École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

City: Paris
Language of instruction: English, French
  • Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, between the Quai Malaquais and Rue Bonaparte
  • Vast architectural complex, opposite the Louvre Museum
  • The buildings of the National School of Fine Arts, spread over two acres, date from the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth centuries and even some parts of the twentieth century
  • Public institution under the Ministry of Culture and Communication
  • Mission is to train students in artistic creation at a high level
  • Heir to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, founded in the seventeenth century by Louis XIV
  • Remains a top meeting place for creation, heritage and history

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Partner university's areas of study

Fine ArtsLand and Food Systems

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • During the orientation week, each non-French speaking exchange student takes a test to determine his/her level of French, after which students are assigned to language classes at either the beginner, intermediate or advanced level
  • French classes are given for three hours per week, and are compulsory
  • Exchange students who are proficient or fluent in French may enroll in theoretical courses (as an elective CU), which are taught only in French 
  • The only theoretical courses that are not open to exchange students are seminars, for which enrollment is limited to their full-time students


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2

Who can go?

  • Only Fine Arts students are eligible to apply to this partner university
  • The Ecole des Beaux-Arts usually welcomes 35 exchange students per semester

Term dates

  • Fall term (Term 1): Early October to Mid January
  • Spring term (Term 2): February to Mid May


  • Students going in Term 1 that need to return to UBC in January must inform the International Affairs Office of the Ecole and their Professors that they need to complete all assessments by the end of December - ENSBA will try to adapt to these needs
  • Since the artistic practice studios stay open in June and July, exchange students are usually invited to stay in the Ecole after the assessments in the Spring term if they wish
  • It is also an opportunity to participate in the ENSBA open days usually organized for the last weekend of June
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Grading scheme

  • The Ecole des Beaux-Arts does not provide any grades or marks

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Full course load information

  • Students will enroll in 4 courses, for a total of 30 ECTS

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

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Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Using the Campus France website, it is possible to carry out comprehensive multi-criteria searches on the quasi-totality of grants for foreign students and young researchers
  • Candidates are recommended to apply for a grant at least one year before their registration at a French institution
  • See here for more information

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • As accommodation is not offered or guaranteed by the institution, you will be required to find your own housing
  • Please be aware that finding housing in Paris is challenging
  • The Ecole has an agreement with CROUS which provides a rental studio for 5 students, near the Luxembourg garden in the Résidence Sarrhail, in the 5th area of Paris (see CROUS Paris website, scroll to the bottom and under "Sélectionnez une résidence" choose "Résidence Jean Sarrhail")
  • Students must rent the studio for the whole semester, no matter their arrival and departure dates

CROUS Paris website

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