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France: De la Mode- Apparel Merchandising in Paris

Avignon, France



Since the reign of Louis XIV, Paris has established itself as a fashion center. The advent of the internet and social media has again crowned Paris the global leader and key educator in apparel and merchandising, where avant-garde meets centuries of tradition.

De la Mode invites you to join in on a first-hand, immersive experience to discover the culture of this fashion center and the factors, economic and sensory, influencing retail merchandising and fashion product development. This experience provides you with experiential learning of the core of retail merchandising and product development, all in the span of spring break.

Paris fashion week venues will be a key focus of your De la Mode program time; a Galleries Lafayette runway show is scheduled, with additional featured venues to include Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Paris fashion district, Bloomberg Paris offices, The Louvre, Opera District, La Parfum Museum, merchandising titans of the Boulevards Haussman and Champs Elysees, La Sorbonne and the left bank, St. Germaine de Pres, and a planned excursion to the Palace of Versailles - a chance for students to travel mid-program to an historical venue of global magnitude.

Another program field trip includes a tour of bread and chocolate vendors to experience the culinary side of French culture with local tour guides, who are typically post-graduate age and are ready to interact and discuss any and all cultural points. Explore Parisian shops and cafes on Rue de Rivoli, hopping on and off the Metro subway and witnessing cultural venues on nearly every corner. Visit the neighborhood of Montmartre, where you can discover the bohemian lives of inspiring artists past and present. Bakeries and flea markets add to the Parisian experience, as well as a visit to Jim Morrison’s grave. Stop at the nearby Musee D’Orsay or Pompidou art museums, to better understand the French and their revolutionary creative ways.

Students will share double rooms near the highly rated fashion district at a boutique-style hotel with free wi-fi and tastefully appointed rooms, all with private baths, on a quiet street in central Paris. Program students will be under the tutelage of OU professors who have expert knowledge and extensive familiarity of Paris and the French language.

Program dates

March 11, 2018- March 17, 2018

* *Program alternates with the Italy: Florence Retail Tour. Students interested in this program are encouraged to look at Italy for spring break 2020.



Apply here!

Eligibility and selection process

This program is open to students who have a 2.0 minimum GPA at the start of spring semester 2017, with Retail Fashion Merchandizing and Apparel majors given priority. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Selection is also contingent on a successful interview by one or both co-directors. One reference is required.

Living arrangements

Students will be staying 7 nights at a boutique hotel in Paris.


Students will visit Palace of Versailles and Gardens, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Museum of Fashion, L'Opera and tours of the Paris fashion district.

Courses and credits:

RFPD 1100- Fashion and Culture.

CONS 3450J – Writing in Human and Consumer Sciences. Write about your experiences in Paris. This course fulfills Ohio University's Tier I General Education junior composition requirement.


2018 Student Budget Worksheet  

Program fee includes housing, airport transfer, one week metro pass, excursions, entry fees for museums/activities and some meals.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Additional Information on France

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook .

Health and safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country.   Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here.

 US citizens will need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this  program.  You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country.  Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program.

More information on visa can be found here.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here .

For more information:

Trina Gannon
Program Director

Emily Englehart  
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities  
Email:  eengleha@ohio.edu








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