Program Overview

Study Fashion or Animation at LISAA School of Art and Design, the largest design school in France. In their modern chic facilities, get hands-on experience in your field with LISAA’s project-based workshops taught by world-renowned professors and active professionals. Paris today is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers, and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s most prestigious global cities.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Spring 2019: October 15
Fall 2019: May 1
Avg Course Load
4-5 classes
Language(s) of Instruction
English and French

Key Program Highlights

  • Individual tutor support from LISAA School of Art & Design
  • Great support and cultural insights from local staff
  • Explore more than just one region of the country with an included weekend excursion
  • Snag a ticket for a Paris theatre show
  • Cultural activities emphasizing traditional learning in Paris. Past activities include guided tours of the Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre, walking tour of the Marais district, and a visit of the Latin Quarter with tea and sweets in Paris Mosque
  • Apartments located in a traditional French neighborhood

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

L'Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués (LISAA), the largest design school in France, was founded in 1986 by Michel Glize and is one of the few schools recognised by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. LISAA's teaching is project-based and in partnership with businesses and courses are led not just by teachers but those who are active professionals in their fields. LISAA focuses on lessons in the format of workshops — a style of teaching where exchange and discussion are at the centre of learning. Throughout their studies at LISAA, each student benefits from individual tutor support. Directors of Studies and teachers are always available to listen to their students. They conduct one-to-one meetings and personalized assessments to enable each student to progress in the best way and at their own rhythm. LISAA is a member of SNJV, RECA, FDE and recognised by UNAID. It is a Toon Boom center of excellence, and is accredited by the French Ministry of Education.


How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

8+ classes in: Fashion, 2D & 3D Animation, Digital Media & Design
Additional classes in: Marketing, Studio Art (Painting, Drawing, & Sculpture), Art History

Students are encouraged to enroll in between 24 to 30 ECTS (12 – 15 US credits) per semester. Courses instructed in English at LISAA belong to two tracks:

FASHION

Courses include subject areas of Fashion Design & Pattern Making, Fashion Design & Textile Design, Fashion Design & Business.

For more information about courses in the Fashion track, please click here for Textile Design or here for Pattern Making.

3-D ANIMATION

Courses include subject areas of drawing, character animation, storyboard, artistic culture, morphology, 3-D Production, Compositing, and more.

For more information about courses in the 3d Design track, please check LISAA’s most recent brochure.

Life in Paris

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of life in Paris, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to France.

Housing Options

Your housing in Paris is approximately a 30-minute commute to campus via public transportation. You’ll live in off-campus shared apartments, with single or double occupancy rooms in traditional French neighborhoods with modern living arrangements.

The following list of amenities are included in the housing:

  • Fully outfitted kitchens, including appliances, pots and pans, dishes and dining implements in each apartment
  • Washing machine and drying racks in apartment; no dryer (Parisians don’t use them!)
  • Fast and reliable hi-speed wifi in each apartment
  • Clean, comfortable linens and towels included
  • Bed Sizes: (90cm x 200cm)
  • A dining table and chairs
  • Living area with soft seating
  • On-line, on-call maintenance service
  • Renters’ insurance
parisienne buildings on street corner

Local Life

  • Sacré-Cœur Basilica: Take a view on the city in front of Sacré-Cœur Basilica, discover small streets of the Montmartre hill and grab a coffee at the Café des 2 Moulins - café of Amélie Poulain.
  • Canal Saint-Martin: Take a walk at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and have a picnic at Canal Saint-Martin.
  • Jardin des Plantes: Relax at Jardin des Plantes and take a mint tea at the Grand Mosque de Paris.

More About Paris

Paris is famous for its romantic atmosphere, rich history, and incredible influence on fashion, design, art, cuisine, and culture. While in Paris, you can visit iconic structures like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, or Sacré-Cœur in the neighborhood of Montmartre. Be sure to check out the many museums, art galleries, gardens, and monuments around the city. After strolling down a Parisian street by day, go out and experience the city’s famous nightlife!

With roughly 12 million residents, the comprehensive public transport system makes it easy to get around. Additionally, the unique layout of the streets and districts form a clockwise spiral out from the city center. The "quartiers" of Paris create a checkerboard of culture that awaits your exploration. You'll feel a sense of community wandering past their local shops, bakeries, cafes, and markets. Enjoy your time in "The City of Light" getting to know what it's like to live as a true Parisian.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Boat Cruise on the Canal Saint Martin

A cruise from the Parc de la Villette to the Musée d’Orsay will allow us to experience the atmosphere of "Parisians’ Paris." This cruise, commented by a guide, combines not only some of the landmarks of the City of Lights, but also some more secret sides of Paris. It will take us through four double locks with swirling waters and two swing bridges. We will share the pleasure of the walkers strolling along the banks of the Canal Saint Martin lined with pretty boutiques and charming cafés and slide under the mysterious and spectacular vault of the Bastille.

2-day Trip to Rennes and Mont-Saint-Michel

Spend a day in the amazing city of Rennes whose history goes back more than 2,000 years and which is recently named by L'Express as "the most livable city in France". On the following day, we will go to the Mont-Saint-Michel, a magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery. One of Europe’s major pilgrimage destinations for centuries, this holy mount is one of the most unforgettable and stunning sights in Europe, set in the bay where the regions of Normandy and Brittany merge.

3-Day Trip to Côte d’Azur

Surrounded by Riviera neighbors like aristocratic Monaco, red-carpet Cannes and resort town Saint-Tropez, Nice will seduce you by the beauty of its neighborhoods, fabulous markets, an enticing old town, glorious architecture and internationally renowned gastronomy. We will explore its most important monuments, churches, gardens and the footpaths that link the surrounding hillside to the old town. During this three-day trip, we will also explore the breathtaking Monaco and visit other pearls of the French Riviera such as Cannes or Antibes.


Student Feedback

“In addition to learning a lot about varying art pieces and artists, and about the culture of certain cities, the excursions and activities allowed for excellent bonding experiences with the other students in the program.”

Rosalyn Klarou, Semester in Paris - Spring 2018, Bay Path University

Your Support Staff

Alexandra Woolner
Manager of Programs - Asia, Pacific, and Africa

Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

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Drasko Djurovic
Site Director in Paris

Travel Tip: Travel is not only, as Mark Twain said, fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. It is also the best possible recipe for happiness, so explore, dream and discover.

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Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    October 15
    Arrival
    January 12
    Classes End
    June 7
    PRICE
    $17,990
  • Fall 2019
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    Arrival
    July 17 (Estimated)
    Departure
    November 18 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $17,990

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS:

Add on even more adventure with CISabroad’s Explore Europe Weekends – for only $490! Travel to Athens during your semester program and meet up with other CISabroad participants. Our trusted site directors will show you the most famous excursions as well as how to truly live La Vida Local. Your all-inclusive Explore Europe Weekend package includes travel around the city, accommodations, and entertainment – an incredible value for $490.


Extend for a full academic year: Talk to your program coordinator about how you can save $$ by going abroad for a full year.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • CISabroad on-site orientation
  • On-site support
  • Paris Walking Tour
  • Day trip to Versailles and one or more overnight excursions
  • Guided tour of the Louvre and Orsay museums
  • Ticket for a theater show
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • LISAA School of Art & Design official transcript