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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: Students with sufficient linguistic proficiency and academic preparation in the field have access to a wide variety of courses taught in almost every major offered at several Paris universities.  There, HiF students live the life of French students. Information on the feasibility of university courses for AY 2021-22 will be updated at a later date. 
  3. Qualified students can enroll in a full-credit internship with a carefully selected Paris-based business, office, gallery, or NGO.  Priority is given to annual students; fall and spring students with exceptionally strong linguistic skills (5th semester required, 6th semester preferred) may qualify as well. Students need to inform director at the time of application. Information on the format and feasibility of internship for  AY 2021-22 will be updated at a later date.

Advising Starts Early

The resident director 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 major, post graduation goals and their own sense of curiosity and adventure.

Once in France, students meet with the director on a regular basis. 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.

Class at Reid Hall

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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