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A Tailor-Made Fit

Working closely with the director, HiF students design an individualized program of studies that reflects their academic major and interests. Credit is given only to courses that are taught entirely in French with the possible exception of one course a semester in English for students majoring in English Literature.

Students can choose from among the following:

  1. HiF courses  designed for HiF students and Consortium courses (Hamilton, Middlebury, and Smith) ; these small courses are formatted as small liberal arts colleges courses and are all taught by French university faculty in our headquarters at Reid Hall, or other consortium headquarters.
  2. Direct enrollment in Paris universities in many academic fields available for students with sufficient linguistic proficiency and  academic preparation in the field in which they wish to enroll. There, HiF students live the life of French students.
  3. Full-credit internships with a carefully selected Paris-based business, office, gallery, or NGO are available to qualified students who will receive credit from their home institution. Students need to have exceptionally strong linguistic skills (5th semester required; 6th semester college French preferred), be reliable and ready for the challenge. Students need to inform the director at the time of application as a separate application is needed. 

Advising Starts Early

The resident director who is familiar both with liberal arts education and the French system is students’ main advisor and intermediate between students and Paris universities. Advising for students starts well before departure and continues during orientation and throughout the year. HiF advising is not only about choosing courses; it helps students adjust safely and creatively to new environments, develop adaptability and flexibility, and encourage curiosity.

Before departure, students use a list of courses taken by past students as well as the list of HiF courses to make preliminary academic plans, taking into account their level, their major, post-graduation goals, and their own sense of curiosity and adventure.

Once in France, students meet with the director on a regular basis to choose appropriate classes according to their level and interests. They quickly learn to navigate an educational system which may look identical to that of their own campus but which is in fact very different.

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