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We invite you to participate in this unprecedented opportunity to study at two world-renowned schools of fashion and design. In this traveling program, you'll learn from some of the best fashion and design minds in the world, beginning at Parsons Paris – The New School, and continuing on to finish the program in Florence at Polimoda.

Luxury Design and Management is a specialized summer program that focuses on the essence, the heritage and the organization of high-end industries. Through a combination of lectures, interactions with industry professionals, atelier visits, experiential workshops and team work, students learn about the French and Italian leading luxury sectors, while providing them with an interdisciplinary introduction of their processes and specificities at the crossroads of design innovation, business and culture.

Experience two wildly different cultures and fashion hubs, enhance your resume, earn valuable academic credit, and expand your future career possibilities by joining API on this incredible program!

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

View all opportunities and amenities

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
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer May 31, 2024 - Jun 29, 2024 $10,500 Mar 1, 2024 No Extension Apr 1, 2024

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, 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!
  • Under the Tuscan Sun

    Experience the best that the Tuscan region has to offer! Have the chance to explore Siena and more cities in the surrounding area, enjoy thermal baths, and top off your experience with a wine tasting in the famous Chianti region.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 U.S. 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 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.

Polimoda is recognized worldwide for its high-quality fashion education. Listed among the best fashion schools in the world, the school boasts over 36 years of experience in education specialized in the fashion and luxury sectors. Its esteemed executive staff features Ferruccio Ferragamo (President), Massimiliano Giornetti (Director), Linda Loppa (Strategy and Vision Advisor). Among its partners are industry leaders such as LVMH, Richemont, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Microsoft Garage and many others. The Polimoda faculty is composed of professionals from the industry providing flexible, high-quality training that responds to the fast-moving needs of fashion.

Polimoda has three prestigious locations in Florence with the latest professional equipment where students can work in an environment committed to the realities of the industry.


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.

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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!


Click Here to Find Classes

Courses at Parsons Paris & Polimoda (Luxury Design and Management in Paris and Florence)

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

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  • 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 accreditation (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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