France Paris Parsons Classroom Teacher

We invite you to study abroad with API in France at the world-renowned Parsons Paris! This exciting program offers you the opportunity to enroll in high-caliber courses conducted in English at one of the world's premier art and design schools, learning from leaders in the field and industry experts.

Enhance your resume and 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?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

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

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 API Ambassador Program

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
  • 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
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 10, 2023 - May 16, 2023 $29,900 Oct 10, 2022 No Extension Nov 9, 2022
Fall Aug, 2023 - Dec, 2023 $29,900 May 1, 2023 No Extension Jun 1, 2023
Academic Year Aug, 2023 - May, 2024 $58,900 May 1, 2023 No Extension Jun 1, 2023

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.

  • Normandy - Honfleur & Etretat

    Honfleur is so utterly enchanting, it's hard to remember that it was built essentially for commerce. Its harbor sits in a great location, tucked away on the southern side of the Seine’s estuary. During the Hundred Years War, the French king had this strategic spot fortified, but that didn’t stop the English from taking over for several decades.

    The little town of Etretat is located in the Pays de Caux, on a section of the coast of Normandy called “La Côte d’Albâtre”, and is renowned for its impressive white cliffs, featuring arches, a large rock needle-like structure and tunnels (which Impressionists painted so memorably).

  • Burgundy

    Appreciated by gastronomes and wine lovers, Burgundy is also a delight for nature lovers and old stones. Known all over the world for its prestigious vineyards and authentic cuisine, this beautiful rural region will delight you with its peaceful groves, vineyards, mysterious forests, streams and large lakes.

    The architectural heritage is also omnipresent as evidenced by the great number of castles, the abbeys, the famous Beaune hospices or the majestic Basilica of Vézelay World Heritage Site UNESCO.

  • Brussels & Brugges or Gent - International Excursion

    Brussels is at the same time the capital of Belgium, Europe, and comic books. It's in the Flemish part of the country but most people there speak French. It is well-known for its cuisine with the local waffle, chocolate and moules-frites, but also for its historic and architectural landmarks registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We'll also get to visit either Bruges, its canals, cobblestone streets, and medieval buildings or Ghent, known for its universities, cultural life, and feudal architecture."

  • Discovery day in the Ile de France region

    There is no need to go miles away from Paris to discover a rich and unexpected heritage. This excursion may follow in the footsteps of the impressionists (Auvers sur Oise, Chatou…), or seemingly take a journey to the middle ages (Provins), or visit Versailles off the beaten path.

  • 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 visitors will discover works dating from the 14th to the 21st century. Students can visit the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice and the Museum Jean Lurçat, which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echoed in the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a wealth of natural beauty thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.

  • Alsace & Strasbourg

    The Alsace region is located in the Rhine plain in the northeastern part of France, bordered by Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries Alsace has been back and of forth under the control of France and Germany. This has resulted in a uniquely bicultural identity, which is reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and dialect. The region is well known for its flowery villages with timbered houses, its wine road, its blue Vosges mountains and forests with pleasant pine scents as well as its medieval eagles nest castles. Strasbourg, the capital of the region, also plays a significant role in Europe: it is the formal seat of the European Parliament.

  • 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.

  • Normandy - Honfleur & Etretat

    Honfleur is so utterly enchanting, it's hard to remember that it was built essentially for commerce. Its harbor sits in a great location, tucked away on the southern side of the Seine’s estuary. During the Hundred Years War, the French king had this strategic spot fortified, but that didn’t stop the English from taking over for several decades.

    The little town of Etretat is located in the Pays de Caux, on a section of the coast of Normandy called “La Côte d’Albâtre”, and is renowned for its impressive white cliffs, featuring arches, a large rock needle-like structure and tunnels (which Impressionists painted so memorably).

  • Burgundy

    Appreciated by gastronomes and wine lovers, Burgundy is also a delight for nature lovers and old stones. Known all over the world for its prestigious vineyards and authentic cuisine, this beautiful rural region will delight you with its peaceful groves, vineyards, mysterious forests, streams and large lakes.

    The architectural heritage is also omnipresent as evidenced by the great number of castles, the abbeys, the famous Beaune hospices or the majestic Basilica of Vézelay World Heritage Site UNESCO.

  • Brussels & Brugges or Gent - International Excursion

    Brussels is at the same time the capital of Belgium, Europe, and comic books. It's in the Flemish part of the country but most people there speak French. It is well-known for its cuisine with the local waffle, chocolate and moules-frites, but also for its historic and architectural landmarks registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We'll also get to visit either Bruges, its canals, cobblestone streets, and medieval buildings or Ghent, known for its universities, cultural life, and feudal architecture."

  • Discovery day in the Ile de France region

    There is no need to go miles away from Paris to discover a rich and unexpected heritage. This excursion may follow in the footsteps of the impressionists (Auvers sur Oise, Chatou…), or seemingly take a journey to the middle ages (Provins), or visit Versailles off the beaten path.

  • 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 visitors will discover works dating from the 14th to the 21st century. Students can visit the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice and the Museum Jean Lurçat, which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echoed in the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a wealth of natural beauty thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.

  • Alsace & Strasbourg

    The Alsace region is located in the Rhine plain in the northeastern part of France, bordered by Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries Alsace has been back and of forth under the control of France and Germany. This has resulted in a uniquely bicultural identity, which is reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and dialect. The region is well known for its flowery villages with timbered houses, its wine road, its blue Vosges mountains and forests with pleasant pine scents as well as its medieval eagles nest castles. Strasbourg, the capital of the region, also plays a significant role in Europe: it is the formal seat of the European Parliament.

  • 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.

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.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

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 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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    Caroline Mobley

    Caroline Mobley will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program.

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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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    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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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. semester credits each.

Courses at Parsons Paris (Semester Art and Design)

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Courses at Parsons Paris (Semester Art and Design)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at Parsons Paris (Semester Art and Design)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Highlights
  • Classes in English (with French language and culture courses available)
  • World-renowned art and design school
  • Top U.S. and international accreditation (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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