International Student

International student may either enrol in the ESADSE programmes, or come at our School for 1 or 2 semesters academic exchange.

ESADSE Programmes

— Bachelor level
— Master level
— Double Master, ESADSE - Kookmin University
— La coursive

Exchange students

You study outside France and would like to come for an exchange at the ESADSE?
Student exchanges take place in the framework of an Erasmus or a Bilateral cooperation agreement. To know if your School has an agreement with the ESADSE, please check the Partner School page.

Apply for an exchange at the ESADSE

Students must be nominated by their home School before sending their application, please check the deadlines below.
Once nominated, they must send their application to the ESADSE  at ESADSE accepts exchanges at Bachelor and Master level.

Application file:
- The application form filled in by the student and signed by the International Affairs of the home school;
- a portfolio (5-6 projects/5Mo maximum);
- a CV;
- a letter of motivation;
- a scanned copy of the first page of their passport or ID card;
- a scanned ID photograph.
Semester 1 (September-end of  January)
Nomination deadline
10 May
Application deadline
15 May
Recommended arrival date
1 September
Semester 2 (Beginning of February-June)
Nomination deadline10 November
Application deadline15 November
Recommended arrival date20 January

Practical information

Course catalogue (Fr)
Abstract Brochure and Course catalogue (Fr/En)
International student guide (En)

French language requirements
As lectures are mostly given in French, a good knowledge of French is highly recommended. The French Language Knowledge Test (TCF) is also recommended. The school requires all students to produce evidence of their English ability. French courses are given throughout the year (2 hours /week) at ESADSE.

ECTS SYSTEM -European Credit Transfer & Accumulation System
Foreign students are integrated in the normal curriculum and attend courses chosen with their school. They must obtain a number of ECTS credits defined by their home institution. ECTS was developed by the European Community Commission to set up common procedures to guarantee the academic recognition of studies. The ECTS system is a student-centered system based on the student workload required to achieve specified learningoutcomes in a study programme. ECTS is based on the principle that 60 ECTS measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. Thestudent workload of a fulltime study programme in Europe amounts to around 1.500-1.800 hours per year and in these cases one credit stands for around 25 to 30 working hours. Credits in ECTS can only be obtained after successfulcompletion of the work required and appropriate assessment of the learningoutcomes achieved. Student workload in ECTS consists of the time required tocomplete all learning activities such as attending lectures, seminars,independent and private study, preparation of projects, examination, etc.Credits are allocated to all educational components of a study programme andreflect the quality of work each component requires to achieve the learningoutcomes in relation to the total quantity of work necessary to complete a fullyear of study successfully.

Evaluation for Exchange students
At the semester evaluation, exchange students present their work to teachers individually and collectively.
This display/exposition is coordinated by mentor. Responsible teachers of the classes that the students attended give an appreciation, the credits and the grade.

Before arrival

Following your application, you will receive an acceptance or a rejection letter. If you are accepted, please make sure you complete all the necessary administrative procedures prior to your arrival.
Student Visa
Depending on your residency country, you may need to obtain entry clearance to France before leaving home. Students residing in the European Union usually only need to present a valid passport and identity card. Students from the rest of the world need to apply to their nearest French Embassy or Consulate for a visa.
- A touristic visa can't be changed into a student visa;
- French visa can't be modified once arrived;
- Non-European students coming for a long exchange period ( over 3 months) must obtain a "student residence permit", different from the visa. You will have up to 2 month after your arrival in France to complete the procedure.

Documents you will need to get a visa
Please check the exact list on the The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs web site.

CROUS Grants for foreigners 
Before your arrival in France, you can find out about housing aid for international students and student residences on the Crous website. You can start this process before your arrival in France in order to prepare your departure as well as possible. In order to help you with the various steps to be taken on your arrival in France (moving procedures, visa, sim and wifi, energy supply, bank accounts), Selectra provides you with guides in English.


Isabelle Vérilhac
Head of Innovation and International Affairs 
Cité du design & ESADSE 

Marina Baudry 
International Mobility Officer
Tel. +33 4 77 47 88 56