Study Abroad

Marist Paris: Mod'Spe Paris Fashion Program

Experience in-depth fashion study at the center of the French fashion industry. 

A unique, fashion-themed study abroad program, with coursework in English, available to Marist and non-Marist participants alike, designed specifically for students interested in international fashion.


As the most well-known fashion capital in the world, Paris offers a unique opportunity and environment to discover the meaning of fashion in France. Through immersion in the Parisian lifestyle, you will gain appreciation of Paris and all it has to offer.


L'Institut Supérieur Spécialisé de la Mode, better known as Mod’Spe Paris, is a well-known and highly-respected fashion business school which offers fully accredited bachelor and master degree programs. The school was created in 1993 as an initiative of professionals from the French Federation of Women's ready-to-wear (la Fédération Française du Prêt-à-porter Féminin) and supported by the French public authorities via the Committee for the Development and Promotion of Apparel and Textiles (Défi). Mod’Spe Paris prepares its students to become highly qualified fashion marketers and enables them to integrate the following sectors in France and abroad: men's wear, women's wear, children's wear, athletic wear, intimate apparel, cosmetics, fragrances, luxury goods, and accessories.


Marist College and Mod’Spe Paris have partnered to offer students a semester of study focused on international fashion. This program is open to Marist and non-Marist participants. 

  • An outstanding opportunity for students interested in a career in the fashion industry.
  • Study in Paris with leading fashion industry professionals.
  • Explore fashion merchandising, product development, trend forecasting, and more.
  • Examine French culture, fashion history, and an optional French language course.
  • All classes conducted in English (excluding the optional French language course).



The program has a set offering each semester, including courses in Product Development, Fashion Trend Forecasting, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Branding, and Fashion History. Coursework is designed to take full advantage of Paris as "the classroom" and will examine the historical and contemporary context of fashion. Participants also gain insight into fashion merchandising through experiential activities and assignments, industry visits, and workshops. Through its affiliations with businesses and institutions, Mod'Spe academic programs prepare students for work in the industry.


Coursework is supplemented by visits to industry locations, shows, and venues. While Mod’Spe Paris trains students to be specialists in the fields of marketing, sales management, and purchasing, the school also supports developing skills and knowledge about practical realities of the industry. Professionalization is a key component of the Mod’Spe methodology, and instructors seek to prepare students for the rigor of the industry.


Housing are housed in local apartments or apart'hotels with double occupancy rooms, each equipped with a kitchenette. Accommodations are located within walking distance of the school, and close to metro and bus lines, with cultural and evening attractions close by. 

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA at the time of application;
  • Sophomore standing or higher at the time of study abroad;
  • Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework;
  • Non-Marist students must interview with program staff (by phone).
  • Admission is highly competitive, and based on merit

Program Costs

The program fee includes tuition, double-occupancy apartment housing, and health insurance. In most cases, Marist students can use their financial aid to support study on the program. A limited amount of financial assistance is available for non-Marist applicants. Applicants are advised to apply early.

General Information

Interested students should contact James Morrow-Polio, Coordinator of International Programs, at with questions and for further information about the program. Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Application notes:

  • Students not admitted to the Fall semester will have their applications forwarded to their second choice program for the same Fall semester, or can defer their applications to the Spring and be given special consideration for the Spring semester.
  • Marist Abroad reserves the right to close admission to programs if they are deemed full.