In Paris, you'll walk the walk. And talk the talk.
"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, Hollins Abroad-Paris
The very best way to learn to understand a language and culture is to live with and learn from native speakers. That's the idea behind the design of Hollins Abroad-Paris. All faculty, as well as the on-site director, are French or fluent speakers, and all students live with Parisian hosts. In class, on field trips, and relaxing at home, you'll polish your conversational French and learn to appreciate French culture by being part of it. Paris is an exciting city that offers an amazing array of resources and events for students of all interests.
Hollins Abroad-Paris was one of the first study abroad programs for U.S. students and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015. The program's office and classroom space are at Reid Hall (which houses a number of study abroad programs) in the lively Montparnasse area near the Luxembourg Gardens. Our resident director, a native of Paris, serves as academic and cultural advisor to all Hollins Abroad students. She also has an assistant who arranges group excursions to such destinations as Normandy, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, and southern France to introduce you to some of the many beautiful regions of the country.
Important Documents:Paris Pre-Departure Guide 2016-2017
Hollins Abroad-Paris Courses are taught by faculty from the Sorbonne and other distinguished French universities. Paris will become your classroom, as courses are designed to take advantage of the city's rich cultural heritage by incorporating frequent field trips to world-famous theatres, museums, galleries, and historical and architectural landmarks from Notre Dame and the Opéra Bastille to the Grande Bibliothèque and Centre Pompidou.
Courses are included in the Hollins academic catalog, and may be applied to majors, minors, and general education requirements without special approval. Hollins Abroad courses are taken with fellow Hollins Abroad program participants (including students from other American universities). Students with advanced French skills may enroll in a class or two at one of the many branches of the Sorbonne. Additionally, students in their second term in Paris may elect to do an internship.
Full Immersion Track: For students with a more advanced level of French who are craving a fully immersive program.
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. Students may substitute one or two Hollins courses with advanced courses in French in a variety of subject areas at local French universities. Students spending a year abroad in the full-immersion track may apply for an internship in the second semester.
- Dual Language Track: For students with a beginning to intermediate level of French, who are typically majoring in other disciplines.
Pre-requisite: One year of college-level French or equivalent with a cumulative GPA and French GPA of at least 2.5.
Students take two mandatory core courses taught in French 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 at partner institutions. Those partner institutions include: American Business School of Paris, Mod'Art and Institut Catholique.
Other Program Features
- Full-time on-site director
- Four-day orientation program in Paris with excursions
- Two weekend excursions (such as Loire Valley, Burgundy, Normandy)
- A four-day field trip each term (Normandy in fall, southern France in spring)
- Independent studies in dance, voice, studio art, or photography (and possibly other fields) for students majoring in those areas (strong French skills required)
Housing and Meals
All Hollins Abroad-Paris students live with French hosts to experience the French way of life and practice their conversational French. Students have their own keys and are treated as independent adults. Homestays are in the residential areas of Paris with convenient connections on public transportation to Reid Hall. All rooms are singles, with a few homestays housing more than one student. The program director matches students with hosts based on information provided by students on the housing form. All hosts are carefully screened by the program director and most of the French hosts have been with Hollins Abroad for many years, receiving excellent student evaluations. Occasionally new host families are added, as the need arises.
French hosts provide all breakfasts and five dinners per week. Students receive a stipend to cover the costs of lunches and the remaining dinners.
What is Covered by the Comprehensive Fee
- All course-related field trips except theatre tickets
- All meals
- Comprehensive health insurance while abroad
- Pass for the Paris metro and bus system
- Orientation program on the Hollins campus and in Paris
- A four-day field trip (transportation, accommodations, some meals, guided tours)
- Two weekend excursions (transportation, accommodations, some meals, guided tours)
- Internet access (wireless and program computers) at Reid Hall
- Program handbook and other materials
- International Student ID Card
What is NOT Covered by the Comprehensive Fee
- Books (minimal)
- Roundtrip airfare
- Tickets to required performances for French Theatre
- Local airport transportation
- Personal expenses, including independent travel
Financial Aid Awards Available for Hollins Students
The Anne Gregory Paris Fellows Endowment provides financial assistance to Hollins students participating in the Hollins Abroad-Paris program who have demonstrated financial need, a strong academic record, and enthusiasm for and commitment to the study of French language and culture. One or more Anne Gregory Paris Fellows may be selected each term to receive funds (generally about $2,000) to help meet expenses not covered by the comprehensive fee, such as trans-Atlantic transportation, theatre tickets, and independent cultural excursions within France. Awards are competitive and the Gregory Fellowship is generally not awarded for more than one term.
The Marguerite Prinet Abroad Scholarship was established in 2007 by an anonymous donor, and supported by others who wish to honor the memory of Mademoiselle Prinet, an early director of the Hollins Abroad–Paris program. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Hollins students participating in the Hollins Abroad–Paris program who have demonstrated financial need and who are majoring in studio art or art history and wish to expand their major by studying in Paris through the Hollins Abroad program. One or more Marguerite Prinet Abroad Scholarship recipients may be selected each term to receive funds to meet expenses not covered by the comprehensive fee, such as trans-Atlantic transportation, theatre and concert tickets, and cultural excursions within France.
Marguerite Prinet Abroad Scholarship recipients are chosen by the Art Department, in consultation with the Director of International Programs and the Director of Scholarships and Financial Assistance. Recipients are chosen from among applicants on the basis of academic merit with preference given to students with financial need, and enthusiasm for and commitment to the study of art and the French language and culture. Except in extraordinary cases, a Prinet Scholarship is not awarded for more than one term.
Both scholarship applications are included as part of the online Hollins Abroad-Paris application.
Financial Aid Awards Available for Visiting Students
Visiting Students may apply for a Visiting Merit Award, between $1000 and $1,500.
Visiting Student Merit Award Application
Hollins Abroad-Paris is open to Hollins students as well as students from other U.S. colleges and universities. Other institutions that frequently send students include Arcadia University, Rollins College, the University of Virginia, Samford University, and others.
Minimum requirements are:
- Sophomore or Junior status during time abroad
- Cumulative GPA : Immersion Track - 3.0, Dual Language- 2.5
- At least one French course in the two semesters prior to enrollment in Hollins Abroad
- A faculty recommendation (part of application)
- A French language assessment from your most recent French professor
- No major disciplinary infractions
Applicants are also evaluated on their academic and personal maturity, flexibility, and openness to new cultural experiences.
** Please note that rolling admission only applies to visiting students on this program!
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