About the University

École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré was founded in 1856 and originally housed in rue Duperré. Within the context of the movement of the emancipation of women, the Society for Vocational Training for women gave rise to this school, where sewing and artistic professions were given the highest importance. It is a public school for applied arts at undergraduate and graduate level for fashion studies as well as environmental and graphic design. It also offers programs in textile design (embroidery, weaving and tapestry) and ceramics.

Research Programs are carried out through the famous partner-schools Ecole Boulle and Ecole Estienne. Multiple cultural and professional partnerships expose the students to the pace and requirements of the professional world, like the Biennale of Design in St-Étienne, the Fondation EDF, Descamps, the Musée National d'Art Moderne/Centre Pompidou or the Cinémathèque française. The school fosters innovation and creativity in an atmosphere of freedom and high standards.

About the Exchange Program

Undergraduate students enrolled in FSAD and DEA may spend one semester, and in some cases, up to a year, studying at ESAA Duperré.

ESAA Duperré has a network of around 30 partner schools and exchanges with leading universities in Europe and South America.

École Duperré is also member of Cumulus, an international network of art and design schools; Cumulus organizes events (exhibitions, awards, competitions, workshops, research groups...) between institutions.

ESAA Duperré is located in the 3rd Arrondissement, also called the Marais, historically Paris's aristocratic district and now a fashionable hub for art galleries, fashion houses, and trendy restaurants.

Paris is the capital and largest city of France, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Often noted for its architecture, urban design, and green spaces, Paris is also one of the four fashion capitals in the world. The city is one of the world's leading business and cultural centers; entertainment, music, media, and the arts contributing to its status as one of the world's major global cities.



Cross-disciplinarity is very important at ESAA Duperré. Students from the different design backgrounds (fashion, textile, communication, graphic design, environmental design, ceramics) are brought together and given specific design, reflection, and prospection methods that encourage teamwork and research.

Areas of Specialization are:

  • Fashion Design
  • Textile Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Ceramics


The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris is home to 10,000 students, researchers and artists, with over 140 nationalities, 40 houses and a host of services. The Cité's park spans 34 hectares and is home to the most extensive range of student accommodation in the Paris Region. The USA foundation was designed to embody Franco-American friendship and provide accommodation for US students and researchers in Paris.

The USA Foundation comprises 267 rooms, along with eight artist's workshops and nine rehearsal studios. The building's interior has retained its original Art Deco style. The spacious lounge is decorated with frescoes by Robert La Montagne Saint-Hubert, depicting the history of French art through different periods.

There are also many other accommodations options available via the school website.

How to apply to a Human Ecology Exchange program.

The Exchange Program Brochure Download


If you have questions about the program or would like additional information about applying, contact:
Dr. Pauline Morin
Director of Exchange Programs Human Ecology

Student Slideshow
Download a series of images and text from a student who has participated in this exchange program in the past.

Student Testimonials
Read what past students have to say about the exchange program.