Parsons Paris

  • The New School continues to monitor and respond to the public health situation regarding the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. French authorities decided to close all schools beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice in response to the outbreak. Classes at Parsons Paris have moved online. While activities on campus have stopped, Parsons Paris is implementing remote learning and teaching solutions through the end of the spring semester. Our student support services and the Parsons Paris Admission Office are operational and working remotely, in accordance with the mandate of the French government. The Admission team continues to work with applicants, admitted students, and prospective students and families, and fall 2020 decisions are being released according to our rolling-basis schedule. We are aware of the disruptions affecting many of our applicants, admitted students, and prospective students this academic year. This is why we encourage you to reach out to us for any concerns or questions that you may have, and refer to our New Student Information page for answers to many frequently asked questions.

    Due to the concerns of novel coronavirus, the Parsons Paris campus is closed until further notice. To experience virtual tours of our campus, hear from our students, Dean and Program Directors, please visit our Admission Events page.

  • Coronavirus FAQ

  • What is a coronavirus?

    A "novel coronavirus" is a strain that has not previously been found in humans. Although the current coronavirus outbreak involves a new virus that has not been previously identified, coronaviruses are not rare. The common cold is a coronavirus.

    Coronaviruses can cause a range of symptoms, including runny nose, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and fever. Some are mild while others can lead to pneumonia and other complications.

    How is it spread?

    Many coronaviruses can spread through coughing, sneezing, or touching an infected person. Scientists believe that the new virus can spread from person to person in close contact through the respiratory tract or through contact with infected surfaces and objects.

    The CDC provides the following guidance regarding transmission:

    Person-to-person spread

    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneeze

    Contact with those not presenting symptoms

    • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
    • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

    Contact with infected surfaces or objects

    • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

    Ease of spread

    • How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
    • The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

    What are the symptoms?

    Coronavirus presents much like the flu. Fever and cough or shortness of breath are the primary symptoms. Some infected individuals also lose their sense of taste and smell. Some are mild, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia.

    Do I need to wear a mask if I have no symptoms?

    The French government has requisitioned all stocks and productions of masks in France. They are now exclusively reserved for medical use.

    Surgical masks are not recommended unless you are sick. Masks are not the right solution for the general public because they cannot be worn at all times and are not necessary unless you are in direct and prolonged contact with a sick person.

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    I received a recommendation to self-quarantine. What exactly does that mean?

    Generally speaking, a recommendation to self-quarantine means you should stay in your room / apartment and avoid contact with others. The CDC has provided the following guidelines:

    • Stay home except to get medical care.
    • Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
    • Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis unless you have no other option.
    • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom, if available. It is also recommended to restrict contact with pets and other animals if you are sick with COVID-19.
    • Call ahead before visiting your doctor or healthcare provider. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
    • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. If hands are visibly dirty, soap and water should be used.
    • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
    • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day include your cell phone.
    • Monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. If available, put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate
    • If you have a medical emergency and need to call the paramedics, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. If available, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive. As a reminder, emergency numbers in France are 15 (medical emergencies with French-speaking responders) or 112 (European emergency number with English-speaking responders).

    What should I do if I feel unwell and am still in Paris?

    If you feel you have symptoms, the French government has instructed to call the SAMU (paramedics) by dialing 15 and to stay home (don't go to a doctor or the hospital). The SAMU might not speak English, so if you have any hesitations about calling in French, you can call the EU emergency number at 112. Please keep us updated by calling the Parsons Paris emergency phone (+33 (0)6 24 53 64 97) and we will do our best to help you remotely.

    Can I be tested for COVID-19?

    If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, seek medical care as soon as possible. The SAMU or medical professionals will decide if they will administer a test.

    Are counseling services still available remotely?

    Yes, both of our counselors are available for appointments via video chat. Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the counselors directly  (Kostas - or Emily -, or to Allison Brown, ( 

    Will I be able to travel internationally?

    For those in our community considering traveling to international destinations, be aware that there are currently many travel restrictions that are likely to impact your plans. You might encounter challenges departing a country or face difficulties when you try to return. You should stay up to date on developments at your destination as well as in the country to which you are returning. 

    As of March 17, 2020, all European Union external borders, including those of France, are closed.  U.S. citizens may still depart France to return to the United States. In addition, travel across the Schengen area’s internal borders is significantly restricted.

    Flights to the U.S. are available through Air France. As of March 23, flights will be limited to one per day to either Los Angeles (LAX) or New York (JFK). Book flights directly through Air France. Flight availability is subject to further restrictions. U.S. citizens who wish to depart France to do so immediately or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.


    Am I still responsible for class assignments, exams, or materials due as stated on the syllabus?

    Students remain responsible for fulfilling course requirements. Instructors will provide guidance on how to participate in class and will inform students of any options for staying current with lectures, course assignments and exams.

    Are tutors and remote learning options available?

    Parsons Paris tutors, Vanessa Hope and Peter Behrman de Sinety, are available for tutoring appointments via Starfish. To book an appointment via Zoom, please login to your Starfish account. For additional assistance, please reach out to your Student Success advisor. 

    All regular tutoring services will be available through the University Learning Center online. For more details and instructions on how to book an online appointment, please visit our webpage.

    Beginning March 13th, the New School Archives staff will be available to assist researchers remotely during normal office hours. E-mail the Archives staff at, or call at 212-229-5942. See also Digital Collections.

    All updates for the Libraries, University Learning Center, and New School Archives and Special Collections can be found on their webpage.   


    Will IT services still be available?

