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Students enrolled at Parsons Paris develop creative and critical thinking skills and apply them to challenges including environmental and economic sustainability and social concerns. Parsons’ network of interconnected design laboratories enables students to explore global phenomena at a number of sites and scales of engagement in on-campus research and initiatives with international partners that focus on urban life in Paris, New York, and elsewhere.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and adults with bachelor’s degrees
  • Must be 19+ or 18 with 1 year of college
  • Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL scores of 92 or above or IELTS scores of 7.0 or above to show proof of English proficiency
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcript
  • Students who wish to take fashion design courses must submit a portfolio
  • Entry requirements for US and EU passport holders: a valid passport and student visa
  • Entry requirements for all other international students: consult the French Consulate in your home country

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Paris programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.

    The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Angers

    Capital of Anjou, Angers is a city of Art and History, a haven of remarkable culture thanks to its Castle : King René, and to its Museum of Fine Arts where you will discover works dating from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, at the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice or the Museum Jean Lurçat which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echo of the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a natural wealth thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.

  • Riviera

    The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French is a mythical, known all over the world for its beaches and the authenticity and charm of its hinterland little villages.

    We will visit some of the famous cities by the Mediterranean sea, such as Cannes, Nice, Marseille or Antibes and also some genuine sites inland, such as Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence or even Bormes-les-Mimosas.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • Strasbourg

    The capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg has one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. In the Grand Île and Petite France, cobbled streets weave between creaking timber-framed houses that have survived for hundreds of years. The city is also the home of many European and international institutions, including the Council of Europe, on which the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.

  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.

    The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • Strasbourg

    The capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg has one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. In the Grand Île and Petite France, cobbled streets weave between creaking timber-framed houses that have survived for hundreds of years. The city is also the home of many European and international institutions, including the Council of Europe, on which the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.

  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Angers

    Capital of Anjou, Angers is a city of Art and History, a haven of remarkable culture thanks to its Castle : King René, and to its Museum of Fine Arts where you will discover works dating from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, at the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice or the Museum Jean Lurçat which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echo of the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a natural wealth thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.

  • Riviera

    The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French is a mythical, known all over the world for its beaches and the authenticity and charm of its hinterland little villages.

    We will visit some of the famous cities by the Mediterranean sea, such as Cannes, Nice, Marseille or Antibes and also some genuine sites inland, such as Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence or even Bormes-les-Mimosas.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester

A leader in art and design education since its founding in 1896, Parsons has cultivated outstanding artists, designers, scholars, businesspeople, and community leaders for more than a century. Parsons has had a presence in Paris since 1921.

Students enrolled at Parsons Paris develop creative and critical thinking skills and apply them to challenges including environmental and economic sustainability and social concerns. Parsons’ network of interconnected design laboratories enables students to explore global phenomena at a number of sites and scales of engagement in on-campus research and initiatives with international partners that focus on urban life in Paris, New York, and elsewhere.

Located in one of the most vibrant creative economies in the world, the program takes full advantage of Paris, offering extraordinary educational, cultural, and professional opportunities for the growing number of students who seek a range of experience in art, design, media, technology, and culture.

Students majoring in the arts, fashion, or design will choose courses from within the Art and Design program.

Students who are new to the arts or are not majoring in fashion or design can participate in the CODA track program during the Spring semester. In this program students will choose one of the two preset tracks below, will choose one course open to visiting students and will take one June intensive course.

DESIGN CULTURES TRACK: APDM 3410 Global Prof. Practices; APDS 2102 Des., Dev. And Production; APHT 3101 The Making of Paris + one course open to visiting students + one June course

FASHION CULTURES TRACK: APFS 2011 Intro to Fashion Studies: Lecture and Recitation; APPH 2100 Intro to Photography; APFY 1050 Drawing: Fashion & Form + one course open to visiting students + one June course

June courses: Fashion Design Process, Fashion Styling, The Business of Fashion

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

Meals are not included. Students will be provided with information about affordable local options for meals near the Parsons building upon arrival in Paris.

