Hamilton in France

Application and Enrollment


Hamilton in France is open to students who have completed their sophomore year in good standing in accredited colleges and universities.

  • Annual and exceptional fall semester applicants must have completed at least two years of college-level French, with a fifth semester strongly recommended.
  • Exceptional spring semester applicants must have completed the fifth semester of college-level French.
  • All applicants must have an overall average of 3.0 (B).
  • All applicants must have an average of 2.7 (B-) in French.

We exect that all applicants will be enrolled in a French course in the semester preceding participation in Hamilton in France.

See specifications for semester option in Length of the Program in Hamilton in France At a Glance.

Application Information

Deadline for Year and Fall: February 28
Deadline for Spring: September 15

  • Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have discussed their plans with their family and advisors. 
    French universities request early pre-registration.
  • The process calls for advanced planning (birth certificates, transcripts, etc.).
  • Applications are reviewed as soon as they are received.
  • Late applications may be accepted depending on the size of the group.
  • The program can only preregister students after they have paid the initial $300, non-refundable deposit upon acceptance.

In the last ten years, Hamilton in France has welcomed students from the following colleges and universities

  • Amherst College
  • Bates College
  • Bennington College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Colby College
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Scripps College
  • Trinity College
  • Williams College

In April and in July, accepted students receive detailed pre-departure instructions (i.e.: explanation of visa processes, etc…), practical information and suggested reading about study abroad.

Note that according to International laws each student is responsible for securing his or her own passport and visa.

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