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.
Hamilton in France is small enough to provide individual advising and personal support. Founded in 1957 as Hamilton College Junior Year in France, Hamilton professors of French direct the program on a rotating basis. The students benefit from the director's deep knowledge of the French educational system and of cultural and daily life in France.
Hamilton in France students come from all academic 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. They often consider careers in, for example, government and nonprofit agencies, international business, media, foreign service, teaching, medicine, the visual and performing arts, humanities and law, among other professions.
Serious study in France through HiF has helped many students secure graduate fellowships and assistantships, admission to graduate school in any discipline, teaching positions and other employment opportunities that require autonomy, flexibility and responsibility.
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. But candidates from other U.S. institutions are welcome.
All In French, All the time
HiF students commit to speaking only French in all activities, with their hosts and HiF peers. 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 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.
In spring, qualified annual students can enroll in full-credit HiF supervised internships in a carefully selected Paris-based business, office, gallery, or NGO are available. Eight weeks of hands-on experience, followed by an analytical research project of about 20 pages and a public presentation.
Length of Program
Until recently, the HiF format was annual. Although we urge students to commit for the entire academic year for enhanced cross-cultural awareness and integration, linguistic fluency, extra-curricular activities, we welcome semester applications from students whose academic programs cannot accommodate a full year of study off-campus. However, Hamilton is France has maintained the spirit of the yearlong format with a strong academic focus.
Dates and TRAVEL for Spring 2018 and 2018-19
Group flight is included in the comprehensive tuition and fees.
August 20, 2018 (est.): Group flight for Fall semester and annual students from NYC and directly to Biarritz.
January 6-8, 2018 or 2019 (est.): Group flight for Spring students from NYC and to Paris.
* Dates of departure will be confirmed about two months before departure.
* NOTE: Students may choose to travel independently. In order to receive credit for separate travel, students must make their own arrangements with arrival in Biarritz or Paris to meet the group; pay for their tickets and inform Hamilton in France in writing before May 1 for fall, and November 15 for spring (including exact itinerary).