This Dialogue of Civilizations 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. "Introduction to Global Fashion Studies Abroad" offers students an overview of the social and cultural significance of fashion and style. We will explore global issue of gender, race, class, identity, image, style, material culture and sustainability. We will take a closer look at how populations from several nations think about fashion, how globalization impacts their cultures and identities, and how designers and trendsetters are emerging from these new capitals of fashion. "Fashion Marketing and Merchandising in Europe" invites students to investigate the fundamentals of fashion marketing, merchandising and general retailing along with the basic marketing principles governing the fashion industry. Students will then explore the exciting world of luxury marketing and merchandising. Through study excursions to flagship fashion stores, to local fashion designer houses and retail outlets, to the prêt-à-porter fabrication districts of Le Sentier, to fashion shows, collections and museums, students will personally experience, analyze and evaluate the role and function of day-to-day industry professionals working and succeeding in Paris.

Students will be interacting with fashion industry professionals in the classroom and on study excursions. Special guest lecturers will join the group to talk about their areas of expertise and offer insight into career options within the industry. In Paris, students will also enjoy walking tours and museum visits related to fashion. Students will learn to use their powers of observation to identify and articulate the latest trends in couture fashion.

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Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2018
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
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 before the 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?
    • What makes you an excellent candidate for this Dialogue of Civilizations program?

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

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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. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: This is an intellectually rigorous but rewarding program. Students will be learning and exploring six days a week- both in the classroom and on study excursions. Students should expect to be engaged most days in organized activities designed specifically for the program. Attendance at occasional evening events is also required. This program is moderately physically challenging. The group will spend many hours walking around the distinctive neighborhoods of the city regardless of the weather, becoming familiar with the local neighborhood attractions and seeking out the hidden gems which are only enjoyed by locals.


Paris is the undisputed world capital of fashion. The industry was born in Paris and many of the biggest fashion labels make their headquarters in the city. Through study excursions to flagship fashion stores, local fashion designer houses, fashion exhibits and retail outlets, students will personally come to appreciate the role and function of day-to-day industry professionals working and succeeding in Paris. For students interested in a career in the fashion industry, attending a study abroad program focused on fashion in Paris is an excellent resume builder. In addition, students will be creating their own fashion photography portfolios, writing a series of critical essays and reviews, and developing their own personal blogs detailing their explorations during the program. By living in apartments for the duration of the program, students will be inspired to live as true citizens of this cosmopolitan city. Although program participants do not need to have studied French, special language classes will be offered to make interactions with Parisians more enjoyable.

  • THTR 1237 - Introduction to Global Fashion Studies Abroad : Covers the most significant and relevant theories on fashion and focuses on the cultural significance of clothing and style. Examines the intersection of fashion and other areas of study including the arts, history, economics, business, sociology, and anthropology. Explores global issues of gender, race, class, identity, image, style, material culture, and sustainability. Examines how populations from several postindustrial nations think about fashion, how globalization impacts their cultures and identities, and how designers and trendsetters are emerging from the new capitals of fashion.
  • THTR 3350 - Fashion Marketing and Merchandising In Europe : Examines the fundamentals of fashion marketing and merchandising in the established fashion capital of the world, Paris. Explores how basic marketing principles govern the fashion industry. Analyzes and evaluates the role and function of day-to-day industry professionals working and succeeding in Paris through site visits; lectures with industry professionals; and visits to fashion shows, collections, and museums.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,613
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,500
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,647
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $1,314 on meals and $333  on incidentals.

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


Additional Resources
  • Tentative Itinerary : This is a tentative itinerary for the DOC. A final itinerary will be provided to you by the professor in spring 2019.
  • Information Sessions : There will be an information session for this program on Monday November 19th, Wednesday November 28th, and Tuesday December 4th. All sessions will be from 6:30-7:30pm in 180 Ryder Hall.


Included in the program are many cultural events and excursions including walking tours, workshops and visits from industry specialists. In Paris, we will visit a variety of different museums including the Louvre, the Palais Galliera and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. We’ll spend a relaxing day at Versailles, wandering through the palace and its beautiful gardens We will travel to London via Eurostar train for a 4 day/3 night visit where students will explore this world-class fashion 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. Students will receive unlimited metro passes for the duration of the program and airport transfer from Charles de Gaulle airport to the accommodations at the start of the program. A meal plan is not included.
  • Hotel: In London, we will stay in shared accommodations in a hotel close to central London. The trip will include round trip transportation via Eurostar train, breakfast, museum visits and a four-day local transportation pass.

Host University or Organization

Since 1997, CEA has provided high-quality international academic programs and services. The University of New Haven (UNH) of West Haven, Connecticut acts as CEA’s official School of Record. 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. With destinations in 21 cities across 12 countries, CEA offers a balance of academics and adventure to thousands of students each year. CEA’s Paris Study Center is in the 3rd arrondissement, blocks away from the Pompidou Center, Hotel de Ville and Notre Dame. At the Study Center, students will have access to fully equipped academic facilities during normal business hours, including a computer lab, wireless internet service and student resource room.

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