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, 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 fifty-fifth anniversary in 2010. The program's office and classroom space are at Reid Hall (which houses a number of study abroad programs) in the 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 (a former study abroad student in Paris herself) who arranges group excursions to Normandy, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, and southern France to introduce you to some of the many beautiful regions of the country.
The program offers French language courses at the intermediate and advanced level as well as courses focusing on French culture and society. Classes are generally small and seminar-style. Assignments and grading are similar to those at Hollins but the perspective and expectations of faculty will be somewhat different, due to their French academic training.
Hollins Abroad-Paris Courses are taught by faculty from the University of Paris 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 Hollins Abroad program participants.
Students with advanced French skills may enroll in a class at one of the many branches of the University of Paris, with a tutorial provided by Hollins Abroad. Students in their second term in Paris may elect to do an internship.
Paris Academic Calendar 2011-12
Other Program Features
- Full-time on-site director
- Four-day orientation program in Paris with excursions
- Two weekend excursions (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)
Pick up from airport on arrival
- 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 for the return flight
- Personal expenses, including independent travel
Financial Aid Awards Available for Hollins Students
The Anne Gregory Paris Fellows Endowment provides financial assistance to 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. Download Gregory Fellowship Application.
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 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. Download Prinet Scholarship Application.
Hollins Abroad-Paris is open to Hollins students as well as students from other U.S. colleges and universities. Most terms, the majority of students come from colleges other than Hollins, including Arcadia University, Davidson College, Rollins College, the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, and many others.
Minimum requirements are
- Sophomore or Junior status
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- GPA of 3.0 or higher in French
- At least one French course in the two semesters prior to enrollment in Hollins Abroad
- A faculty recommendation
- 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 the Hollins Abroad programs in London and Paris.