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Study Abroad at PCA Program

How you apply to the Study Abroad program at PCA depends on the institution you are currently matriculated in.

Use the sorter below to find out the application process that applies to you:


General Information

Admissions Criteria

Paris College of Art seeks creative, academically responsible, and highly motivated applicants who demonstrate potential for growth. A prospective student’s potential for artistic achievement is one of the most important criteria in evaluating candidates for admission. PCA students work with high level professionals in their chosen field of study, and a level of maturity and autonomy is expected of our students. English proficiency is a requirement, but we seek to serve an international student body where no one national group is dominant in numbers. We also care deeply about the sense of community that an institution of PCA’s size is able to offer, and respectful collaboration and teamwork are important values at PCA.

Each application is reviewed individually by looking at the student’s personal experience, achievement and potential for artistic growth. The Admissions Committee’s decision on applications is based upon evaluation of the portfolio or essay, the personal statement, school transcripts and test scores, and an online interview.


Spring Semester

To be considered for Spring entry you must submit your application form, all required application materials and have completed your interview by November 15* at the latest. It is advisable to submit your application and required materials as early as possible to be sure of getting an interview slot within this timeframe. 

September 5 – Application Open
November 15 – Final deadline to submit application form, required materials, and complete your interview
Decisions released weekly starting September 15.

Fall Semester

To be considered for Fall entry you must submit your application form, all required application materials and have completed your interview by May 15* at the latest. It is advisable to submit your application and required materials as early as possible to be sure of getting an interview slot within this timeframe.

September 5 – Application Open
May 15 – Final deadline to submit application form, required materials, and complete your interview
Decisions released weekly starting September 15.

*For Study Abroad other than free-moversplease refer to the deadlines of the program through which you are applying.

Admissions Decisions

The Admissions Committee will review an application once all required materials are received. The status of the decision is updated on the student’s personal account on our web portal. All materials submitted to the Admissions Office, including the portfolio, transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. become the property of PCA and will not be returned to the applicant.

Accepted Applicants

The Admissions Committee’s decision to admit an applicant is contingent upon successful completion of any ongoing studies and on the receipt of the final transcripts for those studies. For more information about transcripts see Transcripts information below.

Deferring Admissions

Admitted students can defer their date of entry for up to one year. To defer entry, please email [email protected] to request a deferral, making sure to provide information on your new start date and reasons for deferring. All deferral requests must be approved by the Office of Admissions, and students must pay their non-refundable 1000€ deposit to guarantee their spot. To be reconsidered for admission in future terms write to [email protected] with your full name, the term and program for which you had been accepted and the term and program you wish to be considered for. Please note if you do choose to reapply there is no guarantee that your previous offer of acceptance will be upheld.


Official Transcripts

All applications must be accompanied by the official transcripts of previous studies.

Academic Records From Non-English Education

All applicants who have been educated in non-English language programs are required to submit an original transcript from each institution attended along with a certified English language translation. Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-English language institutions must also provide a course-by-course evaluation report for each transcript. The Admissions Office recommends and may request transcripts to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Please start the evaluation process as early as possible, including the submission of all required documents to WES in order to ensure the timely completion of the evaluation report. Be sure to instruct WES to send the report to: Admissions Office, Paris College of Art / 15, rue Fénelon / 75010 Paris / France.
To contact WES, visit www.wes.org

All Transcript Documents Must Be

  • Written in English or have an official translation in English
  • Printed on secure transcript paper or on the letterhead of the school (not a copy)
  • Stamped with the school seal or other official marking
  • Notarized, signed or sent electronically by a school official (registrar, dean, counselor, etc.).

Official Transcripts Must Contain

  • Name and address of the school
  • Student’s name (must appear on every page of the transcript)
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degree awarded, if any, and the date of degree conferred
  • Names of individual courses completed
  • Number of contact hours per week for each course
  • Length of the term
  • Grade or evaluation received for each course
  • Grading scale (i.e.: A = Excellent, F = Failure) or a description of the grading system.