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Study Abroad at PCA

Study Abroad at PCA Student from OCAD, Justin de Lima

Paris Inside/Out: Visit to Beaubourg

Paris Inside/Out: Parisian market

Five recent studies, including one from the American Psychological Association, Cultural Borders and Mental Barriers, found evidence of a significant link between living abroad and an increased capacity for creativity.

Study Abroad at Paris College of Art

Paris College of Art offers an extraordinary Study Abroad program for college sophomores and juniors, or those with undergraduate degrees who wish to spend a semester or year experiencing the art, design, and culture of Paris.

For the students of Paris College of Art the city around them is their campus, library, research center and laboratory. Every art and design discipline finds expression in the streets, shops, and cultural centers of Paris and moving through the city each day is an opportunity to observe new trends and find inspiration.

Learn more about applying to the Study Abroad at PCA Program

Unique to the Study Abroad at PCA Program


Each semester, the Study Abroad at PCA students curate an exhibition of their work held in a professional gallery. Organizing the show with the help of the Study Abroad at PCA office, students learn how to create an exhibition and sell their artwork as well as gain an important addition to their professional CV.

The highlight of my experience at Paris College of Art was the Study Abroad at PCA Student Exhibition. The faculty were more than helpful and very supportive. Everyone was so enthusiastic!
Justin de Lima, Study Abroad at PCA Student from Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada


To initiate students to Paris’ thriving contemporary gallery scene and give them backstage access to the city’s art and design community, we offer a one-credit course composed of excursions and guided visits to art exhibits and design workshops throughout Paris. Recent visits have included Hotel Martin Margiela, Prada 24 hour Museum, Foundation Louis Vuitton, the Museum Ateliers and La Maison Rouge.

Paris Inside/Out not only offers a great choice and variety of visits, but is also an opportunity to learn more about the city we live in and is a passe-partout* for places we would not have the chance to see otherwise.
Emilia Petrarca, Study Abroad at PCA Student from Vassar College, USA


With the internships we offer, Study Abroad at PCA Students have the opportunity to go home with international work experience on their resumes. Students recently completed internships at the following companies:

Alexander Wang | Architecture Bush | Diane von Furstenberg | Kenzo | Oscar de la Renta | Phillip Lim | Reed Krakoff | Paris Design Week/Maison et Objets | Seymour Projects | Muzéo Interior Design

I worked for Alexander Wang during the Womenswear Paris Fashion Week in March, and for 3.1 Phillip Lim Menswear Paris Fashion Week in June. I got to see firsthand how a company prepares for the run up for a fashion show and how the business is run in terms of selling to potential buyers. Doing these internships has helped me think about my career and has gotten me excited about my future in the fashion industry.
Ailis Mara, Study Abroad at PCA student from National College of Art and Design, Ireland


PCA offers four levels of French language courses that include outings such as French wine tasting and visits to sites particular to Paris like the Passages Couverts – enclosed shopping areas dating from the early 19th century. These outings not only help to improve student's language skills, but also their general cultural knowledge. To help enrich student's everyday life in Paris and accelerate their acquisition of the language, PCA also provides individual French tutoring.

Exchange and Study Abroad Network

Paris College of Art has an extensive Exchange Network of art & design universities around the world. Students within our exchange network who wish to Study Abroad at PCA do so through the study abroad office in their home university but are also welcome to contact for more information.

Schools in our Exchange Network include:

Antwerp, BELGIUM The Royal Academy for Fine Arts Antwerp | Baltimore, MD USA Maryland Institute College of Art | Barcelona, SPAIN Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny | Budapest, HUNGARY Moholy Nagy University (MOME) | Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA The University of Belgrano | Copenhagen, DENMARK Danmarks Designskole | Dublin, IRELAND National College of Art & Design | Edinburgh, SCOTLAND Edinburgh College of Art | Glasgow, SCOTLAND The Glasgow School of Art | Helsinki, FINLAND Aalto University | Jerusalem, ISRAEL The Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design | Kansas City, MO USA Kansas City Art Institute | Lima, Peru Corriente Alterna Escuela | London, ENGLAND Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) | Moscow, RUSSIA Moscow State Industrial Art University. S.G.Stroganova | New Taipei City, TAIWAN National Taiwan University of Arts (ROC) | New York, NY USA School of Visual Arts (SVA) | Philadelphia, PA USA University of the Arts (UARTS) | Reykjavik, ICELAND The Iceland Academy of the Arts | Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS Willem de Kooning Academy | Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro | São Paulo, BRAZIL Fundaçao Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) | Seoul, SOUTH KOREA Hongik University | Stockholm, SWEDEN Konstfack | Sydney, AUSTRALIA Sydney College of the Arts | Toronto, CANADA Ontario College of Art and Design | Vancouver, CANADA Emily Carr University of Art + Design | Wimbledon, ENGLAND Wimbledon College of Art | Zurich, SWITZERLAND Zurich University of the Arts

Study Abroad at PCA is also open to students outside of our exchange network. To learn how you can join our study abroad program contact

Recently students have joined the program from:

Art Center College of Design, USA | American University, USA | Bates College, USA | Brown University, USA | California College of Arts, USA | Carnegie Mellon University, USA | Clark University, USA | Colby-Sawyer College, USA | Columbia University, USA | Columbia College Chicago, USA | Copenhagen School of Design & Technology, Denmark | Corcoran College of Art & Design, USA | Cornell University, USA | Georgetown University, USA | George Washington University, USA | Hamilton College, USA | Kansas City Art Institute, USA | Minneapolis College of Art & Design, USA | Oxford University, UK | Pratt Institute, USA | Reed College, USA | Sage College of Albany, USA | Sarah Lawrence College, USA | School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA | School of the Museum of Fine Arts, USA | Stanford University, USA | Tulane University, USA | University of Monterrey, Mexico | University of California Los Angeles, USA | University of Massachusetts, USA | University of Michigan, USA | University of the Arts London, UK | Vassar College, USA | Virginia Commonwealth University, USA | Yale University, USA


Studying full-time in English (minimum of 12 credits per semester), Study Abroad at PCA students choose classes from our vast array of course offerings.

Depending on what type of classes students wish to take at PCA, they select to enter the Studio, Photography, Management of Design or Critical Studies Concentration.

Financial Assistance

Study Abroad at PCA students are now eligible to apply for financial assistance under specific conditions. In addition to submitting the online application form + mandatory tax return forms, Study Abroad at PCA students must submit official documentation from their home institution of all financial assistance they currently receive. Documents are reviewed by the Financial Assistance Committee and have no bearing on the review of the student's application for admission. It is the goal of the Financial Assistance Committee to make studying abroad at Paris College of Art accessible to all highly qualified candidates.

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