Students are met at the Charles de Gaulle airport by on-site staff on the program start date. Students receive detailed flight instructions upon their acceptance into the program and should wait to purchase a flight until receiving more information post-acceptance.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts for Parsons students are issued by the Registrar’s Office and carry the signature and seal of The New School. A transcript is confirmation of a student’s permanent record at the university. API will send one transcript per student to the address the student indicates on the Transcript Release Form. Students who need additional copies of their transcript may submit an official request to The New School Registrar’s Office.

Parsons Paris, founded in 1921, is accredited by NASAD (National Association of the Schools of Art and Design) and by MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education), and is recognized by the French Ministry of Education as a Private Establishment of Higher Education (Etablissement d’Enseignement Supérieur Privé).

Staff & Coordinators

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    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

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    Francine Bost-Millischer

    Francine Bost-Millischer will be one of your Resident Directors in Paris and a resource for you on-site.

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    Laure Bettencourt

    Laure Bettencourt will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in adjusting to life in France!

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    Violaine will be your Academic Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in achieving your educational goals with us in France!

COURSE OFFERINGS

COURSE INFORMATION

Parsons Paris is the European campus of The New School, an innovative university based in New York City. Building on the curriculum of Parsons School of Design, a globally acclaimed art and design school established in 1921, Parsons Paris students are part of a modern atelier where interdisciplinary learning and small classes prepare them for careers in fashion, management, digital innovation, and curatorial practice.

Students choose to enroll in classes from one of the preset track offerings. Students are advised to obtain course pre-approval for at least 8-10 courses. Students should be flexible in their course choices.

CREDIT INFORMATION

The Registrar’s Office at Parsons (NY) issues credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits each.

French Language

Parsons Paris offers three levels of intensive French language instruction. All API students have the option to enroll in one of these 3-credit French courses each semester. A placement exam will be taken on campus during orientation.

Language of Instruction: French   

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Cultures of Design and Art (CODA)

The CODA suite is a series of 5 courses (15 credits) – 4 each spring semester plus one in June – in the field of design or fashion. They are designed for students with a strong interest in the arts, who are not necessarily art majors. Students may supplement their studies by taking additional courses at Parsons Paris (for an additional fee).

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

French Language

Parsons Paris offers three levels of intensive French language instruction. All API students have the option to enroll in one of these 3-credit French courses each semester. A placement exam will be taken on campus during orientation.

Language of Instruction: French   

View Syllabus   

Art, Media, and Technology

This course will present the aesthetics, practice and history of what has been coined New Media Art. Historical investigation will bring us back to Daguerreotype photography and 1920s avant-garde cinema, cybernetic sculpture and artists/engineers collaborations in the 1960s and 1970s, the democratisation of computers in the 1970s and 1980s, and the development of internet-based practices in the 1990s.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Fashion Design

Central Saint Martins' fashion alumni like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney have changed the way that the world looks at fashion. In this 3 week course you will use research as the key to the design process, using London's streets, museums and people as the starting point. You will then go on to develop your ideas into designs and explore a range of different illustration techniques to present them to finished portfolio standard. You will be expected to push your ideas to expand and explore what is possible through the design process. During the class you will also visit specialist fabric shops and the costume collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. You will be assessed on research in a sketchbook, sketches and rough design ideas, with designs developed from these ideas presented as illustrations to portfolio standard.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Liberal Arts Electives

Students can choose from liberal arts electives in a variety of subject offerings related to the arts, design, fashion, French culture, French language and history. Click on the syllabi link above to view the available liberal arts courses.

Language of Instruction: English   

View Syllabus   

Strategic Design Management

The integration of business and design provides students with new methodologies and techniques that look beyond the traditional skill set to manage existing and evolving businesses. Particular focus is given to the management of creative processes, guiding multidisciplinary teams to implement organizational strategic goals in brand, product and service development, creative business management, responding to new challenges by using the design approach as an integral part of solving problems and finding new areas of opportunity and the management of creative businesses, implementing business fundamentals in the collaborative environment of the creative field.

