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“Never has the phrase ‘hands-on learning’ been more appropriate. Studying the paintings and then seeing the originals in museums, studying the plays and then attending performances, studying the architecture in the actual buildings — it was a learning experience I'll never forget.”

Meredith Pierce Hunter


“I’m still using my Hollins Abroad experience after 50 years. That year abroad was the best investment my parents made in me — a continuing gift.”

Susan Gilbert Harvey
Hollins Abroad-Paris 1957
Author of Tea with Sister Anna: A Paris Journal

Hollins Abroad-Paris curriculum

The Hollins Abroad-Paris program is excited to announce it will now offer two tracks (starting in Spring 2015): one is designed for the student who has taken a lot of French and is interested in an immersion experience. The second, our hybrid track, is for students who want to live and study in Paris but who are not French majors or minors.

Track One: Advanced, full immersion for French majors and minors
Pre-requisite: Four semesters of college-level French (or the equivalent) and GPA of at least 3.0.

Students take four courses in French led by Hollins Abroad-Paris faculty. Additional advanced courses in French in a variety of subject areas are available at local French universities. Students spending a year abroad in the full-immersion track may apply for an internship in the second semester.

Track Two: English/French hybrid for students majoring in other disciplines
Pre-requisite: One year of college-level French or equivalent with a cumulative and French GPA of at least 3.0.

Students take two mandatory core courses led by Hollins Abroad-Paris faculty and two other content courses taught in English in areas such as business, international studies, art history, fine arts, and fashion.

Each Hollins Abroad class meets for three hours per week, Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for group trips, museum and other field outings, study, and private exploration of the city.Classes are small and designed to take advantage of the rich resources of Paris. For example, guided visits to the Musee d'Orsay and other museums are an important part of the course on Impressionism. Architecture students travel around the city to study buildings and monuments on site, and each term's syllabus for French theatre is built around the current productions so students can study plays and then see them performed at the city's renowned theatres.

For additional details, including tuition and fees, please visit our Hollins Abroad admission site »


Paris University courses/applied arts/internships

If your French is very advanced, you have the option of enrolling in a course at any of several Paris universities in your major field of study or another subject in which you have a strong academic background. Hollins Abroad provides a tutorial for readings and written assignments. Independent studies in conjunction with courses taken at Paris institutes can also be arranged for students majoring in applied or performing arts (voice, instruments, dance, studio art, photography, etc.).

If you are spending two terms in Paris, you can also apply for an internship related to your career interests. Our students have interned in international law firms, art galleries, cultural organizations, schools, and many others settings.