Affiliated & Partner Schools
Sorbonne Nouvelle (Sorbonne Nouvelle, SN, formerly Paris 3)
Sorbonne Nouvelle (SN) specializes in the humanities (French and comparative literatures, foreign languages) and communication (cinema, theater, linguistics). Students majoring in English Literature may enroll in one course taught in English in the English and American studies program. Hamilton organizes special tutoring sessions for some Paris 3 courses. In some cases, the tutoring in mandatory. Open to all students.
Sorbonne Université (Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, formerly Paris 6)
Sorbonne Université specializes in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science) and mathematics. Open to a limited number of students with solid college-level preparation in these areas and the ability to work independently. Tutoring for those courses is recommended.
Université de Paris (Campus Grands Moulins, formerly Paris 7)
Université de Paris offers courses in the humanities, literature, comparative literature, literature in foreign languages, economics, history, sociology and the natural sciences. Open to a limited number of students, principally specialists in the social sciences and history. Candidates take a test before departure.
Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne (Formerly Paris 1)
A branch of the Université de Paris that specializes in the humanities, arts, cinema, economics, history, philosophy, political science and law. Open to a very limited number of students with excellent linguistic preparation; students enroll in the last year of the three-year Licence.
Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP or Sciences Po)
Not available in 2021-22
IEP is among the most academically challenging schools in France, so studying there requires careful planning, serious commitment and a separate application. A limited number of spots are available to annual students in spring. These are reserved for students with very high linguistic ability in French, an excellent background in the political sciences and the ability to work independently. Students must complete the extra application once accepted by Hamilton in France. Students accepted at IEP must take three courses there.
Courses may be available at these other institutions.
Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP or La Catho)
A private university with various specialized divisions. Course offerings include literature, history, philosophy, social sciences and religious studies. Open to all students if courses are not available at one of the Universités de Paris.
Note: courses at ICP may be hard to obtain.
La Catho also includes the Institut de Langues et Cultures Française de l'Institut Catholique (ILCF), which is open to students with less preparation in French and need introductory courses.
École du Louvre
Hamilton in France is one of a few American programs in Paris allowed to enroll students at the École du Louvre. All courses are year-long and consist of lectures by specialists in the area complemented by regular instructor-led visits within the museum. Candidates must submit, over the summer, a separate application and portfolio to be admitted. Students select courses at EL and simultaneously complete a semester-long research project in consultation with Hamilton in France professor of art history.
Private Language Institutes
(German: Institut Goethe; Spanish: Instituto Cervantes; Italian: Centro Italiano; Arabic: Institut du Monde Arabe)
Courses at these institutes are open only to students with previous college-level work in those languages; some courses may not be full credit. Hamilton does not allow starting a new foreign language while in France, except for introductory courses in Arabic for student with good academic reasons.
Intermediate language classes may be only 1/2 credit.
Language department at universities expect very high level of proficiency.
(Music theory and instruments)
Students who have received college credit for music instruction will receive partial credit for lessons in Paris. Students are responsible for cost of private instruction, as they are at Hamilton; HiF will cover 50% of the lessons taken for credit.
Studios and Centers for the Arts
(photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, dance and acting)
Students with prior college-level work in studio art may receive credit for work at several Paris studios. Students are responsible for buying material and may incur a lab fee. These private schools include: La Grande Chaumière or Académie de Port Royal (Drawing and painting); Studio Vermès (photography), Ecole de Danse du Marais and Cours Florent (acting for students with solid prior preparation -- separate application needed). Inquire early because programs in these schools change periodically and courses fill up early.