Frequently Asked Questions

PCA continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, following guidelines issued by the French government and CDC. At this time, we expect the Summer Program to run as planned, and we will adapt as the situation evolves. We have modified our cancellation & refund policy in order to provide our students greater flexibility amidst the uncertainty of this difficult moment.

Summer Program FAQs

I want to take a PCA summer course, but I'm having trouble choosing. Which course is right for me?

Choosing the right course is a very personal decision. Please read the online course description carefully and peruse the syllabus (available to download towards the bottom of each course page). If you’d like advice on which courses would be the best fit for you, you can email us with some background information on your past experience and what you hope to get out of the program, or give us a call at +33 01 45 77 19 99. We’re happy to help!

Do I have to submit an application/portfolio?

No, you just need to select the class(es) you’d like to take and submit your payment. Any pre-requisites will be specified on the course page.

I’ve selected the course(s) I’d like to take. How do I pay?

You can pay for your course(s) by credit card or wire transfer.

Payment by Credit Card Online:

Our current credit card online processor is down, so to pay by credit card please complete and submit the Credit Card Authorization Form to businessoffice@paris.edu. Only Mastercard and Visa are accepted. Please send an easily legible scan of the form or type directly into the document and submit as a PDF.

Please note that you still need to register for your course online before submitting the credit card authorization form. A credit card authorization form does notserve as registration for a course.

Payment by Bank Transfer:

It is IMPERATIVE to identify the transfer with “Summer” and the student’s full name. If a transfer is not identified, Paris College of Art will not be able to credit it to the appropriate student.

Payment by bank transfer must be made in euros, with the following bank account information:

Account holder: PCA – Paris College of Art

Bank: Société Générale

SG PARIS XV (03530) 164 rue de Javel 75739 Paris

IBAN:  FR76 3000 3031 9000 1206 3930 660

SWIFT/BIC:  SOGEFRPP

How much does each class cost?

Tuition fees are listed with each course; select the credit or non-credit option of your choice.

2-week Courses Early Bird Rate (by Jan. 31st): Audit: €1405 | 2 Credits: €1870

2-week Courses Standard Rate (after Jan. 31st): Audit: €1650 € | 2 Credits: €2200

1-week Professional Development course for art teachers: 500

Does the cost of tuition include flights, housing, meals, etc.?

No, the cost of tuition only includes participating in the course, as well as some optional student life activities such as a Seine boat cruise. It does not include personal expenses such as flights to and from Paris, meals, metro passes, or housing. Housing may be purchased at the time of registration for an additional fee. Please make sure you bring enough money with you for day-to-day needs such as groceries and metro tickets.

I have already registered for a class, but I can’t make it. Can I cancel?

Cancellations must be made in writing to Paris College of Art at businessoffice@paris.edu with summer@paris.edu in copy. A confirmation of your cancellation will be emailed back to you.

Tuition Reimbursement Schedule:

Up to 60 days before program start: Full refund of tuition including registration fee.
Between 59 and 30 days before program start:
Refund of tuition minus 10%, representing the registration fee, OR apply full tuition to Summer 2021.
Between 29 and 15 days before program start:
Refund of tuition minus 20% penalty.
14 days and less before program start:
No tuition refunds.

*All refunds calculated based on the start of the Summer Program on June 15, 2020, not per individual session.

Housing Reimbursement Schedule:

Before end of workday (CET), April 15, 2020: 100% of housing fee

After that date: 0%

Paris College of Art reserves the right to cancel classes that do not reach sufficient enrollment. In this event, students will be offered the opportunity to register for a different course or receive a full refund for tuition payment.

The person who made the initial payment must make the request for reimbursement in writing to the Business Office at businessoffice@paris.edu. Be sure to include to whom the reimbursement should be made, and give all necessary bank details for wire.

The date of your email to the Business Office is the date considered in the calculation of your refund. Refunds will be made within 60 days.

Students who need to obtain a student visa are encouraged to register and submit tuition payment pending visa approval. Should the visa be denied before arrival, tuition fees will be reimbursed with sufficient documentation.

What happens if the Summer Program is cancelled due to covid-19?

At this time, we expect to run the Summer Program as planned. If extreme external circumstances such as covid-19 force us to cancel classes and/or the program in its entirety, students will receive a full refund for course tuition, including all registration fees. Alternatively, students may apply their tuition to Summer 2021.

Do students need to bring their own supplies?

Yes, students provide their own supplies. A list of required materials will be sent to each student before the start of the program. In some cases, classes will take a trip to the art supply store on the first day to buy materials together. Expenses for supplies are estimated at between 30 and 150 Euros.

Can I be put on the waitlist for a class that is already full?

Yes, in certain cases it is possible to be waitlisted for a class that’s reached capacity. However, please note that if we already have several students waitlisted for the class, we may have to deny your request as it is unlikely you’d receive a place. Please send us an email at summer@paris.edu so we can help you individually.

Do I need a visa for the Summer Program?

In some cases students may need to obtain a visa prior to the start of the program, and visa requirements vary by country. Citizens of the European Union do not need visas. If your passport allows you to come to France as a tourist/for a short stay (usually less than 90 days), you will not need a visa for the summer program. Please check with your local consulate. Obtaining visas takes time, so please apply well in advance. If you are unsure whether you require a visa please contact your local French consulate.

Can PCA provide a letter of enrollment for my visa application?

