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  • Travel To Paris

    Students have the amazing opportunity to travel to one of the main centers of art in the world.

  • Foundation Year

    Students will visit museums, historic sites, and the great European city with Foundation faculty for on-site lectures and focused field study.

  • Earn School Credit

    While traveling to Paris for a period of 9 days for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is a 1 credit course.

  • Sketching the Sites

    It’s incredibly valuable to get outside of Otis College. Those experiences become some of the greatest memories of school — opportunities to be
    immersed in the world. —Danny Phillips (’08)

  • Oui Oui!

    For information, please contact the Travel and External Study Coordinator at or the Lead Faculty Matthew Penkala.


Paris is your classroom: this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the capital of European Art guided by Otis Foundation faculty. On this 9 day course you will see the greatest museums in the world: the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay, the Pompidou...; walk through masterpieces of European architecture; work on studio based on-site work in the beautiful gardens of Paris; eat warm French bread while you walk the streets and take in the buzz of Parisian life.



Former students were asked, “Would you recommend this course to other students?”

I would highly recommend this program to other students because they will find themselves through their art and their purpose. Also, there is no other experience like this than looking and going to the places we went to. Going as a group made it so fun and I made some great friendships.

-Paris Student, Spring 2018


Yes I would recommend it. It is an eye opening course. I honestly feel you can’t consider yourself an artist if you have never been to the special museums in Paris. It will change your life.

-Paris Student, Spring 2018


I would recommend this program to other students. I would tell them that it is quite literally the opportunity of a life time and an experience you will never forget. You learn not only as individuals but as a group unit. You learn life lessons that will remain with you always that help you understand the world in another light. It is a very humbling and beautiful experience that I believe every student should be apart of. It is an investment in your future.

-Paris Student, Spring 2017

I would absolutely recommend this program. First, if you think you know how to sketch now, well buddy, you are going to KNOW how to sketch by the end. It is astonishing the gigantic difference just small suggestions from the faculty make. Listen to them. If you are unsure, please ask questions. Honestly, just become their friends. They are wonderful people and root you into this culture that you otherwise would just kind of float through. Take your time to do research on the places you are going to. That is my one piece of advice. You will be running around these massive spaces and if you only have an hour to draw, having a general idea of where pieces are or which ones a museum has that you like, I feel would have been extremely helpful.

- Paris Student, Spring 2017

I highly recommend this program to future students. It is a once in a lifetime experience to study so vigorously in a beautiful environment like Paris. You get to enjoy food, famous museums, and meet new friends that you wouldn’t have otherwise became as close with. The knowledge and experience I gained from this course is priceless. I understand how to effectively utilize visual jounrals and I am eager to continue using sketchbooks throughout the rest of my life.

- Paris Student, Spring 2016


ContactTravel and External Study Coordinator or Lead Faculty: Matthew Penkala

Approximate Cost: $2990.00 (based on 15 Foundation students)
   Land transportation
   Excursions and activities
   Experiential learning activities
   Site entrance fees
   Two Group Dinners

   Not Included:
   Personal expenses
   Personal meals
   Transportation to and from LAX
   Passport Fees
   Tourist Visa Fees (If applicable)


Apply for Paris Course elective here.

Otis College has a thorough Travel Emergency Action Plan established and active within all related travel study programs. For more information on this plan, please click here