In our homestays, Hamilton in France students are insiders rather than outside observers. They are able to discuss with their hosts, in French, topics from the serious to the mundane on a daily basis.
The cost of the homestay half-board is included in the tuition and fees. We encourage students to be flexible in their habits and take most meals with their hosts. However, we ask that you inform Hamilton in France early if you have medical, philosophical or religious dietary food restrictions.
Sanitary rules: Hamilton will recruit families who will adhere to local COVID-19 sanitary rules imposed by Hamilton and the French government. However, hosts will not be held responsible for students' own adherence to rules.
Students may suggest the name, before May 1 or November 1 prior to departure, of a family with whom they would like to live. The family must be French-speaking, live in Paris and provide demi-pension, which includes breakfast and substantial evening meal.
What Is Included in a Homestay?
Individual room, with appropriate furniture, proper storage and lighting. Linens are provided, and students can expect one laundry a week in the home.
Students receive keys to the apartment and have access to the common rooms in the home.
Support from the host, but student independence is respected.
Demi-pension most days of the week (breakfast and dinner) when school is in session. Students are responsible for the cost of one dinner a week and their lunches, which they are normally expected to take outside the home.
During academic breaks, students have access to their room only, but are not provided meals and have no cooking facilities.
Soon after acceptance, students complete a detailed, confidential form through Via-TRM describing their living habits.
About 10-12 weeks before departure, students participate in a 20/30-minute Zoom conversation (French or English) with the assistant director to discuss specific needs including allergies, religion and cultural restrictions.
The program attempts to accommodate individual requests but the assistant director and director will make the final homestay decision. Students are normally expected to remain in the same home during the entire academic semester or year.
Assignments are usually finalized by mid-June for Fall and year and by mid-November for Spring students, in time for the visa process. On rare occasions, changes in assignments may occur before student arrival.