Following President Macron's announcement in a national televised address on March 12, all schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice.
Parsons Paris will implement remote learning and teaching solutions through the end of the Spring semester. Remote instruction will be adapted to each program to ensure the continuity of students' learning.
Faculty will reach out to students during Study Week (March 23 - 27) to explain how classes will move forward. The evaluations and outcomes will be adapted to these exceptional circumstances.
The school's administrative team will be available throughout this time to support staff and faculty as they work and coordinate with students.
Our admissions team is mobilized and continues to work with Fall 2020 applicants. Please see our Covid-19 FAQs on the Admission Events page.
We encourage students to contact their families and the embassy of their home country should they wish to leave France. France is now in stage 3 and as a result, many countries have imposed travel restrictions for individuals traveling from France. Students
are also asked to contact Student Success to communicate their travel plans so we can offer the best support to everyone.
You should consult the American Embassy and the CDC's websites where important information is posted regularly.
Please also visit our university Coronavirus webpage for more information about prevention, travel guidelines and possible implications for our
Our priority is the well-being and safety of our entire community and we will take all necessary measures in line with the instructions given by the French authorities and the University Senior Leadership.
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.
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
The CDC provides the following guidance regarding transmission:
Contact with those not presenting symptoms
Contact with infected surfaces or objects
Ease of spread
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.
French government has requisitioned all stocks and productions of masks in
France. They are now exclusively reserved for medical use.
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.
Source : www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19
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
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.
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org or Emily - email@example.com),
or to Allison Brown, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
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.
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
March 13th, the New School Archives
staff will be available to assist researchers remotely during normal office
hours. E-mail the Archives staff at email@example.com, or call at 212-229-5942. See also Digital
updates for the Libraries, University Learning Center, and New School Archives
and Special Collections can be found on their webpage.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
please email Student Success (email@example.com) if you decide to leave Paris.
API housing remains open and accessible to students. Please email Allison Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or questions regarding API housing.
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.
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 email@example.com if they have any questions about the plan and how to enroll.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.229.8930 so that we can assist you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
All public programming both on and off campus is cancelled until school can open.
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 email@example.com with any questions or concerns you may have.
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