Beaux-Arts de Paris

The Beaux-Arts de Paris is a public institution under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Culture. It is a place of artistic instruction and experimentation, exhibitions and conservation of historical and contemporary collections, as well as a publishing house. The school has 650 students (20% international students). The curriculum is studio-based, under the guidance of renowned artists/teachers and is supplemented by a range of theoretical and technical teaching.


Global Exchange School
  • Paris, France

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

January — May

Fall Semester

September — January

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Painting
  • Sculpture

Fact Sheet
University Website
Exchange Website
Exchange Handbook

Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • French

No English instruction

About Beaux-Arts

Academic Credits

ENSBA utilizes the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to award academic credit for coursework. For transfer to RISD, 2ECTS is equivalent to 1 RISD credit.

Exchange studies will participate in the common course programme and must take 4 course units (unités de cours, "UC") in the semester spent at Beaux-Arts for a total of 30 ECTS credits (15 RISD credits):

  • Studio - Artistic Practice Department: 14 ECTS
  • Technical skills: 6 ECTS
  • Elective Course: 6 ECTS
  • French Language Course: 4 ECTS

French classes are given for three hours per week and are compulsory for non-French speaking students.

Instead of French Language course, French-speaking students must take a Theoretical Study UC (4 ECTS).

Semester Availability

Differently from most other partner schools, the deadline for admission to the ENSBA Exchange Program for incoming students for either semester (Fall/Spring) in the upcoming academic year is May 1st. This will be strictly adhered to due to the large number of applicants received each year.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

The entire application process will be completed using an online application portal. Apply the semester before you plan to attend.

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