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Hamilton in France academic program is based in Central Paris. 

Comprehensive tuition and fees include:

  • Courses (Hamilton own courses and university courses)

  • Advising and supervision

  • Housing with half board

  • Program of study trips in various regions

  • Group cultural activities

  • Small stipend for cultural and wellness activities

  • On-site emergency insurance (CISI)

  • Group flight to and from France (from JFK)

Founded in 1957 as Hamilton College Junior Year in France, the program provides students with an international academic experience that reflects Hamilton’s commitment to the liberal arts and personal exploration.

Students at Reid Hall

HiF is directed by Hamilton professors of French on a rotating basis. The students benefit from the directors’ deep knowledge of the French educational system and of cultural and daily life in France.

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

Hamilton in France is small enough to provide individual advising and personal support. We try to limit the number to thirty-five, possibly a bit less in Fall 2021 depending on travel restriction. 

Partner colleges in the US: Recent Hamilton in France participants enrolled from Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Colgate University, Grinnell College, Hamilton College, Scripps College and Williams College. 

Candidates from other U.S. institutions are welcome: contact your Off-Campus Study office.

All In French, All the time

HiF students commit to speaking only French in all activities, with their hosts and HiF peers. Before departure and upon arrival, 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 in France.

Courses for all majors

Advised by the director, students with the appropriate level of French can choose courses for their majors from a broad selection of courses either specifically organized for HiF students or in the Paris university system and other institutions of higher learning. Some areas of studies are limited to majors within the discipline who have a minimum of 5th or 6th semester in French (Philosophy; Sciences; Louvre classes).

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Full-credit HiF supervised internships are available for fall, spring and annual students with high level of proficiency who will receive credit from their home institutions. 

Internships take place in selected Paris-based businesses, offices, galleries, or NGOs. They comprise eight weeks of hands-on experience; sixteen to twenty hours of work a week; they result in a capstone research project of about 20 pages in French and a public presentation. Internship students are supervised by a trained Hamilton in France faculty or the Director/Assistant Director.

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Length of Program

  • HiF welcomes semester and annual students.

  • Fall is generally from end of August to end of December, Spring from early January to end of May.

Dates and TRAVEL

HiF is currently requesting students to use our group flight from JFK to Paris, included in the comprehensive tuition and fees. Only limited exceptions to the group flight will be allowed as long as the pandemic is still active (students flying from out of the U.S.)

After Hamilton in France

Serious study in France through HiF has helped many students secure graduate fellowships and assistantships, admission to graduate school in a wide range of disciplines — medicine, law, business, architecture, museum, teaching positions and other employment opportunities that require autonomy, flexibility and responsibility.

Contact Information

Hamilton in France

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