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API students have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from some of the best fashion and design minds in the world through study in this traveling program between Paris and Florence. Students begin in Paris at Parsons Paris – The New School, and then continue on to finish the program in Florence at Polimoda.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation


Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Day Trips (one per session)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Completed API application
  • Official Transcript
  • University Approval Form (U.S. applicants only)
  • Open to university-level juniors, seniors, and adult learners
  • Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL scores of 79 or above or IELTS scores of 6.5 or above to show proof of English proficiency
  • Entry requirements for US and EU passport holders: a valid passport
  • Entry requirements for all other international students: consult the French Consulate in your home country
  • Students who are currently enrolled at The New School will not be required to submit a letter of recommendation, official transcript or university contact information form

This program offers a series of cultural events and day trips in both cities.

  • Cultural Events and Day Trips

    During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through organized cultural events and day trips, which are included in the price of the program. Although locations are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program events prior to departure.

    Possible cultural events in Paris include:

    • Picnics and tastings (French pastries, cheeses, crepes)
    • Local tours (Quartier Latin, Versailles, Hidden Marais, Pere Lachaise)
    • Visits to museums (Musee de la Mode, Louvre)
    • Visits to famous landmarks (Notre-Dame, Eiffel Tower, Montmartre)
    • Visits to local markets, the ballet, and/or the theater!

    Possible cultural events in Florence include:

    • Cooking class & Tastings (Pasta, Pizza, and Wine)
    • Local tours (S. Frediano, S. Niccolo, Piazzale Michelangelo)
    • Visits to museums (Duomo Museum, Uffizi Gallery)
    • Visits to famous landmarks (Old Bridge, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, etc)
    • Visits to local markets, the ballet and/or the theater!
  • Cinque Terre

    The Cinque Terre, five villages hidden in little coastal inlets and clinging to the rocks overhanging the sea, are located near of the Ligure Riviera. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore form the heart of the National Park, proclaimed a monument to the heritage of mankind by UNESCO.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits

API students have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from some of the best fashion and design minds in the world through study in this traveling program between Paris and Florence. Students begin in Paris at Parsons Paris – The New School, and then continue on to finish the program in Florence at Polimoda.

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).

Polimoda is the only Italian fashion school ranked in the world top 10 by the authoritative publication, The Business of Fashion. Its executive staff has esteemed backgrounds with decades of industry experience: Ferruccio Ferragamo (President), Danilo Venturi (Director), Linda Loppa (Advisor Strategy & Vision). The school is housed in two prestigious facilities in Florence: the Renaissance style Villa Favard beside the American Consulate and the state-of-the-art Design Lab in the renewed fashion production district.

Polimoda’s faculty come from the industry and currently work around the world in the fields of fashion marketing, management, finance, branding, communications, art direction, trend forecasting, footwear, textile development, and pattern and garment design. The school welcomes 1600 students, 70% from 70 countries outside of Italy. 90% of the courses are taught in English which makes Polimoda a hub of diversity in the heart of Florence.


Upon completion of the program, API students will receive a transcript for 6 credits issued by the Registrar’s Office and carry the signature and seal of The New School.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Rose Tierny

    Rose will be one of your Resident Directors for Parsons Paris and is a resource for you while you are living abroad with us in France!

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    Yuné Jang

    Yune will be one of your Resident Directors at Parsons Paris and will be a resource for you on campus!

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    Rebecca Cott

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

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    Allison Brown

    Allison Brown will be one of your Resident Directors at Parsons Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!

Luxury Design Management - Luxury Matters

Luxury Design Management is a specialized summer course on the essence, the heritage and the organization of high-end industries. It focuses on the strategic development of French and Italian leading luxury sectors and provides an interdisciplinary understanding of their processes and specificities at the crossroads of design innovation, business and culture.

The course is run by resident professors and guest lecturers from the industry in Paris and Florence, two of the main historical capitals of luxury. It combines lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips to luxury fashion companies and production sites in the Florence and Paris areas. During the course, participants receive instructions and tutorship to work on a research project, keeping written and visual track of their work process.

The first two weeks are held at Parsons Paris, the only European campus of Parsons School of Design, located in the First district of Paris. The second two weeks take place at Polimoda, in the exceptional site of Villa Favard at the heart of Florence.

In Paris, special focus is put on Haute Couture and the relation between French fashion heritage, local crafts, creativity and strategic management. These topics are examined more closely in Italy through the exploration of the strong tradition of Florentine craftsmanship, the production of high-end leather accessories and the Made in Italy brand.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

  • Study in two of Europe’s most dynamic cities – Paris and Florence!
  • Courses in English
  • World-renowned art and design schools
  • Top U.S. and international accreditations (including NASAD and Middle States)
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (The New School)

Students have the option of living in shared apartments that are located throughout Paris and Florence. 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, linens, and towels. Students can choose to opt out of program housing either in Paris or Florence (or in both locations) for a deduction from the program cost.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jun 28, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 $7,880 Mar 15, 2019 Apr 1, 2019