PCA can provide a letter of enrollment only after courses have been confirmed on April 15th. Please send a written request to summer@paris.edu once your course has been confirmed with the details of the type of letter you need. If you need a hard copy by post, please provide your current mailing address.

If I can't attend due to travel restrictions, will I be reimbursed?

If students are prevented from traveling to Paris due to border closures and/or government-mandated travel restrictions, you will of course be entitled to a full refund. We appreciate being informed of this as soon as possible in order to have an accurate picture of enrollment numbers.

If my visa is denied, will I be reimbursed?

Students who need to obtain a student visa are encouraged to register and submit tuition payment pending visa approval. Should the visa be denied before arrival, tuition fees will be reimbursed with sufficient documentation that the student submitted a complete application within a reasonable timeframe.

What health and safety precautions will be in place during the program?

The health and safety of our students and faculty are our number one priority. That is why we have made the difficult decision to cancel some of our most popular classes, which rely on museum visits and being in crowded, potentially risky environments. We have reduced the total number of classes to allow permit classes to spread out and work in multiple studios, as well as lowered the maximum number of participants to 9 students per class to allow for proper physical distancing. Students and faculty will be required to wear masks when working in close proximity, and faculty have been encouraged to spend as much time as possible outdoors in open spaces. Students and faculty will be required to wash their hands frequently, and they will not be permitted to share any materials. As always, we will follow official guidelines and adapt accordingly.

Does PCA offer financial assistance for summer courses?

PCA is proud to offer the Presidential Merit Scholarship to one exceptional student each summer. The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition for one 2-week summer course (contingent upon space available and meeting minimum enrollment), not including materials, housing, meals, or other personal needs. Students who wish to be considered should register normally and then submit a letter of motivation detailing the course they want to take, why they want to take it, and what the scholarship would mean to them. The letter of motivation should be sent to summer@paris.edu by May 1st, and the winner will be announced by May 15th.

I am applying for the Presidental Merit Scholarship. What is the registration process?

PCA offers the Presidential Merit Scholarship to one exceptional student each summer. Students applying for the scholarship should follow one of two processes depending on their personal situation:

Case #1: I am applying for a scholarship and plan to take the course regardless of whether or not I win free tuition.
→ I register and pay normally, and I submit my letter of motivation for the scholarship to summer@paris.edu by May 1st.
→ My spot in the course is now secured, and I will be reimbursed for the full cost of tuition if I win the scholarship.

Case #2: I am applying for a scholarship and will only take the course if I win the scholarship.
→ I register online, select “Payment by wire transfer” at checkout, submit my letter of motivation for the scholarship to summer@paris.edu by the end of the day, and ignore any payment warning emails I receive in the coming days.
→ My place in the course is not guaranteed unless I win the scholarship. When PCA announces the scholarship winner on May 15, either my tuition fee is waived if win, or my course registration is withdrawn if I am not selected.

I already submitted my payment, but I’m still getting payment reminder emails. Should I be worried?

If you have sent payment via wire transfer, please note that it can take several days to reach us. Please send proof of your wire transfer to summer@paris.edu to hold your place in the course. You will continue to receive automatic payment reminder emails until our business office processes the payment, so if you have already sent us the proof of your wire transfer or the credit card authorization form, please ignore the emails. You will receive a confirmation email once your payment has been processed.

If you do not receive a payment confirmation email within 5 business days of your payment, please contact summer@paris.edu for assistance.

My child is not yet 16 years old. Is there any way they can still take summer courses at PCA?

If a student is not currently 16 but will turn 16 by the start of their course, they may enroll. Please note that, in addition to being academically rigorous, our summer courses involve outings and independent work time in which students are expected to navigate the city of Paris on their own. We have a minimum age requirement of 16 in order to ensure the success and, most importantly, the safety of every student. If a student’s birthday is right on the cusp and the parents believe that the student has the level of maturity and independence necessary for the program, please contact summer@paris.edu for further clarification.

I will be attending PCA with my friend and we have both booked housing. Can we request to be roomed together?

Of course! PCA is happy to accommodate roommate requests made in advance. After registering for housing, please email summer@paris.edu with the names of the students who wish to be roomed together, as well as the session dates and housing option (Bluestripe or Citadines). We can not guarantee any requests made after May 1st, so please let us know any housing requests as soon as possible.

Does PCA provide metro tickets?

PCA does not provide metro tickets during your course. During orientation, we will provide information on purchasing a weekly metro pass (Navigo) or individual use tickets. Please refer to the RATP website for more information about metro ticket/pass prices.

I have registered and paid for my course. What’s next?

You will receive an email confirming your payment and providing login credentials to your PCA student portal. There you will find instructions on next steps, including important documents to submit before your arrival in Paris. These documents include:

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Visa (if applicable)
  • Headshot-style photo for your student ID (above your shoulders, plain background)
  • Student Participation Waiver
  • Student Housing Release (for students who have reserved Bluestripe or Citadines housing through PCA)
  • Health History & Emergency Contact Form
  • Independent Housing Authorization Form (for minors not staying in Citadines)
  • PCA Terms and Conditions of Enrollment Form

As courses depend on student enrollment, we advise you to wait until your class is confirmed on April 15 to make travel arrangements.

Still have questions?

Email us at summer@paris.edu or give us a call at +33 01 45 77 39 66. We’re here to help!