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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Fall 2020


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


Opportunity Description

Académie Charpentier was founded in 1904 by the Swiss painter Martha Stettler under the name of Académie de la Grande Chaumière. The school's studios originate at the beginning of the 19th century when they were frequented by Delacroix, Manet, Pissarro, and Cézanne among others. Taken over by the Charpentier family in 1957, today it is a well-known small private university for art, interior design, and visual communications, delivering a state-recognized diploma. L'Académie Charpentier ranks among the top 10 schools for interior design in France.

The teaching staff consists of professionals involved in the latest developments of their discipline. Many of them have won important competitions and have received national and international awards. The school fosters a continuous connection between course work and la vie active, or the working life. Students are prepared for their future creative careers with internships, immersive courses, and involvement with expositions.


Undergraduate students enrolled in DEA may spend one semester, and in some cases, up to a year, studying at the Académie Charpentier in Paris.

The Académie has strong relationships and partnerships with various institutions in and ouside Europe in both the academic and professional world.

L’Académie Charpentier is located in the heart of Paris in the 6th arrondissement, the Montparnasse, a lively quarter with busy sidewalks, filled with cafés and restaurants. It has kept the original charm of these renowned artists’ studios which are almost unchanged.

The school still houses the historical Académie de la Grande Chaumière where students have access to live model drawing classes and a wide array of other drawing and painting classes. 

Paris is the capital and largest city of France, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Often noted for its architecture, urban design, and green spaces, Paris is also one of the four fashion capitals in the world. The city is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers; entertainment, music, media, and the arts contributing to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.


The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris is home to 10,000 students, researchers and artists, with over 140 nationalities, 40 houses and a host of services. The Cité’s park spans 34 heactares and is home to the most extensive range of student accommodation in the Paris Region. The USA foundation was designed to embody Franco-American friendship and provide accommodation for US students and researchers in Paris. 

The USA Foundation comprises 267 rooms, along with eight artist’s workshops and nine rehearsal studios. The building’s interior has retained its original Art Deco style. The spacious lounge is decorated with frescoes by Robert La Montagne Saint-Hubert, depicting the history of French art through different periods.

There are also many other accommodation options available via the school website. 

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study on an exchange program is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit your nomination to the exchange partner.  Exchanges may have limited spaces, so early applications are encouraged.

  1. For Cornell approval and nomination, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by your college and the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page, or earlier, if filled.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, complete an external application specifically for exchange students Schools typically admit the students nominated by exchange partners, but you must complete this process for them to review your application and offer you a place.