Exchange programme

Study Abroad

As a participating member of the “Erasmus + programme for Education and Training (2014 – 2020)”, Beaux-Arts have set up partnerships with 30 European art schools. Furthermore, the school has signed bilateral conventions with a large number of international establishments, located mostly in Asia and the Americas.

Study abroad represents an integral part of the fourth-year curriculum, most commonly undertaken for a period of four months and gives right to 30 credits. Students remain enrolled at Beaux-Arts during their stay abroad and are acquitted of their host establishment enrolment fees.

In choosing an establishment abroad, students should take into account their goals and priorities. It is advisable to seek out and speak with faculty and students who have already been on exchange. Pamphlets with information on partner schools are available for consultation at the Office of International Relations.

Students planning on studying abroad must submit their application to the Office of International Relations at the beginning of the calendar year. A committee, composed with professors and a student representative, review the applications and nominate the students for an exchange in accordance with the number of exchange places available in the partner schools. The list of the nominated students is published in February.

To participate in the study abroad programme, students are required to have obtained their third-year diploma. Students planning on going abroad during the 2nd semester of their 4th year are required to have obtained their UC recherche 1 credit.

Before going abroad, a studies contract is drafted with the student detailing his or her programme of studies at the host establishment. Once back in Paris, the student is asked to return the contract, validated by the host establishment, to the Office of International Relations, and to complete a short questionnaire about his or her mobility. Moreover, the student will take part in a collective seminar and make an oral presentation of his or her experience abroad. 

Several study abroad grants are available to students:

• For programmes in Europe, a travel bursary - which includes the component financed by Erasmus+, - is allocated to the student after reception of the certificate of arrival signed by the host school. The amount of this financial support changes according to the country.

Note also that the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) offers one scholarship per year for a student intending on studying abroad in Germany.

• For programmes outside of Europe, Colin-Lefranc grants are available for students of French citizenship. These four-month grants are indexed on living costs in the host country. The grant is allocated in its entirety after reception of the certificate of arrival signed by the host school.

• The Regional Council of Ile-de-France offers a grant based on financial need (AMIE). This grant is complementary with the grant allocated by Beaux-Arts.


Grant application forms for study abroad programmes for the school year 2018/2019 must be requested at the Office of International Relations.

The application must be submitted to the Office of International Relations no later than

January 25th, 2018 at 16:00


- Coming to Beaux-Arts

Studying at Beaux-Arts is available for students of our partner schools. Foreign students are enrolled in the common curriculum and required to take four course units (unités de cours, “UC”), chosen from the general course catalogue, for a total of 30 credits ( download the study programme for exchange students).

Studies at Beaux-Arts revolve round the notion of the studio, - a space where students execute their practical work under the auspices of an established artist, - and visiting students are required to join a studio:  see the list of studio professors.

Since courses are taught in French, a working knowledge of the language is recommended. For non-French speaking students, a course in French as a foreign language is compulsory.

In accordance with the conventions signed with partner schools, visiting students are selected and proposed by their school of origin.

A candidacy application must contain:

• A nomination letter from the home school;

• The exchange student application form ( to be downloaded)

• A motivation letter which presents a short description of his/her current artistic work, explains why he/she wants to study at Beaux-Arts and specify the studio that he/she wishes to join;

• An art portfolio in paper format;

• A resume;

• A copy of the passport; 

• Two ID photos. 

Applications must be transmitted by the school of origin at the following postal address no later than: 

• May 1st for the Fall and Spring semesters



Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts 

Service des relations internationales

14 rue Bonaparte – 75 272 Paris cedex 06 - FRANCE