Parsons Paris

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How To Apply

Application consists of the following components:

A/ 500-word Statement of Interest that frames: student’s interest and take on the Urbanisms of Inclusion theme; the exchange program and a specific partner-school with specifically described components of the curriculum and the initiatives/projects of interest; and, clearly outlined learning goals presented through a series of questions that will drive student’s work and inquiry while abroad.

B/ Students select one or more (prioritized) partner-schools in their application.

C/ A digital portfolio that addresses relevant projects. Students apply with a portfolio that must be structured through the same set of questions they identify in their Statement of Intent; in fact, we see the Statement and Portfolio as one thing and not as separate entities. It could well be that a student applies with only one piece that brings together questions, intentions, and current and past projects/undertakings.

This exchange is designed to occur in the 2nd semester of a four semester graduate program, but in some cases thesis students can also apply (particularly for Spring 2011). Students from the three American partner universities will travel to European universities during the spring semester (roughly January through June).

Applicants to the new urban graduate programs at Parsons will have the opportunity to apply for this exchange program at the time of their application to Parsons School of Design.

Students should submit all application materials to Nancy Ferro by October 1. They will be notified of acceptance by November 1. Once students are selected and approved, they will be given 15 days to accept or deny nominations. After students accept nominations, their names, bios, and statement of intent will be posted on the Atlantis web portal.

Students going on Atlantis exchange in spring semesters, will be introduced to Dutch and Italian language by registering for intensive online language courses at It is expected that students gain a very basic proficiency so that their everyday experience in Europe is more fruitful and productive. Appropriate assessment tools are already built into the online language platform.

Culture preparation, particularly in relation to the theme of this Atlantis exchange, will be done through 8 online sessions taking place between December 1through January 15. All 8 sessions will be topically defined, and faculty in all three US institutions who either come from the three European countries in question, or have experience studying there, will describe to students different aspects of culture(s) that will be relevant to students’ experience abroad. We will use skype-conferencing to achieve this, and each partner-school will make sure proper setup is in place for these sessions (a network computer with a camera, wired access to the Internet, and a projection on a screen so that more than one interested student can take part in the discussion). We will also record these sessions and after each will place an online podcast of the conversation to serve as a resource for future generations of exchange students.

After the exchange period, students will produce another portfolio which identifies and documents transformational opportunities during the exchange program. Each student will undergo an exit interview with program evaluator, to be followed by another exit interview to be conducted after graduation, one year after the completion of their semester in Europe. That interview will too be posted on the Atlantis portal as a podcast.