Before applying

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Paris American Academy. As you complete this application, we’ll ask you to upload various documents to support your application. Please ensure you have the following documents available when it comes time to submit your application.

Please label each individually uploaded document with your full name.


Documents required for all applicants

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your high school diploma or equivalent
  • A letter of motivation (no more than one page outlining why you would like to study at PAA, your previous experience, your goals in studying at PAA and your plans after the program)
  • A CV including your name, date of birth, and contact information. A CV details your professional (including any voluntary work) and academic history (within any field), your skills, any grants/awards you may have received and your hobbies/interests. 
  • Samples of your work. We expect 3-5 examples which can be initial sketches and ideas and/or finished pieces. Please include sketches done by hand and digital and/or technical sketches.

Please note: the July Creative Writing Workshop has its own application form and does not require a separate letter of motivation, resume, or CV. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Additional documents required for bachelor and semester program applicants ONLY

  • A detailed portfolio

Learn more about what to include in your portfolio here.

  • 2 letters of recommendation from former teachers. If you are not currently a student or haven’t been for a while, please send us recommendation letters from current or recent employers.
  • A transcript of your current grades

Application Fee for Bachelor & Semester Program Applicants

There is an application fee of 70€ payable upon the submission of this application, for all programs EXCEPT the summer workshops. This fee is non-refundable.

Deposit for Summer Workshop Applicants

There is no application fee for summer workshop applicants; however, students will need to pay a 250€ deposit upon acceptance in order to reserve a spot in the program.

Academic Guidelines

The Paris American Academy strives to create an environment conducive to the finest level of teaching possible. Students are expected to make every effort to profit from this opportunity. To maintain academic, artistic and professional standards, the school must insist upon certain codes of scholastic behavior and procedure. You can refer to our Academic Guidelines for more information. Submitting this application notifies an agreement to these Academic Guidelines.


Centered in the famous Paris Latin Quarter, less than a mile from Notre-Dame cathedral and a few blocks from the Luxembourg Gardens, PAA draws upon Paris’s vibrant cultural and artistic heritage, stretching its campus across the city’s museums, exhibits, cafes and fashion houses.

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