Paris J-Term Study Abroad Classes in English!
October 15 Deadline
- History of Art & Architecture in Paris
- Digital Photography
Sign up for classes in Paris for the J-Term! Classes offered in English. We’re offering a three week program in Paris in January 2020. Students have the option of taking one or two classes in English: the History of Art & Architecture of Paris for 3 credits or add a Digital Photography class for a total of 6 credits. All classes are U.S. accredited through Whittier College in California so transferring credits back to your home university won’t be a problem!
Learn more (prices, activities, housing, etc.): Winter 2020 in Paris program!
Click here for Paris J-Term Study Abroad Registration with our partner site Athena Abroad.
Paris Spring Semester 2020!
October 30 Deadline for full Housing Options
Spring semester studies in Paris registration continues through October! We offer a range of courses in history of art, architecture, cinema, fashion and photography as well as studio art classes (beginners are welcome!) in photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics and bookmaking. All these courses are conducted in English. Students will also take one French language class to help them improve their French language skills while in Paris to help them get the most out of their experience!
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Semester in Paris program!
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Paris Semester Program Registration.
The PICA Approach
Paris Institute of Creative Art is a study abroad program developed by artists and scholars who are passionate about their field of study and about the value and importance of study abroad experiences in today’s increasingly global world. All faculty and staff members have had extensive experiences living, studying and working abroad and have likewise taught in study abroad programs for many years. Our desire is to bring together the best of our own experiences–as students, teachers, scholars and artists–to create a study abroad program built to help students have the truly transformative experience Study Abroad should be. It is our goal to introduce Paris, France and French culture in its myriad forms while helping students to gain access to Parisians and the French as opposed to so many study abroad programs where students mostly remain in American or English language ghettos. All faculty and staff members are multi-lingual and have lived in Paris for extensive periods which enables them to help students know where to go to find a more authentic French experience. Likewise, it is our belief that undertaking university studies is the ideal time to push out, to challenge oneself and be exposed to new ideas and experiences. Every student who can should have an extended study abroad experience. Not only is this essential for each student’s personal development but in today’s increasingly global world, it becomes ever-more important to be at ease with different cultures and different languages.
At PICA we believe that creativity will always be at the center of a meaningful life and that the discipline and creativity necessary to develop interesting academic projects are the same skills necessary to lead a successful work life in any field. It is for this reason that we stress the liberal, visual and performing arts in our program. We offer a wide range of classes in the Studio Arts (painting, drawing, photography, book arts, printmaking) and in Liberal Arts (art history, cinema, literature and French language). All classes are currently in English except French language classes.
PICA has developed a partnership with the Institut de langue et de culture françaises (ILCF) (which is a subdivision of the Catholic University of Paris) for both French and English language courses which enables students to take French language classes at various levels and to have access to a small selection of excellent humanities courses in English (History of Fashion, History of French Cinema and others). An added bonus to classes taken at the ILCF is the very international group of students they attract. PICA students will meet students from around the world in these classes!
Other PICA pages which may interest you:
- Check out our page on Paris Student Orientation.
- Learn more about PICA Weekend Trips from Paris.
- Health and Safety Tips for your time in Paris.
- Learn about French Culture & Customs.
- Managing your Culture Shock when first arriving in Paris.
- Where to find Art & Photo Supply Shops in Paris?
- How to get ready to go back home (and avoid the worst of Reverse Culture Shock)!
- Recommended List of Paris Cafés & Bars.
- Where to go for Paris Nightlife.
- Where to Shop in Paris.
- Check out our always-growing PICA Paris Restaurants Page.
- Looking for Paris Vintage Clothing Shops?
- The PICA Paris Museums Page.
- Visit the PICA Paris Cultural Activities Page.
- Learn about French Culture & Customs
- Check out the PICA Day Trips from Paris Page.
- Learn about the Different Paris Neighborhoods.