There is no better way to understand a country than to live there. That's exactly what students from colleges and universities around the country have been doing for over fifty years on Hollins Abroad. Hollins was among the first colleges in the nation to offer an international study program — in Paris, in 1955. Since then, Hollins has been nationally recognized for the quality of our study abroad programs.
Hollins Abroad — Paris is a distinctive program combining outstanding classes, field trips in and around Paris, guided group excursions to other regions of France, and special academic options to provide a comprehensive French cultural experience.
The Hollins Abroad-Paris program offers two tracks: 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.
Hollins Abroad's offices and classrooms are located in Reid Hall, just off Boulevard Montparnasse, near the Jardin du Luxembourg and close to the Sorbonne. It's a lively neighborhood, whose streets were once the haunts of Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Eugène Ionesco, and Pablo Picasso, and are still a center of Parisian intellectual and artistic life. Our faculty includes scholars who have studied and taught at the Sorbonne and other renowned universities in Paris. Our full-time director is a native of Paris who has studied and taught in the U.S. and is a specialist in French language and literature. She works individually with each student to make sure they have the best possible study abroad experience both academically and personally.
Hollins Abroad-Paris is open to students at all colleges and universities. Most Hollins Abroaders are juniors, but qualified sophomores and seniors can also be considered. You can enroll for fall, spring, or the academic year.
New merit award for non-Hollins students on Hollins Abroad-Paris is now available. Click here for more information.
Join us on Hollins Abroad. It will open your eyes in ways you never expected. What you learn will last a lifetime.