Excursions & Cultural Visits
Weekend and Day Trips
The program organizes four or five overnight excursions per year in different regions of France, for instance Brittany, Mont St. Michel, Provence, the Loire Valley castles and Alsace. There are also day trips closer to Paris to places such as Fontainebleau and Giverny. Excursions are designed to provide an array of historical, cultural and artistic activities and to introduce students to regional cuisines and treasures. Whenever possible, excursions include historical and local points of interest such as vineyards, farms and artist workshops. Travel, hotel accommodation, meals, visits and guides are included in Hamilton in France tuition and fees.
Visits within Paris
Visits are scheduled regularly throughout the year to unusual sites in Paris such as the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Gobelins tapestry workshop, the catacombs and the Père Lachaise cemetery. There are also guided thematic walks in particular neighborhoods. Students are encouraged to propose excursions.
To encourage individual cultural exploration, each semester students are reimbursed for selected outings such as viewing European films, visiting museums and monuments and attending performances of opera and ballet.
Some Hamilton in France classes include regular visits to sites of cultural and historical importance in or outside Paris. Theses visits are included in the tuition and fees. "French Painting" alternates classes at Reid Hall with visits to various museums and monuments. "French Theater" includes performances in renowned theaters every two or three weeks. Entrance fees for films required for certain cinema classes will be reimbursed by the program.
Dinners and Receptions
The director will organize regular dinners or receptions around holidays and special events.