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“My term on Hollins Abroad-Paris was an experience I would not trade for any other. The faculty members were great, the classes all very interesting, and I could not have had a better experience with my French hosts. The program far exceeded my expectations.”

Benjamin Smith
Wake Forest University

Hollins Abroad-Paris program details

Hollins Abroad-Paris program details


The Hollins Abroad comprehensive fee ($23,400.00 per term for 2014-15) covers all program costs including tuition, homestay, all meals during the term, your metro and bus pass, the three-day group trip, two weekend excursions, and the orientation program in Paris. It does not cover your transatlantic airfare, or personal expenses, including independent travel.

You need not spend much more on program-related expenses in Paris than you normally would on a U.S. campus. In some cases, you'll save money, in others you'll spend more. For example, textbooks, a major expense in the United States, will cost you next to nothing in Paris. However, if you take the theatre course, you'll spend about $200 per term for tickets.

According to student reports, the minimum amount needed for personal expenses and independent travel is about $1,500 per term. Most students spend $2,500-$3,500 and those who travel extensively spend more.

What is Covered by the Comprehensive Fee

  • Tuition
  • All course related field trips except theatre tickets
  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • Comprehensive health insurance while abroad
  • Pass for the Paris metro and bus system
  • Orientation program on the Hollins campus and in Paris
  • Three-day field trip (transportation, accommodations, some meals, guided tours)
  • Two weekend excursions (transportation, accommodations, some meals, guided tours), pick up from airport on arrival
  • Internet access (wireless and program computers) at Reid Hall
  • Program handbook and other materials
  • International Student ID Card
  • Comprehensive visa advice/assistance

What is NOT Covered by the Comprehensive Fee

  • Books/Coursepacks (minimal)
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Tickets to required performances for French Theatre
  • Local airport transportation for the return flight
  • Personal expenses, including independent travel


Financial Aid

Financial aid policies for study abroad are different at each college and university. You should check with your college's financial aid office to ascertain its policies. In some cases, all home school financial aid can be applied to Hollins Abroad. In almost all cases, you can continue to receive federally subsidized grants and loans.

Hollins University students generally receive the same amount of financial aid for study in Paris as they receive for study on campus.

A number of travel awards are available to Hollins students based on academic merit, with a preference for financial need.

For our semester-based programs, students from other institutions are also eligible to apply for Visiting Student Merit Scholarships (with amounts ranging from $1,000 - $2,000). The scholarship application is available as a part of the online program application.

In addition, students attending institutions that are members of the Women’s College Coalition (WCC) or the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) will receive a 10% discount on the comprehensive semester-based program fee. You should check with your college’s financial aid office to ascertain its policies with regard to aid for study abroad. In some cases, all home school financial aid can be applied to Hollins Abroad. In almost all cases, you can continue to receive federally subsidized grants and loans.

Special note for Virginia residents: For Virginia residents who attend out-of-state-schools but still want to participate in the Paris program qualify for Virginia Tuition Assistance Grants worth $1,400 - $1,550 per term. Information, deadlines, and applications are available at http://www.schev.edu/schev/formsIndex.asp.



The minimum requirements for enrollment are a cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, a GPA of 3.0 in French courses taken, completion of two semesters of intermediate French at the college-level or its equivalent with at least one course taken in the two semesters prior to studying abroad, and good standing at your college or university. Hollins University students majoring in French or International Studies whose GPAs are below the requirement should see the Director of International Programs. Hollins Abroad is open to women and men who are juniors in U.S. colleges and universities. Students wishing to enroll at a different time should contact the Hollins Abroad office. You may enroll for fall, spring, the academic year, or calendar year.



Recent Hollins Abroad students have come from American University, Arcadia University, Catholic University., College of Charleston, Davidson College, Duke University, Hampden-Sydney College, Kenyon College, Lehigh University, McGill University, Miami University (Ohio), Montana State University, Notre Dame University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Philadelphia University, Rice University, Rollins College, Salem College, Sarah Lawrence College, Sweet Briar College, Trinity University (Texas), University of Arizona, University of Arkansas, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of the South, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, Wake Forest University, Washington and Lee, and College of William and Mary.


How to apply

Apply online at Hollins.StudioAbroad.com.



March 15 for the fall term or academic year and October 1 for the spring term or calendar year.