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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

Hollins Abroad-Paris offers courses in French language, literature, art, theatre, architecture, film, economics, politics, and international relations. All courses are taught in French by instructors who are experienced in teaching non-native speakers. Even students who are initially apprehensive about taking all of their coursework in French quickly find themselves at ease in the classroom, and assistance is available for those who need it.

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.

All students enroll in a French language or literature class along with other courses that meet their academic needs and interests. Most courses are open to all students in the program, while selected courses are reserved for advanced students.

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.

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.