Paris Fashion

Four students in the Paris American Academy program.


Experience one of the world's fashion capitals, appreciate where fashion came from and see where fashion is going when you participate in the Paris American Academy Program!

You can earn Kent State credits while taking courses at the Paris American Academy (PAA), located in the city's historic Latin Quarter. Field trips, workshops, lectures and activities at the PAA are designed to expand your understanding of fashion while studying with masters of couture fashion techniques and European luxury business. You will also have the opportunity to attend and assist backstage at fashion week shows. 

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Summer 2021: July 1 - July 29

Fall 2021 (FD majors only): Aug. 26 - Dec. 17*

Spring 2022 (FD majors only): Jan. 17 - May 10*

*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.



During the summer, the Paris American Academy Program allows you to complete 6 credit hours of FDM elective courses:

Fashion Merchandising & Communications 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)

For Fashion Design majors only: During the fall and spring semester, students are required to enroll in at least 12 credit hours. 

For Fashion Design majors only: During the fall and spring semester, Junior-level design courses and FDM elective courses are available, however, course offerings may vary by semester. 



The PAA will arrange your housing at it will be located within one mile of the school in the Latin Quarter. You can 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:

  Summer Fall and Spring
Kent State Equivalent Tuition

In-state & Out-of-state Cohort rates


(PAA Partnership Rate)

School of Fashion Program Fee $1,500 $0
Office of Global Education Fee $0 $250
International Health Insurance $65 $200

Out-of-pocket expenses (estimated):

Office of Global Education Application Fee $60
Airfare $1,800
On-campus Housing (owed to PAA) $2,400 - $5,800
Food $500
Passport $150
Books/Supplies $100
Personal/Miscellaneous Expenses $1,00

*Fall & Spring tuition and PAA housing rates are based on current exchange rate and subject to change. 



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

Due: Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 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, 2020.

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 2021 Deposit $1,500 DUE February 15, 2021




Dr. Kim Hahn

School of Fashion Study Away Programs Coordinator

218A Rockwell Hall


Office of Global Education