AYA students attend classes without interference at the Université de Paris IV or the Institut Catholique, Mademoiselle Jivraj 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 and meets with students at the AYA office in Reid Hall. As an AYA student, you will come to regard her as a teacher, adviser, friend, and your most important link to the city and the university.