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  • Locations: London, England; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: May Intersession
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: May Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Sarah Malloy Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: 0 none
Language Courses Offered: NO Credit Type: U of A Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: NO Credit Hours Available: 3 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Apparel Studies, Human Environmental Sciences Program Duration: 2 weeks
Open to Graduate Students?: YES
Program Description:
AMPD Italy 1


Since the Europe Tour is offered every other year, applications open early-September for the summer 2019 term.

Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. Once your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.

If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today.


AMPD Italy 6Apparel Merchandising and Product Development (AMPD) students will have the opportunity to broaden their international knowledge of the apparel industry by participating in this study tour. Students will visit manufacturers and designers, as well as local museums, in London and Paris. This study tour course provides an on-site study of the French and English fashion manufacturers and markets. The course will examine the design, production, distribution and retailing of fashion goods from couture fashion to mass markets in London and Paris.



AMPD Italy 3   Students must:

Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours by the beginning of the program abroad
Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application



Credit Issued By: University of Arkansas

Credit Hours: Three (3) credit hours

Courses: Offered at the Undergraduate level
               AMPD 491V(H)   Apparel Studies Study Tour
  • The objectives and outcomes of the London and Paris study tour: 
  • To gain an awareness and appreciation of the vastness of the European (English/French) fashion markets.
  • To examine the role and responsibilities of the designer, manufacturer, and retailer. 
  • To observe processes in the development and production of fashion goods.
  • To observe and become familiar with the role of wholesalers and wholesale markets at an international level.
  • To examine marketing techniques used at an international level within the fashion industry.
  • To examine methods of promoting and selling fashion products by trade advisory associations and the fashion press. 
  • To examine the role and responsibilities of the designer, manufacturer, and retailer. 
  • To identify trends in design and fashion production, wholesaling and retail marketing. 
  • To explore career alternatives in the fields of design and fashion, including the qualifications, responsibilities, rewards and trends.
In addition, Apparel Merchandising and Product Development students will:
  • Conduct a unique fashion trend forecast in the US and complete a comparative analysis of Italian trends in Paris, France and London, England, using a structured format.
  • Research Retail Shopping Districts and Retail stores which will be conducted pre-trip with site visits to the various gallerias, markets and stores to be researched on site.
  • Research each professional appointment and company to be visited and be prepared to discuss trends and issues along with questions for professional appointment interactions.
  • Complete a cultural site spreadsheet for each location on site using research from pre-trip assignments to locate and identify the significance of the site to the fashion industry while visiting the site.
  • Maintain daily journals of all activities with specific guidelines for entries, including cultural and professional appointments.University of Arkansas


Faculty leaders have worked with the AMPD Advisory Board over the past 16 years and have developed networking opportunities and relationships with the members. These relationships have opened the door to many of the appointments available to students on the study tours. Dillard's Company has agreed to work with faculty in organizing appointments in England and France, including tours of designer and retail operations, specifically Daniel Cremieux. 

London destinations/locations tentatively include:
Industry appointments within course assignments: Liberty Department Store, Harvey Nichols or Harrods Department Store, Henry Poole & Co., Portobello Road Market, and designers and manufacturers as secured, as well as the Fashion and Textile Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum.

Cultural visits: Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Fashion Museum of Bath, the Roman Baths, Stonehenge, and Windsor Castle.

Paris destinations/locations tentatively include: 

Industry appointments within course assignments: Galleries Lafayette Department Store, Foundation Pierre Berge, Yves Saint Laurent, select Champs Elysees stores and boutiques, as well as designers and manufacturers as secured, Versailles, the Louvre Museum, Textile Museum and the d'Orsay Museum. 

Cultural visits: Sacre Couer, Chartres Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame.


Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.

In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.
This list is not comprehensive nor will all students be eligible for the listed scholarships.


For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:

Kathy Smith
Apparel Merchandising and Product Development
School of Human Environmental Sciences
Stephanie Hubert
Apparel Merchandising and Product Development
School of Human Environmental Sciences


"We had many professional appointments with designers and manufacturers that broadened my knowledge in the field. The tour gave me a firsthand look into the industry, and because of that my field is much more interesting to me than it was before."
"My experience showed how what I learn in my classes is applied on the job, especially at an international level. Participating in an international program was the greatest experience of my life. If you have the opportunity to participate in one, then do it, because it will have such a positive effect on you and your future.”
“This study tour offered insight into sourcing, manufacturing, and how businesses operate, which was a great learning opportunity for my future career in apparel merchandising and retail business. This study tour will enhance my resume. Besides academic learning, I personally feel more confident in myself after the study tour.” 
"It was an incredible trip; I would do it another 10 times and love it!"

"It's a once in a lifetime experience!"

This program is currently not accepting applications.