Paris American Academy

Four students in the Paris American Academy program.


Take an adventure to one of the world's fashion capitals, experience the birthplace of fashion and envision the future of the industry when you participate in the School of Fashion's Paris American Academy Program!

During the summer, fashion design and merchandising students can earn six Kent State University credits while taking approved School of Fashion courses at the Paris American Academy (PAA), in Paris, France. While in Paris, students focus on one of three specializations: Couture Techniques, Design Profess, or Fashion Merchandising and Communication. The month-long program includes field trips, on-site experiences, hands-on workshops, lectures and activities designed to expand an understanding of fashion. Students also have the opportunity to attend and assist backstage at fashion week shows.

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Session I: June 3 - June 29

Session II: July 4 - July 30

  • Exact program dates vary, dependent upon PAA's academic calendar.



  • A minimum 2.500 overall GPA.
  • Successfully complete all sophomore (20000-level) fashion design or fashion merchandising courses prior to participating.
  • Consult with your academic advisor to plan for your study away experience and ensure it corresponds with your academic goals and graduation plan.



The Paris American Academy Program allows students to complete 6 credit hours of FDM elective courses:

Fashion Merchandising and Communication Specialization:

  • FDM 35902 European Fashion Marketing (3 credits)
  • FDM 35903 European Fashion Marketing Seminar (3 credits)

Fashion Design Specialization:

  • FDM 35904 European Fashion Design (3 credits)
  • FDM 35905 European Fashion Design Seminar (3 credits)



Housing is arranged by the Paris American Academy and is located within one mile of the school in Paris' Latin Quarter. Students may choose between a shared, private, furnished apartment, a shared three-star hotel twin room, or a private three-star hotel single room.



Program costs include, but are not limited to:

Owed to Kent State University:

Kent State Tuition

(in-state & out-of-state rates)

Program Fee $1,500
International Health Insurance $196

Out-of-pocket expenses (estimated):

Office of Global Education Application Fee $60
Airfare $1,800
Housing - see rates below $2,400 - $5,800
Food $1,500
Passport $150
Books/Supplies $100
Personal/Miscellaneous Expenses $300

Housing Costs:

  • Shared, private, furnished apartment: $2,400
  • Shared, three-star hotel, twin room: $3,400
  • Three-star hotel, single room: $5,800



Through the generous support of the Robert Broadbent Endowed Scholarship, the Fashion School is pleased to offer one $3,000 merit-based scholarship to apply toward the Kent State Fashion School PAA Program. For further details and the scholarship application, visit

Due: Monday, January 27, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Application: One page essay and resume

Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising

Class Standing Eligible: Junior and Senior who has at least one remaining semester to return to KSU after the PAA program is completed.



Study Away Pre-Approval Application: The online application is available September 15 - December 15, 2019.

Commitment Contract: Eligible students will receive access to the online Commitment Contract in early January. Submit your contract as soon as possible. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Program Fee (nonrefundable/nontransferable)

Summer 2020 Deposit $1,500 DUE February 1, 2019





Dr. Kim Hahn

School of Fashion Study Away Programs Coordinator

218C Rockwell Hall


Office of Global Education