High school students are introduced to the art and design college experience in Paris. The program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent high school graduates. Many enroll to develop a portfolio for the college admissions process.


Classes are held from approximately 9 am - 4 pm daily. Students will choose one course to complete during the three week program. No pre-requisites required. 

Students choose one of the following courses: Explorations in Drawing, Fashion Design Process, Graphic Design Workshop, Introduction to Design and Management, or Photography in Paris. 

Meals are not included, but the hotel accommodation includes a daily continental breakfast. Students will be provided with information about affordable local options for meals near the Parsons building upon arrival in Paris.

All pre-college students are met at the airport by on-site staff on the program start date. A group return transfer to the Charles de Gaulle airport is also included on the last day of the program. Students receive detailed flight instructions upon their acceptance into the program and should wait to purchase a flight until receiving more information post-acceptance.

During the program, students broaden their classroom education through several organized cultural events and day trips. Entrance fees and transporation to and from the locations are included. Some activities include: picnics and tastings, local tours, visits to museums, visits to famous landmarks, visits to local markets, the ballet and/or theater.

Transcripts for Parsons students are issued by the Registrar’s Office and carry the signature and seal of The New School. A transcript is confirmation of a student’s permanent record at the university. Students who complete Summer Intensive Studies Paris may request that their transcript(s) be mailed to other colleges and institutions by submitting an official request to the Registrar’s Office.

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