Explore concepts related to the haute couture and luxury markets, and the significance of trend forecasting and the fashion market in Paris, the world's most prominent fashion capital. Through visits to French institutions and presentations by European and UD professors, students will be exposed to a variety of experiences that will shape their understanding of international fashion. Instructional format include the exploration of museums, theaters, monuments and historical sites; store/shopping area visits and observations; team reporting sessions at the Paris American Academy; visits to manufacturers/retailers/fashion firms; guest lectures by fashion industry experts on related aspects of fashion design and branding. Unique fashion industry opportunities include a one-day trip to the city of Antwerp, Belgium long considered an incubator of fashion and style and working behind the scenes in the Menswear shows and Haute Couture shows in Paris.
While in the “City of Lights” students become immersed in the Parisian lifestyle living in furnished apartments located in the Latin Quarter neighborhood on the Left Bank, shopping the various markets, cooking their own meals or eating at economically priced restaurants. The Welcome and Farewell dinners offer the chance to experience traditional French cuisine. The included Metro Pass provides the opportunity to explore the city and beyond through various modes of public transportation.
Please note: Unlike most Winter Session study abroad programs, Paris FASH requires that each student submit two letters of recommendation by the application deadline.
The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related events and excursions, some meals, in-country transportation and international medical insurance.
The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from France, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Paris. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.