Paris: Fine Arts Field School 2023

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EXPERIENCE - Bring to your studies renewed depth, purpose and national/global awareness.

Program Highlights and Travel Dates

Visit Paris, France and study the modern and contemporary development of Paris as an urban space in tandem with key historical flashpoints connected to French art and visual culture. Travel and explore while learning about the city through the lens of art history and contemporary studio practices. Working with the shared theme PARIS—FROM THE OUTSIDE IN, the goal is to approach Paris as a city best explored  from its lesser-known periphery to its highly influential center. Topics include traditions of avant-gardism, subversion, and outsider art influences characteristic of Paris during key historical turning points in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries hand in hand with unpacking the rich history of migrant, émigré, and refugee artists who have often been absorbed into French history and/or marginalized from art history.  This is truly a trip of a lifetime—come join KPU’s Fine Arts Field School and travel and learn alongside your fellow classmates and KPU faculty.

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Full itinerary of visits to Paris museums, galleries, and key sites of interest related to modern and contemporary art, street art, photography, and film history, including but not limited to:

  • Orsay, Louvre
  • Centre Pompidou
  • L’Orangerie
  • Palais de Tokyo
  • Louis Vuitton Foundation
  • Cinema/photography museums
  • Optional visits to Versailles, Monet’s Garden at Giverny, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, and several Parisian art districts for gallery visits
  • Comprehensive tour of Paris via boat and/or bicycle tour 
  • Several free days to explore Paris as you wish!

Click the following links to download the posters and Trifold:


Paris, France





May 8-26

Classes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey Campus

Surrey Campus, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

June 3 Depart for Paris, France for 2.5 weeks of scheduled gallery/museum visits and activities Paris, France

June 21

Depart for Vancouver or continue your travels!


Field School Dates

  1. Pre-departure classes:  May 8 – May 26 2023* 
  2. Travel/Experiential: 2.5 weeks, June 3 – 21, 2023* 

*Exact days/times for classes are TBD. 

Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Currently we are still in the midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic, where there are various health measures in place depending on the country and region. It is the responsibility of each participant in the field school to read and understand the current policies, entry requirements, and restrictions for international travel to Paris, France. If there are any circumstances or concerns that will affect your participation, please discuss them with the field school faculty leaders. 

  1. Travel to France
  2.  Travel to European Union countries
  3. Travel by air and rail as of October 1, 2022 from the Government of Canada:
  • You shouldn't travel to Canada if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • All passengers are strongly recommended to wear a mask while they travel

  4. Travel Advisory by the Canadian government

Cost and Payment Details 

Program Fee

$3,500 CAD (estimated) 

Program fee covers:

  • Accommodation
  • City transportation
  • Airport/train transfer
  • Entrance fees to museum/gallery/exhibitions
  • Two group meals

Does NOT cover:

  • Flights
  • Your personal spending budget
  • Additional transportation costs
  • Most meals
  • KPU tuition (6 credits) 

NOTE: Should a decision be made by KPU to cancel a field school due to low enrolment or other academic/risk issues, participants will be entitled to a full rebate of any payments made including the deposit.

Overall costs

Program fees are an estimation only. The amount will be confirmed at the time of acceptance.




International FLIGHT 

Domestic Student 


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Estimated $1,300***  

International Student   


See tuition estimator**

Estimated $1,300***  

*Rate based on 3-6 credit charge through Tuition Estimator for Faculty of Arts’ Fine Arts field of study with University and KSA fees added. Additional fees may apply to your KPU account for the Multi-Pass and Kwantlen Student Association Extended Dental and Health Plan.     

**For a more accurate estimate, please search for the field school flight dates through your preferred provider.

Payment Timeline

1) Program Fee

Program fees are estimates only. Prices are confirmed at the point of acceptance.

 Domestic Student & International students

 PROGRAM FEE Total $3,500


1st Payment   

$500 non-refundable deposit* (Applied to the program fee)

December 16, 2022

2nd Payment   


January 30, 2023

3rd Payment


March 1, 2023

*The final payment may change depending on the number of students accepted into the program

2) Tuition

Payment of academic fees, due dates, withdrawal charges, refund policies, and associated policies for academic fees are set as per the university calendar.


Tuition Cost - 3 credits


Domestic Student 

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Mid-May, 2023

See Summer 2023 Semester Fee Payment Deadline*

International Student

See tuition estimator

Mid-May, 2023

See Summer 2023 Semester Fee Payment Deadline*

Where to pay

Make your payments on your OSS (Online Self-Service).


Field school scholarships and fundraising opportunities are available! The awards below are open to accepted field school students:



Application Form

Due Date

Access to Global Learning Award



December 1, 2022 Global Mobility Fund

Depending on situation


One World International Scholarship




Classes Offered and Pre-requisites

ARTH 3100 and FINA 3202 (optional) (3/ 6 credits)

Students may register to either 3 credits or 6 credits. Classes begin in May and are instructed by KPU Faculty members. Exact days/times for the pre-departure classes are TBD.


ARTH 3100: Any 6 credits of first- or second-year art history courses or 18 credits of any level university courses, or permission of the Instructor;
FINA 3202: Any 6 credits of first- or second-year studio/design courses, or with permission from field school instructors.

Note that students can enroll in up to 6 credits of courses (ARTH 3100 and FINA 3202) with at least 3 credits comprising ARTH 3100; no studio art experience is needed to enroll in ARTH 3100.

All KPU students are welcome and are encouraged to apply.

If you are unsure of your qualifications, please contact the faculty leaders with your questions, including your student number, program, expected number of credits completed by Summer 2023, and an e-mail/phone number you can be reached at.

Please contact if you have any questions about the application.

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Application Details and Deadlines

Application Timeline

September 28, 2022

Applications open

December 1, 2022

Early Bird Applications + Scholarship Applications close 

December 16, 2022

Confirmation of Acceptance & the $500 Non-refundable deposit are due (for Early Bird Application with Scholarship Application).

January 30, 2023

$1,500 Second Payment towards the Program Fee is Due.

March 1, 2023

$1,500 Final Payment towards the Program Fee is Due.

Mid-May, 2023

KPU Tuition Payment due by Summer 2023 Fee Payment Deadline*

Please contact for more information if you have questions or concerns.
*Please refer to Dates & Deadlines for the latest update on the Summer 2023 Fee Payment Deadline.

Application Deadline

December 1, 2022 (Early bird deadline with scholarship application)

Application Steps
You can apply to join the Paris: Fine Arts Field School 2023 by following 2 easy steps: 
STEP 1: Fill out and submit your completed application online.
STEP 2: Pay your $500 deposit towards your program fees for the field school by the mentioned deadline.
Click HERE to Start Your Application!

Contact Information

Faculty Leaders:
Dorothy Barenscott

Art History Faculty

Jason Wright
Studio Faculty

KPU International:
Shanell Wong
Study Abroad Coordinator

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