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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:: Cal Poly International Exchange Class Eligibilty:: 4th year
Minimum GPA:: 2.5 Language of Instruction:: French
Language Pre-requisite:: Proficient in French Language Courses Offered:: Yes: French
Areas of Study:: Architecture Housing Options:: Apartment, Dormitory
Internship & Service Learning Opportunities:: No
Program Description:


Cal Poly International Exchange Programs offer students opportunities to study their academic disciplines at partner universities for up to one year.
L’Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-Val-de-Seine offers Architecture students the ability to take Architecture courses while studying in Paris, France, for a year.



Alumni Contacts

Name: Sonia Orozco
Major: Architecture

Name: Danielle Juare
Major: Architecture

Name: Michael Iida
Major: Architecture



Paris, France
(Check out our France_InfoGraphic.pdf!)
Established in 1998, the Paris exchange program offers a high level of cultural immersion.  All classes are taught in French. Paris is a palimpsest of centuries of cultural, historical, social, gastronomical, urban, landscape, and architectural transformation.

Host Institution

The education of an architect within an academic environment has long been a prerogative of the French educational system.  This led to the establishment of two fundamentally different learning environments in France.  One is the polytechnic system of which Cal Poly is heir; the other is the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, from which the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture (ENSA), Paris-Val de Seine emerged after several iterations since the founding of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1819. To compare and contrast these two educational systems will benefit your tenure at Cal Poly and introduce to you new sensitivities towards the art of doing a project (la projetation architecturale) and allow you to examine the theoretical underpinnings of your design process (la theorie architecturale).  For more information on ENSA visit its website


On exchange at ENSA, students are able to take Architecture courses. You will earn transfer credit on this program.

Students are highly encouraged to get their Major, Minor, and GE courses pre-approved prior to applying to the Exchange program.
Major Courses: Provide course descriptions to your Academic Advising Center/Faculty Contact to determine course equivalencies and how credits will transfer back.  Students are highly encouraged to consult an Academic/Faculty Advisor about completing any necessary course approval paperwork prior to studying abroad. 

Minor Courses:  Consult the Minor Department Advisor about course pre-approvals. 


This program is open to students in the Architecture Department.
-Minimum 2.5 GPA
-Not actively on academic probation
-Good disciplinary standing
-Proficiency in French 

How to Apply
The Cal Poly application will ask you to submit the following supplemental materials:
-Letter of Recommendation from a Cal Poly faculty member
-Personal Statement
-Official Transcript
-Copy of your Passport 

The advisors for this program will review all applications after the application date has passed for the Architecture Away application.

Program Details


The student arranges housing independently from the university. Please visit the ENSA website to research options available.

Students may study at ENSA for the full academic year only.
To review program dates for specific terms, visit the ENSA website

Student life at ENSA will offer you a unique, diverse and enriching environment, where you will be encouraged to seize opportunities that will challenge you to explore your limits, find new interests and make unforgettable friendships.
For more information on student services, please visit the ENSA website.

Dates / Deadlines:

Application currently closed.

This program is currently not accepting applications.