Hamilton in France attracts students from across the academic disciplines (humanities, the arts, the social sciences and the natural sciences) and who are considering a range of careers: government and nonprofit work, international business, media, foreign service, education, medicine, the visual and performing arts, and humanities and law, among others.
Hamilton in France is an academic program in Paris with comprehensive fees (courses, advising, housing, travel and cultural programs). It is designed for students with an intermediate or higher level in French and who are seeking an immersion experience within Hamilton College’s commitment to the liberal arts and personal exploration.
Hamilton in France is based in central Paris; students stay in carefully chosen French-speaking homes where they can live the language and culture. Half board is included in tuition and fees.
With advice from the program director, students design their own individualized program of studies to meet their specific academic requirements and to foster their intellectual growth and curiosity. If students are interested, Hamilton in France will help them find extracurricular activities such as volunteer work, sports or music.
Included with tuition and fees is a program of organized excursions/study trips to various regions in France and in and around Paris. These trips help build up the student experience in France beyond the classroom in meaningful, and fun, ways.
Hamilton in France students are required to sign a pledge committing them to speaking only French during the program activities, with their hosts and HiF peers. This pledge is one of the features that distinguishes HiF from most other American programs in France. It insures that students will return to the US having made significant improvements in their linguistic skills regardless of their level when they arrived.