    IT Central is operating remotely and is able to work with members of the community to answer support requests.  As the Parsons Paris campus is closed, the Tech Lab and all equipment rental services will not be available. Please email or with any questions relating to Canvas, Zoom or laptop software. Please see the Remote Learning for Students webpage for video tutorials on how to use Zoom and Canvas. This page will be regularly updated with information and resources for the Spring 2020 semester.

    Please provide us with information about your current location and digital access status through this form so that we can best support your remote learning in the weeks ahead.


    I am a non-EU student. What will happen to my immigration status?

    As of March 16th, the Prefecture (French immigration office) closed prior to sharing any concrete actions for students to apply for and renew their resident card. While we don't have any concrete answers or solutions right now, as soon as the Prefecture reopens or sends any communication, we will be sure to update all students.

    The renewal of your immigration status for Fall semester will depend on your current document’s expiration date. It is recommended that students consider they may need to plan to go back to their home country to re-apply for a new visa to re-enter in the Fall. This is not for certain, but please keep this in mind. Students need to keep an eye on emails from API and Student Success as there will be important information sent in the coming weeks. 

    Do I need to notify Parsons Paris if I leave Paris?

    Yes, please email Student Success ( if you decide to leave Paris.


    I am in API housing. Where can I find more information about what’s happening with my apartment or studio?

    API housing remains open and accessible to students. Please email Allison Brown ( for more information or questions regarding API housing.

    Will my French health insurance (AMELI) work if I am outside of France?

    Your French health insurance coverage under AMELI may not cover any healthcare expenses incurred outside of France. We encourage everyone to take the time to discuss this with their families and we cannot stress enough that having health insurance at this time is strongly advised.

    For students who are currently outside of the EU, AMELI will not cover any medical expenses incurred. Unless you have maintained healthcare coverage in your home country, you may need to seek coverage.

    For students who remain in the EU, AMELI may cover some costs incurred within another EU country, however, it will be very limited and is not guaranteed.

    Will I have health insurance if I return to the United States?

    Any students returning to the U.S. from Parsons Paris who wish to enroll in the student health insurance plan should go to the Student Health Insurance Plan page, and complete a "Petition to Add" form, which is located in the left menu under "Student Access.” Students may email if they have any questions about the plan and how to enroll.

    What should I do if I’m unable to pay my tuition or other university-related expenses?

    We are aware that banks and businesses in areas affected by COVID-19 may currently be closed, and students may be concerned about how they will pay for expenses during their studies. Students experiencing challenges accessing funds as a result of these events should contact Student Accounts at or 212.229.8930 so that we can assist you.

    What is the University's refund policy?

    We are aware that it is disruptive to have classes move to remote instruction for the rest of the semester. This decision was a necessary response to a global public health crisis, in the best interests of our campus community, and in alignment with the French government decision to close schools until further notice. Many universities and their students around the globe are facing similar challenges. 

    Please be assured that the faculty remains committed to providing quality teaching and learning experiences that enable students to complete their coursework and earn the associated credits for the Spring 2020 semester. Our priority is for learning to continue, so that this crisis will not interrupt progress towards degrees. All credits that students had planned to complete will still be possible to earn. Therefore, the tuition paid for the semester remains unchanged and our established policies governing tuition refunds will apply.

    Students who are experiencing serious financial hardship as a result of this situation may be able to receive short-term support from the Student Emergency Assistance Program, which is designed to cover a variety of non-tuition expenses. 

    We fully understand these are unprecedented times that have created many new challenges and require rapid response and adaptation for everyone, and we deeply appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to work diligently to ensure a safe and strong remainder of the semester.

    We continue to be a strong, supportive community.

    I'm a prospective student or campus visitor. Can I still take a tour?

    The Parsons Paris campus is closed and all tours are cancelled for the rest of the spring semester, though we are providing online webinars and virtual campus tours.

    I'm applying to the university and I'm concerned that coronavirus may impact my application.

    Our office of admission understands that schools around the world have had to temporarily close and testing options may currently be limited. The university has already begun to extend flexibility to the greatest extent possible. Applicants who are required to submit English language proficiency testing who are now unable to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE as planned should consider taking the Duolingo English Test. We encourage all applicants and college counselors to explore our Admission Events page and to also reach out to us at any time should they have any questions related to their application or offer of admission.

    I am currently doing an internship for credit in Paris, and I am now working from home. Will my credits be approved for Spring 2020?

    For all internships, whether 1 credit (60 hours), 2 credits (120 hours) or 3 credits (180 hours), you should first discuss your situation with your Program Director and together with your academic advisor, they will determine the number of credits that will apply to Spring 2020.

    I am graduating in May 2020 and would like to find an internship from September 2020 to satisfy my Professional Engagement Requirement (PER). Do you think it is possible?

    It is still too early to estimate the timing of the job market restart. However, as soon as the job market reopens, employers will quickly ask for interns. The best thing to do now is to stay in contact the Career Department and make sure all your professional support materials are ready. All your professional support should be complete and updated, such as your resume in English and in French, cover letter template, LinkedIn profile, portfolio, public-facing Instagram account and your page in the Talent Book.

    Are public programs and events still taking place on campus?

    All public programming both on and off campus is cancelled until school can open.

    Will the academic calendar be affected for Fall 2020?

    Please refer to the Fall 2020 Course Format (PDF), which summarizes all Fall 2020 changes for both incoming and returning students.

    Where can I learn more?

    The CDC has more information available about COVID-19 and how to help prevent its spread. You are always welcome to contact the Student Success team with any questions or concerns you may have.