France: Hollins University in Paris

This unique program takes you to the City of Light and immerses you into French culture through academic coursework and homestays.

Experience Paris!

To learn more about the people and culture of France, students live in homestays and engage in course field trips to museums and sites around Paris.

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Overview

Hollins University was among the first colleges in the nation to offer an international study program in Paris, in 1955. While in Paris you’ll take at least one French language course, but can then choose from two different program tracks, depending on your academic interests. The Hybrid Track allows you to take courses at one of Paris’ top universities from across a wide range of disciplines. The Advanced Immersion Track is a wonderful option for French majors (or even minors) as you’ll take a variety of courses taught in French that focus on different subjects, such as literature, art, business, etc. This program is an great fit for students studying English, CMCS, Anthropology, International Relations, all business disciplines, Economics, Sociology, PoliSci, and more. To participate in the program, students must have taken a minimum of two semesters of French.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores (2nd semester Soph. only), Juniors, Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Hybrid Track: Minimun 2.75 GPA Cumulative with minimun 2.75 GPA in previous French courses
  • Advanced Immersion Track: Minimum 3.0 GPA Cumulative with minimum 3.0 GPA in previous French courses
  • Hybrid Track: Two semesters of college-level French (or equivalent)
  • Advanced Immersion Track: Four semesters of college-level French (or equivalent)

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • Sept 8: Required Arrival Date
  • Sept 11 - 15: Orientation
  • Sept 18: First Day of Reid Hall Classes
  • Oct 27 - Nov 6: Fall Break for Reid Hall Classes Only
  • Dec 14: Last Day of Reid Hall Classes
  • Dec 16: Program End Date

Spring 2018

  • Jan 28: Required Arrival Date
  • Jan 29 - Feb 2: Orientation
  • Feb 5: First Day of Classes
  • Feb 23 - 25: Field Trip to Provence
  • Apr 13 - Apr 29: Spring Break
  • May 10: Last Day of Classes
  • May 12: Program End Date

Getting There

Flight & Orientation

Students are responsible for booking their own flights to Paris. Upon arrival in September, the fall group goes on a four-day tour of Normandy as part of orientation. Destinations include Caen, Bayeux, the D-Day beaches, Deauville, Mont St Michel, Honfleur, and Rouen. In the spring, the group goes to southern France to visit Nice, Saint-Paul de Vence, les Baux de Provence, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Arles, and Avignon.  In both fall and spring, there is also an orientation in Paris to introduce students to the city.

Visa

U.S. citizens are required to obtain a student visa from a French consulate in the U.S. prior to departure. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-U.S. citizens, see our Passports & Visas Page

Academic Information

Hollins University

Hollins runs one of the original study abroad programs in Paris. Started in 1955, the program now combines outstanding academics, excursions in Paris and around France, as well as immersive homestays with Parisian families. This program includes coursework taken with Hollins faculty members in Reid Hall as well as coursework taken at one of three partner universities in Paris. Hollins classrooms are located in Reid Hall, just off Blvd. Montparnasse, near the Jardin du Luxembourg and close to the Sorbonne.

Courses

Hybrid Track: French Language and Courses in English
This track is a good fit for non-French majors as it offers lower-level French language classes AND content classes taught in English. You'll take a core curriculum of two required courses taught by Hollins faculty members and two elective courses, taught in English at some of Paris' top universities: The American Business School, Institut Catholique, or Mod'Art. Each school specializes in certain academic fields; business, humanities, and fine art, respectively. Course subjects include studio art, dance, theatre, film, writing, international business, international relations, political science, and history, to name a few.

Advanced Immersion Track: French Only
This track is a good fit for French majors as all four courses are taught in French. You'll take all four courses with Hollins faculty members, many of whom have studied at the Sorbonne and other elite universities in Paris. Course topics include literature, art, international relations, politics, film, and theatre, among others. This track also includes field trips around Paris, group excursions to other regions of France, along with many other cultural activities designed to fully immerse you in French culture.

On both tracks, students take four courses and each course is worth four Rollins credit hours. Therefore, students will typically earn 16 Rollins semester hours.

J-Term French Language Course: Hollins also offers a J-Term intensive French language option in Tours before the program begins which is a great way to prepare for your semester in France. Please contact IP if interested as scholarship opportunites exist for this experience. 

Transfer of Credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Hollins University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing & Meals

Housing

On this program you’ll live with a Parisian host family and authentically experience the French way of life. You’ll gain firsthand knowledge of French family life, and daily conversations will help reinforce French skills, solidify knowledge of French grammar, and add to the overall ease and familiarity with the language and culture. Homestays are in the residential areas of Paris, with convenient connections on public transportation to Reid Hall. You’ll have your own room, own set of keys, and will be treated as an independent adult. In most cases, you’ll be the only student in the homestay, only very few will host more than one student. The program director will match you with your host family based on information you provide in the Hollins application. All hosts are carefully screened by the program director and most families have worked with Hollins for many years, receiving excellent student evaluations.

Meals

French hosts provide all breakfasts and five dinners per week. You'll receive a stipend on-site to cover the costs of lunches and the remaining dinners.

Student Life

Activities

To introduce you to the gastronomic pleasures of France, we offer an optional non-credit course in French culinary arts. You may visit a traditional French bakery, try your skills in a French cooking class, take a guided tour of gourmet shops and indoor and outdoor markets. You'll also enjoy a wine tasting session with experts who will share the cultural history of wine and wine regions and teach you the vocabulary of wine appreciation. There is an extra fee for this course. Rollins will not pay this fee; the student will be billed.

Excursions

Field trips to Normandy, Giverny and Burgundy in the Fall. Field trip to Provence, Loire Valley in the Spring.  In both fall and spring, the arrival program in Paris includes guided visits within Paris (including the Louvre, Notre Dame, La Sainte Chapelle), and trips to Giverny, and Versailles.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition, all course related field trips except theatre tickets, accommodation, all meals, Comprehensive health insurance, classes course pack, 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 (ISIC)

Does not include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,000 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: $150 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses: $600 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1,200-$2,000
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad. Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.