« L'esprit est comme un parachute, il ne peut fonctionner que s'il est ouvert » -- Orson WELLES





The change of scenery is an experience that favors artistic openness and decentering. It allows the acquisition of new knowledge, an increase in skills, the construction of new contacts and new references.

All students spend at least one semester abroad during their training, in the form of a study period or internship abroad.

The school also encourages and associates itself with the international activity of artist-teachers, which responds to the challenges of the contemporary creative world.


 Welcoming students and teachers from diverse backgrounds is part of ESLAP’s institutional policy, with the objective of creating a context conducive to interaction and questioning.
ESLAP trainees are provided with FREE accommodation and meals on university campuses when they choose to study abroad, especially in China, only the travel is at their expense.

Nearly a quarter of ESLAP’s students have come to the school from more than 20 countries for individual mobility or to participate in an exchange program. ESLAP also welcomes international artist-teachers in the framework of joint projects and partnerships, thus promoting exchange and the constant renewal of the educational offer.


Each year, the school organizes and supports numerous individual and collaborative projects in France and abroad. Some of these projects are led by the artist-teachers and are part of the pedagogical challenges of the curriculum or the development of research (development of collective projects, in situ creations, etc.). 

International action

 L’École Supérieure Libre d’Art de Paris wishes to offer an opening to its students and capitalize on the assets of the diversity and richness of its international networks. 

The international action of the École Supérieure Libre d’Art de Paris
Openness and exposure to innovative and creative skills in a foreign cultural context are essential in building a professional future.

Like most of the major art and design institutions in the world, the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs wishes to capitalize on the diversity and richness of its international networks in order to offer its students this opening.

This orientation aims to make the School an international reference in its fields of teaching and its attractiveness to teachers, researchers and students from the rest of the world.

The School’s international action is built around four axes

  • 1: Mobility of students and teachers

These are part of the harmonization of the curriculum on a European and international scale, and include: student mobility for study stays, integrated into the curriculum, in partner academic institutions. These mobilities are encouraged by the School.

Teacher mobility accompanies and promotes the development of international exchanges and projects. The teachers are led to meet the teachers of partner institutions, to participate in international conferences or colloquia, to supervise workshops or development projects, and to organize exhibitions of students’ work during major international events.

hosting foreign students and teachers from partner institutions. About fifty foreign students from all over the world are welcomed each year.

  • 2 : The internship in a company compulsory for each student during his or her studies and lasting at least 3 months, can be carried out in France or abroad (merit-based scholarships for these internships carried out in various companies or firms in the USA, Japan, China, New Zealand, Madagascar, Italy, Germany, etc).
  • 3 : The organization of the workshops with foreign schools or universities. These activities are most often conducted to promote the development of research projects (master or post-master program) and are sometimes part of a bilateral relationship established with countries such as India, China, Brazil, but also with the USA, Finland, Japan …
  • 4: Participation in international events (Seoul and Helsinki, “World Capitals of Design”, the International Furniture Fair in Milan, etc.) or meetings organized within the framework of international association networks (ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts; CUMULUS, International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media; ICSID, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design), which develop collaborations between schools in Europe and around the world, and promote reflection on pedagogical, research and innovation issues.

The School’s international action is supported by a particularly exceptional network of 99 partners.

Foreign students at the School

The international dimension has become an essential part of building a professional future. It is an opportunity for each student to confront his or her capacity for innovation and creation with new cultures and new economic, social and environmental approaches. It is also a way to acquire a strong capacity to adapt.

The École Supérieure Libre d’Art de Paris offers business development and marketing courses, as well as management courses over five years in the following artistic specialties: graphic design, fashion design, luxury management, artistic and cultural projects.

Students are admitted to the school exclusively through a competitive examination. The School’s diplomas are officially recognized by FRANCE COMPETENCE and the RNCP as Bachelor and Master degrees.

Students from foreign institutions

Admissions to study period at the school are dertermined by the Sector

Coordinator, after review of the files.

Exchange students are exempt from paying tuition fees, as their tuition fees are paid at their home institution.

The foreign student receives a “student card” from the École Supérieure Libre d’Art de Paris. During this period, he/she benefits from the same rights and obligations as the students of the School.

The period of study at the École nationale supérieure des Art Décoratifs is attested and a transcript of grades and credits corresponding to each teaching unit is given to the foreign student at the end of his/her study period.

Apply for a study period

Applications must be sent to the International Relations Manager by the heads of the partner schools or by the candidate for a study stay himself/herself if it is an unsolicited application.

Responsible for international relations: Mr. Phelilippe

Study Abroad

Mobility for a study stay, professional internship, or educational trip abroad, are submitted to the School’s International Commission for review. This commission, chaired by the Director of the School, is composed of the coordinators of the teaching sectors and the Director of Studies. Students must submit to the jury a complete file of their project and a letter of motivation. The mastery of the language of the chosen country is a selective criterion.

This committee’s mission is to establish a ranking based on the quality of the project and the merit of the student. Based on this ranking, the School can award scholarships to students in order to facilitate their stays abroad.