The City

Paris, the capital city of France, has always attracted visitors from around the world and continues to be one of western culture’s most treasured cities. Situated on the banks of the Seine river and one of the largest European capitals, the Paris metropolitan area is one of the largest in Europe, with about 11.5 million people, while its city center is largely unchanged since 1860. Today Paris is a leading political, business and cultural center, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.

Paris is known for its neo-classical architecture and is home to some of the finest museums, art galleries and historical monuments, not to mention its exquisite cuisine, on earth. Paris has something for everyone, as each of the 20 arrondissements (or districts) that make up the city take on a life of their own. Students in Paris benefit from its central location in Europe’s geography and its various train stations and airports that connect all corners of the continent for a weekend trip.

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The Schools

SAI offers students the opportunity to study art and design at Paris College of Art (PCA). 

Paris College of Art (PCA)

PCA is a premier art and design school firmly rooted in the rich artistic landscape of Paris. For over 30 years it has provided students the opportunity to explore and participate in the Parisian art scene while developing their portfolio under the guidance of respected industry professionals and academics.

Study abroad students at PCA are integrated into the degree-seeking student population, and take courses alongside the international student body with members representing over 50 nationalities. All courses at PCA are taught in English by a diverse faculty of artists, designers, and industry professionals.

PCA is based in a beautifully refurbished historic building in the culturally rich 10th arrondissement, full of art studios, textile stores, creative agencies, and myriad cafes and restaurants. PCA’s close connections within the local art and fashion scenes allow students unique opportunities for hands-on engagement with fashion shows, gallery events and local artists as an extension of the classroom.

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PCA Departments

  • Art History
  • Communication Design
  • Design Management
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Arts
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Language
  • Liberal Studies
  • Photography

Student Life

One of the most beloved cities in the world, Paris awakens students’ creativity, sense of adventure and global understanding. Paris is a city for students to discover, with lively streets, stunning architecture, historical and contemporary art, fashion, and delectable food around every corner. Students living in Paris become a part of the international patchwork of citizens who make it their home. Students can spend their lunch breaks overlooking the bustle of the Eiffel Tower, exploring museums, or perusing the boutique markets of Montmartre. Thanks to an impressive public transportation system, all of Paris and its outskirts are easily accessible, granting students great independence and ample opportunities to explore.