The classroom is just one part of the experience for HiF students. Hamilton in France includes in its tuition and fees a full program of excursions, visits and group activities. These give students the opportunity to get acquainted with multiple aspects of French culture and history and come together regularly as a group.

HiF will update the program of study trips closer to departure, according to French and US travel regulations. Our goal is to offer as rich a program as possible but only by adhering to the strictest rules imposed by the Hamilton and the French authorities.

Weekend and Day Study Trips

Depending on sanitary regulations in Fall 2021, HiF will organize overnight or day study trips as well as day visits closer to Paris (e.g. Versailles, Fontainebleau and/or Giverny). Fall and Spring programs of visits are different to accommodate annual students.

Excursions provide an overview of the history, cultures and arts of various regions. Travel, hotel accommodation, meals, visits and guides (usually university affiliated historians and art historians) are included in Hamilton in France tuition and fees.

Visits within Paris

Visits are scheduled regularly throughout the year to unusual sites in Paris, including guided thematic walks in particular neighborhoods. If trips outside of Paris are limited by COVID-19 regulations, the program will propose a robust program of outdoor activities in Paris.

Allowance for Personal Exploration

To encourage individual exploration, students are reimbursed 75 Euros for selected cultural outings such as European films, museums and monuments, and opera, ballet and theater performances. All such activities will need to adhere to strict sanitary regulations: access to cinema, museums and monuments may be limited.

Cultural Activities

Some Hamilton in France classes include regular visits to sites of cultural and historical importance in or outside Paris. “French Painting” alternates classes at Reid Hall with visits to various museums and monuments. “French Theater” includes performances in renowned theaters every two or three weeks and “Paris Architecture” includes explorations of various neighborhoods and significant monuments. Entrance fees for films required for certain cinema classes will be reimbursed by the program. The frequency of these visits will depend on sanitary regulation during the semester.

Dinners and Receptions

HiF organizes regular dinners or receptions around holidays and special events. These activities, if allowed, will follow strict rules imposed by the French authorities.

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