Paris – Hollins Abroad Curriculum

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

Track One: Advanced, full immersion in French

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.

The curriculum includes courses in French literature, theatre, art history, architecture, film, politics, and economics. All courses are taught in French by expert French faculty.

Track Two: English/French dual language program for students less proficient in French

Pre-requisite: One year of college-level French or equivalent with a cumulative and French GPA of at least 2.5. 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 other settings.