Essentials of French Fashion

For Fashion Majors and Minors only

Next Offered: Every Semester, Summer study available
Application Deadline: October 1 for Spring Semester, March 1 for Fall Semester or Summer

Apply Now

Dominican University / Paris American Academy 

STA 393, 394 or 395: Essentials of French Fashion offers apparel majors and minors the opportunity to spend fall or spring semester, or one month during the summer term, in the fashion capital of the world. It will give students an overview of the French fashion industry, an opportunity to become immersed in a specialization from a French fashion perspective, and a hands-on introduction to French language and culture. All classes are held in the historic Latin Quarter.

Visit the Paris American Academy website.

Academic Program

Students will take all coursework at the Paris American Academy (PAA), a bachelor’s degree granting institution offering specializations in fine arts, interior design and fashion. It is registered by the Académie de Paris as a private institution of higher learning. All participants are required to attend classes 4–5 days per week for a minimum of seven hours per day.

  • Essentials of French fashion: an overview of the French Fashion Industry, which provides a foundation for each of the specializations 
  • Specializations
    • Design Process
    • Couture Practices
    • Fashion Merchandising and Communication
  • French course at the appropriate level (beginning, intermediate or advanced)
  • Students will register for STA 393, 394 or 395

Currently enrolled students may not opt for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for this course.

  • Complete the online application
  • Once approved, complete application for Paris American Academy and mini portfolio
  • Collect a recommendation by professor in fashion department, request official transcript, and submit along with your application and portfolio to PAA
  • Pay application fee directly to the PAA 
  • Deadline to submit to Tracy Jennings for approval: October 1
  • Deadline to apply submit to PAA: October 15
Cost and Financial Aid
Estimated Costs
  • Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 tuition, housing, and insurance $14,000 (estimation)
  • PAA application fee: $85 (Student pays this directly to PAA)  
  • Round trip airfare: $1,400–$1,600 (estimated: students purchase their own flights)
  • Meals/personal expenses: $3,800–$4,000 (estimated)
  • Supplies/books: $800 (estimated) 
  • Optional excursions at additional cost
Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • State and Federal aid is applicable. The Resident Student Grant does not apply to a semester abroad, and as the program fees are less than Dominican tuition, all other Dominican aid or scholarships are prorated to the cost of the program.
  • All students should apply to Dominican University's Excellence in Experiential Learning Awards (ExcEL) to earn up to $2000 off the cost of the program.
  • Pell grant recipients should apply for the Gilman Scholarship, and all students should apply for Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships
  • Students can also consult with Financial Aid regarding their eligibility for additional loans or the Parent Plus Loan.
Requirements and Eligibility
  • Open to currently enrolled Dominican University Fashion Majors/Minors only
  • Junior or senior status as of start of program
  • 2.8 Dominican University GPA
  • Recommendation of the fashion department 
  • Students must attend at least one information session.
  • French language courses are not required, however, we encourage interested students to take a French course prior to a semester in Paris
Excursions, Housing and Transportation
Immersion and Excursions
  • Administrative staff on site
  • One-day orientation and welcome
  • Museum visits
  • Paris city tour
  • Shared apartments for 2–4 students
  • Cooking facilities and shared amenities
  • Accommodations within one mile radius of classroom building
  • Round trip airfare: $1,400–$1,600 (estimated)
For more information, please contact:

Tracy Jennings
Program Director

Return to the Study Abroad Home Page