Parsons Paris

International Students

  • At Parsons Paris, we value diversity in our students, faculty, and staff.  Our students come from across the United States and Europe and around the world, representing more than 50 countries.

    In addition to fulfilling the general application requirements, please read the instructions below carefully. If you have questions, contact the Office of Admission (see contact information listed on the right side of this page).

    1. English Language Requirements

    Applicants who are not native English speakers are required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), PTE (Pearson Test of English) or Duolingo results. International students should register to take the exam on the earliest date possible.

    The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Duolingo scores for applicants:

    • Whose native language is English
    • Who have attended a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction (minimum of three years' attendance)
    • Who have successfully completed two full semesters of non-ESL college-level expository writing study
    • Who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (minimum of three years' attendance)

    The Office of Admission reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo score upon review of your application. The minimum TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Duolingo score requirements for degree programs at Parsons Paris are as follows:

    • Bachelor's degree (BBA, BFA) applicants: TOEFL Internet-based test score of 92/IELTS score of 7.0/PTE score of 63/Duolingo 115
    • Master's degree (MA) applicants: TOEFL Internet-based test score of 92/IELTS score of 7.0/PTE score of 63/Duolingo 115

    2. International Transcripts

    Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript.

    If using WES, visit for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for “New School Parsons Paris” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to Parsons Paris.

    If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials.

    If your provider is unable to send the report directly to Parsons Paris, please obtain a copy and send it to the Parsons Paris Office of Admission along with the appropriate Materials Cover Sheet.

    If applying online, search for "New School Parsons Paris" when requesting our institution.

    3. Visas for France 

    Students who are citizens of countries belonging to the Schengen Area do not need a visa to enter France or study at Parsons Paris.

    Students who are not European Union (EU) citizens must apply for and obtain a student visa for their program at Parsons Paris before departing for France. The student visa process involves multiple steps and must be started early.

    Parsons Paris will provide all students requiring a visa with the appropriate visa support letter and proof of medical insurance letter shortly after their tuition deposits are received. Additional support and guidance for students are provided throughout the visa application process.

    The entire visa process can take several months. Please follow visa application instructions carefully. A tourist visa is not an acceptable type of visa for studying in France. 

    4. Tuition and Scholarships

    Tuition is the same for international and U.S. applicants. Visit the Tuition and Fees page to learn more about the cost of attendance.

    Merit-based scholarship consideration is the same for all students and occurs automatically at the time of application, provided that students have applied by the priority scholarship deadline.