For parents

Studying abroad in Paris was one of the best decisions I ever made – Lauren Scevola, Graphic Design, Moravian University, now works for Saatchi &Saatchi, New York.

Regardless of your son’s or daughter’s future career choice, studying abroad develops skills that are invaluable for future employers or graduate programs : self-confidence and autonomy/independence, linguistic skills, cross-cultural competence and expanded world view, better tolerance for cultural ambiguity.

Only 1% of students in US higher education will study abroad as part of their university or college education. It will be an asset in their professional life, and even before, since the four-year graduating rate of humanities students who benefited from a semester abroad increased from 64% to 88%, according to a study conducted by USCD.

Students who come to Paris with Paris School of Arts and Culture will benefit from ten years’ experience and success in accompanying American students in Paris. We help them settle, discover, and grow. We are a small program, because we want to make sure that our students’ needs are taken care of : physical, spiritual, intellectual, artistic, and emotional.

Study abroad can be less expensive than you think. It can be comparable to staying on campus, or even sometimes less expensive. But the experience it gives you is invaluable.

We strive to be there when needed, to provide information and assistance so that your son or daughter will feel confident to explore on their own, and overcome their own challenges. The whole program is designed to be supportive and challenging, but also to encourage freedom, personal development and responsibility.

PSAC frequently updates its emergency procedures and we have trained our staff and faculty. We also provide a solid orientation, so that our students are able to enjoy their stay in Paris on all levels, with every guaranty of security.

Communication

All students at PSAC stay “connected” while they are in Paris. All our housing options provide internet access through wifi.
Our students are also provided with a cellphone to use in France, and most will use smartphone applications like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp from home for cheaper communication with the U.S.

Privacy
We follow the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Your student has the right to authorize us to discuss some or all aspects of his/her program with you (e.g. finances, grades, judicial, etc.).  When filling the application document, the student may  complete a release of information form, which allows us to discuss other relevant issues.

Visits
Family often wish to visit their students during the program. We are always happy to meet family members, and help make their visit a pleasant one, so don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
During your stay, please remember that your son/daughter’s has program requirements and should not use your visit as an excuse from his commitments. However, given advance notice, we will often be happy to include visitors in excursions and museums tours.

If possible, plan your visit during semester’s breaks, around holidays, or at the beginning of the semester.

Planning

There is a number of things you can do to prepare for your son/daughter’s stay abroad. 

  • We advise you to have a valid passport in case of emergency that requires a trip to Paris

  • It is also a good idea to make a copy of your child’s passport (we will keep one in Paris too), and other legal documents.

  • Keep a summary of your son/daughter’s travel information at hand, together with his or her contact information (U.S. phone number, French cell, adress in Paris, PSAC’s emergency phone number). We will remind every student upon arrival that they need to send you their local contact information.

  • Think of the documents that your son/daughter might need during his or her absence to file taxes, vote (request absentee ballot ), renew license, pay bills, register for the following semester at school, register for housing, financial aid, etc.

  • Insure any valuables (laptops, video camera, etc.) that your child is taking along.