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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 01-Oct-2020 02-Oct-2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Director: Cagley, Lee Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3 Language of Instruction: English, French
Host Country Language: French Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State University
Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: ARTID 493
Program Description:

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Senior Interior Design Workshop in Paris
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Travel to Maison et Objet and Deco-Off in Paris, the largest international furnishings exposition in the world, to study Interior Design furnishings and finishes in the most progressive marketplace in Europe. Teaming with decorative arts suppliers from the US and Europe, the class will meet with international designers while there, in Paris and Villepoint, where the exhibition site is.

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Students interested in this program should enroll in ArtID 493 section FR in spring 2020.

2020 Tentative Program Dates and Itinerary

Wednesday, January 17
7:55 am  Arrive in Paris.
11:00am Welcome to Paris Brunch hosted by Rocky LeFleur and Gina DeWitt with Kneedler Fauchere to meet the designers and the Press.
1:30pm  Tour the Musee des Arts Decoratifs and the Musee de la Mode et Textiles.
4:00pm  Tour the Louvre Decorative Arts rooms.
6:00pm  Brief time out for dinner at the Louvre Food Court.
7:00pm  Tour the Louvre Collections (Mona Lisa et al); museum closes at 9:00pm.

Thursday, January 18
8:30am  Arrive Versailles and grab a small breakfast coffee and pastry/fruit on our way to the Chateau
9:30am sharp Meet at the Guided Tour Office on the north side of the forecourt for our private tour of the King’s Private Apartments and private quarters.
11:00am Tour ends; we continue through the Chateau and the gardens, grabbing lunch in the gardens at the terminus of the Grand Canal. Trianon and Petit Trianon if time permits.
4:00pm Exclusive presentation by Eric Vallero, design director of Nobilis fabrics, in his rooftop design studio at 31 Rue Bonaparte (above the Nobilis showroom).

Friday, January 19
9:00am  Tour the Saint Chapelle and then Notre Dame.
11:00am Jim Thompson silk presentation by Tim Johnson, Director of Sales.
12:30pm Hermes rue de Sevres shop, with Jean Michel Frank furniture newly re-issued for production from the 1920’s originals.
1:00pm  View the Eiffel Tower & the river.
2:00pm  Tour the Opera Garnier.
4:00pm  Pierre Frey Fabric Archives private tour with Sophie Rouart and Pierre Frey.
6:20pm The American Party in Paris
8:00pm  Right Bank showroom parties, starting at Pierre

Saturday, January 20
9:30am  41 Rue de Seine (SpArtS Gallery).
10:30am Private world premier showings of Dedar Milano & Collection Hermes; presentations by Catarina & Raffaele Fabrizio, owners and designers of Dedar.
1:00pm-ish Begin touring M&O. We start with Hall 8 & Hall 7.
3:00pm  Meet at the Hall 7 exterior entry point and walk to Hall 5A. Begin touring 5A & 5B.
6:00pm  Rue de Seine and Rue Bonaparte showrooms for parties and showroom visits.

Sunday, January 21
9:30am  Rubelli/Donghia showrooms at 10, 11, & 13 rue de l'Abbaye.
10:00am Meeting with Carolyn Reed, Vice President of Donghia/Bergamo.
11:00am Parc des Expositions exit (the Maison et Objet show): continue touring Hall 5A & 5B.
3:00pm  Continue touring Hall 4 & Hall 1.
7:00pm  Farewell dinner at Chez Clement, by the hotel.
9:00pm  Last chance to walk the Champs Elysees and gather souvenirs. 

Monday, January 22
Depart Paris for Des Moines

Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Accepted into departmental program of study
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3
  • Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation
  • Course prerequisites as listed in the ISU Catalog
Please note that this program has higher minimum GPA requirements and additional prerequisites as follows:
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Students must submit a resume and portfolio example as part of their ISUAbroad applications (see questionnaires in application)
  • At the time of the program, concurrent enrollment in Senior Level Interior Design Studio (ArtID 467) or Option Studio (Dsn S 546), or graduate classification in Interior Design
  • Qualified junior-year students may also participate with instructor permission
  • Interest in Residential, Hospitality, or Historic Preservation
The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA of 3.0 or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.
Students applying for this program with a major other than interior design are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a College of Design faculty member.  This letter should be addressed to Lee Cagley and submitted to Erin French (289 Design) no later than September 6, 2016. Students majoring in interior design are not required to submit a letter of recommendation.

Costs and Financial Assistance

Students are required to pay a program fee to participate in Senior Interior Design Workshop in Paris. The program fee will cover the following items: round-trip international airfare, hotel accommodations, entrance fees, local ground transportation, and CISI insurance.

Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to study in France and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. 

Budget information for this program is available by clicking here.
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All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.22 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the 2018 program is September 5, 2017. All students who are accepted to participate must either commit to or decline their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system no later than September 25, 2017. The withdrawal penalty will be applied to the U-bill and will be due in full on January 20, 2018.  In addition to withdrawal penalties, the participant is also responsible for all program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf, such as any deposits or charges that were already due before withdrawal occured. 
Date Withdrawal Penalty
After committing to offer in ISUAbroad and before October 1, 2017: $200.00 + program payments
On or after October 14, 2017 and before October 28, 2017:   50% of program fee + program payments
On or after November 15, 2017: Full program fee

Contact and Additional Information

 Questions about Senior Interior Design Workshop in Paris should be directed to Lee Cagley. 

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