Hamilton in France provides students an international academic experience that reflects the College's commitment to the liberal arts and personal exploration.

The program, based in Paris, is small enough to provide the individual advising and personal support each student needs to rise to the challenges of the experience. Founded in 1957 as Hamilton College Junior Year in France, Hamilton professors of French direct the program, which is open to qualified students at other American colleges and universities. Each resident director brings to the job a deep knowledge of the educational system and of cultural and daily life in France.

The program's integrated academic, linguistic and cultural components enable students to progress in their academic discipline, acquire excellent linguistic proficiency, gain confidence and be more informed citizens of the world.


Full-credit internships in a carefully selected Paris-based business, office, gallery, or NGO are available. Eight weeks of hands-on experience, followed by a report of about 20 pages and a public presentation. Students are supervised by both their “Maître de stage” on site, and an “encadreur pédagogique” provided by HiF.  Spring semester; limited to annual students.

All French, All the time

Students who apply to the program need to understand that speaking only French is paramount, and that they are required to sign a pledge to speak nothing but French with members of the program. This pledge is one of the features that distinguishes Hamilton in France from most other American programs there.

Courses for all majors

Advised by the director, students will select the best courses for their majors from a selection organized for Hamilton in France students and from courses at branches of the Paris university system and other institutions of higher learning. 

More about the Curriculum 

Length of 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 major – and 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. 

Single Semester

Hamilton in France is primarily an annual program, be we 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, It also goes 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.

Applicant Profile

Hamilton in France attracts students of all academic disciplines who are considering careers in government and nonprofit agencies, international business, media, foreign service, teaching, medicine, the visual and performing arts, humanities and law, among other professions.

A year's study in France can help secure graduate fellowships and assistantships, admission to graduate school in any discipline and teaching positions and other employment opportunities that require autonomy, flexibility and responsibility.

Hamilton in France welcomes students who are in good standing after their sophomore year, above the fourth semester level in French (fifth semester level for Spring students), and who major  in a wide variety of disciplines: anthropology, fine art, art history, cinema, communication, comparative literature, economics, English, French, government, international studies, history, literatures, mathematics, music, philosophy, the natural sciences, sociology, theater and world politics.

Recent Hamilton in France participants enrolled from Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Grinnell College, Hamilton College, Harvery Mudd College, Scripps College and Williams College.

Contact Information

Hamilton in France

Christian A. Johnson Hall
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4201 315-859-4222
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