Montmartre streets at dusk

France & Belgium Study Abroad

May 31, 2023 – June 11, 2023

This three-credit study abroad Fashion Design Studio course offers a 12 day experience with ‘Haute Couture’ through exploring the elegant designs of Paris, France and Antwerp, Belgium. Visit iconic museums, monuments, and learn about some of the leading industry names. Discover how Paris became a global center of style and how Antwerp has influences contemporary trends that have varied over time and place.

Open to all CCS students with sophomore or above class standing (at time of travel). Any major may apply.

Developed by the Fashion Design Department at the College For Creative Studies. This program is led by adjunct faculty member Rey Pador with support from EF College Study Tours.

Registration Deadline

February 2023

Register by the deadline at EF College Study Tours 

You will be automatically enrolled in the course after your application is submitted and reviewed. The course charges will appear on your CCS bill for summer tuition.

Program Details

Locations
Day 1: Fly to France
Day 2: Paris
  • Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Cultural engagement: Take a walking tour of the Latin Quarter, so named because the language was once commonly spoken by the Sorbonne students that populated the area
  • See Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Enjoy dinner in the Latin Quarter

Day 3: Paris

  • Guided learning: Take a guided tour of Paris
  • With your expert local guide you will see:
    • Place de la Concorde, a major public square
    • Champs-Élysées, an elegant boulevard packed with high-fashion boutiques 
    • Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring those who fought for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 
    • Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World’s Fair and an iconic symbol of Paris
    • Hôtel des Invalides, a grand hospital commissioned by Louis XIV 
 
  • Visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton
  • Enjoy a scenic view of Paris as you sail along the iconic Seine River
Day 4: Paris
  • Group Leader-arranged visit to Hermès
  • Independent exploration: Spend time exploring Paris on your own
Day 5: Paris
  • Visit the current exhibition at Fondation Cartier
  • Independent exploration: Spend time exploring Paris on your own
Day 6: Paris
  • Cultural engagement & industry experience: Visit a Parisian fashion institute to gain insights on the French fashion industry
  • Take a walking tour of Montmartre
  • With your Tour Director you will see:
    • Place du Tertre, an artistic center of France, and see street artists
    • Sacré-Cœur Basilica, a white-domed basilica that marks the highest point in Paris
 
  • Visit Sacre Coeur
  • Enjoy dinner in Montmartre and explore the district has long been a haven for artists
Day 7: Paris
  • Guided learning: Take a fashion-themed guided tour in the Louvre, which boasts the handiwork of some of the most influential names in the rise of the modern fashion industry
  • Visit the Palais Galliera
  • Take a guided tour of the available exhibition at Palais Galliera, Paris’ fashion museum
Day 8: Paris
  • Visit Versailles
  • Visit the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Day 9: Paris • Antwerp
  • Travel to Antwerp
  • Take a guided tour of Antwerp
  • Independent exploration: Spend the afternoon exploring Antwerp on your own
Day 10: Antwerp
  • Group Leader-arranged activities
  • Independent exploration: Spend the afternoon exploring Antwerp on your own 
Day 11: Antwerp
  • Visit MoMu, Antwerp’s fashion museum
  • Free time in Antwerp
Day 12: Depart for home
  • Transfer to the Brussels airport and depart for home
Accommodations

Accommodations will be arranged through EF College Study Tours. The trip is also designed to offer participants the opportunity to learn from and connect with their peers, therefore we encourage students to room with each other.

Cost

$4,999– for 3 credits 

Cost includes payment for three undergraduate or graduate credit hours, as well as accommodations, studio fees, museum fees, some meals, and all transportation and international airfare.

Find full price breakdown on the EF College Study Tours page

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The College for Creative Studies only offers GLOBAL FUNDS scholarships to select students enrolled at the College. This small scholarship helps to offset the price of the overseas plane ticket. Please apply at the International Student Services Office. Scholarships are limited. Guest students, please check with the study abroad office at your educational institutions regarding opportunities that may be available. Check with the CCS Financial Aid office to see what is available to you for additional aid for study abroad.

EF College Study Tours offers merit, financial need, and diversity & equity scholarships. Annually, 24 scholarships are awarded ranging from $500 – $2000 each.

Course Credit

The France & Belgium Fashion Design Study Abroad course is an official academic course of the College for Creative Studies Liberal Arts department. CCS is a fully accredited art and design college offering BFA and MFA degrees. Students who successfully complete this course will receive three (3) credit hours. These can be transferred to your home institution to be applied toward your BA, BFA, MA or MFA degree.

Travel

The flights are included in the price for EF.

Passport/VISA or Entry Requirements

Citizens of the United States with a valid US passport can travel to 26 European member countries of the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days for short-term tourism or a business trip without having to apply for or obtain a Schengen visa.

However, this policy changes when it concerns US residents of other nationalities. Foreign nationals residing in the United States who wish to visit Europe may or may not need a visa, depending on their nationality.

  • US residents coming from countries that have established visa-free entry to the EU do not need to obtain a visa to enter Europe.
  • On the other hand, US residents arriving from countries that have not established visa-free entry to the EU will have to apply for a Schengen visa in the United States in order to enter any of these countries.
  • Please check your status  here:

Despite the fact that US citizens do not need to obtain an EU visa prior to their travel to Schengen, they still need to have certain documents with them in order to be allowed to enter a European visa-free zone.

When American travelers arrive at the border to enter the Schengen Area, they will be asked by border guard to present the following documents:

  • A US Passport. It must not be older than 10 years and it should be valid for at least three more months beyond the intended date of departure from the Schengen Area.
  • Evidence of the purpose of entry. Documents that show why the US citizen is traveling to the Schengen Area.
  • Proof of sufficient financial means. Documents proving that the US traveler has the financial means to support themselves during their entire stay in Europe.

Contact

Stephanie Koslowski
Global Programs Advisor 

313.664.7428
skoslowski@collegeforcreativestudies.edu