Hollins in Paris Curriculum

Hollins Abroad-Paris is a one- or two-semester program.

option One: French studies

Pre-requisite: Four semesters of college-level French (or the equivalent) and GPA of at least 3.0. Students take one mandatory French language course and a mix of classes from the IES program center or local universities like the Sorbonne (Paris IV) or Institut Catholique de Paris. Optional internships are also available. The curriculum includes courses in French literature, film, gender studies, history, literature, political science and sociology. All courses are taught in French by expert French faculty. In order to immerse students fully in the French experience, participants are required to observe a rigorous language pledge while at the program center.

option Two: business and international affairs

Pre-requisite: One year of college-level French or equivalent with a cumulative and French GPA of at least 2.5. Students take one mandatory French language course, three IES program classes and up to two direct-enroll courses at the American Business School in Paris.

IES Abroad classes meet 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. The IES curriculum includes courses in communication, economics, fashion, marketing and sociology, in addition to the program focus on business and international studies.

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. 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 other settings.