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Retail and Fashion Merchandising Paris, France Study Tour

Person playing an accordion in France


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 and fashion merchandising, all in the span of spring break.

The Paris fashion industry will be the key focus of your program time:  a Galeries Lafayette runway show is scheduled, with additional featured venues that may include Montmarte, Beau Souci, Clara Larde, Marche Serpette, Merci, Chapal, Atelier Cologne, ERNST, Cecile et Jeanne, Maria deCarvalho, Lesage, Louis Vuitton Foundation/Musee, and a planned excursion to the Palace of Versailles – a chance for students to travel mid-program to an historical venue of global magnitude.

Experience the culinary and shopping side of French culture by exploring 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 Montmarte, where you can discover the bohemian lives of inspiring artist past and present. Bakeries and flea markets add to the Parisian experience. Stop at the nearby Musee D’Orsay, Louvre, or Pompidou art museums to better understand the French and their revolutionary creative ways.


Students travel to and stay in Paris, France for about 7 days (Sunday – Saturday). On Monday – Friday, students visit a variety of companies representing various aspects of the fashion industry as well as museums of historical significance. Students will also travel to Versailles.

Companies and museums that were visited during the last tour in Spring Break 2017:

  • Montmartre
  • Beau Souci
  • Marche Aux Puces, Clara Larde, Marche Serpette
  • Merci
  • Chapal
  • Atelier Cologne
  • Cecile et Jeanne
  • Maria deCarvalho
  • Lesage
  • Louis Vuitton Foundation/Musee
  • Versailles
  • Galeries Lafayette Fashion show



Spring Break

Academic Credit

RFM 1100- Fashion and Culture
CONS 3450J – Writing in Human and Consumer Sciences

Cost & Scholarship Availability

Associated costs are provided on the program webpage linked below. Scholarships available, financial aid may be applied.