Language of Instruction: English   

View Syllabus   

Cultures of Design and Art (CODA)

The CODA suite is a series of 5 courses (15 credits) – 4 each spring semester plus one in June – in the field of design or fashion. They are designed for students with a strong interest in the arts, who are not necessarily art majors. Students may supplement their studies by taking additional courses at Parsons Paris (for an additional fee).

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

French Language

Parsons Paris offers three levels of intensive French language instruction. All API students have the option to enroll in one of these 3-credit French courses each semester. A placement exam will be taken on campus during orientation.

Language of Instruction: French   

View Syllabus   

Art, Media, and Technology

This course will present the aesthetics, practice and history of what has been coined New Media Art. Historical investigation will bring us back to Daguerreotype photography and 1920s avant-garde cinema, cybernetic sculpture and artists/engineers collaborations in the 1960s and 1970s, the democratisation of computers in the 1970s and 1980s, and the development of internet-based practices in the 1990s.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Fashion Design

Central Saint Martins' fashion alumni like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney have changed the way that the world looks at fashion. In this 3 week course you will use research as the key to the design process, using London's streets, museums and people as the starting point. You will then go on to develop your ideas into designs and explore a range of different illustration techniques to present them to finished portfolio standard. You will be expected to push your ideas to expand and explore what is possible through the design process. During the class you will also visit specialist fabric shops and the costume collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. You will be assessed on research in a sketchbook, sketches and rough design ideas, with designs developed from these ideas presented as illustrations to portfolio standard.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Liberal Arts Electives

Students can choose from liberal arts electives in a variety of subject offerings related to the arts, design, fashion, French culture, French language and history. Click on the syllabi link above to view the available liberal arts courses.

Language of Instruction: English   

View Syllabus   

Strategic Design Management

The integration of business and design provides students with new methodologies and techniques that look beyond the traditional skill set to manage existing and evolving businesses. Particular focus is given to the management of creative processes, guiding multidisciplinary teams to implement organizational strategic goals in brand, product and service development, creative business management, responding to new challenges by using the design approach as an integral part of solving problems and finding new areas of opportunity and the management of creative businesses, implementing business fundamentals in the collaborative environment of the creative field.

Language of Instruction: English   

View Syllabus   

Highlights
  • Classes in English (with French language and culture courses available)
  • World-renowned art and design school
  • Top U.S. and international accreditations (including NASAD and Middle States)
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Parsons Paris – The New School)
  • Intimate class size
  • Best-in-class education in creative disciplines, including art, design, business design, and fashion
  • Courses taught by leading industry professionals from the world’s two fashion capitals – New York and Paris

Students who choose to live with families are provided with five breakfast meals and two dinner meals per week with the family, along with a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals. Host families serve as a unique introduction into French culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families live in apartments with 2-4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living/dining area. In some cases, there may be another API or international student in the same apartment. While most family placements offer a single room, some students share a double room.

Students also have the option of living in shared apartments that are located throughout Paris. Most are designed to house 4 students in double-occupancy bedrooms, though some may be larger. Meals are not provided, however, apartments are equipped with kitchen appliances, and students receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.

Students in the dorm generally live in single rooms. Some rooms may be equipped with a sink, though students share bathroom and kitchen facilities. Most of the other students in the dorm are American. Students who select the dorm option are responsible for their own meals, though they will receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan, 2020 - Jun, 2020 $23,380 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 12, 2019
Spring Jan 14, 2020 - May 14, 2020 $24,480 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Fall Aug, 2020 - Dec, 2020 $24,580 May 15, 2020 Jun 1, 2020
Academic Year Aug, 2020 - May, 2021 $46,860 May 15, 2020 Jun 1, 2020
Spring Jan 15, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019 $22,980 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 12, 2018
Spring Jan 15, 2019 - May 18, 2019 $24,580 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Fall Aug 19, 2019 - Dec 17, 2019 $24,580 May 15, 2019 Jun 1, 2019
Academic Year Aug 19, 2019 - May 14, 2020 $46,860 May 15, 2019 Jun 1, 2019