What is PICT?
The Paris Institute for Critical Thinking is a non-profit organization founded in 2018 and based in Paris, France. The Institute is devoted to scholarly teaching and research in the English language. Our main aim is to offer university-quality courses in the humanities and social sciences to participants outside the university. Our courses are geared towards:
- The growing Anglophone community of Paris.
- Francophone participants with advanced English language skills who wish to employ the language in a scholarly field rather than a language course.
Study at PICT
The Paris Institute for Critical Thinking is devoted to providing courses that are:
- Academically rigorous,
- Broadly accessible,
- Financially affordable.
PICT offers no course credits or certificates, and there are no prerequisites for enrolling in a PICT course. All of our courses are designed specifically for the Institute by scholars and experts in the field. Our courses are scholarly rather than vocational, meaning they enable and encourage critical, self-reflexive thinking on the course’s subject matter.
Who studies at PICT?
PICT courses are mainly designed for working-age adults with an advanced knowledge of English. Our participants are people who wish to use the English language to explore their topics of interest in scholarly depth. We welcome participants from all backgrounds regardless of profession, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, or educational level.
Who teaches at PICT?
Our faculty consists of:
- Exceptional young academics interested in teaching outside the traditional university spectrum,
- Recognized professionals with unique perspectives on their field of industry and work.
Many of our faculty members are published authors in their academic or professional fields.
What does a PICT course look like?
PICT offers seminar-style courses capped at 15 students to guarantee lively participation and discussion. Course types vary, including two-week intensive courses as well as four- to six-week courses that meet once a week. The courses are scheduled to accommodate regular working hours. Often, a second PICT faculty member aids the instructor in encouraging class discussion.
Where do PICT courses take place?
PICT is a pop-up institute that offers courses all over the city of Paris. Rather than operating in a central location, we use authentic Parisian settings to create unique learning environments.
Course fees and refund policy
The fee for each PICT course is indicated on the course page. The majority of the fee goes to the instructor, with the rest devoted to the Institute’s upkeep. You can switch courses or receive a full refund up to 1 month before classes begin. There is no refund or make-up session for individual classes missed by students.
Other PICT activities
Apart from its course offerings, PICT engages in public outreach through:
- Art events such as film screenings and museum visits,
- Scholarly events such as public talks, panels, and workshops,
- Media outlets such as podcasts.
In addition to regular courses, PICT also offers customized individual study courses. Such courses give the participant the opportunity to:
- Create a tailor-made syllabus in consultation with a PICT instructor,
- Receive one-on-one instruction,
- Include an essay writing component if desired.
Your course, designed by PICT
If you are a corporation or public interest organization (such as a non-profit or trade union) and wish to design Anglophone workshops, classes, or training for your members, you can partner up with PICT. Our experienced faculty members will gladly work with you in creating the ideal course framework and content for your purposes.
Fellowship seats at PICT
Each PICT course features 1 “fellowship seat” for participants who cannot afford to pay the full course fee. If you wish to enroll in a PICT course but have financial difficulties, please contact us for our fellowship conditions. PICT also aims to establish partnerships with public organizations engaged in housing, employment, and refugee aid. A number of fellowship seats will be reserved for participants referred by such organizations.
Partnerships with PICT
PICT aims to establish local, national, and international partnerships with:
- Content partners such as cultural, artistic, and educational organizations,
- Venue partners such as municipal and cultural institutions, bookstores, and community centers,
- Private businesses and public organizations with an internal demand for PICT courses.