Study in France!
The Paris American Academy was founded by Richard Roy in 1965. During the past forty years, students and professions from thirty five nationalities have participated in either the intensive short term seminars or attended a longer four month Spring term or a three year curriculum. The strongly vocational approach prepares students for careers in Fashion, Fine Arts and Interior Design. The Paris American Academy is registered by the Académie de Paris, as a private institution of higher learning under the 12 July 1875 jurisdiction.
Centered less than a kilometer from Notre-Dame cathedral in the famous Latin quarter, the Academy draws upon Paris’ cultural and artistic heritage in making the city it’s campus. Classes are mainly held in the Pavillon du Val de Grâce, a 17th century, historically classified building. Recently renovated, this six level edifice also serves as the Academy Art Gallery.
- Fall Semester: Mid September to Late December
- Spring Semester: Mid January to Early May
Students on the PAA program will stay in shared apartments in Paris arranged by PAA.
Program CostsPaid to Appalachian State
|PAA Tuition||4345 Euros ($5200)|
|PAA Housing||2530 Euros ($3000)|
|1OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
|Intl Health Dev Fee||$60|
|Worldwide Health Insurance||$1.45/day|
Estimated Additional Costs
|PAA Application Fee||70 Euros ($75)|
|Airfare||$1200 - $1800|
|1Personal Expenses||$1200 - $2000|
|Meals||$1600 - $2000|
|Books and Materials||$300 - $450|
|Local Transportation||$300 - $400|
|Required French Health Insurance||$250|
|Visa (for US Citizens)||$295|
|Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt||$100 - $300|
|Optional Pre Semester Language||900 Euros ($1000)|
|2US Based Health Insurance||Varies|
|3Personal Travel and Spending||$1000 - $2000|
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, Spring.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
The PAA program is for Interior Design (Fall semester) students.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the PAA program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2021||09/15/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.