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  • Each semester, Parsons Paris admits a small number of visiting students from other colleges and universities around the world to our study abroad programs. These programs, which offer an opportunity to spend a semester or year exploring art, design, and fashion in Paris, are designed for recent bachelor’s graduates and undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of college.

    Visiting students can take selected courses from our bachelor’s and master's degree programs or join our Fashion Cultures and Design Cultures study abroad programs. Students should check with their home institutions regarding eligibility to transfer Parsons Paris credits.

    Note: Students from the New York campus of Parsons and The New School who want to spend a semester or a year at Parsons Paris can learn more on the Parsons New York website. Students from other universities who want to permanently transfer to Parsons Paris should contact our Admission office.

    BFA and BBA Integrated Semester

    Visiting students can spend a semester or year integrated into courses alongside Parsons Paris BFA and BBA degree students. Students enroll in a set of classes within their chosen field. Visiting students come from a range of academic backgrounds and have varying interests in design, art, business, and entrepreneurship. Students must either meet the prerequisites for each course or select courses that do not have any prerequisites.

    Visiting students can select from courses in the following programs, subject to availability:

    Visit our tuition and fees page to find the current cost of one semester of integrated study at Parsons Paris, for up to 18 credits at the bachelor's level. Contact us at for information about graduate opportunities.

    Explore the current Parsons Paris course catalog to find out which courses are available to visiting students.

    Cultures of Design and Art Program

    The Cultures of Design and Art study abroad program at Parsons Paris consists of five courses (15 credits). This program is designed for students who have a strong interest in fashion, design, and art but are not necessarily art majors. Students take four courses in the spring semester plus one in June. We offer two tracks: Fashion Cultures and Design Cultures.

    The tuition cost for the five courses (four in the spring and one in June) in the Cultures of Design and Art program is $13,586 (U.S.), plus fees. Students in this program can supplement their studies by taking additional courses at Parsons Paris for an additional fee. For questions about applying to this program, please email

    Fashion Cultures

    Learn about the history, theory, and practice of art and design culture in an exchange with designers and historians at Parsons Paris. Take a series of courses on fashion culture and design in Paris, the fashion capital of the world. You visit fashion companies and ateliers while taking four liberal arts classes in the spring before engaging in a hands-on experience with fashion design in June.

    Design Cultures

    What is a designer? How has design evolved from what it was in the late 19th century to its current status as a discipline that encompasses social science, technological innovation, new economies, sustainability, production, and consumption systems? Learn what it means to think and act as a designer in Paris, where past and future are in constant dialogue. Take courses on design cultures, focusing on forward-looking ideas, trends, and projects. Engage with the city and its creative culture while learning about design studies, collaboration, and problem-solving approaches to business, creativity, and human services.

    French Language Instruction

    Parsons Paris offers several levels of intensive French language instruction. Visiting students have the option to enroll in one of these 3 credit French courses each semester.

    Undergraduate Visiting Student Application Deadlines

    Fall semester (late August to mid-December): May 15 priority deadline

    Spring semester (late January to mid-May): October 15 priority deadline

    Non-EU citizens applying to Parsons Paris must complete their application within ten days after the priority deadline, because of French visa processing timelines. We can accept applications from EU citizens after the priority deadline on a rolling basis.

    Undergraduate Visiting and Non-degree Student Application Requirements

    Submit your visiting student application.
    In the application, you will be prompted to upload the following:

    • Statement of Purpose (150–250 words, to be uploaded to the online application form) addressing the question: Why are you interested in studying at The New School?
    • Unofficial transcripts from all secondary and postsecondary institutions attended, to be uploaded to the online application form. The typical admitted visiting or non-degree student has earned As and Bs at their prior school or university.
    • Parsons (all majors except Strategic Design and Management) and Parsons Paris (Fashion Design and Art, Media, and Technology majors): a portfolio consisting of eight to 12 pieces of work, which may include drawings, paintings, photographs, digital media, or design. Submit your portfolio as a single PDF through the application form.
    • Parsons and Parsons Paris: an interview, to be scheduled by the Office of Admission after submission of the application.
    • A TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or Cambridge English score, required for all international applicants and for students whose native language is not English.* Please see the chart below for minimum score requirements. The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or Cambridge English scores for applicants who have:
      • Attended a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction for a minimum of four years
      • Successfully completed two full semesters of non-ESL college-level expository writing
      • Earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (minimum of three years’ attendance)

    *Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission may require that you submit an English proficiency test score to allow for further evaluation of your candidacy.

    Minimum Score Requirements for Parsons Paris

     Cambridge English                 185 

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