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Why study with Hamilton College in Paris?
Located in the center of Paris
Rigorous fall, spring or year-long program for advanced level students.
Classes offered in wide range of academic disciplines by Hamilton, Smith and Middlebury Colleges, as well as University of Paris and Institut d'Études Politiques
Orientation Biarritz in fall semester and Paris in spring. Full schedule of field excursions, co-curricular and cultural activities.
Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:
Academic Program Exclusively in French
Students apply with the understanding that the linguistic component of the program is paramount. Students are required to sign a pledge to speak only French with members of the program. This pledge is one of the features that distinguishes Hamilton in France from most other American programs in France.
Advising and Course Selection
Advised by the director, students design an individual and well-balanced curriculum around their academic majors and interests. Students select appropriate courses from among a variety of in-house courses (organized by and for Hamilton in France students) and a large selection of courses at various branches of the Paris university system and other institutions of higher education affiliated with Hamilton.
Length of the Program
Full Academic Year
Hamilton's traditional annual academic program (eight and a half months) gives students an exceptional opportunity to acquire deep, long-lasting linguistic proficiency and to make progress in their academic discipline/major as they gain a deeper knowledge of life in France and in Europe. The annual structure of Hamilton in France fosters the highest academic standards and linguistic proficiency for both annual and semester students.
While Hamilton in France is primarily an annual program, we also welcome a limited number of semester students from affiliate schools. Priority for the semester option is given to students in science, mathematics, and computer science; to students studying off-campus elsewhere for a semester; and to students whose academic constraints at their home institutions do not allow them to spend an entire year abroad. To ensure linguistic cohesion, students applying for spring-only are expected to have completed the fifth semester of college-level French.
Students stay in carefully chosen French-speaking homes within the Paris city limits. Students often cite their homestay experience as one of the memorable highlights of their time in Paris. Living daily in a French-speaking home offers exceptional linguistic and cultural immersion. Our hosts do understand, however, that students are young adults and need independence.