Program Details

This program is designed for students interested in the arts, with a major focus in learning about the fashion industry. Classes are taught in English by leading industry professionals from the world's two fashion capitals--New York and Paris.
Paris, France
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

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 choose to enroll in classes from one of the following program options:

  • Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) or Bachelor of Business Administration Programs
    • These options are appropriate for those who are already pursuing a degree in art and design, and who have the necessary artistic background or interest in creative entrepreneurship and design thinking. Students must meet the pre-requisites for each program, or enroll in classes that do not have any prerequisites. Courses are subject to availability.
      • BFA in Art, Media, and Technology
      • BFA in Fashion Design
      • BBA in Strategic Design and Management
  • Culture of Design and Art (CODA Suite)
    • The CODA suite are a series of 5 courses (15 credits) – 4 each semester plus one in June – in the field of design or fashion cultures. 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).

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. 
Setting Description:
Paris is well known as one of the most intellectual and intriguing cities in the world. The city maintains its status as the premier city in France and a leader in politics, art and fashion; every section of the city has its own unique charm and makes Paris a city like no other. For the history lover, the tour should begin in the heart of old Paris, the Ile de la Cité, which lies in the middle of the Seine River. Here one can explore the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris, the Palais de Justice and a hidden jewel, Sainte Chapelle. For the art lover, the city holds countless museums, all boasting incredible collections. Some of the most popular include the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin and Centre Georges Pompidou. Tucked away in the city’s twenty arrondissements, or districts, are many more amazing sights and sounds waiting to be discovered.
Pre-departure, On-site, and Re-entry services included, such as advising and online resources, airport reception, resident directors, housing, tuition, tutoring, medical & life insurance, excursions, social & cultural activities, alumni network, Learning and Engagement Badge Program and more!

Additional Program Information

Minimum 3.0 G.P.A. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and adults with bachelor's degrees Must be 19+ or 18 with one year of college 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
Scholarships Description:
API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.