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Architecture Internships in Paris

Architecture Internships in Paris
Paris, France
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Program Type: 
  • Engage in an academic internship at an architectural firm in Paris while completing studio coursework at the Ecole Nationale Superieure D'Architecture Paris Val-de-Seine.
  • Gain professional and international experience in the field of architecture.
  • Explore the rich art, culture, and creative opportunities of Paris, "the World City".
  • Open to students in their final year of the M. Arch program.  French language proficiency encouraged but not required.
Program Summary: 

Unique among study abroad programs, the KU Architecture Internships in Paris Program enables students to complete studio coursework under the tutelage of Professor Pierre Engel at the Ecole Nationale Superieure D'Architecture Paris Val-de-Seine and Professor Steve Padget of the University of Kansas, as well as engage in a part-time, academic internship with one of Europe’s most prestigious practices.  Students are exposed to the latest European architectural projects and to the international practice of architecture focused on large-scale projects in an urban setting utilizing advanced technology. The contemporary design experience is set against the powerful historical traditions of Europe, allowing students to witness firsthand the creative dialogue between the past and present.  Following the direction of Hatch Professor Wojciech Lesnikowski for nearly twenty years, the program continues its mission to expose KU students to the cutting edge of international practice. 

In recent years, KU students have been placed in the following partner firms:

- Architecture Studio
- Ateliers Jean Nouvel
- Frédéric Borel
- Emmanuelle Gautrand
- Ibos & Vitart
- Odile Decq Studio
- Viguier & Associés
- Wilmotte Architecte

While in their internships, students have worked on a broad range of projects including museums, housing competitions, urban design and high-rise developments, to name but a few. Historically, many Internships in Paris program alumni have maintained long-term ties with the offices and teams in which they work. These experiences have proven to be pivotal in participants' professional paths as they bring their experiences back to US firms or continue their professional trajectories abroad.

Internship hours are eligible for NCARB intern training credit.


From the Opéra boulevards to the historic area of the Marais with its early modern architecture and designer stores, from the Cluny medieval museum to the futuristic Centre Beaubourg, studying and interning in Paris provides students with a comprehensive introduction to French life, art, and architecture. In recent years, participants have taken part in museum tours, concerts, plays and films; walking tours of Montmartre, the île St. Louis, and the Left Bank; as well as other cultural outings during their free-time in Paris.  In addition, Paris’ central location allows easy travel to all of Europe’s major destinations on weekends or national holidays.  

Academic Information: 

This program is open to students in their final year of the Master of Architecture program at KU. 

All students will earn 12 hours of credit during the Fall term.  Credits will be posted for the following courses, subject to approval by the Department of Architecture at KU and completion of a successful academic term/practicum experience:

  • ARCH 600  Topics in Architecture: Globalized Practice Internship Seminar (3 credits)
  • ARCH 809 Internship/Study Abroad (6 credits)
  • ARCH 700 Directed Readings (3 credits) 

Participants will be housed in shared student apartments with double-occupancy bedrooms located throughout Paris.

Life Abroad: 

Nicholas Gilliland, architect in Paris and former participant in the KU Architecture Internships in Paris program, oversees the internship placement program and remains a local contact as students adjust to academic and professional life in Paris.


The program is open to students who have successfully completed ARCH 609 and will be final year M. Arch students.  French language proficiency is encouraged, but not required.  Minimum 2.5 GPA required.


Application Procedures

All interested students must submit their portfolios to the School of Architecture by December 9, 2016 for the June-December 2017 program.  The School of Architecture will communicate with interested students directly regarding portfolio requirements.

Portfolios of student work will be submitted to the architecture firms in Paris for placement consideration. Internship assignments will be made on the basis of submitted portfolios and the decision of the program faculty.

All students selected for the program will also be required to complete application requirements through the KU Office of Study Abroad by March 1, 2017.  Students interested in applying for Office of Study Abroad scholarships must submit the scholarship application by March 1, 2017 (even if final notification of internship placement is pending).  Scholarship information is available at http://studyabroad.ku.edu/osa-scholarships.


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Important Note about Passports & Visas

Please note that a student visa is required for this program and all applicants are required to apply in-person at the Consulate General of France in Chicago. The KU Office of Study Abroad will provide you with instructions for how to apply for a visa once you are accepted to the program. You must have a passport in order to apply for a visa and it must be valid for at least 3 months past the program end date and have at least two blank visa pages left in it. If you do not already have a passport, or if your passport does not meet these requirements, it is recommended that you begin the application or renewal process now. Information about how to apply for a passport can be found at http://international.ku.edu/passport/.

Program Faculty: 

Professor Steve Padget serves as the program director within the KU School of Architecture.

Steve Padget, AIA, LEED AP BD&C, Assoc. Prof.

The University of Kansas

School of Architecture Design and Planning

Marvin Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045 USA



Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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