Courses Available in Most Academic Fields

***** List will be updated early April**** 

Below is a partial record of the wide range of courses taken by HiF students between 2019-23.

Requirement: Level B1 or B2 on the online test, depending on the university and sufficient background in the field of study for university courses (most of our students do). 

The director will use test and information provided in the application to guide students toward the most appropriate university courses (usually one or two per semester).

Prospective students should use the lists below as a guideline for the type of courses available, not as a fixed inventory. Final course lists from universities may be available only a few weeks before departure. Some university courses in the lists below rotate from year to year, some may have slightly different names and additional courses will be available. 

SN: Sorbonne Nouvelle (formerly Paris 3)

UP: Université de Paris (formerly Paris 7) 

SU: Sorbonne Université (formerly Paris 4) 

See abbreviations and descriptions of Paris Institutes

Students on HiF


Art History

19th- and 20th- Century French Painting, at Hamilton In France (HiF); Architecture: Private and Public Space (HiF); Writing on Art (UP)**

**École du Louvre: special

Note: Available only to students majoring in art history with good French; special application is required during the summer before departure. Recent courses taken  at EL:

Art Nouveau, Christian Architecture, Contemporary French Art, French Painting and Sculpture, History of Photography, Iconography, Islamic Art; Applied Arts: dance, drawing, music, painting, photography, sculpture

Private studios

Note : Open to students majoring in the arts or with prior for-credit work at the college level.

Dance (African; Ballet; Contemporary etc.) (Centre du Marais); Photography (argentic) I and II; Painting, Drawing (Still life, Watercolor, Figure Drawing, etc.); Instrument (piano, violin, flute, etc.) (Schola Cantorum); Voice (Schola Cantorum)

Cinema, Theater, Music

Introduction to Contemporary Cinema (SN); Aesthetics of the Image (SN); From the Camera’s Eye to the Film’s Skin (SN); History and Analysis of Music in Film (SN); Staging Sexuality in Contemporary Film (SN); Filmic Documentary (UP); Cinema and Society (UP); Aesthetics of the Image (SN); Introduction (SN); Bollywood (SN; Traditional Chinese Theater (SN); Ethnographic Cinema (SN); Theater Workshop (SN); Film and the Senses (SN); European Theater (UP); Methods in Film Analysis (UP)


Comparative Literature

Fictions of Exile (SN); Women’s Autobiography (SN); Fin de siècle Suicides (SN); The Detective Novel (SN); The Rwanda Genocide (SN); Narratives of Chinese Diaspora (SN); African Oral Literature (SN); Intergenerational Conflicts (SN).


Open only to students who major in English/Literature. Consult director early.

French and Francophone Literature

 Colonial Representations (HiF); Utopia and Dystopia (HiF); The Voice of the People in 19th Century literature (SN); Women and Science Literature (HiF); The Artificial Man (SN); Francophone African Literature (SN); Francophone Women’s Novel (SN); Freedom and Colonization in 18th-Century French Literature (SN); Revolution in 19th-Century French Literature; Writing the City in 19th- and 20th-Century French Literature (SN); The Fantastic in 19th Century Poetry and the Short Story (SN); Picturing Paris (SN); Literature, Politics, Philosophy (SN); Ancient Mythology: Jason and the Golden Fleece (SN); The Myth of Pygmalion (SN); Violence in Literature (SN); Historical Novel: The Renaissance (SN); Prostitution in 19th-Century French Literature (SN); Quebec Literature (SN); Various single-author third year seminars (SN): Honoré de Balzac, Emile Zola, Marguerite Duras


Note: Only students with a minimum of B1/intermediate level in the language can enroll in language courses. The list below represents languages available, not necessarily taken recently.

Arabic (IMA, SN3); Chinese (UP7); German (SN, UP7); Iranian (SN); Italian (CCI); Japanese; Latin (ICP, SN); Romanian (SN).

Language departments at universities expect students to be fluent in the language, not at the intermediate level.

Intermediate level language may be taken at private institutes, but not all courses are full credit.

Inquire with details early; languages other than French should not be a priority.


 ICP (Institut Catholique de Paris allows only a handful of students with very strong background; no beginners).  Inquire early.

Ancient Classical Philosophy (ICP); History of Ancient Greece (ICP); Epistemology of the Cognitive Sciences (ICP); Aristotle (ICP); French Phenomenology (ICP); Science and Ethics: Bioethics (ICP); Dialectic of Marx and Hegel (ICP); Benjamin and Krauss Philosophical Texts (UP)

Religious Studies

Some ICP courses are 1/2 credit and some may be combined. Most Institut Catholique de Paris Religious Studies students are practicing ministers. 

Introduction to Christianity (ICP); Introduction to Islam (ICP); Islam in France (ICP); Taoism, Hindouism, Confucianism (ICP); African Myths and Symbols (ICP)

Social Sciences


Economy of Work (UP); Descriptive Economy (UP); Economy of Social Protection (UP); European Economy (UP); History of Economic Thought (UP); Political Economy (UP); Math for Economics (UP)


Françafrique (HMS); France Europe (HMS); History of Sub-Saharan Africa (UP); Slavery and Slave Society (UP); History of the Middle Ages (UP); 19th-Century European History (UP); 20th-Century European History (UP)
Medieval Muslim World (UP); Origins of Rome (UP); Contemporary Latin American History (UP); History of the Body (UP); History of Sensibilities (UP); European Maritime Domination (ICP); Franco-British Maritime Rivalry in the 18th Century (ICP)


Radio: Theory and Practice (SN); Theory of Communication (SN); Language and Society (SN); Theories and Models of Communication (SN)


Only for students with strong background in the field. Check with your institution department. 

Child Psychology (EPP); Cognitive Psychology (EPP); Introduction to Psychopathology (UP)

Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology

France and Europe (HiF); The European Union (HiF); Françafrique (HiF); Modern Arab Thought (SN); Urban Sociology (UP); Social and Cultural Anthropology (UP); Geography: Urban and Rural Geography (UP); Religion and Politics of the Arab World (SN); Modern Arab Thought (SN)

Tentative courses previously available through the Institut Catholique de Paris. Political Issues (ICP); Modernity and Human Rights; History of Political Thought (ICP); Totalitarian Systems (ICP); Political Issues of Globalization (ICP); Introduction to International Relations (ICP); Modernity and Human Rights (ICP); Totalitarian Systems (ICP);Space and Society (ICP);

Math and Science

Inquire early for math and science as theses courses may have specific requirements. 


Research in Biochemistry (SU); Molecular Biology (SU); Integrative Normal and Pathological Histology (SU); Sensory System (SU); Physiology (SU)


Organic Chemistry (SU); Electrochemistry (SU); Physiology of Hormonal and Neuronal Signaling (SU); Sensory System (SU); Spectroscopy and Crystallography (SU)


Statistics and Cartography (UP); Mathematics for the Social Sciences (UP); Math for Economy (UP); Probability and Statistics (UP); Vector Calculus (SU); Prime Number Theory (SU); Algebra (SU); Quadratic Forms and Geometry (SU)


Thermodynamics (SU)

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