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We invite you to spend your summer with API in France at the prestigious Parsons Paris! This exciting program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent high school graduates, and offers an introduction to the the study of art and design at a world-renowned institution.

Develop your portfolio, earn valuable academic credit, experience life in the majestic "City of Light," and explore all this beautiful country has to offer!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

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 API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Ages: 16 – 18
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, and students below this threshold are encouraged to apply. These students may be asked to submit a letter of recommendation and participate in a Skype interview.)
  • Completed API application
  • 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. These students may be asked to participate in a Skype interview to determine 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
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2 Jul, 2024 - Jul, 2024 $9,500 Apr 3, 2024 No Extension May 3, 2024

**NOTE: This program has reached capacity and is closed to new Summer 2023 applications. 

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Paris programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Cultural Events and Day Trips

    Discover the capital of fashion and art through museum visits, workshops and cultural activities. API will provide opportunities outside the classroom to experience Paris in a way that intersects with their academics, and connects students to each other.

    From fabric creation to the Opera House costumes and the most iconic dresses of the Paris Fashion Weeks, explore all that Paris and its surroundings has to offer in the world of fashion.

    Possible cultural events in Paris include:

    • Picnics and tastings (French pastries, cheeses, crepes)
    • Local tours (Quartier Latin, 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!
    • A day in EuroDisney

    Day trips and cultural events are subject to change.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3 semester credits

High school students are introduced to the art and design college experience in Paris. The program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent high school graduates. This program can also help those developing a portfolio for the college admissions process.

Classes are held from approximately 9am-4pm. Students will choose ONE course to complete over the three-week program. No pre-requisites required.


Meals are not included, but the hotel accommodation includes a daily continental breakfast. Students will be provided with information about affordable local options for meals near the Parsons building and near the hotel upon arrival in Paris.

All pre-college students are met at the airport by on-site staff on the program start date. A group return transfer to the Charles de Gaulle airport is also included on the last day of the program. 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 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 is a registered branch campus of The New School and is accredited by MSCHE—Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 216.284.5000), a federally recognized body, since 1960. Parsons Paris is recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education as an Établissement d'enseignement supérieur privé.

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    Anna Foster

    Anna Foster will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!


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    Laetitia Daluz

    Laetitia will be your Resident Director at Parsons Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!


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    Genell Metzler

    Genell will be your Career and Internship Coordinator at Parsons Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!


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    Geoffrey Thoma

    Geoff will be one of your Student Life Coordinators at Parsons Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!


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    Anthea Hill

    Anthea is a Career and Internship Coordinator at Parsons Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!


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All Pre College Summer 2 courses are full-day studio courses. Students provide their own art supplies. The supply list will be sent by the faculty to the students before the program begins. We usually estimate the cost to be $400 for most studio classes (drawing and fashion, especially). This cost can be lower if students already own some supplies and bring them from home, and it can be higher, if students choose more expensive fabrics and materials for final projects, etc.

Courses are not guaranteed to be offered. Students should be flexible with their course choices.


Courses are equivalent to 3 U.S. college semester credits. Transcripts will be issued by The New School, a U.S.-accredited institution.

Courses at Parsons Paris (Pre-College Summer Art and Design)

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  • Classes taught in English
  • World-renowned art and design school
  • Earn 3 U.S. college credits and a college transcript from a U.S. accredited institution (The New School)
  • Top U.S. and international accreditation (Middle States)
  • Intimate class size
  • Best-in-class education in creative disciplines, including art, design, business of design, and fashion
  • Courses taught by leading industry professionals from the world's two fashion capitals - New York and Paris
  • Metro pass included
  • Housing: double hotel room

Students will stay in a three-star hotel located 20-25 minutes via subway from Parsons Paris. All student rooms are double-occupancy with private bathrooms. Continental breakfast is included every morning. Internet service is available at the hotel and phone service is available for an extra fee. Laundry facilities located nearby are recommended, as the hotel's laundry service is expensive. Students can choose to opt out of housing for a deduction from the program cost.