This Dialogue of Civilization will give students an in-depth understanding of the complex world of the fashion industry while exploring this world class city known for its unique fashion style. Students will examine the social and cultural significance of fashion and explore global issues of gender, race, class, identity, image, style, material culture and sustainability. Students will also explore the fundamentals of fashion marketing and merchandising, going beyond a theoretical understanding of how basic marketing principles govern the fashion industry. Included in the program are site visits to industry organizations and fashion related museum exhibits, walking tours of Paris’s most fashionable areas and cultural activities to enhance and enrich our immersion in this cosmopolitan city.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 15, 2016
  • * Priority Deadline: November 22, 2016
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime between the priority and final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?
    • Discuss your interests in fashion and previous involvement in fashion related events or organizations.

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.


  • THTR 1237 - Introduction to Global Fashion Studies Abroad : This course offers students an overview of the most significant and relevant theories on fashion and focuses on the cultural significance of clothing and style. It examines the intersection of fashion and other areas of study including the arts, history, economics, business, anthropology, sociology, and psychology. It explores global issues of gender, race, class, identity, image, style, material culture and sustainability and examines the ways in which these issues connect and intertwine through the lens of fashion. All emerging social trends have significant effects on human global communities, and fashion has a complex relationship with post-industrial societies. This course will look at the competing influences of fashion as both a manufacturing industry and as a cultural phenomenon. By spotlighting fashion produced by non-European nations, specifically Japan, Zambia, India and Brazil, this course will ask students to investigate two major issues: 1. how local economies, cultures and identities are dealing with globalization; and 2. how one’s self-expression, exemplified by one’s choice of clothing, can project different meanings from culture to culture in regards to gender roles, social status and sexuality. Building on their newly acquired understanding of fashion as a cultural phenomenon and as commerce, students will apply the concepts they have learned to share their analysis and evaluation of fashion and style in emerging markets. Through collaborative group projects, students will identify and interpret industry trends in the newest fashion capitals of the world: Tokyo, Madrid, Mumbai, Rome, Singapore, Barcelona, Sydney, Dubai and Berlin.
  • THTR 3350 - Fashion Marketing and Merchandising In Europe : In this course, students will analyze the fundamentals of fashion marketing, merchandising and general retailing along with the basic marketing principles governing the fashion industry. While considering these issues theoretically, students will study their practical application in the ateliers, businesses, museums and outlets of Paris. Students will personally experience, analyze and evaluate the role and function of day-to-day industry professionals working and succeeding in the capital of fashion. This course is also an excellent complement to related areas of study in management, public relations, fashion journalism, fashion design and visual merchandising.


Northeastern Tuition: $11,680
  • Tuition covers 8 Northeastern credits.

Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,000
  • Round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Paris is considered the capital of fashion so it makes sense that we will be studying fashion in this world class city. We will find inspiration in the art and architecture of this bustling city. We will explore the well-known- and also the not-so-well-known parts of the city. There is nothing more delightful than sitting in a cafe while sipping a coffee and snacking on a pastry- and watching the best dressed people in the world pass by. By the end of the program, we will attempt to answer the age-old question- why are the French so stylish! We will also travel to London via Eurostar train for a 3 day/2 night visit where students will explore this city known for its fun and funky style. We will visit the traditional fashion districts like Dover Street, Bond Street and Carnaby Street- as well as the up-and-coming fashion districts of East London. We will also visit the fashion collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fashion and Textile Museum.


  • Off-Campus through Program: Students will reside in shared apartments close to central Paris, with one to five same sex roommates from Northeastern. The apartments provide students with a true sense of French life. Apartments are equipped with beds, tables/desks, in-suite shared bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen, including pots, pans, dishes and glasses. Internet service is available. A meal plan is not included. From July 6th 2017 to July 7th 2017
  • Hostel: Students will enjoy shared accommodations in London in a centrally located hostel. Wifi is available, breakfast is included and students will be provided with a three-day local transportation pass. July 14th 2017 to July 16th 2017

Host University or Organization

Since 1997, CEA has provided high-quality international academic programs and services. The Fashion Marketing and Merchandising course will be taught by a highly qualified, in-country instructor and will be taught in English. The content of the course will be consistent with the level of difficulty of courses at Northeastern University. CEA’s Paris Study Center is in the 3rd arrondissement, blocks away from the Pompidou Center, Hotel de Ville and Notre Dame.

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